SWEETWATER CO. BOUGHT OUT ??

No Way Jose

Silver Member
Eh everybody has an opinion.
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
Click bait.
 

someguy01

Well-known member
There's also already a thread about this.
It's not a buyout either, it's a capital investment for expansion.
Thank you interwebs for injecting your nonsense drama into something as benign as a capital investment. 🤦‍♂️
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
Pretty big reach, to compare Sweetwater (which has one location) to Guitar Center (which has 294 locations).
True, but the ONE Sweetwater location is HUGE, and about as big as 10 or 20 GC's put together.

And regardless, Sweetwater has always had a strong mail order (now online) business for decades, while GC was always focused on locations (until they bought out Musicians Friend).
 

cbphoto

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Lee-Bro

Senior Member
There's also already a thread about this.
It's not a buyout either, it's a capital investment for expansion.
Thank you interwebs for injecting your nonsense drama into something as benign as a capital investment. 🤦‍♂️


It's more than a simple capital investment when someone else obtains a majority ownership. It may not be a complete buyout, but there's an ownership change. If they needed capital, there are other ways to do it other than an ownership sale.

Nonetheless, here's hoping the continuity of leadership will preserve what we've come to expect from Sweetwater.
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
True, but the ONE Sweetwater location is HUGE, and about as big as 10 or 20 GC's put together.
Sweetwater has 1,500 employees in one location. Sure, it's physically big ..... but logistically, it's pretty simple. Guitar Center has 10,000 employees scattered around over 40 states ..... including Alaska and Hawaii. A much heavier lift, for GC to adapt from a "walk in customer" business model to an "online" business model. They make it work (GC) ...... but not without some bumps (so I've heard).;)

I actually bought my Yamaha Manu Katche Jr. kit thru GC used online equipment, as well as an Acoustic B115 bass cab. and B300HD bass amp ...... and everything went well there.
 
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bud7h4

Silver Member

It's more than a simple capital investment when someone else obtains a majority ownership. It may not be a complete buyout, but there's an ownership change. If they needed capital, there are other ways to do it other than an ownership sale.

Nonetheless, here's hoping the continuity of leadership will preserve what we've come to expect from Sweetwater.

Yeah there are different types of capital investment, and this is the type that apparently has more potential to eventually be negative for customers. But we'll see. Might get even better, somehow.
 
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