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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN SOUTHINGTON, CT

— 247th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with
GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (May 23, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, May 16, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Southington, Connecticut, located at 839 Queen St. Southington, CT 06489. The Southington store (Guitar Center’s 247th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Southington Store Manager Mike D’Amore stated, “Playing music is not just a hobby, it’s my passion and likewise working at Guitar Center is not just my job, but a truly rewarding career where I get the chance to help my friends, neighbors and colleagues make music every day. Managing the new Guitar Center Southington is a true homecoming for me, and I’m so excited to be at a store that has the capabilities to offer musicians the chance to learn and hone their craft at the brand-new, in-house Guitar Center Studios.” D’Amore is GC certified in guitars and has been with the company since 2003.

Guitar Center Southington: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Southington music scene, Guitar Center Southington also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Southington residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Southington brings an unprecedented selection of products to Southington, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Southington includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Southington: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Southington customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Southington will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Southington store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Southington residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Southington Store and Studio Hours

Mon-Thurs: 11 AM-8 PM
Fri: 10 AM-8 PM
Sat: 10 AM-7 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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