Music Store Etiquette

The next time you are at your local Guitar Center or Mom and Pop guitar shop it’s good to know the proper etiquette when trying out gear.

Here are some basic tips to keep in mind the next time you are at your favorite music store so you dont look like a douche or worse yet, be put on the banned list

Don’t Blast Amps in the Main Room

Ever enter a music store and hear somebody just whaling away terribly on an electric guitar? You know the person — They have the amp up all the way and are either blaring some blues riffs or the one lick of death metal they learned five years ago.

Dont be that guy!

If you need to test an amp or guitar to really get a feel for sound, most music shops have small soundproof rooms where you can really crank it up.

If your local shop doesn’t have this, ask the salesperson if they mind if you cranking up the amp. Chances are, they’ll be fine with it if they know you’re interested in purchasing. The key is to ask first!

Turn Down the Amp Before Plugging

Ever hear a loud pop while in a music shop? That’s the sound of somebody plugging in or unplugging a guitar without taking the proper steps.

The way to avoid this loud pop is to either turn down the volume on the amp while plugging in the guitar, or to simply put the amp into Standby Mode while plugging in. Once you’re plugged in, turn the amp back to On, or slowly turn the volume back up.

It’s Not Your Living Room

Soooo you’re super good at guitar. That’s great, but no one is interested in hearing you pretend your on stage in front of 50,000 people doing your version of whatever famous song you decide to show off for everyone.

There’s nothing wrong with playing instruments at the guitar shop, but when your only reason for playing is to gain listeners or to show off, then maybe it’s time you get a YouTube channel

Clean Up After Yourself

Once you’re done jamming out, don’t be the person who leaves that super expensive Taylor or Fender leaning precariously up against a swivel-stool. We’ve all seen act two. Spoiler alert: The guitar falls over.

Take the extra time to put back every instrument you’ve played. It takes two seconds and shows that you respect the shop.

Close The Door!

Most likely, your guitar shop has a humidity-controlled acoustic guitar room. These rooms exist to keep these acoustic guitars in their optimal condition.

But make sure, when you enter this room, that you shut the door. It’s very important the temperature stays regulated and that the humidity is controlled. Plus, if you close the door, you can play to your heart’s content knowing you’re in your own little acoustic paradise.