After a three-year wait and with much anticipation, Fender Guitars are available at the Payson Music Center.
“They are one of the hardest companies to be a vendor for,” said owner Kevin Bailey.
Over the last several years, Bailey has pined for the guitars, and it is finally paying off with a shipment of electric guitars expected this week. The guitars start at $200 and go up.
“People want the name brand,” Bailey said. “When they come in they always ask ‘do you have Fender?’”
Bailey said it is difficult to get the guitars because Fender wants a specific type of vendor with the right shop and customer demographics.
“They are looking for a specific company to represent their product,” he said.
Recently, Bailey added B.C. Rich guitars to the shop’s selection, which also includes Ibanez and Johnsons.
“We wanted to add more of a selection for our customers,” Bailey said.
Customers can already come in and take lessons for almost any instrument — fiddle, violin, mandolin, bass, piano or rent equipment.
“We teach it all,” Bailey said.
The shop’s business model is based on a 1950s style of doing business.
“In the ’50s you would go to one shop and take your lessons, buy your music and musical equipment,” Bailey said. “We modeled it after that concept.”
That concept works well for the shop, which has been in business for more than 15 years. Bailey said even in today’s rough economy, the shop will be fine.
“To survive in a market like this, it is an owner’s job to find the good deals for customers so they know they are getting a better deal at the local store than they can on the Internet,” Bailey said. “We opened in 1993, so this isn't the first time we’ve been through an economic crunch.”
Payson Music Center is located at 140 E. Highway 260, next to Bashas’ Supermarket. For more information, call (928) 472-7464.