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#1
I'm not talking about buying a mediocre particle board strat knock off. I'm talking about Best Buy sells real brands like Fender and Gibson. Does anyone have any experience with this? Any idea if I can ship them to the store (and not having them outside my home) or if they are decent to order from? Or should I just go to GC or my LGS?
#2
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Why don't you be like normal people and get your "Fender," or "Gibson," from a Guitar Center or a local music store, not some shitty place like Walmart or Best Buy
#4
Well JustRooster works there so I wouldn't.

I kid, it's a decent store and they actually take really good care of their gear as far as I've ever seen. They keep the guitars as clean as the other shiny stuff usually. They're not people that just got told to work in the instrument department. As far as staffing goes it's pretty much an independent operation. I trust it.
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#5
I only ask because Best Buy is selling it for 130 less then GC. I'm investigating this as an option, I have no issue going to a "normal" musical instrument store just I was wondering if that would be a good idea because of the substantial savings.
#6
The one near me in Ann Arbor is pretty nice. It's not amazing by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd trust them.
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#7
Guitar center will match their price, and has better customer support IMO. Plus I just trust them more.
#8
Why not? Their premium stores (the ones that have a full line of guitars etc. ) have the same quality of staff that GC etc. have (that's not much of an endorsement unfortunately) and the same warranty, return policies, etc.
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#9
I trust them more too, I just didn't know if GC would match an online price from them. The stores by me only carry garbage, but the offer is online, and I was shocked to find a huge savings like that. I just wanted to know if I could get them to even match part of it. I just want to know if its worth the risk or not.
#10
I haven't, but I've looked.

I'll say this, though: if you do, make sure you're part of their Reward Zone plan. Nothing like getting little discount coupon as a reward for spending money there. (More if you use a cash-back credit card...)
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I'm not talking about buying a mediocre particle board strat knock off. I'm talking about Best Buy sells real brands like Fender and Gibson. Does anyone have any experience with this? Any idea if I can ship them to the store (and not having them outside my home) or if they are decent to order from? Or should I just go to GC or my LGS?


Best Buy Music is going out of business, so if you want any post-purchase help consider it gone. As said, Guitar Center will price match MOST Best Buy prices. The only time they won't is if Best Buy is blowing out a certain guitar and has it discounted beyond belief. As said, just shop with GC or some other big name music retailer, not an electronic store that happens to stock nice instruments.
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The one near me in Ann Arbor is pretty nice. It's not amazing by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd trust them.


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Best Buy Music is going out of business, so if you want any post-purchase help consider it gone. As said, Guitar Center will price match MOST Best Buy prices. The only time they won't is if Best Buy is blowing out a certain guitar and has it discounted beyond belief. As said, just shop with GC or some other big name music retailer, not an electronic store that happens to stock nice instruments.


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#14
Only if you absolutely have to. Best Buy tends to be priced above actual guitar retailers, the customer service is even worse than guitar center, and random customers beat the shit out of the floor models.
#15
I personally wouldn't, but that's because my Best Buy is shit. Every single "new" instrument looks like it's been used for two months by some kid who doesn't know how to take care of something.

Almost every guitar with a floating trem has the strings broken from idiots trying to tune it with the locks on.

And they hire pretty much anyone, from what I've seen. I'm sick of asking questions and only getting replies such as "oh, it seems popular, we sell a lot" No, I don't want that, I want an actual answer, pros, cons, and so on.

My Best Buy sucks, and I wouldn't spend money on an instrument there.


But, then again, that's just my Best Buy, I don't know about yours.
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#16
This would be ordered from the website. The stores by me only have the particle board knock offs, nothing that I would consider real. I've never seen anything good in house, but if GC would accept their website as gold (I'm calling in the morning). I just didn't know if it would be better to haggle GC down or just order from Best Buy. I repeat I'm not touching anything from in store.
#17
I'd rather go to a smaller guitar shop, I always like giving them my business more than a huge store like GC or BB
#18
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This would be ordered from the website. The stores by me only have the particle board knock offs, nothing that I would consider real. I've never seen anything good in house, but if GC would accept their website as gold (I'm calling in the morning). I just didn't know if it would be better to haggle GC down or just order from Best Buy. I repeat I'm not touching anything from in store.


I work for GC, so I'll let you know the policy. We will price match it so long as a couple requirements are met. 1, it needs to be in stock, it can't be on back order or a pre-order. 2, the price can't be below "cost" or what BB paid for it. If it's in stock, you can order it, and it's just a lower price then it's a legit price match.

