#1
well i was wanting to know if (gulp) guitarcenters techs are generally any good, since we dont have any really reputible techs around here (peoria il) thx in advance
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#2
guess it depends on a store to store basis dude.

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#3
^ yeah but in general well thats kinda hard to do but well does any know anything about the one in peoria ill then good guitar techs
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#4
if there was a tech within an hour driving id take it to them and pass on GC. it seems to me that most of those guys are retards. i know at my local GC the "tech" is a cocky little F-er and they charge 20 bucks for a string change.
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They're wayyyy overpriced, that's all I know.


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#6
the GC that i go to has an actual luthier, and i talk to him regurlarly. he is a nice older guy and a world of knowledge (in his 60's). management created the position just for him, from what i can tell he does great work (however i have not used him, i do all my own stuff).

what is interesting however, is that he says that the tech position that is now in most GC's is being filled by salesmen, and he said quite a bit of their work is scary.
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if there was a tech within an hour driving id take it to them and pass on GC. it seems to me that most of those guys are retards. i know at my local GC the "tech" is a cocky little F-er and they charge 20 bucks for a string change.


When I worked at a local store I charged a lot for string changes too. Why? So people learn to do it themselves. It's a waste of time for guitar shop employees to spend their time changing strings on guitars that are already sold. And quite honestly, it's a huge pain in the ass. Especially when there is other stuff that needs done.

I'm sure the GC tech would have an idea what he was doing at the very least, but that company's main goal is to sell and you have to keep that in mind.
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I'm sure the GC tech would have an idea what he was doing at the very least, but that company's main goal is to sell and you have to keep that in mind.

Isn't that the main goal of every company?
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#10
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Isn't that the main goal of every company?


Of course, but local stores can't afford to slack when it comes to knowledge, service, etc. Huge chains like GC really don't care about anything but selling. Well.. they care, but sales are the top priority to a fault sometimes.

That being said, there are still some great people working at GC. It's just not going to be consistent everywhere.
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#11
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the GC that i go to has an actual luthier, and i talk to him regurlarly. he is a nice older guy and a world of knowledge (in his 60's). management created the position just for him, from what i can tell he does great work (however i have not used him, i do all my own stuff).

what is interesting however, is that he says that the tech position that is now in most GC's is being filled by salesmen, and he said quite a bit of their work is scary.


Which GC is this?
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#12
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Which GC is this?


on Drew street in clearwater, which is just north of 60 on US 19. he is a really nice guy, i even forgot to mention, i brought a guitar to demo some amps with, and it was having an issue i couldn't figure out (which is pretty rare), he put it up on his bench, looked it over and told me what i needed to do to fix it, just in good faith. didn't pay a dime, where another tech could charge you $XX just to put it on their bench.

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just another thing to mention in general, all of the sales guys are pretty good there, they know me and i know them, big rob or ben is who i would deal with if you are looking for something there.

the only downside to that store is that they never carry any really high end amps. think $1.5k+, which is what loses them a lot of business (at least the business coming from my bank account.
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#13
they are overpriced. the tech at my store seems to know a fair amount but it doesn't seem like they even do any complicated repairs at GC. they also deal with constant traffic so i don't know how much time they really take on repairs.
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#15
GC doesn't hire the techs, they hire another company to do all the repairs and setups.
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#16
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What are you having done?

basicly a whole setup and frets dressed
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basicly a whole setup and frets dressed

you live in the sticks bro.

it's like starving in Ethopia.

move where the food is.

well, at least take your guitar to a good tech like Tim Shroeder or the guys at Chicago Fret Works. Both do very good work.

in Peoria? probably not going to happen.

i know i've told you that before but...
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you live in the sticks bro.

it's like starving in Ethopia.

move where the food is.

well, at least take your guitar to a good tech like Tim Shroeder or the guys at Chicago Fret Works. Both do very good work.

in Peoria? probably not going to happen.

i know i've told you that before but...

yeah it was worth another shot tho. you would think the second bigest city in Illinios would have a decent guitar luthier
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yeah it was worth another shot tho. you would think the second bigest city in Illinios would have a decent guitar luthier


second by how much? that's quite the disparity.

i hear you. good luck.

i can't say enough good stuff about the guys i've mentioned here. Both are top notch.
#20
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GC doesn't hire the techs, they hire another company to do all the repairs and setups.
This. although I have seen a soldering iron on the counter at a Guitar Center.
#21
^ huh our gc has a creepy looking dude working on guitars. i know like 6 months ago they had a really great tech but i dont know anything about this guy
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#22
Depends on the location I'd guess.... I bought a Strat from Guitar Center that was nice except for a F'd up nut. Before I said I'd buy it I made the kid take it to the tech to see if he could fix it. He did, and did a great job too, so I bought the guitar.