Scott Schwartz, GC Pro Account Manager, with the SSL AWS 900 at GC Pro’s new Rockville, MD location.Westlake Village, CA (July 29, 2008)–Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has opened a new sales and demo facility within the Guitar Center location in Rockville, Maryland, serving the greater D.C. area.
The new space was opened in mid-February and is expected to bring greater coverage to the high-tech region around Rockville. Centered around a Solid State Logic AWS 900+ Analog Workstation System, recording clients will find an array of outboard signal processing equipment from brands such as Manley, Avalon, Empirical Labs, SSL and Neve, as well as microphones from manufacturers including Audio-Technica, AKG, Sennheiser and Neumann, in addition to monitoring from Ocean Way, Genelec, Adam and Dynaudio, among others. For live touring sound customers, the facility will offer consoles and sound reinforcement systems from all major brands, including JBL, Yamaha, Midas, EAW and Studer/Soundcraft.
The new Rockville facility joins 24 other GC Pro locations within Guitar Center’s stores nationwide, among them Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Seattle, Sherman Oaks and others.
“The vision for this new Guitar Center Professional location was that it reflect the diverse nature of the professional audio industry in and around the D.C. area,” comments Scott Schwartz, Account Manager at the new location and a GC veteran of over six years. “The area has several large professional recording studios. In addition, the region is a major hub for the live sound/DJ business, with a variety of churches, nightclubs and outdoor concert venues. We wanted to create a comprehensive resource for all of these customers and make it as accessible as possible.”
Billy McCommis, Store Manager for the Rockville Guitar Center store (which opened in 2001 and is home to the new GC Pro facility) adds, “The D.C. area is one of the most high-tech markets in the country. Scott has been planning the design and execution of the new Guitar Center Professional facility here for quite some time, and the result will show that level of effort. This gives Guitar Center Professional even greater coverage of a region that has a long and deep investment in professional audio.”