I just remembered something that happened yesterday when I was in GC which I thought was quite funny.I was in there purchasing some light fixtures ( as mentioned in my other thread) -I needed them quickly. I asked a couple of questions regarding specs on the lamps I was looking at buying. The young guy who was helping me said he wasn't sure and would look up the specs online. He had the monitor turned to one side and I could see he was checking out the Sweetwater site. He saw me looking and smiled and said, "I don't like our website - I always use Sweetwater's - I find it has so much more information than ours". I just smiled….
I have spoken to a couple of guys at SW and I agree - they know their sh** !!I get 'roped in' with GC because 1) I have a 'guy' there (wasn't in the other day) who is 'relatively' knowledgeable, gives me very good pricing, they have great return policy and I can get the item (if it is in stock) right away. I have NO confidence in the knowledge of 99% of the guys who work there or in their business practices and sadly I agree with the consensus who see them going away before too long.I mentioned to the same young man who served me the other day just how much money I have spent with GC over the years and he mumbled, " well, when we start selling GC shares soon"……..
Mike Thrower? He is the only guy there i will willingly talk to....Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
GC is OK for many things and the pricing is usually fine. I don't need or want help when I'm there so I get what I need and then leave. I have Charlie Tappa for most large pro sound purchases, and everything else comes from Sweetwater. What many people don't add into the Sweetwater value is their sales force that can and will actually help you, their free and very fast shipping, and their web site. I have purchased a number of vintage guitars using Ebay because I can communicate with the seller and demand pictures as needed. I had never purchased a new guitar without holding it until Sweetwater started to compete. You go to their site and you can see the actual guitar for sale and verify that because they show each guitar based on the serial number and at least a dozen photos. Call your rep and he will pull that guitar from their climate controlled storage area and take additional pictures, then send them to you. Recently I purchased a Gibson SG, 1961 LP with sideways vibrola. That went as far as Sweetwater calling Gibson for me before the purchase. I bought the guitar and 2 days later had it in my hands, plus I saved $100 bucks. Now to be fair to GC they used to do the same thing for me when I had a very good rep in Boston. But not anymore.example:http://www.sweetwater.com/guitargallery/
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