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Pictured (L-R) at Guitar Center in West Los Angeles are GC Pro Director of Sales Rick Plushner and studio owner Allen Sides with the Ocean Way Hi-Res Main Monitor System and SSL AWS 900+ console. Photo by David Goggin

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— The renowned Ocean Way Audio Hi-Res Main Monitor System is now available
for demonstration and purchase through Guitar Center Professional —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 23, 2008 — Guitar Center’s West Los Angeles location was the place to be on Tuesday evening, July 22nd, when GC and Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, celebrated the in-store installation of an Ocean Way Audio Hi-Res Main Monitor System. This installation will allow artists, engineers, musicians and producers to audition this critically acclaimed monitor system in person for the first time at a retail location, and purchase it through GC Pro.

Allen Sides, Ocean Way founder, designer and owner was on hand to give demonstrations of the system, using music from original analog master tapes of classic sessions held at the legendary Ocean Way Recording studios. In attendance were prominent members of the Los Angeles music industry, as well as leading members of the press.

The monitoring system will be available for audition at Guitar Center’s West Los Angeles store. Located in the heart of West Los Angeles on the corner of Pico and Westwood Blvd., Guitar Center’s West Los Angeles store is a 29,862 square-foot state-of-the-art musical instrument and technology center featuring the latest products, interactive kiosk displays, visually arresting graphics and an extremely knowledgeable sales staff.

Prior to the Ocean Way monitor installation at Guitar Center’s new outlet in West Los Angeles, the famous loudspeakers have only been seen at the AES and NAMM Conventions and at the recording studio’s non-public demo rooms.

“We are thrilled that this event was so well-attended, and we welcome all interested parties to continue to come in and preview this remarkable monitor system,” stated GC Pro Director Rick Plushner. “We are proud to partner with Allen Sides and Ocean Way in acting as exclusive distributor of the Ocean Way monitors, giving GC Pro customers access to the finest monitoring anywhere. GC Pro is deeply dedicated to offering our clients cutting-edge gear solutions, and Ocean Way Monitoring Systems help us affirm that promise.”

The Ocean Way monitor systems now available through GC Pro range from the HR-2 tri-amplified 3-way system at $38,600 to the OWA-1615Q quad-amplified system with four mid-bass horns, eight mid-woofers, eight sub-bass woofers, and two radial horns with dual throats, priced at $120,000. Systems include crossovers, equalizers and power amps.

To learn more about the exclusive availability of Ocean Way Monitors, visit: http://www.gcpro.com and http://www.oceanwayaudio.com.

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Photo Caption: Pictured (L-R) at Guitar Center in West Los Angeles are GC Pro Director of Sales Rick Plushner and studio owner Allen Sides with the Ocean Way Hi-Res Main Monitor System and SSL AWS 900+ console. Photo by David Goggin.

About Ocean Way Audio
Ocean Way Audio grew from Ocean Way Recording, the legendary group of recording studio complexes created by renowned engineer Allen Sides. Ocean Way Recording consists of three highly-respected facilities: Ocean Way Hollywood, Record One in Sherman Oaks and Ocean Way Nashville. With music mixing and scoring rooms and a mastering suite, Ocean Way Hollywood is the most awarded studio complex on the West Coast. The studios offer remarkable sounding rooms, plus unique custom equipment and impeccable electronic maintenance. Ocean Way features the largest vintage tube microphone collection in the U.S. and a conscientious staff of professionals. In addition to their renowned mic lockers, the Ocean Way studios are highlighted by large soffit-mounted monitors that were custom designed for the rooms by Sides himself. These monitors quickly gained a reputation as some of the finest high-definition speakers available and have been used to mix some of the most acclaimed recordings of the past few decades.

As time went by, engineers who had worked at Ocean Way began asking Allen to create custom monitoring systems for other facilities, and thus began the start of Ocean Way Monitoring Systems. At the end of 2006, Allen Sides partnered with Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro) as the exclusive distributor of Ocean Way Monitoring Systems. Rather than simply designing generic speakers, Ocean Way Audio looks at each facility as an individual and unique environment for which entire custom monitoring systems are created to benefit the specific requirements of the room. Each studio purchasing an Ocean Way Monitoring System receives the benefit of an on-site evaluation during the design process, which includes the personal consultation of Allen Sides and his team. Serving everyone from large commercial mixing facilities to personal studios for serious musicians, engineers and producers, Ocean Way’s mission is simple: they don’t sell speakers, they sell a sound. For those interested in putting the sound of Ocean Way in their room, contact Ocean Way today.

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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.

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