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Guitar Center: One Stop Shop For Bands

April 14, 2014

They are businesses out there that want to offer one stop shopping, perhaps the malls offers all you need.  You have different stores inside the malls and aside from dried goods, there are also the restaurants providing food. There may also be musical entertainment offered on a regular basis or on special occasions.

Speaking of musical entertainment bands need musical instruments and one company has as its business model stores that provide all the instruments a musical band will need. This company is Guitar Center.  The firm is based in Westlake Village, California. It is the number one retailer in the U.S. of a wide selection of popular guitars, basses, amplifiers, keyboards, workstations, drums, percussion, microphones, PA systems, DJ equipment, stage lighting, recording software, studio gear, pro-audio equipment and more.

There is also GuitarCenter.com which is backed by the company’s over 250 stores around the country. This site provides the fastest, easiest way to find all the gear you need in one place. While many popular instruments are available for same-day pickup at a store near you, the firm offers free shipping on thousands of items to the Guitar Center location of your choice.  The stores are located in over 40 states.  Major brands include Fender, Gibson, Martin, Ampeg, Crate and Vox.

Stores also sell used and vintage instruments, computer hardware and software, and musician services like CD duplication, and digital distribution.

Aside from Guitar Center, the company also operates around 110 Music & Arts Center Stores that sell and rent band and orchestral instruments.  The firm’s Musician’s Friend and Music 123 units sell merchandise online and by catalog.

The firm banks on it buying power and strong relationships with all the top musical instrument brands to be able to get the best gear at the guaranteed low price. Aside from guitarists, drummers need look no further for the biggest selection of the best drum gear, including acoustics drum sets, electronic drum sets, hand drums, cymbals and sticks.

Private equity firm Bain Capital owns Guitar Center.

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