Matt's Music, rebuttal and apology.
Wow, never thought there would be such a firestorm over my posts in only one night! Taking the advice of Jeremy from LGM Guitars (thanks for the email BTW), let me introduce myself to the forum and explain my reasons behind making the posts last night.
I'm a 36 year old guitar player, who owns and runs 2 shops in the Boston MA area. My music backround consists of 2 degrees in music from GIT and Dean College. In 87 I was a touring member of Geffen recording artist ADAM BOMB, in 89 I made it to the #2 spot (out of a couple thousand submissions) during the auditions for Ronnie James Dio's band. In the early 90's I was a member of a Boston local band called WickedWitch, which produced 2 members of Savatage and Trans Siberian Orchestra. Presently I play in a band called TRIGGER EFFECT which has toured the Northeast with Iron Maiden/Rob Halford and done demo work with Grammy winning producer Neil Kernon. We were also chosen as one of the 16 best unsigned bands in the USA by Sam Goody record stores.
On the music store front, I started in music retail back in 85 taking the trash out and cleaning guitars at a local guitar shop. After 11 years of managing the shop, I decided to go off on my own and opened Matt's. That was 6 years ago and now we've got 2 shops that teach over 300 students per week and do over a million in sales annually.
On the Ibanez front, I've been selling Ibanez guitars since 1988. I'm very up on what they make, I'm very up on the different models and what makes them great guitars and I've personally been playing a RG7621 for the last few years and love it.
So... last night was a little slow and I figured I'd try to get some visibility for the shops and let you guys know that we're here for those that are looking for a place to buy their stuff. That's all. I had no intention of pissing anyone off.
And regarding the email that I sent that ended up getting posted here. Rich and I have done some pretty extensive business together in the past. Competition is what makes the world go around, Rich knows that and I know it. We both sell Ibanez products and we both (in many cases) appeal to similar customers. I saw that there was a post on Jemsite where someone was considering buying an Ibanez in the future, and I responded to it. Simple as that.
In closing, I apologize for the posts. Upsetting the forum members on here sure as hell wasn't my intent.