Guitar Center Professional Launches Sweepstakes at GCPRO.com

— Giveaway will feature products from high-technology manufacturers —

— Inaugural contest highlights Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha Channel analogue processor, a $995.00 value —

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 18, 2009 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the launch of its new online sweepstakes at www.gcpro.com. Several times a year, GC Pro management will select one particular product from a high-end gear manufacturer to feature on the website and give away as that sweepstakes prize.

To enter the contest, users simply go to gcpro.com and click on the “Sweepstakes� tab. There, entrants will complete and submit a short entry form. The winner will then be selected at random. Complete rules can be found at gcpro.com.

“This sweepstakes is a way for us to feature outstanding products from top manufacturers in the professional audio community, to give people another reason to visit our great new GC Pro website, and to give back to our loyal end user/customer base,� stated Rick Plushner, GC Pro Director. “These are products that we feel strongly about, and it’s another way to garner additional exposure for our manufacturer partners.�

The inaugural contest is now online and will run through September 30. It features a Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha Channel, a $995.00 value. This unit offers state-of-the-art analogue channel processing for any audio workstation; professional mic preamp with line and instrument level switching; studio-class EQ, Filter and Limiter; Variable Harmonic Drive (in other words, a “time machine� of distortion characteristics); and analogue or digital outputs direct to users’ workstations. The winner will be contacted after September 30.

The sweepstakes comes as part of GC Pro’s recent series of upgrades to its website, which was unveiled last month. The new site features a streamlined interface, straightforward navigation, and new market-derived content, all part of a clean design that focuses on the applications of GC Pro’s customers, allowing them to easily connect with GC Pro’s account managers and other sales staff. Up-to-date news on products and installations is seamlessly integrated into the site’s main pages, which are split among dedicated recording studio, post-production, live sound and house of worship site areas. The site will be continually augmented with new features and content. Monthly updates will consistently add new spotlights on GC Pro’s high-profile customers and featured products.

“Our new site has been wildly successful,� noted Plushner, “and we will be constantly looking at new ways to drive traffic. What we have in mind is a sort of ‘crossroads’ or online meeting ground for customers, manufacturers and GC Pro personnel, with useful news, important contact info and fun content like the sweepstakes, all at users’ fingertips. We hope that people keep coming back to see what we have in store.�

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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