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#1
I think there was a thread like this in the electric forum, but I'm curious to see how acoustic players compare. You'd probably never see someone plug in an acoustic and crank the amp to full volume, but obnoxious show-offs exist in all forms.

Personally, the most annoying guitar store experience I've had involved a guy who came into the acoustic room, plucked a guitar off the wall, and proceeded to absolutely pound on it. I think he was trying to do something with a lot of slapping or percussive strumming, but lord knows what the song was supposed to sound like - to me, it sounded like he was beating a dead animal with the poor guitar. There was no melody whatsoever, just a stray note here and there, and plenty of buzzing.

As if that wasn't bad enough, a second guy came in wearing sunglasses. By the way he carried himself, he obviously thought of himself as quite the rock star. He picked up a guitar, and then started playing LOUDLY in order to be heard over the first guy (which is understandable, I guess), but then he started SINGING at full volume. I'm sorry, but that's a pet peeve of mine - the acoustic room is for store patrons to try out different guitars. The whole point is to hear what a guitar sounds like before you consider buying it.

Instead, this guy seemed to consider the room to be his own personal concert venue. I wouldn't be surprised if he shows up regularly to put on "performances," with no intention of buying anything ever at all. The room was getting busy and loud, and it was hard enough to hear yourself play as it was. His braying donkey voice wasn't making it any easier for the rest of us. The sunglasses stayed on the entire time, in case you were wondering.

Those two dudes continued dueling it out, each trying to play/sing over the other for a loooong five minutes before guitar-slappy-guy finally got up and left. Rock-star-guy continued singing, so I went into the other acoustic room where the really high end stuff was kept. There was one guy sitting there, quietly playing the most beautiful song, such a relief for my abused ears.


Other annoying experiences include creepy older guys trying to chat me up, or one guy who was there trying to hawk his own CD. But thankfully, most acoustic players tend to be very respectful and keep to themselves. What are your thoughts?
#2
iv never had to deal with obnoxious acoustic people at a guitar store, i think you're right in saying that they/we tend to keep to themselves, i always try and play as quietly as possible cos im paranoid about people judging me lol
btw that guy with the glasses sounds like a total noob
if youre just on about generally obnoxious acoustic players, one of my mates came into the practice room and without even asking, got my acoustic out and started playing. i might not have minded if what he was playing was even remotely good but it just souded awful, loads of clipped or buzzing or nonexistent notes
#3
Not really, and generally the strumming of the acoustics aren't that loud as an electric can be. And because of the absence of distortion there is less buzzing, just senseless clicking noises.
#4
Let's see...
Ive been followed around as I casually browse (the guy didn't ask to help or anything, he just followed).
I was snorted at when I asked for a tuner (they were behind the counter)
Ive been given very stern looks when trying expensive guitars
And just general rudeness...
But the majority of times, music stores are a pleasant experience.
#5
hmm...my experiences have so far been pretty good. i think it is generally true that we acoustic players tend to keep our playing to ourselves to avoid being a nuisance. my worst experiences just involves shop owners that stares at me when i try out the high end guitars, which is understandable i guess, since i'm quite a noob.
#6
I've never had problems with other people in guitar stores. The only conflicts I can remember can hardly be called conflicts and were created by me making n00bish mistakes. I tend to think that people over-exaggerate their experiences in guitar stores and if they just got around with their own business it would be much more beneficial to everyone.
#8
Yeah I agree that acoustic players keep to themselves. Sadly at the music shop I go to, hardly anyone ever even goes to the acoustic section, which is a shame because they have some nice guitars. So no crazy stories for me. In fact, I don't even have any crazy stories electric or otherwise.
#9
I love going to the acoustic room at a guitar shop, its usually a haven of peace and tranquility for me when i'm fed up of the electric/amp section. That singer guy though....im usually a mild mannered chap but i'd have found it incredibly hard to resist the urge to beat him around the head with his guitar and then grind his sunglasses under my foot
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#10
normally it's nice there, but if there are any jackasses I just go to the expensive guitar room or the classical guitar room. There's also the bass room. Nobody at my local guitar center plays too loud in the bass room and I find the helpers there are much more informed and helpful than the other areas of the store.
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#11
Trusay. I hate those people. Luckily though, most acoustic guitar players are quite civilized and conduct themselves in a proper manner. It's a good thing that acoustic guitars have their own little room a lot of the time. I hate those electric guitarists who crank up the amps.
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#12
It seems to me that lots of the horror stories you hear about guitar stores are at big stores like guitar center and what not.

