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Old 12-11-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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New LTD Guitar Pics Wondering Your Opinions

Just received my guitar (LTD H-351nt) from the local music store here in town. This is the very first new guitar I've ever purchased, and wondered about some things that i may consider blemishes? This is in fact suppose to be an "A" stock guitar. I'm, wondering what your opinions may be on weather these things are acceptable or not.

I should mention, that this was an order in...It wasn't in stock at the store...So i was unable to see the actual guitar until it showed up.

the first thing is the yellowness of the abalone and the difference from the head stock to neck...There are areas that a quite a bit whiter/clean looking.

For the other things, the pictures show some imperfections in the finish...

Let me know what you guys think...Appreciate it.






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Old 12-11-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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I wouldn't let that bother me.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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yeah the headstock is a lot more yellow on the abalone. whether that'd be considered a fault or not, i dunno.

I couldn't make out any imperfections in your other pics (which is not to say they're not there, just i couldn't make them out).
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:38 PM   #4
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did you inspect it in the shop before you took it home or was it delivered directly to you in that state?

If you checked it and took it they'll probably argue that you damaged the finish near the headstock or that you should have raised the issue at the time and you've now accepted the guitar as is.

If it came directly to you, I'd take it in and see if there's anything they can do whether that's an exchange or just a discount for the flawed finish.

EDIT: For those who are having trouble seeing the defects; in the second pick the white dots on the side of the neck are chips in the paint (I think) and the third pic looks like there's a chunk of glue on top of the abalone right near the joint between neck and body.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:38 PM   #5
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Go back to the store, tell them you either want some discount or replacement model. If they don't do that either suck it up or ask for your money back.

(That is, if it bothers you)
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:41 PM   #6
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The imperfections are basically right in the center of each pic...In the second pic down, there is some light scratches on that inside corner of head stock...In the third pic down, its showing the area right near the neck that has some raised up clear coat that is smudged or nicked or something...
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:42 PM   #7
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^^^ ah yeah i see it now, thanks I thought they were reflections
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:45 PM   #8
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I picked it up from the store...I did scan over it, probably not in enough detail...I notice the yellowness right away...The guys i bought this from are very good guys, and I don't suspect a problem if i decide to try to exchange it...I'm waiting to hear back from them (I sent them the pictures as well) to see what they say...But I figured it'd be good to get some other opinions as well.
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I still wouldn't really let that bother me. Those sorts of things happen with general wear and tear anyway.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:04 PM   #10
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Return it.

They are usually better than that, also if you bought it over the phone or whatever you have 7 days to return it legally thanks to distance selling laws, in the UK and EU anyway.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:08 PM   #11
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I wouldn't care, I usually end up with some nicks in the paint after a month or two anyways. As long as it still plays its whatever.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:13 PM   #12
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It looks like they charged you for A stock and gave you B stock. It doesn't matter that you'll probably ding it yourself in a month or so, you payed for a brand new, unblemished guitar and that's what you should get. At the very least they should give you a partial refund equivalent to the difference between A and B stock values.
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More likely they didnt even look at it, it probably came into the store and got shipped out without ever being opened.
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More likely they didnt even look at it, it probably came into the store and got shipped out without ever being opened.

I never said the store was at fault, I'm just saying they should fix it if it's in their power to do so.
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I never said the store was at fault, I'm just saying they should fix it if it's in their power to do so.



Sorry mate, I wasnt implying you had, I was just posting in my experience what would commonly happen with guitars.

Some people would get a bit funny if we opened up "their" special ordered guitars. Meant we sent out some right lemons. Send it back and they will get you another one.

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no problem EDIT: that's a good point about not opening someone's brand new guitar I always just assumed it was laziness, but that is true, if you're buying a new guitar some people don't want the entire shop staff to have played it
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:34 PM   #18
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It was always the nice stuff too

Had an EBMM BFR Morse come in once and we couldnt even go near it before he came to buy it
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #19
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Minor imperfections like that are very, very common on guitars in that price range, especially when they have desirable features a lot of decoration (like yours). Unless these blemishes are worse than I can see from your photos, they most likely wouldn't be reason enough to call the guitar "b-stock". You can bring it back, but if you get another one, it's very likely that'll it'll have similar issues.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #20
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I just talked to the store owner and he agreed to taking it back to order another one...So back to the store i go...Sucks, but what do you do...Thanks for your input all.
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