Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lotsa new stuff

AS SHERYL LIKES to put it, "Slow and steady wins the race." Very true, but we are really growing here at Second String Music. As you can see in the above video, we like to have fun in the store!

We just received a new shipment of affordable Indiana acoustics, the Dakota series. They are a step up from the Scouts and sound great, the perfect first guitar.

We now have Morgan Monroe guitars in stock, the MM Quilted Ash series, and they have very nice pickups if you want to plug into the PA or for a solo acoustic gig.

We have just become Reverend Guitar dealers and they are incredible, reasonably priced from a company based in Detroit, Michigan. Kid Rock plays a Reverend, as does former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito. We have a few coming in toward the end of the week and if you are a serious guitar player, you need to check them out.

Our Dean and LTD guitars continue to sell well, and we are getting more LTD guitars next month. The Roland Cube Amps have flown out of here, and we have a few of the 20 watt amps left. Rodney played the 80-watt Cube last weekend with The Cheeseburgers and was so impressed, he's decided to keep it.

Guitar lessons continue to boom, and Rodney will be opening more days to teach. Jim Bier is also staying busy with the more advanced students.

Gus Macker weekend is almost here so it will be tough to park near the store this weekend, but have a little patience and come hang outside the front door with Rodney on the Dream Court!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

For the guitarist, Musician’s Friend is a sultry temptation hard to resist

This has always been a favorite column Rodney wrote for the HW in 2008.  I have updated it with current music store info but otherwise have not changed a thing.  Enjoy!

“If you buy it, I will come,” she whispers sweetly into the guitar player’s ear. “She” is Musician’s Friend magazine. She shows up once a month and taunts, cajoles, promises. She is full of guitars, amps, strings, stuff the guitar player doesn’t need but wants. An old friend put it best when he said, “It”s a need versus want analysis.”

She lies sometimes. “You need another acoustic guitar,” she says in that low gravelly voice. “C’mon. C’mon ....” Or, “That Taylor would look good in your hands.” Or, “Marshall stacks roar.”
Most of the time, the guitar player argues with her. He supports local establishments, like Second String Music at 5th and Maine. Sheryl and Rodney Hart are good guys, knowledgeable about their products and willing to go the extra mile to make the sale.

“Fine,” she says. “But do they have a “Stupid Deal Of The Day?” Ouch. The first blow below the belt. “Have you gone online today?” she says. “I don’t know about you, but the new Epiphone G-400 Deluxe electric guitar is a classic rocker that’s ready to roll.”

She purrs while talking about the guitar sporting a gorgeous retro honeyburst finish, a streamlined look, Alnico V humbuckers, Tune-o-matic bridge and an all-mahogany back for maximum sustain and gutsy tone. “By the way,” she says, moving in for the kill, scoffing at the guitar player now in the fetal position, “it has a limited lifetime warranty.”

There are ways to counter her, though saying no often hurts more than giving in.

“Have you seen the price of gas today?” he pleads.
“Been like that a long time,” she purrs back.
“Uh, last time I succumbed, I ate soup from cans for two months,” he says.
“It”s good for you, big boy,” she replies without hesitation.
“Uh, a family member had an appointment with the allergy doctor, and the bill about wiped me out,” he says with a cringe.
“I know you have a big jar of change somewhere,” she says in that silky low voice.
“Uh, my car window broke in a blizzard last month, and it cost me $530 to fix,” he says, now at least up to his knees from the fetal position. “The mechanic tried not to laugh. So did the bank girls.”
This momentarily stops her. “Well,” she says, the voice lowering yet another step, “look at page 20.”
Eyes closed, lips pursed, the guitar player digs in. “No,” he says.
“Page 20,” she says, her near-whisper taunting brushing his ear.
“No,” he says again, back on his knees.
“C’mon,” she says, almost so he can’t hear her. “C’mon ... It’s a Martin acoustic. Under $1,000. It’s so ... you.”
The guitar player’s body shakes. His vision blurs. He can’t go on. So he does the only thing that can save him. 

He reaches for his cell phone and dials his salvation, like he’s done so many times before.

“No,” says his bank account. “Forget it. You are still reeling from the $100 Boss tuner and the $65 gig bag she suckered you into for Christmas. For yourself. Shame on you!”

Bolstered and resolute, he returns and confronts Musician’s Friend. “Sorry. Can’t do it,” he says.
“O.K.,” she replies, but with a dangerous undertow in her voice. “Just do me one favor. Do NOT look at page 6 and the Gibson Les Paul’s we are practically giving away.”

“Help me,” he says.
He hopes it’s not too late.

**Reprinted and Updated with the permission of the writer, Rodney Hart.  Originally appeared in the Quincy Herald Whig, March 2008.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Cleaning

SORRY WE HAVEN'T posted since Christmas, it's been steady as she goes at Second String Music, and we are doing our spring cleaning. We've celebrated our second birthday and we have big plans for the back of the first floor - our new lessons rooms are up and running, thanks to Frank Haxel.

Since it snowed so much today, we are having a big sale Monday - check our Facebook Page for more in the morning.

Peace! - Rodney & Sheryl

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!

WE WOULD LIKE to thank all of our loyal customers and the great Quincy area musicians for supporting us this year. Our Christmas season has been fantastic and we are indeed blessed.  Working with Frank and Cindy at Vancil Performing Arts Music Department has made a huge difference in all of our musical lives.  They ROCK!

Fast Eddie is having a great Christmas!
Sheryl, Rodney and Fast Eddie wish you a Happy Christmas and Merry New Year. On Christmas day, we will take a time to reflect on an eventful year and we can't wait to rock and roll with all of you into 2013.

We are open today until 4:30 and Christmas Eve from 10 am to 7 pm.

Regular store hours resume on December 26th.  M-F 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Fast Eddie gets a facebook page

When we adopted Luckycat Vegas we "inherited" her facebook page, started by Chris Prewitt for Vegas Music.  I thought it was silly but figured it we could have some fun with it and market the music store that might work.  Well, after Lucky went to be with Pat there have been many suggestions come through the store.  Get Eddie a buddy, Take Ed home on the weekends, and Give Ed extra Love.... 

Someone even dared to mention that Eddie should have his own facebook page by now!  So we have considered all these great suggestions and of course Eddie is getting extra love, he has also been put on a diet (no more eating ALL the food for both cats) and today he got his own facebook page....  I caved. 

Fast Eddie has taken notice of his loved one's support and continually tries to take over my keyboard.  Watch for some new kitty thought and ideas in the near future!