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Yesterday I headed to the guitar store to pick up a set of acoustic strings. I got my set successfully but was thoroughly disgusted at the rest of the hardware there. More on that in a moment. I wrote a new song called "Life in D" and put it on my Sabbathized MySpace page. Check it out if you like.

A friend of mine that lives close by IM'ed me. I said I didn't feel like internet-chatting so I asked if it was okay if she called me up. She did; we spoke for a while. Just general this'n'that stuff. She's a sweetie. Very cool girl. It just so happens she's a bit of a history nerd which is pretty darn cool because I'm an Americana nerd. I made note that I feel sort of embarrassed that I haven't been to Busch Gardens since moving to FL even though it's literally less than 2 miles away from me. Yeah. Seriously. So hopefully sometime before the summer is over she'll agree (fingers crossed) to take a trip with me there. I don't even care if the place sucks. I just want to go just to say "Yeah, I went. Been there, done that." 🙂

Okay, here's why the guitar store ticked me off:

The staff was cool as usual, no problems there. What I did have issue with was the selection for what I was looking for. And what is it that I wanted? A rackmount guitar effects signal processor. My Alesis Quadraverb GT is really old and the backlight on the dispay doesn't work anymore, so I was in the market for another. I just wanted something simple.

Now here's the deal. The guitar store has these on their web site and they're relatively cheap.

Want to know how many there were in the store? NONE. These aren't out-of-stock items. I'm saying they literally had zero rackmount units. Oh sure, they had pedals and stompboxes. They had those galore. But true-blue rack effects? Nonexistent.

This ticked me off because a signal effects processor is something you have to hear before you buy it; it's very unwise to buy one "sound unheard" so to speak.

I remember not so long ago that the store used to have these things stocked, plugged in and ready-to-try before buying. Not right now they don't.

I'm seriously considering going to Sam Ash in Tampa. It's just under 10 miles from me right off Dale Mabry highway. One can only hope they actually have some rackmount effect units there that I could actually, y'know.. HEAR.

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