Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday Read: Alex Skolnick on the Music Store Jerk

By Kathleen Richards
Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Alex Skolnick discusses music store horror stories in Guitar Player. Choice sample:

“You play?” He asks.
I tell him yes, I play. And I’m seriously interested in purchasing a red Gibson SG Reissue guitar. He points me to a rack of guitars in the corner and says, “Those ain’t toys, man. You sure you can play?”
“I play professionally.” No response. I walk to the rack, sift through the Les Pauls, Explorers, and SG’s until I notice a red one like the guitar played by Angus Young of AC/DC. I don’t touch it, yet.
Eager to play it, I pull up a nearby stool and begin to remove my jacket. The jacket is halfway off when, not even looking up from his paper, he calls out “Remove your jacket, please.”
“It’s halfway off, already.” I say.
“All the way off, please.” I’m getting annoyed. Still I put the jacket on the floor and pick up the red SG.
As my hand reaches for the tuning pegs he yells over “You need help tuning?”
“Excuse me?”
“You know how to tune?
“I said I play professionally”
“Everybody says that.”

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