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I have 3, one's a local Mom-n-Pop place called Ron's Guitars over in Groton Ct., the next one is my Techies shop called Frets here in Westerly, and the third, despite the zitfaced kids who don't know squat about a guitar is Guitar Center over in New London, Ct. I'm like a kid in a candy store in all these places, I go to all of 'em just to hang out.

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Yup, Caruso Music is Still over there on Bank Street, and no he wouldn't budge on the guitar, offered me 30.00 bucks for the Digitech, at which point I laughed so hard in his face, I'm confident I sprayed the guy with spit. But yeah, I bought my first Gibson at Caruso, it was an '80's Studio L.P. that weighed a friggin' ton!

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Motor City Guitar.....waterdord michigan

 

Exactly-I've known Marty for over twenty years and have never been left disappointed with anything I ever bought from him and if I was he always made it right. Also (Paul) Huber And Breese in Fraser and (Stan Werbin) Elderly's in Lansing.

 

...and Al's your uncle.

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Ebay is good. Craig's List can be either very good or very bad, don't think I've ever had CL be just normal. I shop online at probably 3 different stores, M123 (and buy there when no one else has it in stock), Elderly, Sweetwater - then I call E.M.Shorts...they are usually 15-20% below the others on mid-level and up guitars, though I don't think they keep a huge inventory on-hand so you sometimes need to wait a bit. I can't stand the GC/MF/M123 arrogance, but they have many more product lines than most of the rest, so I wind up going there more often than I'd like just to figure out what I'm looking for, then try to find it somewhere else.

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I like Guitar Center, that's where I bought my Epi Les Paul Jr. for $99. We have a couple of local places I try to buy strings and such from to try and keep them around.

 

I've bought a Baby Taylor and a Danelectro DC-3 on Ebay and both were good deals and I was very happy with them.

 

On Ebay I also bought a pearl white pickguard with a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates @ the bridge (with all electronics) for a Mex Strat ($125) that I bought @ a yard sale for $50. This thing screams..

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I can't complain about MF, never recieved any thing that I didn't like, or couldn't tweak to magnificent's. After all, you pay no tax, 45 day return policy, what more can you ask for. They carry most everything you could possibly need, and clearance item's are usually great deals. I've picked up some great bargains in the past. My Ltd. Metallic red WildKat being one of the best, along with the AJ 200S I just picked up for $170. That guitar smokes! It jumped back up to $270 the week after I ordered it. My Riv' I got for $400 from them on a close out, another super deal. I have no complaint's with MF at all!

 

The local shop around me is pretty much Fender and Squire guitars, a few Hamers. The GC a half hour away generally never has what I'm looking for at the time, so I go online, wait and hope. I just scored a new Casino from the friend, and couldn't be happier. The local's I just buy strings from, actually the Wal-Mart near me sell's GHS Boomers. so I don't even have to deal with the locals either. A buck cheaper to boot, how can I resist...

 

I don't buy guitars off ebay, don't buy used stuff any way. Give me a money back guarantee with a warrenty. I figure ya' can't lose...

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Huh, thats weird, the boomers at the walmarts here in SLC are $6.50 while the same boomers at GC are only $3.40.

 

And I'll buy parts and accessories from online, but there's just something that scares me about buying a guitar online. Then again, if I buy a guitar, its almost always spur of the moment, feels right, sounds right, and is priced where I can afford it.

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E.M. Shorts, in Wichita (KS)....even when I lived in Los Angeles, I bought most of my guitars, from them.

I've bought 5 guitars from them, all were set up, strung with my choice of stings (Brand and guage)

And, I'venever had any reason, to send (or take) one back.

Guitar Center, now and then, and (Phil) Uhlik Music, as well...both in Wichita. As far as just G.A.S. goes...well, Ebay and this

Forum, are good to get that going!

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I live in a small town in between Nashville and Knoxville TN.

 

My favorite place is pawn shops. It's hit or miss but I always find something interesting.

I like to check them out even when I travel. Even if I don't buy anything I usually learn something from what I find.

