Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Reasons to buy a new Fender or Jackson

ALL OUR FENDER and Jackson guitars are 10 percent off this month. A young man just walked in the store and said, "I'd love to buy a new Fender, but ...."

There are lots of reasons to not buy a new guitar, but even more to pull the trigger. We can  help! Therefore, here are the top 10 reasons to buy a new Fender or Jackson guitar from Second String Music ...

1. You will pay less than the online price. Repeat. LESS than the internet price.
2. You can take it home after paying for it. You don't have to wait three days for it to arrive.
3. It's set up and ready. We set up every guitar when it comes in the door AND we will adjust it for you for free anytime because you bought it from us.
4. You can say hello to Angus. He is usually sleeping under Sheryl's feet but we make him get up to do his job, namely, to greet you at the door. He does enjoy hanging out in the store.
YUM, Coffee from EFB!
5. You can get out of the house or the office. Do it now .... ice and snow tonight, more snow on the way this weekend. The sidewalk is clear and the store is nice and warm.
6. Electric Fountain Brewing is open. The door is right there inside our store. RIGHT THERE. They have a bunch of new seasonal coffee drinks, and they do it right. Smells are free!
7. You get four free lessons at Vancil Performing Arts. Frank needs to be kept busy this year.
8. Have you actually played a new Fender Squier Strat? They are unbelievable for the money.
9. So are the Jacksons. We had a customer come in who has thousand dollar guitars, and he bought one of the Jackson Dinkys ($194.39 after the 10% discount this month). He couldn't believe how amazing it sounded and how well it played.
10. I'm the kid in the candy (music) store, and I'd love to help you get new gear. Indulge your inner child!

There are 100 more reasons. Find your reason and come on down to Fifth and Maine, save some money and get yourself and amazing new guitar. We are one of many awesome small businesses downtown that want to help you stay busy during the long winter days.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Get around get around I get around ... even in snow

WE GOT HIT with a good foot of snow in the Q-Town area. The result? Everything, almost everything, closed. We didn't come to the store Saturday. Electric Fountain Brewing shut down Saturday and Sunday. It's quiet in here today, though there are signs of life and people are moving around downtown.

Working hard at Fifth and Maine this morning.
The Cheeseburgers were scheduled to play a private party in Hamilton Saturday night. They finally called it off at 3 p.m., right before we left, thank goodness. So it was pizza, Grumpy Old Man from Goose Island and the NFL playoffs for me Saturday night, much safer and easier.

We are rescheduled for Friday night, but guess what? More snow on the way, so they say.

I drove around Saturday for a little bit and it wasn't good, but the main streets were OK. Yesterday it was a little better. Judging from social media it was the end of the world and nobody is out plowing and everything is going to hell and we are all going to die. I didn't see it - the trucks were out Friday afternoon even before the first snow hit, and our street was well plowed.

To all the Central Services employees, thank you.

Rest up, because it seems we're going to get hit again in five days.

Friday, January 11, 2019

No book required to learn music

I HAD A fantastic first week back of guitar lessons. There are a bunch of new students, mostly non-traditional, or what I'll politely call "experienced" people who want to learn. The bulk of the regulars are back too and they are a joy to teach - I learn as much as they do most of the time.

We spend a lot of time working on ear training, why notes sound the way they do, and why certain chords and scale patterns work. We don't glue our noses in a book. I do use the Hal Leonard FastTrack Chords & Scales book because everything is in there.

Former student Kent Embree posted this video the other day and I wasn't sure I should laugh or cry. It's a lot like Spinal Tap - it's hilarious but it's all so true and to the point.

Can you imagine Lemmy reading notes from a book? I didn't think so ....

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Trash debate

IT'S GOING TO cost more to throw away stuff in Quincy. The city is expected to raise trash stickers to $1.50 each. That's for a small white bag. If you stick two or three white bags in a big black bag, it takes two stickers.

Right now we pay 75 cents a sticker. Doubling the price is quite literally sticker shock, and a lot of people are going to be pissed.

But ... really? On average, if I pay around $12 to $15 a month for trash, is that so bad?

I'm trying to remember what it cost in other places. It was private, so it was a lot more. There are good reasons for the city to get out of trash, recycling and yard waste pickup, but there are good reasons for the city being involved, too.

The main thing is convenience. I put the recycling and the yard waste on the curb, and it gets picked up. Boom. That's it.

In December I had to make a lot of cardboard recycling runs for the store - have you ever been to Quincy Recycle when it's busy, which is much of the time? There's one way in and one way out, and if you are scared of big trucks and crazy people zipping in and out, well, stay away from Sixth and State, because it can be hairy.

So if it doesn't get picked up in front of my door, it's a lot more of a hassle to save the earth, one plastic container and one cardboard box at a time.

I realize we are in tough economic times as a city, and revenue is crucial. If I have to pay $12 a month for trash instead of $6, I'm not happy about it, but I'll do it.

Friday, January 4, 2019

New phone

SHERYL JUST GOT a new iPhone for me. It's bigger and better, supposedly. She's only cursed twice while getting it ready, which means it must be pretty good.

A few weeks ago Frank Haxel had to get a new phone, which involved several trips to the local phone store and eventually making an "appointment" to get the right phone. He says he's learned to turn it on, text and run NASA with it. His daughter-in-law, Morgan, was here last week and programmed it so he wouldn't get annoying updates, beeping noises and alerts about cat videos.

"I think I might be able to call somebody soon," Frank says.

I know the feeling. I'm completely useless when it comes to modern technology. Sheryl is getting everything updated and transferred from my old phone. "This one is a lot bigger. So you will be able to actually see what you are doing," she says.

As Bono from U2 once said, "Powerful little devices, cell phones. You can get into a lot of trouble with them."

Here's what's going to happen - it will be all set up, and I'll figure out how to make a phone call and cut off important phone calls by holding it the wrong way. Then I'll start tinkering with it and seeing what kind of strange noises it makes. Then I'll hit the wrong button and order a pizza for Schuecking's next door.

That's when I'll call for help. "Uh, Sheryl? I think I just shut down the electrical grid for the south end of Quincy. Can you reset this thing?"

Sheryl, of course, will come to the rescue. Business as usual when it comes to technology.


Friday, December 28, 2018

I bought my grandkids a cheap guitar

"I BOUGHT MY grandkids a cheap guitar because I wasn't sure if they would like it." Sounds like a catch 22 to us.

Trust us, they are gonna hate that cheap guitar.

Trust us, they will never like playing it.

Trust us, you will kill all interest in playing and learning with that cheap guitar.

We hear the tale every year at Christmas. When your kids express interest in music, why is your first instinct to buy the cheapest possible instrument? Do you want to help them succeed or guarantee they fail?

It isn't expensive to buy a quality guitar from Second String Music. We have a 3/4 Fender acoustic  with a bag for $150. It's a low action, good-playing guitar. You kid will love to play it. All of our guitars come with four FREE guitar lessons at Vancil Performing Arts. They have teachers that are awesome at teaching smaller kids and helping to foster a love for music in your child.

You could spend a whopping $200 on a Alvarez guitar that comes with a bag, tuner and strap. Seriously, it's the easiest way to get almost everything you need to get an older child up and playing guitar.

There's an old saying in the business, any business, actually. You get what you pay for. We understand that you have a budget and you need to be careful with your money ... but if you want your child or grandchild to have the best possible chance at success ... aren't they worth it?

They are. Trust us. A proud grandma just came in and showed us a photo of the awesome Fender Squier guitar she bought for her grandchild. She is playing it and has the hugest smile on her face. Pure joy!

They'll succeed, if you give them the right tools.