Don’t let your shyness stop you from thriving in guitar stores!
Guitar shops can be anxiety-inducing. Whether you’re nervous about a lack of knowledge or you are afraid of getting upsold on useless gear, Acoustic Life has you covered. We’re giving you 5 tips to own your guitar store experience.
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5. Bring a Friend (Guitar Buddies…Unite!)
There’s something comforting about being with friends. Having a friend venture with you to a guitar store can lighten the mood while making the experience more fun. Whether your friend knows more about guitars and gear than you or less, having a friend with you brings down the anxiety levels.
When you go with a friend, you won’t be stuck talking to a salesman or a staff member. Instead, you can create a dialogue that won’t be a one-sided pitch. Using your friend as a buffer will reduce anxiety and provide an unbiased opinion.
4. Call a Guitar Store Ahead
Think of calling the store as a stress-free way of making the first contact. When you call the store, you can confirm if they have what you are looking for. In addition, you can learn the name of a sales associate and ask them if they can help you when you arrive. When you schedule an informal meeting with a salesperson, you establish a connection that helps them help you more. In a way, calling ahead can put you and the salesperson on the same page.
3. Ask Questions (and Remember, No Question is Stupid!)
Asking questions can seem intimidating at first. If you’ve followed the previous two tips, asking questions about the guitar or gear you are looking at won’t be as stressful. Asking questions can also cut down on unnecessary trips to the guitar store.
Don’t be afraid to ask the sales staff if you can demo guitars or gear. Alternatively, you can ask them to demo certain products if you are too anxious or nervous. This is part of their job if you are at a reputable guitar store.
When you ask about guitars and gear that are compatible with your needs, you will leave the store more informed and ultimately better equipped to make future purchasing decisions.
2. Be Honest About What You Are Looking For
When you are honest with a salesperson, it makes it easier for the salesperson to help you. If you tell the salesperson you are looking for a blues-oriented guitar, they might make assumptions about your skills, income, and desires. However, if you tell them you are learning the guitar and you want to play the blues, they can help you more.
If you are going to the guitar store to try out gear — and you have no intention of buying — be sure to let the staff know you are just trying out gear. Guitar stores are designed to offer you experiences, not just sell products. When you explain what exactly you are wanting to try out, a salesperson may point you in the right direction.
1. Listen and Learn
When you go to a guitar store, be sure to listen and learn. If you walk into the store closed-minded, you are missing out on making connections and learning important lessons. The salesperson may be younger than you, older than you, less of a guitar geek than you, or even more of a guitar geek — either way, connecting with guitar geeks is one of the best ways to learn the guitar and continue learning new techniques, mechanics, and guitar knowledge.
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