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Guitar Center Reduces Corporate Staff Levels

Guitar Center Reduces Corporate Staff Levels

| January 30, 2015 | 3 Comments

Yesterday, The Music & Sound Retailer learned that there had been a substantial wave of layoffs at Guitar Center, centered specifically on the corporate and field-supervision level. This news comes only a couple of months after the resignation of Mike Pratt, former CEO of Guitar Center, who was replaced by Darrell Webb, as President and […]

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JANUARY NAMM SHOW ISSUE

JANUARY NAMM SHOW ISSUE

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

COVER STORIES 3rd Annual NAMM New Product Spotlight We once again present our annual NAMM New Product Spotlight: now in its third year and continuing to grow in both size and popularity. Here, we showcase nearly 60 of the hottest items on display in Anaheim: stuff you simply can’t head home without having seen. A […]

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GC News: Pratt Departs, Retailer Names New President And CEO

GC News: Pratt Departs, Retailer Names New President And CEO

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Guitar Center has announced that its Board of Directors appointed Darrell Webb to be the company’s new President and CEO, effective today. Webb, an executive with experience growing multiple retail businesses, was recruited by the Board to lead Guitar Center as the company looks to capitalize on its growth prospects. Webb replaces former CEO Mike […]

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D’Addario Launches Play Fearlessly Project Site

D’Addario Launches Play Fearlessly Project Site

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

D’Addario & Company has launched of a new site for their Play Fearlessly Project, at playfearlessly.com. The Play Fearlessly Project is a social initiative designed to showcase the company’s next generation of electric guitar strings: D’Addario NYXL. Built with a proprietary wire drawn at D’Addario’s New York headquarters, NYXL strings boast strength, improved tuning stability […]

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MI Spy Goes Rogue

MI Spy Goes Rogue

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Not long ago, I was hired by one of the richest men on the eastern seaboard to scope out a superb, high-end ax for his grandson, who was about to turn 16. I’ve been a covert operative for a number of years now. So, when a man tells me, “Price is no object,” I can […]

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Little Kids Rock To Honor Joan Jett At Benefit

Little Kids Rock To Honor Joan Jett At Benefit

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Non-profit organization Little Kids Rock will host its sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, honoring Joan Jett and her music. The annual event, this year presented by Guitar Center and produced by Steven and Maureen Van Zandt, will take place on Thursday, October 23, at New York’s iconic Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, a […]

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Guitar Center Dazzles In Heart Of Times Square

Guitar Center Dazzles In Heart Of Times Square

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

In August, Guitar Center celebrated the grand opening of the retailer’s brand new store location in Times Square in New York City, drawing numerous members of the press, including Dan Ferrisi, Editor of The Retailer. The new store is located at 218 W. 44th St. and opened its doors on August 7. The opening coincides […]

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Guitar Center Welcomes New Executives To Leadership Team

Guitar Center Welcomes New Executives To Leadership Team

| July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Music & Sound Retailer has learned that Guitar Center has made changes to its executive leadership team as the organization moves into the third quarter of its fiscal year. With the launch of a new five-year growth strategy announced in early April, the organization has already begun a host of new organizational changes internally […]

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MI Spy Blows Through ‘The Windy City’

MI Spy Blows Through ‘The Windy City’

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

I felt exhilarated when I found out about my latest spy mission. I was to go—undercover, of course—to four musical instrument stores in search of a mid-level acoustic-electric guitar. Because I do not play guitar, I needed to come up with a cover story. I decided to go with the story that my 20-year-old niece […]

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GC, Behringer Sever All Ties

GC, Behringer Sever All Ties

| May 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

On May 16, Guitar Center gave notice to Behringer that it would no longer be carrying any of the company’s products in-store and terminating its relationship with Behringer for the foreseeable future. The decision was made by Guitar Center executive leadership based on what they describe as, “Behringer’s revision to unreasonable business terms late last […]

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