As far as Best Buy Music going out of business. It's pretty apparent because they're selling things at insane prices. They have SM57's at like 70 bucks, Taylor guitars at like 40% off...pretty intense prices! They've never really done to well in the music field.
#19
If the guitar played well and was a true (insert guitar brand here) then I wouldn't care if it was being sold at Auto Zone. A Taylor at 40% off? Oh hell yes.
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#20
It's a case by case situation. The Best Buy near me is far more pleasurable to shop at than the Guitar Center. The employees aren't retards, and the store isn't full of 12 year olds "shredding" at max volume on Spiders.

In general, I'd say yeah, go ahead.
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#21
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I'd rather go to a smaller guitar shop, I always like giving them my business more than a huge store like GC or BB


I totally boycott BB and GC. Never buy anything from either ....even if I have to pay a lot more. I just go to cg and bb to test out stuff cause I am not afraid if I bump the headstock into the next guitar or fry a speaker lol!
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#22
I don't buy anything from Best Buy, but I would deff not buy music gear from them. hell I'd rather drive an extra 50 miles than deal with those corprate pricks. GC,Sam Ash, ect I also tend to shy away from. My local music store gives better prices than any of the big chains can even think about.
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#23
I don't see why not, if it's the same quality as you would find at a "real" guitar store.

the best buy near me only sells 3/4 size hanna montana guitars and 70$ strat copies, but if the price is right the worst that can happen is you have to take it back. being a big box store you should have no problem returning it if you have to.

The one thing you'll have to keep in mind is you'll likely have to have the guitar set up as soon as you get it. That could mean an extra 50 bucks right out the door. But i've never bought a guitar that i didn't give a setup to, so i wouldn't consider that an issue.
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#24
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Why don't you be like normal people and get your "Fender," or "Gibson," from a Guitar Center or a local music store, not some shitty place like Walmart or Best Buy


Guitar center is exactly like wal-mart.
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Guitar center is exactly like wal-mart.

What the **** are you on? I work at wal mart and the two are nothing alike
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What the **** are you on? I work at wal mart and the two are nothing alike

Actually they are very similar, Walmart sells cheap made in China crap and so does GC/ect. They are both big chains that are almost completely about the $$ not personal service. See the similaritys now? Oh and if a GC moves in to your area, bet that the local mom & pop stores will be going out of business, just like Wal-Mart........
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Actually they are very similar, Walmart sells cheap made in China crap and so does GC/ect. They are both big chains that are almost completely about the $$ not personal service. See the similaritys now? Oh and if a GC moves in to your area, bet that the local mom & pop stores will be going out of business, just like Wal-Mart........



everyone in the world sells cheap chinese crap.

GC carries usa and japanese and indonesian and korean made guitars too.

srsly wat are u talking about?
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everyone in the world sells cheap chinese crap.

GC carries usa and japanese and indonesian and korean made guitars too.

srsly wat are u talking about?

Basicly they are a big company that for the most part could give a crap about their customers except for their $$. And really GC/ Sam Ash/ect are basicaly Music wal-marts.
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#29
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Basicly they are a big company that for the most part could give a crap about their customers except for their $$. And really GC/ Sam Ash/ect are basicaly Music wal-marts.


Tru fax.

Trying to escape "corporatism" is pretty dumb, tbh. Whether or not you shop at chain stores doesn't really make any difference at this point in the game.
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#30
I got my Squier Tele from Best Buy, and while it's not the greatest guitar I've ever owned(for $180 I didn't expect it to be), I'm happy. I would approach buying from BB in the same way as any other music store. Try before you buy. I would never buy a guitar sight unseen.
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#31
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Tru fax.

Trying to escape "corporatism" is pretty dumb, tbh. Whether or not you shop at chain stores doesn't really make any difference at this point in the game.

This is very true, I don't hate chain stores, but I would rather buy else-where if possible. Some times you pretty much have to order or visit a big store to find specific gear.

I mean there was a small music store in my city a few yrs ago that I really wish would have made it. They carried a few diecent brands (Dean,Schecter,Hartke) but everything else was junk. but I always bought my strings/picks there because the next store is 30min away.
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#32
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Well JustRooster works there so I wouldn't.

I kid, it's a decent store and they actually take really good care of their gear as far as I've ever seen. They keep the guitars as clean as the other shiny stuff usually. They're not people that just got told to work in the instrument department. As far as staffing goes it's pretty much an independent operation. I trust it.

this. best buy is actually a pretty good store, and it sells the most mainstream stuff. plus its staffed differently, all employee's have to be atleast knowledgeable and experienced with music. they don't just grab random people.
#33
I'm pretty sure best buy is okay. If you haven't noticed they clean the whole shop every night, unlike in GC i've seen some really dusty guitars.
#34
I didn't realize buying a guitar was so political.
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#35
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I totally boycott BB and GC. Never buy anything from either ....even if I have to pay a lot more. I just go to cg and bb to test out stuff cause I am not afraid if I bump the headstock into the next guitar or fry a speaker lol!


