#4
i gotta admit i love to look at guitars at GC but i never plug them in and play. Sometimes i want to but then the sales pitch kicks in and i just feel uncomfortable about it. i am not bashing the sales folks, that is what they are there for.
#5
f that shiz, the one near me doesn't care and whenever I walk in, they never say a word to anyone, and they let anyone play with any guitar. there's normally like 5 other people also playing.
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#6
at mine the guitars that are reachable can be taken down and played no problem. anything higher or behind the counter you have to ask. no big shock that they keep most of the expensive stuff up high or behind the counter. as long as you are careful and respectful of the guitars i'm pretty sure it's GC policy to just allow customers to take them off the wall and play.
#7
Is this a troll? Of course you can go in and play them.
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#8
Yep, just yank it down, plug it in, do a few windmills, then take it by the neck as if you're going to smash it, then put it carefully back. Drives 'em nuts.
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#9
^ not that...

I usually take a dust cloth with me, and (without asking) plzy stuff...but when I'm done I wipe them down so the look better than when I play'd em..helps with your credibility a bunch too
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#10
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Yep, just yank it down, plug it in, do a few windmills, then take it by the neck as if you're going to smash it, then put it carefully back. Drives 'em nuts.






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#11
Sure, anything you can reach on the wall within ease you can play all you want. Sometimes you have to ask for a cable or for them to plug in an amp you're checking out, but it's not a big deal.

Here's a little word of advice: bring in one of you nicer guitars to play through an amp or something, set it back in the case, and then shop around like you normally would. Once they see you bring in a nice guitar to play amps with they know you mean business and normally give you instant access to any piece of gear. It's what I usually do
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#12
^nice sig sir. Yeah just ask for a cable. It says "Hey I'd like to play one of the guitars, please provide."
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#13
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To try it. Can I just take it off the wall or do I have to ask?


I do. But then I don't look or act like a schmuck either...
#14
I do. I even walked behind the counter and grabbed a $2000 Gibby of the wall the other day. I didn't realize I was behind the counter though, it just kinda happened. The sales guys look like they are going to have a nervous breakdown when I reach high and get the higher guitars down. I understand that they want to put the more expensive guitars up high so the non-serious buyers won't touch them, but I don't care to interact with the salesmen unless I've already made up my mind that I'm going to buy.
#15
I just grab them and play. I don't like to ask for their help because I don't want them to get their hopes up of selling something when I know I'm not there to buy anything that day.
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#16
I always go to GC expecting something new but there are just the same old teles, strats, lps and sgs
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#17
Most places you can try anything, as long as the hangar/stand isn't locked. However, I personally believe it is courteous to not play anything unless you are intending to buy a new guitar in the foreseeable future. It irritates me when kids go in and play for ages only to kill time. It's that which makes the sale staff douche-bags when you want to try something more expensive with the intention of possibly buying it.
#18
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Most places you can try anything, as long as the hangar/stand isn't locked. However, I personally believe it is courteous to not play anything unless you are intending to buy a new guitar in the foreseeable future. It irritates me when kids go in and play for ages only to kill time. It's that which makes the sale staff douche-bags when you want to try something more expensive with the intention of possibly buying it.

Playing there just to kill time is stupid, but there's nothing wrong with seeing what's available and exploring different styles/brands of the guitar. Some people may not know anyone with a Gibson or a PRS, but they may want to try one out to see what the hype is about.

I know it's a pain, and the sales staff get irritated, but Guitar Center moves into towns and kills many small businesses. They are a huge corporate retailer. Respecting them is like respecting Walmart. And they built their store based around a huge selection and an easy-going way to try everything out, and it worked. People don't like going to a music store, being the only one on an amp, and having the sales staff eyeball them the whole time, and that's part of why people go to Guitar Center over the smaller stores.
#19
i usually just go in to guitar stores to try new brands i haven't played before. it's mostly country players so there are a lot of Fenders here but no LTDs, Schecters, Ibanez, etc that i would want to buy. so when i go in a shop that has them and i see a model i've been curious about, i might pick one up, play for 10 minutes or so, retune it, wipe it down and put it back. if it really blows me away, i might go up to 30 minutes to give it a full test run. it's how i decided i really want an LTD Eclipse of some sort. never would have known otherwise
#20
My GC has a wall where they hang the Gibsons, PRS, EBMM, and other expensive guitars, and it's right behind one of the sales desks. So I will always ask before I try out anything from there. Anything else though I just grab and play.
#21
if you have to ask that question, you probably look like a guy they dont want taking an expensive guitar off the wall.

but in general, sure its fine as long as you dont grab one from up high and accidentally drop it.
#22
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To try it. Can I just take it off the wall or do I have to ask?


You have to buy it before you leave the store, but if you keep it in the store it's ok.
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#23
I got yelled at for taking one off the wall. I live in Ohio. It depends I guess
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#24
Just ask the guys in the store eh? its sort of the polite thing to do. They've never said no to an ask 'cos that's what the're there for. Anyway, ask nice they'll tune it and plug it in an amp for yuh.

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#26
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To try it. Can I just take it off the wall or do I have to ask?


no, its ok by me.
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#27
Usually if the guitar is in reach and you don't have to go behind any counter to get them, you can try them out on the floor. That's how it's like at most, if not all of the guitar stores around here.


Also, the guitars that you can't play are usually marked as such. Some places will stick a sign between the strings that say 'ask' or something similar. Others will have them behind the counter.
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