dB - I know the repair guys (first name only) and a couple sales guys, again not really buddies or any thing just shoot the bs back and forth. I buy all my acoustic and electric strings there, some effects (stomp boxes), cords, use their repair service for minor adjustments, and I think I bought my brother a cheap guitar there. My loyalty statement was more directed to my most recent purchase.
Taz - yea, I know their price versus what we pay. But, that doesn't stop them from hanging the exact guitar back up and reselling it for twice what they paid. One music store (Lentines)was very honest and upfront to those same lines and recommended the internet selling method versus insulting me with an offer.
Some gear that I have currently;
Taylor Big Baby
Roland Blues Cube 60 Watt
Boss ME6 (multi-effects)
Boss stomp boxes
Morley (Steve Vai - Bad Horsie?) Wah pedal
HD - I just play for fun. I like to play early Van Halen, early Aerosmith, LedZep, Boston, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, (trying to learn some SRV - that's going to take awhile LOL). Mostly classic rock, although I'm learning to 'scratch' to hip hop by turning my guitar upside down and pulling it back and forth over a metal railing.