Re: Thinking of Opening a Music Store
Fender is a great brand to carry, because not only do you get Fender, but they own Gretsch, Jackson, and Guild. They treat their dealers well, and have everything from beginners stuff to Custom Shop. You can also get basses from them, acoustics, amps, bass amps, mandolins, violins, strings, picks, stands, and so on. They also own a couple of different amp companies. Back when I worked at a small store, Fender had an incentive program that let you earn free gear. I got a free acoustasonic amp, (the big one), just for selling Fender merchandise. It was easy because Fender was about the only thing this store carried.
The owner hated Ibanez because he says they screwed him , but he was good for making a ton of mistakes and blaming other people.
Make sure you have lessons. Lessons WILL save your ass. It gets customers in the store, establishes relationships and makes you money.
The store I worked at survived its first year mainly on lessons. Let me know if I can offer any more advice. The store I worked at was the owner and me, so I practically ran the place for 2-3 years.