There’s hardly a more simultaneously fulfilling and irritating experience than shopping for gear. Though I personally do the majority of my shopping at Fork’s, on occasion I wander into a Sam Ash or a Guitar Center, where, without fail, I am greeted with one of two sales approaches: I am utterly ignored, left to wait at the counter for half an hour just to buy some sticks…or a soul-patched, pony-tailed joker plays me his all-time top five favorite fills before telling me why the snare I’m interested in is way less cool than his own.
Well, another corporate behemoth has entered the pool of musical equipment suppliers. It seems as though Best Buy do have one thing going for them: Their salespeople aren’t commissioned. I’m not sure if that means it will be a low-pressure environment or if I’ll get no service whatsoever because no one gives a shit if I buy something or not. Anyhow, Rivergate’s grand opening was last weekend, and Brentwood’s is next weekend, Nov. 7-9. There will be performances from Joey & Rory and The Bridges and buy-three-get-one-free on strings, straps, cables, sticks and more.
Also, regarding the cabinets in the above image, is there actually a line of equipment with a sweet, gnarly griffin as its logo? Please tell me there is.