A Wizard Shop

“Wizard!” said Mr TLC on hearing the news. No, he hadn’t been reading Enid Blyton, but he had just received a phone call to say that his new toy was awaiting collection. The long awaited Gordon-Smith Classic T (which for those of us who speak English, is a guitar) had arrived at Wizard Guitars.

Mr TLC has been lusting after a Gordon-Smith creation for ages and having seen him play one, I can see why. It’s not just that he’s been able to choose exactly what he wants, or that Gordon-Smith Guitars still set high store by old-fashioned values like quality materials and excellent workmanship. It’s hard to describe, but Mr TLC’s new guitar just seems to fit him and despite being a custom built piece, the new toy was rather cheaper than many similar mass-produced guitars.

While we were at the shop a mother and son acted out a cautionary tale for us. The teenage son had brought in the “guitar” that he had purchased via E-Bay. Apparently the seller had neglected to mention the fact that this particular guitar came in an “easy home assembly” form. The poor lad stood there holding the pieces of what used to be a guitar while Mr Evans of Wizard Guitars explained to him that it really was beyond repair. Chatting with Mr and Mrs Evans afterwards, they said that this isn’t that uncommon.

I often use E-Bay, Amazon and other online stores, but I wouldn’t use them to buy something like a guitar, that really needs to be tried out before you buy it, and I don’t buy online if I can buy the same thing locally. We are lucky to have lots of small, independent shops like Wizard Guitars in this area. You have to use ’em or lose ’em.

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