Originally posted by Pat Farrell: Drove by my favorite 'used' guitar store today, Southworth in Bethesda MD and they are gone...
Yeah, that's a disappointing trend. The high-end vintage transactions are mostly online now. I guess when you're trying to connect a $50,000 guitar with a buyer, the local foot traffic isn't very promising. And trying to stay in business with reasonably priced instruments is almost impossible with discount warehouses and auctions online, and chains like Guitar Center claiming all the foot traffic.
I really miss the days when you could go to several guitar stores looking for an instrument with the right feel, or trying out different amps and effects -- not just the high-volume lines. Willie's Guitars is still close to me, but it's obvious that they don't care much about walk-in traffic anymore.
"We're kind of on the level of crossword puzzle writers... And no one ever goes to them and gives them an award." ~Joe Strummer sscce.org