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ismnotwasm

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12. I read that the sales of electric guitars have been declining
Sun Apr 22, 2018, 12:30 PM
Apr 2018

This article from a year ago. I was talking about it with my grandson, who just loves guitar.

Standing in the center of the biggest, six-string candy store in the United States, you can almost believe all is well within the guitar world.

Except if, like George Gruhn, you know better. The 71-year-old Nashville dealer has sold guitars to Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift. Walking through NAMM with Gruhn is like shadowing Bill Belichick at the NFL Scouting Combine. There is great love for the product and great skepticism. What others might see as a boom — the seemingly endless line of manufacturers showcasing instruments — Gruhn sees as two trains on a collision course.

“There are more makers now than ever before in the history of the instrument, but the market is not growing,” Gruhn says in a voice that flutters between a groan and a grumble. “I’m not all doomsday, but this — this is not sustainable.”


https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/the-slow-secret-death-of-the-electric-guitar/?utm_term=.f685ae5d5555
fuck Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #1
The problem is that there is no place to sit? oberliner Apr 2018 #2
That would suck. Loki Liesmith Apr 2018 #3
Vultures - isnt this Bain capital? Dream Girl Apr 2018 #4
It would have to be some bullshit like this. Dave Starsky Apr 2018 #7
They'll probably merge it with something like PetSmart... KY_EnviroGuy Apr 2018 #10
Guitar Center to Be Acquired by Bain Capital for $1.9 Billion FarCenter Apr 2018 #9
Bain - as I recall they deliberately treestar Apr 2018 #16
That's exactly what they do. That's ALL they do. Dave Starsky Apr 2018 #20
That's the general idea, but the ploy is more complicated than that FarCenter Apr 2018 #24
then Ares Capital came in melm00se Apr 2018 #26
Uh-oh. That's my toy store. (n/t) Iggo Apr 2018 #5
Another brick & mortar store gone CountAllVotes Apr 2018 #6
The problem is licensing Miles Archer Apr 2018 #8
Thank you mshasta Apr 2018 #11
Is Bananas at Large still around? CountAllVotes Apr 2018 #17
Seems they are still around CountAllVotes Apr 2018 #19
GC Owns Musician's Friend as well OneBlueDotBama Apr 2018 #32
Sweetwater Sound... Adrahil Apr 2018 #21
Guitar Center owns Musicians Friend. Eko Apr 2018 #33
I read that the sales of electric guitars have been declining ismnotwasm Apr 2018 #12
There have been rumors of such for years. Someone will purchase what's left of them and salvage Hoyt Apr 2018 #13
This is another retail model that isn't paying attention to consumers... cbdo2007 Apr 2018 #14
And Epiphone is an affordable alternative to a Gibson... Adrahil Apr 2018 #22
Not surprising blake2012 Apr 2018 #15
Some place to sit. Yes! MineralMan Apr 2018 #18
Awesome! NT Adrahil Apr 2018 #23
What a great story Beakybird Apr 2018 #28
No more guitar heroes! nt USALiberal Apr 2018 #25
It had to happen. All of trump supporters are buying banjoes instead. tonyt53 Apr 2018 #27
Just Another Bain Capitol Success. OneBlueDotBama Apr 2018 #29
Good - as a player/collector for years, happy to see this DrDan Apr 2018 #30
Rock is not as popular w/youth as it once was. radius777 Apr 2018 #31
Pretty much every year Eko Apr 2018 #34
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