Let’s talk about guitar stores.
Guitar stores are wonderful place right? Where else are you going to find your new favourite guitar or pedal? Where else can you find so many awesome amplifiers and plug in and play?
But, if they’re so great - How come so many guitar stores are so empty most of the time?
How come every time someone messages me about should they buy this guitar or another – they have found them online and they’ve never even seen either one up close? How will you know if it’s better for you if you haven’t tried it?
People would rather buy a guitar online that they have never seen or held before rather than go to a store and try them out?
How come people will hang out at coffee shops and apple stores and watch and listen to music on their phones, but they won’t hang out at guitar stores
The answer is simple.
Most guitar stores are intimidating and stale places, especially for beginner guitarists.
From being nervous playing in front of others, to being afraid of saying something ‘wrong’ in front of staff or others you think know more than you, many guitar stores are just not doing enough to get people through the door and make them want to stay and spend time there
This is made even worse if you’re a beginner guitarist. I remember buying my first set of strings in my local guitar store. The guy rightly asked me “What guage?” I had no idea what he meant. I literally pointed at the guitar on the wall that looked the most like mine
Do you agree with this? Before I make my suggestions, I want to know your experience of your guitar stores. I’d prefer you not to mention any store names, this goes way beyond any one music store chain, but I do want to know what you think and I want this to be the start of a
Why dopeople find stores intimidating and how can we change this?
Let me know your comments below!