Thursday, May 10, 2012

Amplifier Repair Tip: GPS Electronics of Norwalk, California


If you need your amplifier repaired and you are in the Los Angeles area, I have the hot ticket for you: do not take it to your local guitar shop, because they are probably going to send it out somewhere else for repair. And that somewhere else is probably going to be GPS Electronics over in Norwalk, so go there first and cut out the middle man.

GPS Electronics has been in business since 1996 and does work for music stores, the local theme parks (we have some big ones), city governments, school districts, churches, and of course everyday musicians like us. They specialize in guitar amplifier repair, but are also have tons of experience repairing PA systems, keyboard, pedals, speakers, and mixing boards.

Besides retail repairs, this shop is also an authorized warranty service center for Ampeg, Crate, Fender, GK, Marshall, Peavey, Yamaha and many more manufacturers. That says a lot about the experience of the technicians and the confidence that these companies have in GPS Electronics.

I recently needed to have my Ampeg B15T repaired (it had gone teats up), and I took it over to George (the G, of GPS) to have them look it over. Their shop is located in an office park and there are no big signs, so make sure you get your directions straight before you head over.

From the front counter I could see a few of the repair benches in the back, and noted that the shop was tidy and the technicians were neatly dressed, and there was a metric ton of amplifiers on shelves waiting to be worked on. It seems like it would be a good place to work, not a sweatshop or filthy hell hole.

George wrote up my repair order and gave me a date (about a week out) when I would receive my estimate. He called me up a week later with a very reasonable estimate ($82), and quoted me three days for repairs to be completed.

Well, three days later my amplifier was done (with no extra charges) and it worked fine when I got it back. This may not sound like a big deal, but in this day and age it is difficult to find shops that do a good job, not to mention keeping the promises and commitments that they make. I wholeheartedly recommend that you give them a try.

GPS Electronics is located near the 5 Freeway in Norwalk, making it a convenient drive from Los Angeles or Orange Counties. They are open Monday through Friday from 10AM to 6PM, and are closed on weekends. You can reach them at 562-802-0840, or check out their page of Facebook.


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