I don't really have any big stores near me, just a bunch of smaller shops which I like. I've never experienced any real obnoxious behavior at smaller shops, besides the occasional cranky employee.
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#13
There's a guitar store near me that sells a pretty good range of stuff(guitars of all levels, delectric drum kits, PA systems, lighting ect), but i never go in there because a guy who used to work there always treated me with such arrogance and looked at me like i was a poor, crap guitarist.

So instead of buying a high end electic and an ENGL amp of him, i went on ebay and saves myself alot of money in the process.

He looked pretty gutted when i went into his store with my head to try out some 2x12 cabs, even more so when I asked him if he has anything similar to my PRS.

Good news though, recently I heard he's been fired :.
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#14
I agree with acoustic players being more civilized its funny because when i walk into the guitar center all you can here is all the electric guitars and everyone is competing with each other and its all one big mess as soon as i get into the acoustic/classical room its very peaceful and i can hear only the acoustic usually i'm the only classical player but it's alot easier to play and hear the beauty of the acoustics except for when you have one person who ranked the amp so high in the electric section that you can still hear it in the acoustic room
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I agree with acoustic players being more civilized its funny because when i walk into the guitar center all you can here is all the electric guitars and everyone is competing with each other and its all one big mess as soon as i get into the acoustic/classical room its very peaceful and i can hear only the acoustic usually i'm the only classical player but it's alot easier to play and hear the beauty of the acoustics except for when you have one person who ranked the amp so high in the electric section that you can still hear it in the acoustic room


i know exactly what you mean. and when the door opens its like a damn wall of sound slaps you in the face.

long live the acoustic room
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i know exactly what you mean. and when the door opens its like a damn wall of sound slaps you in the face.

long live the acoustic room



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#17
idk if anyone noticed, but it seems most of the better players play quietly to themselves or away from everyone else
#18
Although I'm sure guitar centers do have their benefits, mainly large selection, I really am glad that I have so many good little guitar shops around me. It cuts down on the oppurtunities for 13 year old kids to annoy me.
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#19
of the times i'v been to guitar center there was only one guy that didn't bug the hell out of me trying to get me to buy something that cost more then what i need. that truly is extremely annoying. but i dont go there much caz there an hour drive away and im a lefty so they have like 500 right handed guitars and 2 left handed acoustics( thats a true fact they told me how many they had.). then one time while i was there a guy played this really fast crap sounding riff everytime someone walked in like hes trying to prove himself as a musician.
#20
Once had some lad come in with his mates and play unnecessarily loud while I was trying a guitar out but it doesn't happen too often.

If there's one thing that I hate, it's guitar shops with a stupidly high staff:space ratio. There's one near me, expensive but they tend to get decent enough stuff in but the premises are small and there are always like 4 or 5 people on the tills. So as soon as you walk in you're being watched by them all - not a problem if you're looking at acoustics since they're downstairs but the tills are literally opposite the bulk of the leccy guitars and it really puts me off wanting to try one.
#21
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Although I'm sure guitar centers do have their benefits, mainly large selection, I really am glad that I have so many good little guitar shops around me. It cuts down on the oppurtunities for 13 year old kids to annoy me.


