In terms of the logic, I just wonder why not sell them on their site? They're only losing sales by not making them available online (not every city has a GC). Take me for example: I checked their site and didn't see it (not even mentioned as 'available at your local GC'), so I purchased a different guitar from another retailer.
Anyway, I'll check with my local GC about availability. Be interested to hear what they have to say... Thanks for the info.