#1
Right now im looking to buy either a Gibson or an Epi Les paul.
New ones costs way too much for me not to mention tax in Canada ..ugh.
So I've decided to buy one off craigslist or something.
What are some things I need to look out for when buying used besides obvious blemishes.
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#2
Pickups, mainly.
As long as the guitar is stock and isn't in bad shape, then you're alright.
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#4
somethings to look out for are:
damaged necks, bad electronics etc

make sure that the frets are even but doing every note on the guitar. (open - 22 on all strings). also bend the notes and make sure they dont go dead as you bend.

those are some of the most important ones i can think of at the moment...
#6
Look for obvious physical damage, play it (plugged in) and make sure things feel ok (they might have things set up differently then you so keep that in mind). Turn all the knobs, make sure they work, check the tuners, and make sure there isn't a lot of fret wear.
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Look for obvious physical damage, play it (plugged in) and make sure things feel ok (they might have things set up differently then you so keep that in mind). Turn all the knobs, make sure they work, check the tuners, and make sure there isn't a lot of fret wear.

Couldnt i get it re-fretted? or does that cost a crap load
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Couldnt i get it re-fretted? or does that cost a crap load


Last time I checked getting a guitar re-fretted isn't cheap, you could do it yourself but unless you're good with that kind of thing you're better off with somebody else doing it.
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Couldnt i get it re-fretted? or does that cost a crap load


Refretting could cost you from 150 if you're very lucky, to max 250 (CAD, should be around 225-230 in US$, not sure)

If you do it by yourself, it's going to be very cheaper (from what I heard, around 80 and less). BUT, it's a very hard work that needs somewhat of precision.
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Refretting could cost you from 150 if you're very lucky, to max 250 (CAD, should be around 225-230 in US$, not sure)

If you do it by yourself, it's going to be very cheaper (from what I heard, around 80 and less). BUT, it's a very hard work that needs somewhat of precision.

O wow lol.
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#11
Counterfeits are an occasional problem in my area. I've seen two Gibson Grenada banjos ($5000) that were found to be fake, and a few guitars, though they were heresay reports that I never actually saw myself. One even had a legitimate label on it (blank ones were sold at one point), but it was in the wrong place, according to the one who told me about it. I'd double-check serial numbers. I have a business card from a vintage dealer that has serial number ranges on the back for Martin that I carry with me everywhere.
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