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Old Yesterday, 01:32 AM   #1
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Would you buy a guitar over internet, if no local store had one?

I'm thinking about asking for a bass for my birthday, or maybe going out and buying one.

All I really know of is Guitar Center, and their bass in my price range of under $300 because tax could be up to $27 and kinda need a strap unless im stealing it off my dads guitar that I use...
If anyone knew of a good store in Austin, Texas, that would be cool.

But yeah, their selection on basses isn't so hot, they have a 4 string Sterling Ray4 $300 that I have some interest in, or maybe a ibanez 6 string, or I found some website that had the ray4 for maybe $20-30 less, not sure on shipping tho, then they had the ray5, for just $320. So I then thought about that, I guess local GC has limited colors for it, and same price...

But basically, would you buy a guitar over the internet if you couldn't find one locally?
They may let you play one guitar, but they may not even be close to setup?
Then you could buy one over the internet, and be in the same concert, so

I keep detuning and going for deep effects, on my dads strat. Its time to buy a bass.
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Old Yesterday, 01:42 AM   #2
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They could be selling you a hunk of shit so you should buy on a trustworthy low risk platform such as amazon with their refund policy in case shit hits the fan
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Old Yesterday, 01:48 AM   #3
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But basically, would you buy a guitar over the internet if you couldn't find one locally?


Have done.

I live in D/FW, and my first electrics were bought through my FLMS, who only sold basses of the brand I wanted.

Since then, I have purchased a Tacoma from GC, Reverends from a store in Tulsa and from Reverb & eBay, a Fret-King from London, a Fernandes from the PX, and several guitars directly from the manufacturers.

Just make sure you know the seller's return policy, and ideally, their general rep.
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Old Yesterday, 02:26 AM   #4
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Have done.

I live in D/FW, and my first electrics were bought through my FLMS, who only sold basses of the brand I wanted.

Since then, I have purchased a Tacoma from GC, Reverends from a store in Tulsa and from Reverb & eBay, a Fret-King from London, a Fernandes from the PX, and several guitars directly from the manufacturers.

Just make sure you know the seller's return policy, and ideally, their general rep.


+1 i have bought probably 20 guitars blind, and only had two issues. one was that the seller shipped the wrong guitar. not a big deal, it was rectified and i got some good freebies and a free case. the other one was an issue with GC's used site. it was pretty shitty and i was out $50 and it really sucked.

but that isn't much to complain about having the good deals i have gotten.

try to be as informed as possible, and get it from a reputable dealer, and ask as many questions and document yourself. for example, screenshot the page and stuff like that.
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Old Yesterday, 03:11 AM   #5
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Think my last 7 were bought online. All were fine. 3 from GAK and rest on ebay.
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Old Yesterday, 03:45 AM   #6
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I've bought & sold over 50 guitars via the internet over the years. That includes various stores for new kit & eBay for used.

Never had any issues with guitar purchases.

The only times I've had issues have been for other things, and every time the return & refund has been easily dealt with.
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Old Yesterday, 05:18 AM   #7
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Old Yesterday, 07:45 AM   #8
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no I wouldn't. maybe if I was buying cheap(er) guitars or real bargains, but generally no.
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Old Yesterday, 07:49 AM   #9
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Well yes because I've never lived near many music stores, and the ones I have lived near all carry the same shit. I'd never buy one used though only new through a trustworthy site like musiciansfriend.
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Old Yesterday, 08:45 AM   #10
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I've bought a couple of guitars online, but only from Sweetwater or Musician's Friend. My preference is to buy from a local store - I just like getting my hands on it and making that connection to the instrument.

If you buy from Musician's Friend, make sure you call and ask for their current discount. It's usually 10%, unless they're running one of their holiday promotions. If you buy from Sweetwater, call them and see if they can give you a better price than what's shown online. Sweetwater doesn't run sales very often, but if you call, your sales advisor will hook you up.
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Old Yesterday, 09:05 AM   #11
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Think i've bought 4 online in the past.No issues at all and even came setup well.Just go to a well known dealer with good reviews.
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Old Yesterday, 09:07 AM   #12
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If its new or from a store I wouldnt worry too much about it because you always have the right to return it. If youre buying used blind it helps that the peraon have a reputation of being stand up (through gear trading forums like guitar porn or seven string) and at that ask for tons of pictures. While you cant always tell if the neck is warped or something you can get a general idea. And always use paypal but dont do paypal gift. If you pay the fees paypal can help get your money back if its junk.
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If I can get it from a store locally I'll always do that first.




That being said, I've purchased probably over 5 guitars online (and 2 from overseas) and have had no problems so far.
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Old Yesterday, 10:32 AM   #14
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I bought an Ibanez from GC recently I love the guitar after I did a set up on it. There are two small blemishes and the guitar is supposed to be new. The guitar is white though. They arnt so bad that I even considered returning it verry small dark marks in the paint. It may even come out I havnt tried yet but anyways I would buy online if the guitar I wanted wasn't available in a store. I would buy from a site like sweet water or musicians friend I only used GC because I had a gift card
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I have bought 2 guitars online and have had a good experience with both
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Old Yesterday, 10:54 AM   #16
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I'm thinking about asking for a bass for my birthday, or maybe going out and buying one.


I've had no issues buying guitars outside the usual retail channels (including online), and I've done pretty well buying used guitars. But my advice would be to include your parents in this one. Your dad's eye and thought process might be helpful and save your bacon here and there, and you could end up with a better quality piece for your money.
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But basically, would you buy a guitar over the internet if you couldn't find one locally?

Yes, I've done it before. Ebay is your friend. and often its the only possible way to get the guitar you want because either the guitar you want is discontinued, you don't have enough money to buy one new, or the guitar stores in your area just don't stock them.

You can get the guitar you want used for much less money, but obviously depending on the condition and how much info you have on the particular guitar in question determines if its worth buying it. Getting a guitar used AND blind, is always a calculated risk.

Do lots of research. Know exactly what you're buying and know what to look for in a guitar that's used. Know how much the guitar you're looking at typically sells for.

If it isn't a buy-it-now auction, know how to bid in such a way that improves your chances of winning. Sniping a bid has won me a lot of my gear.
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I bought an AL-2000 online. Never seen or played one before.
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Old Yesterday, 11:58 AM   #19
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I have almost no choice but to buy guitars online. The only music store near me is a Guitar Center that for some reason only has $150 Squires and Line6 combo amps. If I want something better, I look at amazon.com, zzounds, sweetwater, and musiciansfriend.
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Old Yesterday, 12:00 PM   #20
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I get stuff online from Europe, I find it works out far cheaper and their stock is also very good.

Got a good return policy too.
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