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April Digital Edition: Guitar Issue

April Digital Edition: Guitar Issue

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

COVER STORIES Guitar Market Strums With Life Within the music products industry, guitar sales are popping. Acoustics had a banner year in 2014, and electrics didn’t have a shabby showing, either. We offer an in-depth look at the guitar segment. Jammin’ With Guitar Makers We present a conversation with three prominent guitar manufacturers, each touching […]

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Guitar Market Strums With Life

Guitar Market Strums With Life

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

With all due respect to Meghan Trainor, it apparently isn’t “all about that bass.” Granted, she wasn’t talking about guitars, but we are. Acoustics had a banner year in 2014, with sales—in terms of dollars—rising 4.6 percent versus the prior year, according to MI SalesTrak. Electric guitar sales weren’t too shabby either, rising a strong […]

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Jammin’ With Guitar Makers

Jammin’ With Guitar Makers

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

A few times a year, The Retailer presents “roundtable-style” articles that focus on particular segments of interest within the music products industry. Because April is our annual Guitar Issue, it’s only natural, then, that we here offer a conversation with three prominent guitar manufacturers. It was our goal to speak to guitar makers that touch […]

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The Future Of Retail

The Future Of Retail

We’re living through the transformation of retail. Retail is going through what is perhaps its greatest revolution since the invention of mass production, and the musical instrument industry is unable to escape the implications of such a shift. MI retail has been changing for years, beginning with department stores, catalogs in the ’50s and shopping […]

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Brenden Cohen: CEO, D’Angelico Guitars

Brenden Cohen: CEO, D’Angelico Guitars

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Since April is The Retailer’s annual Guitar Issue, we set out a couple of months ago to book a fitting executive for this month’s “Five Minutes With” interview. In Brenden Cohen, CEO of D’Angelico Guitars, we think we’ve found just the right person. Although D’Angelico is a legendary name in the guitar market—John D’Angelico began […]

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MI Spy: Greetings From The Garden State

MI Spy: Greetings From The Garden State

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state in the U.S. But, yet, the Garden State occupies an outsized place in the rock ‘n’ roll world. Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Phoebe Snow, Janis Ian, Patti Smith, Pat DiNizio and the rest of the Smithereens, Debbie Harry (Blondie), Kate Pierson (The B-52s) and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) […]

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When You’re Here, You’re Family

When You’re Here, You’re Family

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Clark’s Music Center, of Jacksonville FL, is first and foremost a family business. Owner Clark Kirkwood, his wife Lisa, their son Joseph and Clark’s parents work in the store every day. And Chris Basile, a partner who works remotely from New Jersey, is considered a member of the extended Kirkwood family, as well. That sense […]

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User Reviews: They Can’t Put Anything On The Internet That Isn’t True!

User Reviews: They Can’t Put Anything On The Internet That Isn’t True!

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

By now, everyone’s seen the famous “French model commercial” in which an attractive woman tells a friend, “They can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true.” She then introduces her friend to her date, whom she met on the Internet: a French model…who is clearly anything but. Everyone loves this commercial. It’s hilarious because […]

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8 Ways To Free Your Business From Stagnation

8 Ways To Free Your Business From Stagnation

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

You’ve been in business for a while and seem to have found your groove. Customers are responding favorably to the lines and services you’re offering, and revenues have been good. Now that things have started to stabilize and become consistent, you might find yourself feeling stagnant and looking around for the next big challenge. The […]

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Gibson Brands Acquires HarmonyCentral.com

Gibson Brands Acquires HarmonyCentral.com

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Gibson Brands has acquired HarmonyCentral.com, a Web site for all types and levels of musicians. According to Gibson’s CEO and Chairman, Henry Juszkiewicz, “The industry needs a neutral, entertaining, informative site where musicians can exchange opinions and knowledge, ask questions, get answers, be controversial and have a great experience. Harmony Central will not be a […]

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