Hey slidething you're gonna have to hook me up with some data on good local guitar shops near SLO
#22
My personal favorite was when I was sitting around playing a fingerstyle arrangement of The Big Rock Candy Mountain on a Seagull 12-string. I was the only one there, so I was just having a bit of quiet fun. From my eye, I spied a greasy, black haired (dyed with blonde roots showing), Meshuggah T-shirt wearing, "brootal" jackass. He walked all the way from across the room, into the acoustic room, just to walk up and talk to me.

Him: "What're you playin'?"
Me: "Folk music."
Him: "Why?"
Me: "Because I enjoy it?"
Him: "Well, it ain't metal."
Me: "No, you're right, it's glass or plastic or something."
Him: "Yeah, go **** yourself."

Then he stormed out. I saw a bunch of guys snickering at the counter, and I wonder if they put him up to it.

Another good one was when I was, again, the only person in the acoustic room (aside from a clerk who was just hanging out). This guy comes in with the stupid barbed wire tattoo around his arm (wearing a wifebeater and reeking of body odor) and proceeds to just stomp around the room, like he's looking for something. Then he comes over to me and insanity ensues:

Him: "Hey, give someone else a chance. I want to try that guitar." (referring to the one I'm holding)
Me: "There's another one right there."
Him: "Maybe you didn't hear me. I want to try thatguitar." (pointing, now)
Me: "That's great. I'm using it. Go away."
Him: "Oh, what, you think you're cool?"
Me: "I'm obviously not as cool as you."

At this point, he started yelling "You wanna start something" and throwing his chest in my face. I never stood up. Eventually, he was told to leave the store.
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#23
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At this point, he started yelling "You wanna start something" and throwing his chest in my face.


Ahhh I love when guys try to be all "hard" and ****. Small penis much?

When I was first getting my feet on the ground for guitar I was living in dorms and my neighbor was from the bay and thought he was really hot gangster **** I guess you could say.

He "played" guitar, in other words his dad had taught him Steve Howe's Mood for a Day (which is definitely moderately difficult) and other than that he knew a few chords and Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson. He would always come into my room and be like "DAWG put down the guitar I'm way better than you." And he'd play the same 3 songs over and over. Everytime he picked up the guitar. I just stopped answering the door when he knocked because he couldn't get it through his head that I don't want to hear mood for a day for the 1000th time.

Basically: I hate people who think playing an instrument is a competition.
#24
I feel like i'm obnoxious because I am always coming in and asking prices of guitars but I always turn down the offer when they ask for me to play. I just feel like an idiot because I don't really have anything I can just play that would be suitable.
The guys at my store always give me really weird looks... They know I can play they are just wondering why I don't.

Also being watched by people when I'm browsing picks. It kills me. Most of the guys there know me but the ones who don't act like fricking hawks when I go near anything. Very Annoying, because I end up getting rushed into buying picks that I don't want/need and i feel like some sort of criminal even going near there when they are around...
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#25
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My personal favorite was when I was sitting around playing a fingerstyle arrangement of The Big Rock Candy Mountain on a Seagull 12-string. I was the only one there, so I was just having a bit of quiet fun. From my eye, I spied a greasy, black haired (dyed with blonde roots showing), Meshuggah T-shirt wearing, "brootal" jackass. He walked all the way from across the room, into the acoustic room, just to walk up and talk to me.

Him: "What're you playin'?"
Me: "Folk music."
Him: "Why?"
Me: "Because I enjoy it?"
Him: "Well, it ain't metal."
Me: "No, you're right, it's glass or plastic or something."
Him: "Yeah, go **** yourself."

Then he stormed out. I saw a bunch of guys snickering at the counter, and I wonder if they put him up to it.

Another good one was when I was, again, the only person in the acoustic room (aside from a clerk who was just hanging out). This guy comes in with the stupid barbed wire tattoo around his arm (wearing a wifebeater and reeking of body odor) and proceeds to just stomp around the room, like he's looking for something. Then he comes over to me and insanity ensues:

Him: "Hey, give someone else a chance. I want to try that guitar." (referring to the one I'm holding)
Me: "There's another one right there."
Him: "Maybe you didn't hear me. I want to try thatguitar." (pointing, now)
Me: "That's great. I'm using it. Go away."
Him: "Oh, what, you think you're cool?"
Me: "I'm obviously not as cool as you."