It's like a scavenger hunt.

 

There's a guy here in town that sells the "USED" Epi's. They are usually overpriced but since we have no official Epi dealer in my town he has no competiton. I go in there just to see what he's got. I bought a Fender amp there and I've known the guy for a few years so he will let me play anything. I've put several Epi's through the paces there. LP's, SG's, Casinos, Sherries, and of course the Juniors.

 

We have a Fender dealer in town that is probably the best guitar store.

I hang out there alot just to get my hands on the latest stuff he carries.

 

We also have a Peavey dealer but they have very little selection.

 

When I go to Nashville I usually drop in the Sam Ash superstore in the Rivergate Mall.

When I go to Knoxville I go to Guitar Center.

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For me, I'd say that eBay and Craigslist would rank first. After that would be Guitarget, (a.k.a. Guitar Center). After that would be my buddy Dave who has even worse g.a.s. than I do. Every time he scores a new Epi I get giddy. Of the three he's bought, I now have all of em. Hehehe

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Theres a local (Well, 60 miles but for me thats local) place called Big E's Motor City Music. I've been going there for several years. Its a small shop and his prices can't compete with GC, but hes very knowledgeable and does have some good stuff.

Sometimes I just go there to hang out for awhile to kill time. Theres also MF, which I have ordered some stuff from in the last few weeks.

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There's no decent guitar shops around my area anymore... All that's left for me is Guitar Center, which I hate, and Daddy's Junky Music, which I hate even more... There's two "music stores" in my town that cater to "students".. You can send your kid there for lessons on a variety of instruments, but their guitar selections are pretty low end.. I'm talking Stagg, OLP, Johnson, Dean Playmate... That kind of stuff... I've had pretty good luck with eBay.. As long as you're not stupid about it, you can get some pretty good deals.. The last 5 guitars I bought came from eBay.. Only one of them was a dog... It was the bolt-on Junior, but since I was buying it to make a project out of it, I didn't really care too much.. I've also bought 2 amps on eBay and more parts than I can remember... All good deals... But I'm patient, I'm thorough, and I don't bid on impulse...

 

I do miss the fondle and fetish of buying a guitar at a store... Being able to play it before you buy it... Not to mention the immediate gratification of walking out the door with guitar in hand... And there are risks with eBay, no matter how careful you are... I don't prefer buying a guitar on eBay, it just seems to happen that way lately..

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Got a few choices here in Springfield, MO. Although I like to look around in GC, I've never bought anything in there. I stick to the mom & pop/small chain stores (5 or 6 stores) around here. Palen Music carries Fender and PRS. Springfield Music carries Fender, Gibson, Epiphone, and Taylor. Hoover is where you go for the uncommon stuff like Eastwood or Danelectro or Gretsch. Everyone at those places is just so much easier to talk to and build a relationship with. Maybe that just makes me feel like I'm getting a better deal than I really am.

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Hey Matiac' date=' I didn't know there was GC in New London. I always go to the one in Orange, CT. If you ever go there, and there's a kid playing a Gibson SG, it's probably me![/quote']

 

Well, if yer ever at the New London store, and see a guy with a backwards Lynyrd Skynyrd hat, and an unbuttoned flannel shirt, that'd probably be me. Oh, yeah, I'll be ogling the '59 hangin' on the wall.

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Exactly-I've known Marty for over twenty years and have never been left disappointed with anything I ever bought from him and if I was he always made it right. Also (Paul) Huber And Breese in Fraser and (Stan Werbin) Elderly's in Lansing.

 

...and Al's your uncle.

 

Yep.....took a tele back last week...no questions asked....exchanged it for a G 400. Scotty is a great tech too but a bit pricey. I am having him mod my MIM as soon as my pickups come in. Ckein out Texas soon. Bringing my credit card.

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I let out my GAS at the same place I work part-time, naturally... you can't argue with employee discounts. Also you get first crack at anything coming in the door as "used". EBay's an okay source as well as long as you know what something's really worth. When I'm on Ottawa I'll usually pop into Steve's just to look at what they've got in stock.

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