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Finding Your Niche

The retail industry is changing at a breakneck pace. Online channels and digital services are shaking up shopping and purchasing trends, prompting a newfound emphasis on in-store experiences. With the closure of countless large and small stores in re...

Guitar Center Opens Redesigned Flagship Store

Guitar Center hosted a grand debut of its redesigned flagship Hollywood store location, which encompasses 30,000 square feet on Sunset Boulevard. The remodeled store features a large assortment of musical instruments, a 15-foot-long interactive pe...

Phil Jones Bass Featured at Berklee

Phil Jones Bass and the Berklee College Bass Department announced that PJB amplification has been implemented in each of the department’s practice studios, as well as its performance/recital rooms. Most of the teaching studios will be anchored by PJB...

Fender’s Jazzmaster 60th Anniversary Editions

Not many things stand the test of time. But count guitars as one of them. Evidence can be found from Fender, which introduced 60th anniversary editions of its Jazzmaster via its Limited Edition 60th Anniversary ’58 Jazzmaster, Limited Edition 60th An...

Guitar Center Adds Three Stores in October

Guitar Center opened three new locations in October, capping off a year of seven grand openings in total. The new locations — the fifth, sixth and seventh of 2018 — are located in Winston-Salem, N.C. (12,000-square-foot facility opened Oct. 11 at 345...

On the Attack

Attack Drumheads is now under new ownership, led by industry veterans Jim Bickley, former vice president of Universal Percussion; Robbie McFarland, general manager of Hubbard Music retail stores; and Mark Tirabassi, president of Mavi Inc., who launch...

Drumming to a Different Beat

In many ways, the drum and percussion market is changing. As you will read in this story, YouTube drummers are now what the younger generation looks up to. Electronic drum sets continue to grow in popularity, but is there any sound quality sacrificed...

Gibson Names New CEO

Gibson Brands Inc. named James “JC” Curleigh as president and CEO. Curleigh joins Gibson from Levi Strauss & Co., where he served as president of the Levi’s brand, and was a member of its worldwide leadership team. Gibson also announced the appoi...

Music China Draws 110,000 Attendees

More than 110,000 visitors from 81 countries and regions crossed paths with 2,252 exhibitors during Music China in October, with attendees and exhibitors enjoying increases of 5 percent and 5.4 percent compared to the 2017 show, respectively. “We ...

October 2018 Digital Edition

COVER STORIES Drumming to a Different Beat Unlike in the past, new trends are driving the drum and percussion market that could shape the industry for years to come. Tariff Talk The Music & Sound Retailer adds this ever-important topic to...