Gitbuddy’s surefire guide to making yourself look like a complete tit at a guitar store

  1. Take a day off work to faff around with new kit.
  2. Stroll into guitar store, buy fairly complex piece of kit (let’s say for the sake of argument, a Roland GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer) without taking it out to test it.
  3. Get it home, extract from packaging. Ignore owner’s manual.
  4. Proceed to install pickup (e.g. a GK-3), ignoring the installation instructions.
  5. Faff around for 2 hours wondering why no sound emanates. Consult Internet. Instructions still in box.
  6. Manage to get dry guitar sound. Curse a lot that the synth functionality must be broken.
  7. Call the store and complain. Be told that it was tested and was working prior to the sale.
  8. Insist that you ‘tried everything’ and that you will bring it to the store.
  9. Spend $14 on a cab to the store.
  10. Arrive at store and pass the equipment to the store assistant, saying you can’t get it to work.
  11. Tap foot impatiently as store assistant wires up the equipment, readying a ‘there – I told you..’ remark.
  12. Look on perplexed as equipment works just fine immediately, with a beautiful synth sound.
  13. Turn red.
  14. Be told that you had the cable to the amp in the dry guitar out socket and it was no wonder there was no synth sound.
  15. Bear the smirks of store staff.
  16. Insist on lying that you had read the instruction manual and that it wasn’t clear.
  17. Mumble some kind of apology. Admit embarrassment.
  18. Spend $48 on a cable to try to salvage the trip somewhat.
  19. Spend $15 on a cab home, cursing a lot.
  20. Get home, wire up kit which now works perfectly.
  21. Consult instruction manual.
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2 Responses to “Gitbuddy’s surefire guide to making yourself look like a complete tit at a guitar store”

  1. […] Here’s a photo-document of the process of attaching my new Roland GK-3 pickup which came with my GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer. I mounted it on my ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Junior, which is a guitar I don’t mind messing up. Took […]

  2. LOL!! Dude you rule.

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