Short Answer: Guitar Center employees are eligible for two types of discounts. Guitar Center extends its cost price plus 10% on select merchandise to full- and part-time employees. Guitar Center also partners with a group of manufacturers to offer employees below-cost prices on select items. For more information on the Guitar Center employee discount, see below.
Guitar Center Employee Discount Policy
Guitar Center employees can take advantage of two discount programs — one valid on select store merchandise and the other offered by a group of manufacturers, a corporate customer service representative said. Discounts are available to employees after 90 days of full- or part-time employment. Employee discounts cannot be extended to friends and family. We confirmed this information by contacting Guitar Center store locations in Arizona, California, Michigan, Texas, and Washington.
Guitar Center Discount
The employee discount at Guitar Center allows for the purchase of select instruments and gear at a discounted price of about 10% above Guitar Center’s cost — which is typically about 50% to 60% off the retail price, a corporate customer service representative said. For example, a Fender guitar priced in-store at $2,800 may cost Guitar Center $1,250, so you’ll pay that price plus 10% — or $1,375 before tax. Discounts vary by brand and some brands and items — specifically, clearance items — are not eligible for the employee discount.
Purchases made with your employee discount must be approved by the store’s district manager. The store manager or district manager will then place the order for you. Guitar Center employees cannot use their discount to simply shop in-stores or online.
GAIN Program Discount
Guitar Center also partners with a group of manufacturers to offer discounts to employees through its GAIN Program. GAIN Progam discounts on select merchandise are often below-cost — exceeding the employee discount. You’ll work directly with the manufacturer to complete your purchase. Your supervisor will be able to provide additional details.