I've been a guitar geek for some time now (bought my first guitar electric @ 1991). I'm thankful for the fact that the stores here are reasonably within reach & they inventorize a healthy selection of products. However, it's a little frustrating that dealers don't bring in the full range of what's on offer even if they are the authorised dealers for selected brands. This is my list what I could have purchased but didn't happen due to unavailability. First up will be Washburn guitars. I still believe Grover Jackson left a very inspiring range of guitars at Washburn & since his departure, the good Washburn people perpetuated this legacy in their current range of instruments. I'm interested in the current Parallaxe series but these aren't available here.
The Jackson range here is severely lacking. Let's not put high hopes in seeing the USA-made ones being available in the stores, even the Mexican made Pro Series models aren't available. These are, I believe, affordable mid-priced guitars & they will give us Jackson fans something to look forward to in terms of craftsmanship & tones. Not available, sorry.
The rightful Charvel distributor here is still unclear. This is daylight clear though- Fender owns both the Jackson & Charvel names. You chaps might form some implications by now but let's not speculate. Again, the Charvel episode is a little sad, the Japanese ones were cleared from the stores understandably due to the factory closure & the current Charvel distributor is not bringing in any more of these guitars in the midst of its current clear out of the Desolation series. The Pro-Mods are made affordable since the Mexican plant took over production so these guitars are now more affordable for many of us but no, these are not available here. Move along, now.
In case the bottom feeders out there think I've forgotten them in my attempt to set things right, well I didn't. You know we have a Yamaha dealer here & you know what's in store for you, more importantly, you know what's not there. I have a personal liking for Yamaha basses. I used to drop by Plaza Singapura just to look at these basses- those were the days when Beez was still there. I don't wish to talk about it any further. Enough. *Deep frustration mode- ON*
Peavey, my friends, is the under-rated brand name in amp-dom. They are the to go-to name for some heavy metal massacre (along with other metal-alike genres out there) & then there's the Classic series with its flagship cleans. This is a genuine case of an absence of perpetuation. Nobody here wants Peavey, sadly, since the original distributor stopped bringing in the good stuff quite some time ago. In terms of sales figures, it's all understood but tone dweebs here are severely deprived of a bona fide good name.
PS: I might have created some flak with the stores here with this post but I'm not apologetic about it. In fact, it's a personal reflection & the stores out there shouldn't take things to heart. I've been supporting you more than venting my frustrations at you because having been friends with you personally, I understand where you people are coming from. Look out for Part 2, coming up in time to come...