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Why George's Music?

Customer Satisfaction Policy
Our Mission is YOUR TOTAL SATISFACTION.
We want you to feel secure, confident and comfortable that any purchase you make, is the right one for you.
Service PLUS
"What support does George's Music offer?"
At George's Music, we're committed to provide you with quality service.
Our toll-free Customer Service Hot Line is 800-686-4723.
We are prepared to help you find the right product and get the most out of your purchase. In addition, many George's Music locations offer factory-authorized service by trained technicians.
"What services does George's Music offer?"
For your convenience, George's Music offers the following services:
  • Toll-Free Customer Service Hot Line - 800-686-4723
  • "Musician-Friendly" Financing with George's Music's Exclusive Musician's Express Card
  • Lessons with Qualified Instructors (available at select locations)
  • Special Orders in any amount
  • Easy 2-Month Layaway Plan
  • No-Obligation Sheet Music Ordering
  • In-House Service Departments (available at select locations)
  • VIP Benefits and Discounts
  • Email Club: Discounts, Specials & News on Upcoming Events
  • Guitar and Drum Club: Save on Strings and Sticks
  • Artist and Manufacturer Clinics
"Does my purchase come with a warranty?"
New instruments and electronics are sold with a factory warranty. Warranty repairs will be handled at no charge if you provide a copy of your sales receipt. (All manufacturers and service centers require proof of purchase.) Warranties begin from the date of purchase and vary in length from one manufacturer to another.
If the manufacturer requires that a product be shipped to a service facility for warranty repairs, there may be a charge to you for shipping and handling. Out-of-warranty repairs will include a diagnostic fee which will be applied to the labor and shipping fee. Refer to the warranty information accompanying your product for details. Abuse of products voids all warranties.
If you have any questions about any of the products we sell, we are here to help. Just give us a call or stop by any one of our locations. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.
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Product Satisfaction
"Can I return my merchandise if I'm not satisfied?"
At George's Music, if you're not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it in original condition within 30 days and we'll gladly exchange it or give you a full refund.**
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Price Protection
"What if I find the item somewhere else at a lower price?"
If at any time within 30 days of your purchase, you should find the identical item advertised by a local, authorized dealer at a lower price, just bring in the ad along with your receipt and we will gladly refund the difference. This does not apply to verbal quotes, internet, mail order sales, free offers, or "B" stock or reconditioned merchandise.
Huge Selection!
George's Music is truly "The Musician's Choice"™. Our stores are jam-packed with thousands of items from the leading musical instrument manufacturers throughout the world. We stock hundreds of products you won't see anywhere else. Our huge multi-million dollar product selection allows you to compare name brand products side-by-side. We make it easy for you to buy right the first time.
Factory Trained "Super" Staff
Our staff has been trained by factory product specialists from all over the country. We're here to answer your questions before and after you make your purchase. By the way, our product specialists know that "Making you #1 is what makes us #1." We're large enough to get you the best price on the best gear, but small enough to give you the down home service you deserve.
Thanks for Making George's Music #1
George's Music's sales volume ranks us among the top 1% of all music stores in America! Thanks for your support over the last 30 years. We're working harder than ever to continue to earn your business!

History

George Hines opened his first George's Music store in Spring City, Pennsylvania on August 17, 1977. Since then, George's Music has grown to a 10 store chain, making us the largest musical instrument retailer in the greater Philadelphia area.

In 1985, we opened our 2nd location in North Wales, PA followed in 1987 by our third store in Springfield (Delaware County). 1989 brought our 4th location on Street Rd. in Feasterville, PA. Then in 1992 George's Music opened it's 5th Pennsylvania location in King of Prussia (moved in 1994 to Berwyn, PA which also includes the office headquarters).

In 1995, 10 years after opening our second store, George's Music enters the Florida music market with a store on International Drive in Orlando. A year later, two more locations are opened in the Fern Park area of Orlando and in Jacksonville Beach. Those stores were followed by storefronts in Orange Park (Jacksonville) and West Palm Beach, bringing us to our current count of 10 stores in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Awards

