Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Made in China - Part One

Both Erick and Josh have always tried to avoid buying products made in China if at all possible. Erick, for example, refuses to buy a toaster made in China, meaning that his wife (me) is using a broken toaster until we can find one.
Why not buy "made in China" stuff? Well, it is usually poorer quality, it hurts our economy, and there is also the whole communist thing.
So anyway, this objection to Chinese-made products carries over into the business as well. Of course, we can't completely avoid carrying Chinese-made products because of demand and pricing, but we search far and wide for quality North American and European made products. We also have some great quality Japanese, Korean, and Indian made products that we are proud to carry.
This extra effort has paid off, as we have found that our customers appreciate an alternative to the All China, All the Time parade of products you find at many stores.

Which brings us to this:

We have carried these tuners for some time now, and they are a great product. They are among the most expensive tuners we carry. They were also formerly made in the U.S.A.. We were very dissapointed to learn that they are now made in China, and what is more, they are still selling at the same price as they were when they were made in the U.S.
So what to do? Well, we're going to blow them out at wholesale prices. They normally sell for $59.95, and now we're going to sell them for $34 each, plus shipping. When they're gone, we're not buying them any more, but we'll look around and see if we can find a comparable product made somewhere else.

We really think it's worth paying a little more, or looking a little harder for a better quality product. Keep checking back here for more in the Made in China series.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Cell phone mishap - Ovation USA 1777

So here's some free advice - When you're shopping in a guitar shop, or anywhere else that sells expensive and fragile items, DON'T talk on your cell phone when handling stuff!
A customer was putting another guitar back on the rack when his cell phone rang. He answered the phone, and then dropped the guitar. It fell on this beautiful, USA built Ovation, and chipped the back.
The upside is that now we can sell the guitar for half off (Upside for you, not for us!).
We have it listed on our store, so check it out!
And please, don't pick up guitars and talk on cell phones at the same time!

Monday, June 19, 2006

C.B. Perkins Online Store is Live!

At long last, our online store is launched!
We are very excited about this new venture, and we hope you are, too. We are still adding products as fast as we can, so if something isn't there now, it probably will be soon.
Check it out, and let us know what you think!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Stunning Custom Ordered G&L !

We do a lot of custom orders in our shop, it's one of the things we specialize in. Many of those orders are for G&Ls and Heritages.

This custom G&L came in a couple weeks ago, and I'm only now getting time to post it. We've been busy getting our online store ready to launch, so keep an eye out for an announcement on that very soon!
Anyhow, back to the guitar. It is an ASAT Special Semi-Hollow with a Bigsby in Will Ray Metallic. It has a matching headstock and a maple fingerboard with gun-oil tint.

The happy customer:

A close up:

If you'd like us to help you with a custom order, just give us a call or shoot us an email!

Will Ray Workshop

We really enjoyed having Will Ray visit our shop again. This was his third visit, and it was a great success. He answered questions, demonstrated some great G&L guitars, and jammed with some of our guests.
We held a raffle for a Will Ray model G&L Tribute, donating part of the proceeds to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement foundation.

Here are some pics:

From Left to Right: Erick Perkins, Will Ray, Kent Perkins, G&L Sales Rep, G&L Sales Rep, Josh Perkins.