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Hello Rockers!  My name is Ernest Hampson VI.
Musical Education

One year of music theory in high school, woop!

Current Projects

Working on a debut EP with my band Natural Stranger, Living life to the fullest! Enjoying the last days of the Summer

Musical Interests

Rock, Stoner Rock, Shoe Gaze, Blues, Funk, Space Funk, Pop, Electro Pop, Progressive rock, Jazz, Flamenco, Indie, Reverb, Electronic Music, Classical, Dance, Acoustic, Avant Garde, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Metal, Prog Metal, Math Rock, Lo-fi, Disco, Fuzz

Favorite Bands

Phew so many, The Mars Volta, Jeff Buckley, Yourcodenameis:Milo, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Deftones, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Meshuggah, Smashing Pumpkins, Swervedriver, The Cooper Temple Clause, King Crimson, Mastodon, Oceansize, Thin Lizzy, Mansun, Protest the Hero, Blur, Black Sabbath, Arctic Monkeys, At the Drive-In, As Tall as Lions, Supergrass, RX Bandits, Circa Survive, Kaddisfly, Finch, Wilco, Ours, Between the Buried and Me, Gorillaz etc

Favorite Instruments

Guitars (Gibson SG Standard, Regenberg Hornet, Gretsch Jet Firebird, Fender Mustang Pawn Shop, Gibson AJ Pro Acous, Marshall JCM800 2203, Marshall 1960BV 4x12, Ampeg Super Rocket 2x12, Mogami Cables, Sigma HD28 Acous, Fulltone OCD, Fulltone Clyde Wah, Fulltone Supa Trem, Zvex Box of Rock, HBE Psylosybe, Lovepedal Kanji Red, Line 6 m9, TC Electronic Arena Reverb, MXR Carbon Copy, SIB Echo Drive (Digital), Focusrite 2i2, M Audio Bx5, Shure SM7B, Shure SM57, Ableton Live 8, Akai MPK49, Fender 1978 Telecaster

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

Solo Soundcloud Page (, Natural Stranger Facebook (, Natural Stranger Soundcloud Page (, Natural Stranger Bandcamp page (, Email Natural Stranger @

Category Expertise

Guitars > Acoustic Guitars > Acoustic Guitars, Guitars > Electric Guitars > Solid Body Electric Guitars, Accessories > Fretted Instrument Accessories & Parts > Strings, Recording > Computer Hardware > Sound & Recording Cards / Audio Interfaces, Bass > Electric Bass > 4 String Electric Bass

Ernest H.
Customer Service Manager

Certified in: Accessories, Drums, ProAudio, Keyboards, Guitars


My name is Ernest Hampson and I am a Sales Training Manager at the Brooklyn Guitar Center.  I have been working for Guitar Center for over 6 years and have inherited a wealth of knowledge to help any customers.  I am predominantly an instrument player (guitars, bass, vocals) but I have been dabbling in the world of electronic music, and I'm making some headway.  

I have been playing music for almost 13 years now. I am currently in a band called Natural Stranger.  We are a 4 piece rock band with pop sensibilities and prog influences.  We do everything from big fuzzy rock to chilled out indie rock stuff.  You can find us on Facebook and Soundcloud ( if you want to listen to some stuff. Like us on Facebook if you want to keep updated with shows and releases!

I graduated from George Mason University in 2009 with a Major in Journalism and a Minor in Computer Science.  Before I moved to Brooklyn I lived in Virginia for 10 years and before that I was all over the place.  I was a military brat so I've lived in Arizona, Maryland, Georgia, and even Germany for 6 years. Moving around so much as a child has made me very adaptable to situation changes and I use this adaptablility in all facets of my life.    

I am very knowledgeable in Gibson guitars.  GC actually sent me to Nashville to learn about Gibson guitars directly from the factories they are made.  This does not make me biased toward Gibson guitars, however.  I believe every guitarist has a particular sound in their head they are chasing after, and I can help them find that sound.

For the past year I have been familiarizing myself with Pro Audio equipment.  I have a little recording set up at home and I am currently running Ableton Live 8, which I love.  I also have a friend who is very proficient in Pro Tools so a little of that has rubbed off on me as well.  I have a very good ear for production so I would love to hear any songs people are working on and give a helping hand.  

My plan for the future is to make Guitar Center Brooklyn THE place to shop in King's County for all of your musical needs.  I want to create a vibe that makes customers feel like this place is a mom and pop shop.  I'm not big into the corporate feel and I like to be more personable with customers.  I also plan on touring with my band in the near future, we have NYC shows lined up but I'd eventually like to take this on the road.  

Hope this gives you guys some insight to what I can do for you as a GC employees.  Please contact me with any questions you may have and I will respond back ASAP.  Also, while you are here please feel free to check out some of my music via the links to the left of this page.  If you like what you hear shoot me a line and tell me! 

Ernest xoxo