At this point, he started yelling "You wanna start something" and throwing his chest in my face. I never stood up. Eventually, he was told to leave the store.


wow. what a bunch of jackasses. I'm glad that's never happened to me.
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#26
My first time going into Gracewinds for guitar stuff(Local music store downtown, I went there before for Piano stuff when I was like 10), the staff was very nice. I went in with my mom and my brother. I picked out some strings with the generous help of a guy working there and picked a couple picks on my own (a friend told me to get dunlop, and i liked the turtle ) Then we went up to the counter and told us that this was the tuner they used in the store and they were very nice. I think there was only about 4 people working there and they all were very friendly. That's why I would avoid guitar center. Yes, they have a more wide selection, but the local music stores have nicer staff and less jerks playing electric guitar. I really enjoy going there and its just a nice place to be.
#27
Just yesterday, while in my local music store purchasing a .008 electric string, younger guy walks in. Guessing he was about 20 or so. The only worker in the store was the owner, and he was also in the middle of a lesson with a younger girl. Jim(owner) had to stop every so often to help customers but at that moment he was busy with the girl. This guy walks all around the store pawing at different guitars, then just snatches one down off the hook and procedes to pick away at it. He does this with a bunch of other ones when finally Jim comes out and asks him if he needs any help. The guy says he want's a job there because he has a guitar too and thinks it would be the perfect job for him. Jim said he's already got 11 employees and there's no openings. The guy says bye and storms out, like he was insulted that he didn't get the job. He never once asked if it was ok if he try out those guitars, some of which were in the $2500-3000 range.
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#29
Can't say I've had any really bad experiences in the acoustic section, everyone's always been harmless

I'm usually either the only one in there or the best player in there, so I just grab one of the high-end models and play quietly in a corner. However, I don't like the people that don't understand that you should turn down the acoustic amp if someone else enters the room.
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#30
most of the time when I'm in there, I just get some huge guy totally kicking ass with his finger picking skills, which is always nice to hear, but sometimes there is that guy that just has to let everyone know that he is a "great" guitar player. Or in other words: he sucks and thinks playing loud will make it sound better. I'm not that great of a guitar player myself, but at least I don't try to act like I'm all great.
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#31
hate it when kids play pop-punk, try to play metallica or theyre fav band and suck. and throw the amp on to 8 even tho its a 120 watt recti or whatever and cant even pull a pinch harmonic worth theyre life. i wana drop kick them and fry them over the wires wehre every thing is pulgged in. seriusly, if ur gonna play sumthing, then play sumthing that would show the feel of the guitar, not the strings by playing chords. play sum bluesy riffs or play a good solo thats fast or bendy.

even tho this isnt really aboout classical and acoustic, people still try to play stupid death metal on acoustics. not cool, play classical gas for gods sake.
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#32
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hate it when kids play pop-punk, try to play metallica or theyre fav band and suck. and throw the amp on to 8 even tho its a 120 watt recti or whatever and cant even pull a pinch harmonic worth theyre life. i wana drop kick them and fry them over the wires wehre every thing is pulgged in. seriusly, if ur gonna play sumthing, then play sumthing that would show the feel of the guitar, not the strings by playing chords. play sum bluesy riffs or play a good solo thats fast or bendy.

even tho this isnt really aboout classical and acoustic, people still try to play stupid death metal on acoustics. not cool, play classical gas for gods sake.

You're right, it isn't. Which means it's not applicable. Also, it infuriates me when people like you are hard on kids (there's the key word: kids) who are simply starting out and trying to have fun with an instrument. It's not an auditorium. They aren't there to showcase their talents for you. Who do you think needs to grow up, here?
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#33
^^ Ugh, agreed. Christ, Finnell dude... did you even read the first post? There are already hundreds of posts EXACTLY like yours in the electric forum. I didn't ask for another.

