New Guitar Center Meets the Needs of Area Musicians and Musician Wannabes

Dylan Mroz, Reporter

Guitar Center recently opened on October 25 in the Millcreek Mall complex. It is located near Round One and Primanti Bros. Restaurant. The new store offers music lessons, equipment rentals, instrument repairs, and sales. Products they carry include guitars, drums, and electronic equipment. Some of Guitar Center’s top brands include Yamaha, Fender, Gibson, Pioneer DJ, and JBL.

Prior to the opening of Guitar Center, most GM students had to drive further to World of Music in Erie. Thanks to the opening of Guitar Center in the Millcreek Mall all your music needs can be met without driving the extra miles. For your convenience, they are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

When asked about the benefits of having a Guitar Center in Erie, bass player, Mr. Kennerknecht responded that “it is convenient for most people’s needs.”Prior to the opening of Guitar center, he counted on World of Music for his musical needs. Kennerknecht stated that Guitar Center has an “extensive string selection” compared to World of Music and now relies on them whenever he is in need of new bass strings. Guitar Center even carries Mr. K’s beloved ChromaCast 0.92mm pick to give him the perfect stiffness, even in his favorite orange color.

Freshman Gus Guzik was “impressed with the deals on the ukuleles”. He even bought one for his sister for Christmas. “She was happy it came pretuned and included instructions on how to play it”. Guzik continued, “The store has a cool atmosphere and the acoustic section is sick.” When asked if he would make another purchase there he stated, “For sure. I really want one of the DJ kits they have with the twisty things that goes whicky whicky whaaaa.”

Aside from sales, Guitar Center Erie provides private lessons in guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums with flexible scheduling. Also, you can stop in to learn more about their singing lessons. Guitar Center Erie also offers unique opportunities including jam sessions, recording lessons, group lessons and more. They even have a Rock Show program, which connects you with other musicians at your skill level to get the full experience of being in a band.