guitar center/sam ash techs?

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  1. hithere

    hithere Member

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    hey guys I really need two of my guitars some simple fixes and setups quick, and I only have both these stores near me. I was going to go farther to one of my boutique stores but I was told they overprice.

    any experience with these techs?
     
  2. Ahess86

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    My experience with Sam Ash: you're better off taking your broken TV back to Walmart to get it fixed.

    No experience with GC, won't let them touch my guitars.
     
  3. rivaeast

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    Depends on who they have doing the work.... I had good luck with the guy at my Sam Ash but it was simple stuff that I would normally.
     
  4. Vintage55

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    Go by each store, without the guitars, and strike up a conversation with a couple of the guys in the guitar section. Talk about setups. Talk about how to really tweak the most out of a guitar during a setup. See who seems to makethe most sense. Then, if any of them actually DO make sense, take your guitars to them.
     
  5. slopeshoulder

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    I would say run away, but I do one master level tech who cut his teeth there.
     
  6. duaneallen

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    I would rather take it to a drunk, mentally deranged person who was never seen a guitar before first.
     
  7. eyeball987

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    I wouldn't trust either with anything to be honest. I just an LP from GC and gave them an entire day to set it up. I was told that they have a real "tech" who comes in for a few hours a day. I picked up the LP and it was unplayable. 3 guys tried to fix it and not one had a clue.

    I almost took it back for a refund until I dig through the Gibson site and found a local authorized repair guy. He set it up under warranty at no cost to me and the guitar is magic now.
     
  8. gkoelling

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    I thought the phrases Sam Ash and Guitar Center were completely removed from the term "tech?":huh
     
  9. DrumBob

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    My sentiments exactly, but then again, I despise GC and Sam Ash anyway.

    Actually, I'd take a guitar to a chimpanzee for adjustment first.

    Better yet, go online, find a tutorial and learn to do it yourself. That's what I'm starting to do. You can get all the tools you might need at Stew-Mac. I just ordered a quarter inch truss rod wrench for my Rick 12. Why should I drive 30 miles to my tech and pay him when I can do it myself?
     
  10. blood5150

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    Here they are....

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  11. CthonicEwes

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    Perhaps you can post where the places you are thinking of going are located. Then maybe someone here will have some actual constructive criticism based on experience instead of posting Beavis and Butthead cartoons.

    Sorry, I know I need some coffee...

    Anyway, my 2 cents are: if it's simple stuff I would probably have no problem letting a tech at either place do some work for me. I have had good experiences with techs at GC (the one in Sherman Oaks) and Sam Ash (Sal in Hollywood). Face it, these are just independent contractors working out of these stores. There's no reason they are automatically bad just cause they work in these stores.

    The best thing, of course, is to go to a place you yourself trust or that is recommended by someone you trust. Pay a little more and drive a little more if you don't want to leave things to chance.
     
  12. blood5150

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    Easy dude...

    Living in a place where I literally have 3 guitar centers and a sam ash within 10 miles of each other I can say this...


    I have always had better experiences in taking my guitar to a mom and pop shop for setups, etc... better service and better turnaround times.

    Most of the guys that have worked at those big stores that I have been going to for 15 years dont know anything half of the time... I go in there asking about the new memory man and they have zero clue that a new one is even out... I mean if you work at a guitar store with all of the guitar magazines, etc... you should know what is going on in the industry.

    They would be better off working at Hot Topic


    Now....

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  13. Boris Bubbanov

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    I respect your opinion. I respect your guts at voicing it here, knowing at least one person was gonna facepalm you or such other gutless thing.

    But I don't agree with you. I talked to a fairly sharp sounding tech at the GC in Clearwater, FL one time, who seemed to know his business. That was a while ago. Otherwise, sorry; hadn't seen good things at all.
     
  14. ficklepie

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    If you have both a Guitar Center and a Sam Ash near you, then there are at least a dozen entirely competent independent guys also in your area who can set your guitars up for you. I'd forgo the big box guys and look up the little guys where you live.
     
  15. Jan Folkson

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    Hard to say,

    The guy I learned from (who is amazing BTW) was a tech at a sam ash for a period of time.
     
  16. Marshall Man

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    That is Charles and he is now in the Tampa store...I have had him work on several of mine!
     
  17. kerouackid

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    The techs at GC and Sam Ash are independent contractors, not employed by the companies. DO NOT LET THE EMPLOYEES TOUCH YOUR GUITAR! The techs are entirely different people, and usually know a lot more than the typical sales guy. There are some really good ones who work with GC, just ask them the same questions you would of any tech. If you don't like the answer, WALK. If you agree, go for it.
     
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    Lots of good advice here for finding someone to do the work for you, but I would encourage you to learn how to do the "simple" stuff yourself. Find a beater guitar, buy a good soldering iron, and print out some wiring diagrams, and then have at the guitar yourself. Rewire it. Adjust the truss rod. Get a digital tuner and intonate it. Set the action. Once you can do these things yourself, your enjoyment level will rise substantially. I just redid the wiring on an LP I have today. I almost didn't have to look at the wiring diagram. I had a blast.
     
  19. CthonicEwes

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    Man, I meant to put a smiley face next to the quip about Beavis & Butthead; sorry to ruffle your feathers.
     
  20. slider313

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    I believe Larry Fitzgerald works at the Sam Ash in Huntington,NY. He worked for Mandolin Bros. and Rudy's in NYC and is one of the better techs around. I would guess it all depends on which store you go to.
     

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