I've shopped at Dirt Cheep since I bought my first guitar in 1993, and have always loved the store. The staff changes from time to time (what store doesn't?) but the atmosphere remains comfortable. I prefer to shop with a local business instead of one of the monster chains, so Guitar Center is not for me. This place treats you well, and the prices are terrific. You can buy new or used at the same price or lower than the big chains.