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Peace, Love, & Guitars

The Guitar Center story began in 1959 when Wayne Mitchell purchased a small appliance and home organ store in Hollywood, California. By 1961, he'd changed the name of the company to The Organ Center. In 1964, Joe Banaran, President of the Thomas Organ Company, approached Wayne in search of an outlet to sell a new line of guitars and amplifiers, called Vox.

The timing was right, and Wayne saw the chance to seize a new retail opportunity. He was in the midst of relocating his original Hollywood Organ Center location to a new site, and he agreed that rather than closing down the old store, he would stock it with Vox guitars and amplifiers. Wayne named the store The Vox Center. By the late sixties, it had become evident that the future of musical instrument retailing lay in guitars and amps, not organs, and The Vox Center was re-christened The Guitar Center.

Vision

You know the rush of performing live on stage: the atmosphere of the club (or arena), the crunch of the instruments, the camaraderie among the bands, and hopefully the money you make. Well, when you can't be on stage, you can still capture that vibe working at Guitar Center.

You'll be surrounded by more gear than you ever thought imaginable-from the classic vintage pieces to the latest cutting-edge technology (and yes, we do encourage our customers to try them all out). You'll be assisting today's serious musicians and hottest professionals. Your music education will continue as you learn and are certified on all the "how-to's" via classes, seminars, and clinics presented not only by trained Guitar Center staff, but many of the industry's top instrument manufacturers. And if you've ever imagined the prospect of being responsible for an entire store, its crew, and millions of dollars worth of inventory, that dream could become a reality at Guitar Center.

Guitar Center, the nation's largest music instrument retailer, is growing and has sales, management and operations positions available for career-minded individuals in all our present and future locations. So if you have knowledge or passion for guitars, amps, drums, keyboards, music software, recording equipment or p.a. gear, this is your chance for a rewarding career in the music industry.

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Guitar Center

PO Box 720
Riverton,
UT 84065-9998

Toll Free: (866) 498-7882

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