You totally boycott Guitar Center but have absolutely no problem walking into their store, using their gear, ****ing up their gear, and then walking out to take your money else where, and some how in this situation Guitar Center are the asshats and not you?


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this. best buy is actually a pretty good store, and it sells the most mainstream stuff. plus its staffed differently, all employee's have to be atleast knowledgeable and experienced with music. they don't just grab random people.


No, that's not correct at all. Both establishments hire with the pretty same process, trust me I've work for both of them.

As for everyone who doesn't shop at GC because it's a "Music WalMart" that's fine, but there are many employees, and I'd say the majority of employees who love music just as much as you do and want to help their customers.

Is GC a huge corporation with millions of dollars? Yes. Does that mean that the people they hire are somehow money-hungry, no music knowledge retards? No. If you seriously have an issue with the local GC, I highly recommend talking to managers or calling the corporate offices. The customer always has the "power"....
#36
I've been to various Best Buy's that have a hit or miss musical section...the one I frequent though actually does have a wall of guitars and an acoustic room like GC, I enjoy sitting down and trying them out, and I would definitely buy from them if I was in the market and they had what I wanted. Don't discriminate just because it's Best Buy. If it's cheaper, do it.
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#38
i like my guitar center. the guy i buy from is great. he knows my name, half of my gear, and exactly what i want before i think about it. yes he is interested in sales, as anybody is, but i exclusively buy from him he knows that, he takes care of me and my wallet. he is very friendly and i am sure one of these days he will head up to my studio we have talked about it a few times.

however at guitar center, there was a newer guy that was extremely rude and literally argued with me on something, and pissed me off. i talked to the shift manager who filed the report, called the next day for the general manager, called the district manager, i got him fired. and in their apology i got a $20 gift card.
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if i am buying drum stuff, i go to sam ash. the one by me has the biggest jackasses for salsemen in the guitar dept, one of them was claiming than an EVH guitar is "Fender's Les Paul" yea. i couldn't think of anything more idiotic. it is clearly more like an EBMM, since that is what Eddie was sponsored by for a long time and had his signature model. Peavey basically made it as similar to the MM as can be legal, Fender is just another is brand selling a visually identical guitar. the guy was an idiot. i wont drop a dime on anything in the guitar dept.

but i buy drum stuff from a guy there, last time, he gave me his demo and said he was looking for another guitarist, and put his number down on it. they are actually signed which is nice, they have opened up for quite a few of bands i have heard of and even some mainstream, demo sounded great. nice guy, very helpful. who knows, maybe i will decide to go for it.

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i have two shops close to me. one only sells dean and hasn't moved half of his original stock in the last three years they have been open. however they bank on lessons. $30 for 45mins. six rooms (seven if the owner is teaching) full all day and night.

the other store carries cheap ass ibanezes and way over prices them. he is an asshole, and i won't support him. he stays in business with lessons.

then about 30 minutes away there is a good guitar shop going downhill. sad to see. ma and pop stores can't compete any more, with the big retailers, who pay less for it due to volume pricing. they are a little bit more expensive, but not unreasonable.

i will pay another few dollars for a big purchase from a ma and pop stores, but only so much.
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#39
its hard to support mom and pop stores when the famous brands cater to the corporate worlds big chains.
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You totally boycott Guitar Center but have absolutely no problem walking into their store, using their gear, ****ing up their gear, and then walking out to take your money else where, and some how in this situation Guitar Center are the asshats and not you?


No, that's not correct at all. Both establishments hire with the pretty same process, trust me I've work for both of them.

As for everyone who doesn't shop at GC because it's a "Music WalMart" that's fine, but there are many employees, and I'd say the majority of employees who love music just as much as you do and want to help their customers.

Is GC a huge corporation with millions of dollars? Yes. Does that mean that the people they hire are somehow money-hungry, no music knowledge retards? No. If you seriously have an issue with the local GC, I highly recommend talking to managers or calling the corporate offices. The customer always has the "power"....

It's my understanding that GC employees work on commission. This means that they are going to sell you whatever is going to get them to that point, not necessarily what you're looking for. I've had this happen several times and I just went with something else cause what they recommended was not what I was looking for. I just stopped listening to them. There are some great guys at my local GC, but I only ever buy pedals there because most of the places here sell to beginners (read BOSS) or to super professionals who could drop 500+ on a pedal easy. Not great for intermediate/working guitarists.
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