Guitar Center Overview

  • Year Founded
  • 1964

Year Founded

  • Status
  • Private

  • Employees
  • 13,646


  • Latest Deal Type
  • Debt

  • Financing Rounds
  • 18

  • Investments
  • 7

Guitar Center General Information


Retailer of musical instruments intended to make them more easily accessible to people. The company offers a wide selection of guitars, basses, keyboards, drums and percussion as well as offers studio gear, live sound and lighting equipment, enabling clients to get products from leading brands and low prices.

Contact Information

Formerly Known As
Organ Center, The Vox Center, Guitar Center Management Co Inc
Ownership Status
Privately Held (backing)
Financing Status
Private Equity-Backed
Primary Industry
Specialty Retail
Other Industries
Recreational Goods
Internet Retail
Corporate Office
  • 5795 Lindero Canyon Road
  • Westlake Village, CA 91362
  • United States
+1 (866) 000-0000

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Guitar Center Valuation & Funding

Deal Type Date Amount Valuation/
Post-Val Status Debt

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Guitar Center Comparisons

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Guitar Center Competitors (9)

Company Name Financing Status Location Employees Total Raised Last Financing Date/Type Last Financing Amount
Musician's Friend Corporation Westlake Village, CA 000
Cascio Music Corporate Backed or Acquired Menomonee Falls, WI 000 000000&0
Sweetwater Sound Private Equity-Backed Fort Wayne, IN 0000 000000000 -
ProAudioStar Private Debt Financed Brooklyn, NY 000000000 -
Professional Music Technology Formerly PE-Backed Liverpool, United Kingdom 000 000000000000
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Guitar Center Patents

Guitar Center Recent Patent Activity

Publication ID Patent Title Status First Filing Date Technology (CPC) Citations
US-D973129-S1 Pedalboard Active 23-Jun-2021 0
US-D973763-S1 Pedalboard Active 23-Jun-2021 0
US-D978234-S1 Pedalboard Active 23-Jun-2021 0
US-D992021-S1 Pedalboard Active 23-Jun-2021 0
US-20180254027-A1 Vibration isolation mount Inactive 01-Mar-2017 G10D13/02 00
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Guitar Center Executive Team (25)

Name Title Board Seat
Gabe Dalporto Chief Executive Officer
Mohit Parasher President, Business Solutions, Private Brands and Merchandising
Todd Lyche Chief Data and Technology Officer
Richard Hoalst Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
Anne Buchanan Chief Human Resources Officer & Senior Vice President
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Guitar Center Board Members (10)

Name Representing Role Since
0000000 00000 Self Chairman of Board of Directors 000 0000
000000 0000000 Self Board Member 000 0000
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Guitar Center Signals

Growth Rate

0.80% Weekly
Weekly Growth 0.80%, 93rd %
-35.5%. 530%

Size Multiple

219x Median
Size Multiple 219x, 100th %ile
0.00x 0.95x. 413Kx

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Guitar Center Investors

Investor Name Investor Type Holding Investor Since Participating Rounds Contact Info

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Guitar Center Investments & Acquisitions (7)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Lead Partner
Tunnel Vision Technology 16-Jan-2019 0000000000 Electronics (B2C) 000 00000
Audio Visual Design Group 22-Dec-2017 0000000000 Electronics (B2C) 000 00000
Victor's House of Music 01-Feb-2007 0000000000 Specialty Retail
Woodwind & Brasswind 01-Feb-2007 0000000000 000.00 Internet Retail 00000 000
Hermes (Four Stores in Texas) 22-May-2006 Corporate Asset Purchase Buildings and Property 00000 000
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Guitar Center Subsidiaries (3)

Company Name Industry Location Founded
Audio Visual Design Group Electronics (B2C) Freemont, CA 1996
Woodwind & Brasswind Internet Retail Westlake Village, CA 0000
Music & Arts Center Specialty Retail Frederick, MD 0000
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Guitar Center ESG

Risk Overview

Risk Rating

Updated June, 11, 2024

19.88 | Low Risk

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Peers Analysis

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Guitar Center FAQs

  • When was Guitar Center founded?

    Guitar Center was founded in 1964.

  • Who is the founder of Guitar Center?

    Wayne Mitchell is the founder of Guitar Center.

  • Who is the CEO of Guitar Center?

    Gabe Dalporto is the CEO of Guitar Center.

  • Where is Guitar Center headquartered?

    Guitar Center is headquartered in Westlake Village, CA.

  • What is the size of Guitar Center?

    Guitar Center has 13,646 total employees.

  • What industry is Guitar Center in?

    Guitar Center’s primary industry is Specialty Retail.

  • Is Guitar Center a private or public company?

    Guitar Center is a Private company.

  • What is Guitar Center’s current revenue?

    The current revenue for Guitar Center is 000000.

  • How much funding has Guitar Center raised over time?

    Guitar Center has raised $529M.

  • Who are Guitar Center’s investors?

    Brigade Capital Management, The Carlyle Group, and Ares Management have invested in Guitar Center.

  • Who are Guitar Center’s competitors?

    Musician's Friend, Cascio Music, Sweetwater Sound, ProAudioStar, and Professional Music Technology are some of the 9 competitors of Guitar Center.

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