klarkash-ton wrote:I'm with the OP btw. We do have an extremely disappointing breadth of product range in NZ compared to the cities and countries and states overseas (Australia is not inclusive there) that eclipse little old NZ into the dust of dust of dust.
I don't think anyone disagreed with the OP on the disappointing lack guitar products stocked, I think everyone was pointing out that there's good reason.
klarkash-ton wrote:Funnily enough, it was the same back in the 60's! Anyone want a Jansen guitar over a Fender/Gibson of the same era?
Economy of scale as pointed out earlier in this thread is ALL.
It was probably worse since you couldn't just internet a 1000 alternatives and it would have been illegal to import them. At least now we can investigate online and buy online, and if it doesn't work out, sell it again, online.
klarkash-ton wrote:In the USA and Europe, chain stores are closing all over yet also art, practice and performance space is being pushed to the edges of modern cities in lieu of rents. Sign of the times.
Boutique and speciality spaces are thriving though.
The guitar is not the instrument of the popular culture right now so NZguitars is about legacy instruments and legacy sound.
We all love the guitar here (one hopes) and we all want it to be first and foremost in our playing, we're totally biased.
To get NZ stores to stock more guitar options we all have to pressure them and persuade them that it is a good business to get what the customer is after or...
The best way to do that is to buy their stocks, and with something like a $5000 plus Les Paul, no one is going to buy it just because they stock it, it will need to suit the buyer's wants of a Les Paul. While I reckon you could probably get most forum members to admit Grant's LPs are damn cool and desirable, I doubt you could find the same number able to pay for one as cool as any of his. When you start including playing requirements into it the numbers diverge further, some will be Custom Shop dudes, some Modern, some Trad, some Jr and the dollars tick over...
I'll bet you dollars to donuts every retailer watching this thread could bring up several tales of dudes hot and heavy for X product begging, demanding, pleading it to be brought in because they HAVE to buy it...and it arrives to the sound of *tumbleweeds*.
I think the Rockshop and Musicplanet does well catering to a demanding market, even though Musicplanet's Christchurch store is very disappointing, Musicworks not so much, although I have purchased from all and will continue to do so. I imagine the independent Musicworks supported shops are a better option. I also reserve the right to buy online if the NZ chains don't have what I want, I am happy to pay GST if it's required.
Would I support a boutique store? Of course, I did buy from Ryan and will probably buy from anyone else with the product I want. I even prefer to buy locally even if there's a few dollars more in it.