  • Chain Retailer of the Year
    Music Inc
    Retail Excellent Awards 2008
  • Featured Article
    MMR
    January 2007
  • Outstanding Achievement in Pro Audio and Technology
    AIMM
    2007
  • Best Musical Instrument Retailer
    Suburban Publications
    2007
  • Customer Service Award
    Retail Excellence Awards
    2007
  • Outstanding Sales Growth
    Taylor Guitars
    2007
  • Outstanding Achievement in Accessories
    AIMM
    2006
  • Multi-Store Dealer Award
    Music & Sound
    2005
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
    DigitTech
    2005
  • Chain Retailer of the Year
    Music Inc.
    Retail Excellence Awards 2004
  • Featured Article
    Music Inc.
    July 2003
  • Multi-Store Dealer Award
    Music & Sound
    2003
  • Overall Excellence Award
    Music Inc.
    Retail Excellence Awards 2002
  • Featured Article
    The Music Trades
    July 2002
  • Outstanding Performance
    Taylor Guitars
    2002
  • Achievement Award
    Musician's Express
    2000
  • Overall Achievement Award
    Music Inc
    Retail Excellence Awards 1997
  • Overall Excellence Award
    Music Inc.
    Retail Excellence Awards 1996
  • Key Dealer Award
    DOD Electronics Corp
    1993
  • Advertising & Merchandising Award
    Korg USA
    1992
  • Retailing Olympic Team
    Music Inc.
    1992
  • Best Dealer Award
    NAMM
    1989

Customer Testimonials

Here's what our customers have to say...

"...I am so appreciative of all the help you gave us in putting together the right equipment for our show...your people were so professional and thorough. The equipment worked great, you made it perfect...It helped make our event a success! Thanks."
 

- Candice Thiele, Spring City, PA

"...Your salesperson was the first that made me feel like my needs were more important than the sale."
 

- Stirling Pitcairn, North Wales, PA

"...Other stores gave us the 'run around.' Your crew went out of their way to insure everything was 100%. I am confident that you will stand behind our investment for years to come."
 

- William Bell, Council Rock School District, Feasterville, PA

"On behalf of the congregation, I would like to thank you for all your assistance in the selection of a new keyboard."
 

- E. Carl Zimmerman, Pastor, Springfield, PA

"It's good to know that yours is a company that is supportive of our endeavors. We look forward to working with you in the coming years."
  - Cindy Clever and Chris Rorer, Berwyn, PA
"Hey I just wanted to let you know I had a good experience shopping at George's a couple weeks back. The salesman was very helpful and knowledgeable. He figured out what was best for me with just hearing what I needed, showed me options I didn't know about...you've got a repeat customer."
 

- Jonathan, North Wales, PA

"...We also wanted to say THANK YOU for having the Best Personnel. I have always shopped at George's Music and will continue to do so! My Band mate is now a George's Customer as well!"
 

- Wendy and Kym, West Palm Beach, FL

"Dealing with George's Music was one of the most delightful buying experiences I ever had online. I would highly recommend anyone buying musical instruments or accessories, to explore their options with George's Music. They were extremely helpful, pleasant and professional to deal with. They really went out of their way to service my needs."
 

- James, Bohemia, NY (Online Customer)

"...Our experience with George's Music in Orlando, from teachers to products, has been extremely favorable."
 

- Jackie, Orlando, FL

"Excellent service. I had questions, they answered them and e-mailed me with shipping notice. Thank you!"
  - Matt, Cortez, CO (Online Customer)

Partners

George's Music Partners


AIMM - The Alliance of Independent Music Merchants

An alliance of leading musical instrument retailers and manufacturers whose mission is to help develop and grow the music industry. By focusing on quality products, educational programs and exceptional customer service, AIMM empowers its stores to provide better value to customers.

George's Music is proud to be a founding and contributing member of the AIMM group.

For more information, visit www.musicmerchants.com


George's Music Springing the Blues Festival



George's Music Springing the Blues Festival
April 4-6, 2008
Performance Schedule





Springing The Blues 2007

Every spring thousands of people gather in Jacksonville Beach to celebrate America's indigenous musical art form, the Blues. Springing the Blues Festival has teamed with George's Music to present Florida's largest outdoor free blues festival. The event will continue to be held annually on it's original site at the oceanfront Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. The week's events kicked off with the Blues in the Schools program where performer Roger "Hurricane" Wilson visited local Jacksonville schools performing and educating kids about blues music.



This year's attendance was among the best ever. The festival kicked off on Friday, April 6th and lasted through Sunday, April 8th. This year's headliner Tab Benoit brought down the house on Saturday night with another memorable performance. This year's event featured 3 days of music on two stages - the Main Stage and also the West Stage which included an amazing performance by George's Music's "Win a Spot at the Festival" winner Conrad Oberg. We would like to thank all of you that attended this years event, we hope you enjoyed it! Mark your calendar for next year's event April 4-6.

Here are some photos of this years event:

George's Music President George Hines getting presented with the key to the city of Jacksonville Beach commemorationg George's Music's 10th year of sponsorship of the Springing the Blues festival.

Jammin' on the Custom Shop Guitars at the Gibson trailer!

George's Music's Guest Spot Winner, Conrad Oberg performing on the West Stage on Saturday...

