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Well, almost became an HD-28 owner, actually had it on layaway.  Looking at it again made me think - why am I buying this one new when it looks so used?  Yes, it sounded great, but there were a lot, I mean, a lot of scratches on the sides and back from folks 'testing' it out.  The more I thought about it, coupled with an unexpected new electrical problem at home, made me decide to cancel it, get a refund - which was good, and re-think it all.  I can't fault Guitar Center, as the folks were very good about it all, though, I do sense the assistant manager probably doesn't want to see me anytime soon - with good reason, backing out of a $2300 deal isn't a good thing, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Oh, well, once I get the electrician's estimate, I'll be on the lookout for another in new condition.

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Comment by Phil Manuel on May 3, 2012 at 11:17am

@Jud Hair - I feel the same way.  GC, reminds me of our old local favorite music shop, Quigley's Music.  QM had a great selection of Martins, Gibsons, and Fenders.  You could take them down and play them in their main showroom, and later they had private booths for each manufacturer, which you had to get someone to open for you, but I never got any 'I don't think so' response.  Always was able to try guitars out.  The thing about GC, though is sometimes the top-end models at our GC sit behind a locked glass display case, which they will open for you, no problem, other times they'll have a top model out on the wall.  The rooms are dim lighted and you really can't tell, or at least my old eyes can't detect, the quality of the guitar - scratches, dings, and things.  Sound wise, it's nice to have a quiter room to play and try out guitars, but when purchasing, I'd recommend always looking at the instrument in good lighting to avoid any remorse later.

I, too, hope they do enough business selling lesser guitars and gear to stay open, but I don't want to see my Mass St. Music shop go under.  Losing the Mom and Pop type music stores will make buying a guitar, like buying a book these days - either on-line or via some type of e-book service. Just sayin...

Comment by Jud Hair on May 3, 2012 at 5:59am

I have mixed feelings about GC, and I'm sure they probably have mixed feelings about me as well. 

As I've said many times before, I feel as if GC is the Barnes & Noble of guitar stores.  Great inventory, no problem with you playing pretty much any guitar you please, help if you absolutely demand it ... and pretty much "0" pressure to buy anything.  If they only had a Starbucks pavilion, it would be perfect!

Anyway, I had the unique opportunity to actually play a Martin D-45V (priced at $8.100) in GC in Atlanta a short while back.  Not sure where else I could have just strolled in un-noticed by anyone, looked up and pulled a guitar like that off the hanger and been able to play it unbothered for 30 minutes.  Of course, the fact that I'm 6'4" helped me actually be able to reach up to the ceiling where they had it hanging, LOL. 

I also fell in love with my soon to be delivered Taylor GA3-12 at GC ... but I bought it from my local store and for a price less than GC was touting at the time.  Instead of instant gratification, I had to order it and wait for what has now become 6-weeks.  But, I'm not sure I would have ever fallen for a 12-string if not for the chance to try it out first.

So for a lot of (perhaps the wrong) reasons, I love GC ... I hope they stay in business for a long time, but I hope they do just well enough not to drive my local store under.  :-)

Comment by FloridaGull on May 1, 2012 at 10:09am

I'm lucky to have 2 shops relatively close to me with a decent inventory - Wolfe Guitars in Jupiter and Schumacher Music in Stuart - Wolfe is most heavily into Breedlove acoustics, while Schumacher has the great "Wall of Seagulls"...

The Vintage Guitar Closet in Stuart doesn't have much new (as the name might imply), but they often have some very unique instruments to see, and Terry Brent is a great guy...he's had 4-6 used Seagulls go through there in the last year - ok, including one Simon & Patrick... ;-)

Comment by Phil Manuel on May 1, 2012 at 10:02am

@Richard, I know what you say is mostly right, but they do seem to have put most of the Mom and Pop music stores out of business.  We used to have a store in town that had top-of-the-line Martins, Gibsons, and Fenders with a good cross-section of models to try out in private listening rooms.  Yeah, they were a bit high on prices, but their overhead was high, too.  Now, seems like you can't find a shop with any kind of in-house inventory.  Trouble is at GC, a lot of folks don't really know how to keep their belt buckles from making marks, scratches, and dings.  Just common sense to most real players, but in the dim light I couldn't see the marks.  The guitar played great and sounded great, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay their price for a 'used' new guitar.

Comment by Richard Rambler on April 30, 2012 at 10:15pm

Guitar Center's high-end acoustics are always crap. You usually gotta blow the dust off of them to try them out. They cater to amateurs & intermediates they're always having some kind of well advertised "blowout sale" on Chinese crap like Ibanez or Epiphone. ( Get the legendary Epiphone Hummingbird for only $299.00!!!) In the future, try Sam Ash Music online. I have ordered 2 factory fresh Gibsons from them in the past 5 years & they arrived flawless. No shipping charges ever & unless you live in New York, NO SALES TAX!

Comment by Rich Ford on April 13, 2012 at 6:56pm

I really like the Martin D18 a friend of mine owns . I've never touched an HD28 .

Comment by Phil Manuel on April 11, 2012 at 11:02am

They did have another out of the box I tried, it just wasn't as good - the neck was different and a little chunky.  It really didn't sound as good either.  So, that's why I thought the first one might work out.  However, when I looked at it again in the harsh light, rather than in the dim lighting of the 'closed room', those scratches really jumped out at me - and you're right, when spending those kind of bucks, I want to put my own scratches on it.

Comment by Rich Ford on April 11, 2012 at 9:18am

For that price I would think you would get a fresh one . Not one off the wall .

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