Guitar Center's History
Guitar Center was founded in 1964 when Wayne Mitchell and Joe Banaran partnered to form the Thomas Organ Company in Hollywood, California to sell a new line of guitars and amplifiers called Vox. In the late 1960s, they renamed their company the Guitar Center. Throughout the 1970s, they continued to expand as they opened their second store in San Francisco. Today, Guitar Center is the largest retailer of musical instruments in the world with 262 retail locations.
Guitar Center's Values
Guitar Center continues their belief that music inspires creativity, self-esteem, personal expression and team building from playing music together. Guitar Center will accept charity requests from 501C3 organizations that will benefit music education programs. Considering musical instruments can cost a lot of money, they also sell used gear at discounted prices to help upcoming musicians.
What makes Guitar Center unique?
Guitar Center is a retailer of musical instruments that not only sells musical instruments, but also believes in the important of music education. They offer Guitar Center Sessions showcases and Guitar Center podcasts that are broadcast in cooperation with KCSN in Los Angeles.