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    I worked in a large music store (800-1200 instruments in stock at any one time), and they found it hard to keep up with online prices. Making 10 - 15% above cost price can't keep the doors open. Too many staff required for that size operation, and their rent in the hearty of Paris was astronomical. They could conceivably have survived, had they kept knowledgebale staff and good customer service. Sadly poor management ensured that didn't happen and loyal customers quickly fled.

    And no matter what business you are in if you sell one thing to one person and they don't come back, you will eventually run out of people to sell to and will go bust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spychocyco View Post
    Not really interested in an EBMM LP knockoff, but a short-scale Axis on the other hand ... Take my money now.
    An axis with the Gibson scale length would be totally RAD👍

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    I'm pretty lucky with my store. I went in yesterday looking for a part for one of my Floyds, and they gave it to me, no charge. The guy just said be sure to come back and see me when you need something else. It was a small part, probably not more than a buck or two, but still, that's the kind of little thing that will bring people back. The guys that work there are all musicians themselves and know their business, and where I'm at, you're definitely not looking at Paris-sized overhead. It's a good store, but my tastes are just a little more exotic than what they handle. They're in pretty good shape because they're the only game in town with a surprisingly large community of musicians for a town our size, but like I said, they're one store when there used to be six or seven within a 30-ish mile radius.
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    Local stores these days survive much more on loyalty and SERVICES. Guitar lessons, guitar repairs, etc etc will keep generating money long after the initial sale.

    Also, one of the reasons that the big box stores can offer lower prices is because they strong arm the vendors into selling to them for less than they sell to competitors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    Also, one of the reasons that the big box stores can offer lower prices is because they strong arm the vendors into selling to them for less than they sell to competitors.
    Hmm....I'm not sure that's necessarily true. The big companies like Gibson and Fender have such ridiculous requirements that small stores can't afford the annual buy-ins anymore. As far as bigger stores getting the gear for less, it's less likely because of 'strong arming' and more about the capital to purchase higher quantities. Any store can get the good deals if they have the money. Distributors like KMC and the like offer the same deals to anyone with the scrilla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spychocyco View Post
    but a short-scale Axis on the other hand ... Take my money now.
    Back to the topic of this thread (DrKev, a mod should ban you for hijacking a thread ).

    An Axis with a 24"3/4 scale length and a wide neck would be a nice option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbecir View Post
    An Axis with a 24"3/4 scale length and a wide neck would be a nice option.
    With a set neck or bolt-on?



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    Quote Originally Posted by dibart77 View Post
    With a set neck or bolt-on?
    Bolt-on. No need to change the formula !

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    I'd like to try short scale, but don't mess with the shape of the neck at all. That's the most beautiful thing about the Axis.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis Super Sport Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black
    A half-dozen pawn shop beaters no one cares about

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    Quote Originally Posted by spychocyco View Post
    I'd like to try short scale, but don't mess with the shape of the neck at all. That's the most beautiful thing about the Axis.
    I agree!
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    I'm a Armada owner and also have a PRS.

    I really think that the shorter scale neck through guitars are something cool. Not saying that EBMM has to react to Gibsons situation, but I really like some things about those guitars. My Armada is a sweet sounding axe.

    I'd love to see more from EBMM in the neck through, shorter scale variety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Jason View Post
    The only "inspired by Gibson" musicman I'd love to see would be a big hollow 335.
    A semi-hollow Valentine would have me running for my wallet...

    Need to try the semi Axis

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    Interesting read this thread.

    Any light to be shined Pete?
    Or someone else here w music store...Mick?

    I had read several articles about the Gibby Bankruptcy and sent them to half a dozen people.
    I was actually sad. And very nostalgic.
    But glad BP posted about this.

    The internet is certainly an indispensable part of everyday life, but what its done to certain industries and rituals (retail industry the biggest and most relevant example here) is as much an economic threat as it is a low price bonanza
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    Quote Originally Posted by David5150 View Post
    Need to try the semi Axis
    I've been on the hunt for a semi-hollow Axis with piezo, preferably in Black Cherry Burst for a while. Every time one comes up, though, I never have the cash to pull the trigger.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis Super Sport Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black
    A half-dozen pawn shop beaters no one cares about

    http://mountainkingmusic.com
    http://spychocyco.blogspot.com

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    If you don't need the piezo, there's one in the F/S thread.

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