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— Company continues to expand with key personnel —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, March 24, 2008 – Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the recent appointments of four GC Pro Account Managers. The announcement was made by GC Pro’s Director, Rick Plushner, and reflects the division’s commitment to providing comprehensive customer service, as well substantial growth.

Pelar Gilyard joins the team as GC Pro Account Manager, Based in Hollywood, servicing Southern California. Originally hailing from Chicago, Gilyard has come in contact with much of the Southern California music scene through his experience as a talented producer, engineer and DJ.

Rich Avrach likewise joins on as GC Pro Account Manager, Based in Hollywood. A keyboardist and guitarist since childhood, Rich has varied experience not only in performance, but also in audio engineering and professional audio retail.

Mark Johnson has recently been added as GC Pro Account Manager, Based in Chicago. In the 1990s, Mark ran his own live sound company which eventually expanded into areas of FOH engineering and consultation for systems installations.

Additionally, Ryan Lessam joins the team as GC Pro Account Manager, based in Orlando, Florida. Ryan’s recording background ranges from New York’s Quad Recording Studios to Miami’s Hit Factory, where he became intimately accustomed to both large-format consoles and DAW systems.

Commenting on these new appointments, Plushner stated, “Our ever-expanding team of Account Managers will serve to further GC Pro’s excellent reputation throughout the country; no other pro audio dealer can offer GC Pro’s level of personnel resources, unmatched service and expert advice, or call upon such a vast spectrum of products lines. These four personnel, not to mention our entire team of Account Managers, each bring something wonderful and different to the table, reflecting the diverse nature of the professional audio industry in each of our respective markets, therefore creating comprehensive, accessible resources for our customers’ benefit nationwide.”

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About Guitar Center Professional / Guitar Center
Guitar Center Professional is the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. Its clientele includes recording studios, audio engineers, producers, recording and touring musicians, live sound venues, post production facilities and more. Emphasizing extraordinary individualized service via local account managers, GC Pro offers expert consultation and a comprehensive selection of the world’s finest equipment for music and audio professionals. More information on GC Pro can be found by visiting www.gcpro.com.

Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates more than 200 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company's Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.

The Guitar Center logo is a registered trademark of Guitar Center, Inc. Other brand or product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

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