I wonder if there's any way to keep the strictly-electric people out of the acoustic forum. Seems like every time one of them pipes up in here they have absolutely nothing constructive to say. They either try to convince us that Ibanez and Fender acoustics are gifts from God, or go on some pointless and irrelevant rant about heavy metal. I know I haven't been a member of this forum for that long, but this shiz is getting old.
#34
I think I may have accidentally annoyed a couple guys yesterday...they started playing Wish You Were Here, and I couldn't help it, I started playing along. I couldn't tell if the look they were giving me was surprise or annoyance, but either way I sheepishly stopped and went back to doing my own thing.

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#35
Quote by xFinnellx
hate it when kids play pop-punk, try to play metallica or theyre fav band and suck. and throw the amp on to 8 even tho its a 120 watt recti or whatever and cant even pull a pinch harmonic worth theyre life. i wana drop kick them and fry them over the wires wehre every thing is pulgged in. seriusly, if ur gonna play sumthing, then play sumthing that would show the feel of the guitar, not the strings by playing chords. play sum bluesy riffs or play a good solo thats fast or bendy.

even tho this isnt really aboout classical and acoustic, people still try to play stupid death metal on acoustics. not cool, play classical gas for gods sake.


Here I go I'm going to attempt a profile on you. Considering the minimal use of capitalization and correct spelling I assume you are around the same age as these "kids". I don't know if you realize it or not (which I'd say you do but I'll get to that in a moment) people are not always good at guitar; they have to start at some point. According to the way you bash other styles of music and people who cannot "pull a pinch harmonic worth theyre life" I'd say that you cannot be too far past the point of learning pinch harmonics for yourself, not to mention you, like many people, got into guitar to play such things as pop-punk and metal. I'm not saying you are a bad guitarist or anything personal like that I'm just saying the ignorance shown in your post really doesn't make you seem like a very mature individual.
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#36
Where the hell do you guys shop for guitars? My local guitar shop has a room with guitars and basses. Electrics on one side Acoustics on the other. There are 3 closets where they give lessons but other than that no private place to try it out... I gotta go to Sam Ash one of these days.
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#37
^ Do they have any benches or stools you can sit on? You don't really need a private room.
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#38
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Where the hell do you guys shop for guitars? My local guitar shop has a room with guitars and basses. Electrics on one side Acoustics on the other. There are 3 closets where they give lessons but other than that no private place to try it out... I gotta go to Sam Ash one of these days.


The local GC's have climate controlled rooms for the acoustics.

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#39
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Where the hell do you guys shop for guitars? My local guitar shop has a room with guitars and basses. Electrics on one side Acoustics on the other. There are 3 closets where they give lessons but other than that no private place to try it out... I gotta go to Sam Ash one of these days.

Yeah, like the above poster said, pretty much every store I've ever seen has humidified rooms for their acoustics - even the stores in the city where I live, which is pretty humid (the region is classified as a temperate rainforest). The doors are always closed to keep humidity levels from fluctuating.

I've only seen one shop without a humidified room, and was somewhat alarmed considering that the shop was in a VERRRRRRY dry region. I'm talking so dry that your hair stands up and you risk getting static shocks anytime you come within an inch of another person. Not guitar friendly.
#40
thats why i love my virginia sea board. my humidity is pretty much right on as long as i am using my air conditioner a touch dry in winter but nothing ever below 40percent in my house and my guitar center is actually pretty tame by the standards ive seen in these and other forums. now another guitar store that shall remain nameless the guy had a 4000 dollar guitar in stock with a lot of runout in the top, pretty bearclaw though didnt play it as i had no intention of buying it but if i pay 4000 dollars for a guitar i assure you it wont have runout in it. sorry about the thread highjack as none of the behavior was obnoxious guesss i am lucky
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