Guitar Center

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Guitar Center
Guitar Center logo.svg
Guitar Center's logo
Type Subsidiary of Ares Management
Industry Music retail
Essential service(s) No
Country United States
Official website
Twitter (@GuitarCenter)
COVID-19 webpage
English Wikipedia article

Guitar Center is a national music retailer in the United States. Its subsidiaries include Giardinelli, LMI, Music & Arts, Music 123,, Private Reserve Guitars, and Woodwind and Brasswind.

COVID-19 response


  • Encouraging: Offering music lessons online instead of in-person.[1]


  • Disappointing 31 March 2020 (WHO.svg+20 dayssrc): Sent a letter to vendors indicating that they had furloughed 9,000 of the company's estimated 11,000 employees across both Guitar Center and Music & Arts stores.[2]
  • Disappointing 09 April 2020 (WHO.svg+29 dayssrc): Ordered to close Kansas City distribution center after receiving two warnings from the city that it was defying their stay-at-home order.[3]
  • Encouraging 23 April 2020 (WHO.svg+43 dayssrc): Reopened Kansas City distribution center after negotiating with city officials additional safety measures for employees.[4]

News articles


  1. "Guitar Center brings lessons live to your living room". Daily News. 2020-05-01. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  2. "Guitar Center furloughs 9,000 employees in response to COVID-19". 2020-04-07. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  3. "Kansas City Orders Guitar Center Facility To Close After It Defied Stay-At-Home Order". KCUR 89.3 - NPR in Kansas City. Local news, entertainment and podcasts. 2020-04-09. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  4. "Guitar Center Distribution Center allowed to reopen under stay-at-home order". KSHB. 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-05-09.