The Guitar Center Superstore has opened. The 22,000-square-foot, two-level store is in the Hayes Valley district at 1645 Van Ness Ave. The Guitar Center was established in 1972 and has been the destination of music enthusiasts ever since. There’s sections for every kind of instrument, including a vintage guitar section, and you can find every piece of equipment needed for a full-blown sound studio, both at the pro level and for the home user. Everything is sub-divided, making your shopping experience easy, and the selection is awesome. The atmosphere is cutting edge and the vivid displays and rock style decor is really fun. It really pumps you up to get into actually making music, not just listening to it.The entrance to the keyboard section, for example, is a recreation of the entrance of the legendary Fillmore Auditorium and there are authentic vintage posters from San Francisco’s “Summer of Love” on display.
San Francisco is well known for being the birthplace of some of the industry’s top artists and bands such as Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Faith No More, the Steve Miller Band, Santana, Sammy Hagar, Jefferson Airplane and Metallica (founded in Los Angeles, but moved to San Francisco before recording their first album) to name a few. What also put this city on the map in terms of music is the 60’s Haight Ashbury days of love and peace. When you say Grateful Dead, 8 out of 10 people will think of the Haight.
The new superstore is sure to be a big hit and in a city where legends are born and discovered, a one-stop location to find anything imaginable needed to create, record and listen to music is necessary. So maybe all these months invested into Guitar Hero will magically make me a natural on the electric guitar? We’ll see.