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  1. RPKennedy

    RPKennedy Senior Stratmaster

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    ...do you prefer doing it alone, or with a friend / significant other?

    Why?
     
  2. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Me. Because I know what I want
     
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    circles Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Alone. I can't imagine bringing either. I don't see the advantage. Plus they'd be bored.
     
  4. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Solamente tú sabes qué decisión te hará feliz.
     
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    gjohnson441496 Strat-Talker

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    I don't have any friends.
     
  6. Silvercrow

    Silvercrow Senior Stratmaster

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    Alone. My wife is supportive, extremely so. But I want NO distractions, pressure to "get going" and would constantly be worried she'd be bored.

    AFTER the purchase she'll look, "oo and Ahhh!" with me over it. Compliment on how nice it sounds and then ask me if I'll ever be 'done'...LOL!:p

    Bring a friend or fellow musician? NO! Although their input might be valuable, my tastes are my tastes. And if I screw up, theres that 45 day return policy...;)

    Brian
     
  7. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have one non imaginary friend...
    Not a muse...
    But a constant source of talking to myself subjects..
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    A pretty good partner...
    She hates music stores...
    Fortunately here in NoCal n the Reno area
    There is a
    Total Wine & More...
    Adjacent to Guitar Center...
    Complementary...
    WOT?
     
  8. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Always down for shop trips with buddies or my family

    I go solo a lot too.. but if there is someone around and they want to go, they get invited.
     
  9. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

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    Initially alone, then as I am getting nearer the destination I'll incorporate a second set of ears to confirm or deny my hypothesis.

    Sort of doing that now. I've determined that my blackface amps are wasting away here. Love their sound as I do, they're just not getting used. It's time that one, or both, find someplace else, while I acquire something better suited to my living room...

    A Magnatone Stereo Twilighter.

    But I've never actually heard the Stereo Twilighter. I've played the mono version, and the 10" stereo Panorama. So, before I ask the dealer to order the one I desire, even though I would not be under any obligation, a friend will accompany me to test the waters of the two the dealer does have.

    You see, I am not certain that I am not chasing smoke. I am not willing to put a small local company through the effort and expense to satisfy a whim. As my friend is honest to a fault and well acquainted with the parameters, I trust he'll offer an unvarnished opinion.
     
  10. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    I like going with a musician buddy... of which I currently have none living close by.
    The reason: because no matter how well I am playing at the time, I always feel all judgemental eyes are on me when I plug in at a shop. A buddy buffer helps to calm that feeling.
     
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    Tone Quest Senior Stratmaster

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    I do it alone and trust my ears. They haven't failed me yet.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I may mooch in company, but serious gear hunting is done alone. Plausible deniability must be maintained at all times. :D
     
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    mjark Senior Stratmaster

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    Certainly not my wife.
     
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    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No way! She still believes an amp costs 100$, a pedal 10$ and a strat 80$.
     
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    tery Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Me , myself , and I .
     
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    velvet_man Strat-O-Master

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    Out of necessity, I've tried going with kids in tow. I would not recommend doing that! I spent more time time keeping them from touching things than actually trying out gear.
     
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    EC Strat-boy Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Alone for sure.

    One time I went with a buddy to GC and I showed him a Clapton Strat as I had just got one. Wanted him to see how great it was. He hated it and went on and on how a LP / humbucker Guitar is better etc

    He went there to try some acoustics out and disliked the lower end Martin I suggested etc and went on about that.

    Just different tastes. When I’m at a GC I need to be in my own world
     
  18. GuitarMechanic

    GuitarMechanic Most Honored Senior Member

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    I usually go by myself so nobody is getting bored
    Sometimes if Wife and kid go along it's ok because they go play around with keyboards
     
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    Nick-O Strat-O-Master

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    Alone...the last time, the only time I went with somebody else, 1) I bought a $1300 guitar I was not looking for and 2) I was talked/guilted into buying a GC warranty....ridiculous! Better off alone with a tone in mind.
    My wife has been playing bass for 30 years, so if she is with me she does her own thing and we get together at check out time. No stress there.

    .02¢
     
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    808K Strat-O-Master

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    Nobody wants to go to the guitar store with me. And that is best for all.

    If the wife came it would be hard to ask for a “wife receipt” with her there.
     
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