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Palace Revolution 2000
I don't know...no musician I know would be caught dead in that meat market. Awful place.
That is exactly right because the last 4 guitars I purchased I found online and then thru conversations on the phone with the shops I made my purchases and were talking high end instruments and with the stores reputation and the return policy and with the instrument being set up to my preferences with the exception of the most recent one purchased was a guitar lust in a bad way(it truly is the most beautiful piece of wood in appearance and tone ) and the one man jerk store I had to deal with and his 3% fee for me daring to use plastic to pay for it and the horrendous pickups that squealed like so bad and they had to be ripped out along with the wiring harness , everything has worked out for me and I felt guilty because I shopped at this one man jerk store because the one major shop in NYC that has been servicing my instruments which I have to box them up and UPS them there for service as I have one there now getting work done has been the best and because I have already made a high end purchase from them where they chopped money off and I was told that my savings would even be better on the next purchase and they hardly charge me anything for work being done on my guitars have made it very clear to me that they want me as a customer and are quite willing to accommodate all of my needs with service and pricing .That is exactly what it is all about in todays economy where good shops want your business and will give the white glove treatment and really court you for your $ which IMHO negates having to shop at the likes of Guitar center with the exception of strings , picks, stands, cables, and pedals . So it is very important when shopping online and thru the phone to do your homework , know what you want in features , don't be afraid to ask questions and barter or negotiate because they will (don't be nasty about it and don't expect to cut the price in half ) but there is wiggle room and don't forget the return policy which you will have to pay for shipping and it usual is 24-48 hours it is well worth it and the more knowledge and facts you have lead to the consumer making a better informed choice.Quote
In this day & age we need to be thankful for any shop/store that you can walk into, try a guitar & buy it.
I've never understood how folks can buy a guitar mail order without picking it up & playing it...but that's how most guitars are sold these days, just like everything else.
Bricks & mortar shops today have just become showrooms for the cheaper online retailers. That's why they're dying.
Not much we can do about it unless we find the will to pay that bit more for the real shop experience and stop buying cheaper online .