A happy George's Music customer enjoying the festivities on Saturday!

Jacksonville Regional Manager Alan Friedman presenting a lucky autographed guitar winner with his new collectible!

George Hines and Festival Coordinator Sam Veal - the man that makes it all happen!

Jacksonville Beach customer Bruce Barclay - the winner of the autographed Ibanez Artcore Guitar with Jacksonville Beach manager Derek Porter

Winner of his new Apple iPOD, Dan Coady with Jax Beach manager Scott Relstab

Click here to view and purchase Springing the Blues Festival photos!

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BLUES

What Are the Blues?
Blues music began as the primary artistic expression of a minority culture: It was created mainly by black working class men and women. Through its simplicity, sensuality, poetry, humor and irony, it mirrored the qualities and the attitudes of blacks in America for three-quarters of a century.

The definition and most important extra-musical meaning of "blues" refers to a state of mind. But "the blues" did not enter popular American usage until after the Civil War as a description of music that expressed such a mental state among African Americans. It is generally understood that a blues performer sings or plays to rid himself of "the blues."

As the blues was created largely by illiterate musicians, scarcely any of whom could read music, improvisation, both verbal and musical, was an essential part of it, though not to the extent that it was in jazz. To facilitate improvisation, a number of patterns evolved, of which the most familiar is the 12-bar blues, Apparently, this form crystallized in the first decade of the 20th century as a three-line stanza in which the blues singer sings two lines of the same lyrics. While singing these two lines, the singer must come up with the last line of the verse to coordinate with the other two. The simplicity of blues lyrics gave the blues singer freedom to express emotion while improvising. This structure was supported by a fixed harmonic progression, which all blues performers knew and which they played almost automatically.

From the Delta to Chicago
In its early years, the blues was wholly an African-American art form. Influential in its development were the collective unaccompanied work songs of the plantation culture, which followed a responsorial "leader-and-chorus" form with an emphasis on rhythm and meter similar in nature to the marching songs of the military.

Work songs increasingly took the form of solo calls or "hollers" comparatively free in form but close to blues in feeling. The vocal style of the blues probably derived from the holler. One of the most famous work song leaders was Huddy Ledbetter, better known as "Ledbelly." As blues increased in popularity, Ledbelly moved from leading work songs to singing the blues and was very successful at it.

Self-proclaimed "Father of the Blues" W.C. Handy first heard the music in 1903 in the Mississippi Delta. By the late 1920s, the blues were being heard throughout the Delta at fish fries and juke joints, performed by such bluesmen as Charley Patton, Son House, Willie Brown, Bo Carter and the Mississippi Sheiks and Tommy Johnson. Delta bluesman John Lee Hooker is famous for "Boogie Chillun", first recorded for VeeJay records in 1948.

In the early 1930s the most popular blues singer was Leroy Can, a pianist who was accompanied with uncanny rapport by the guitarist Scrapper Blackwell. Their approach had a strong southern character, but their lyrics had a considered, reflective quality, colored by disappointment rather than bitterness and reflecting the mood of many of their listeners. Carr was widely copied, and his classic performances, such as "How Long, How Long Blues" and "Midnight Hour Blues" were recorded by numerous singers, even in the 1970s long after his death in 1935.

In the 1940s, the heart of the blues scene shifted to Chicago's south side. There, greats like Elmore James, Willie Mabon, Jimmy Rogers, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Songs like "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Mannish Boy", "Sloppy Drunk", and "Don't Start Me Talkin" are representative of this time.

Who Plays the Blues?
There is an ongoing debate among blues enthusiasts: Can people who are not African American truly enjoy and/or play the blues? Purists insist that white people cannot truly appreciate the blues, while others argue that the feeling within blues music comes from personal hardship a lesson learned by people of all backgrounds.

Many rock n roll bands mention bluesmen as early influences. When the Beatles arrived in the United States, they wanted to meet Muddy Waters and Bo Didley (and were astonished that mainstream America was not aware of these artists). The Rolling Stones took their name from the song by Muddy Waters and Keith Richards said that early on, their aim was to turn people on to Muddy Waters. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Alvin Lee, Steve Miller and Jimi Hendrix also paid homage to the great bluesmen through their music.


The Rock Camp

Royersford Baptist Church in Royersford, PA sponsored a Rock Camp for their kids interested in music July 14-18th. The Rock Camp is presented for Middle and High School students interested in playing drums, electric guitar, bass or vocals. The kids have lots of fun learning more about how to play electric guitar, bass and drums and share what they know with the other participants. The Church and participants have had a great relationship with George's Music for years and we were proud to offer the kids T-shirts and additional George's Music items.

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