#1
Would you trust buying a guitar from Amazon?
Im going to buy a Charvel Ds-2, amazon takes about £30 off the cost, but will its quality be assured?

Have you guys ever been dissapointed from a guitar you bought from the internet?
Cheers.
#2
£30 off the cost as compared to what? If your options are to buy online or to try one in a store, £30 is well worth the ability to play the exact guitar you're going to buy before you get it. The quality is not assured online; that is to say, if the particular guitar that gets shipped to you has an issue or it just sucks, you'll be able to return it, but if you have the option it is far better to make sure you're getting a good guitar than to hope you get a good one while saving some small amount online. There's never a guarantee that one particular guitar is going to be a good example of that model, which is why it's so beneficial to play before buying. This is especially important on the DS-2, since there have been a lot of complaints about quality on those models.

If it's just £30 cheaper than Thomann or wherever, then you might as well save the money. 99% of online shops just ship you the guitar as they received it from the factory, so your odds of getting a good or a bad one are the same across online retailers.
#3
Let me try rephrase, Sorry.

I live on an island, there is only one music store that doesn't have that guitar. I have been to Leeds and every music store in Leeds to try and find it but none have it, so basically Online purchasing is my only options. Are there any particular sites that you have noticed you receive instruments in good condition? P.s I have never seen Complaints on quality for the Ds-2 Models, and I have read many many reviews on it.

I may not buy from amazon, but it is hard to find Online UK guitar shops that have the Ds-2 Model in stock. Thanks.
#4
Order from somewhere with a good return policy. Andertons, GuitarGuitar, Thomann have good policys from my understanding. Most will price match also so keep that in mind
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#5
Quote by Hogg111
Let me try rephrase, Sorry.

I live on an island, there is only one music store that doesn't have that guitar. I have been to Leeds and every music store in Leeds to try and find it but none have it, so basically Online purchasing is my only options. Are there any particular sites that you have noticed you receive instruments in good condition? P.s I have never seen Complaints on quality for the Ds-2 Models, and I have read many many reviews on it.

I may not buy from amazon, but it is hard to find Online UK guitar shops that have the Ds-2 Model in stock. Thanks.


I recently just bought 2 guitars online. One from Guitar Center and one from Ebay, both were brand new and arrived flawless. If you have any problems you could just send it back for a refund or replacement.
#7
As mentioned before, there should be no real difference among the vast majority of online dealers. Whether you get a good guitar or not is basically down to the manufacturer's quality control. I'd be surprised if the online stores even open the case before sending it along to you.

Quality control issues often don't show up in official or even a lot of user reviews. Magazine reviews never even touch that sort of thing, and most user reviews get written within a few days of getting the guitar, during the "honeymoon" period and often before any issues are noticed. Googling "XXXX review" gets you a sample that is rather biased towards official reviews, magazine fluff pieces, and basic five-star reviews on Musician's Friend from people who bought their first or second guitar and think it's flawless. Several people on this forum have tried and even a few have bought the DS-2, and as far as I remember the overwhelming consensus was that the specs were all good but the quality control was disappointing.

That's not to say they're all bad, though, so if that's really the guitar you want, go for it.
#8
Thanks for the help everyone, I will buy from Richtone.
The question now, Trans Black or Flat Black? :P
#9
Bought from Richtone myself on many occasions, never been disappointed. The only thing I'd say about buying from somewhere like Amazon is that the guitar likely won't have been set up since leaving the guitar factory, so buying from a specialist like Richtone etc will likely be worth the slight extra cost.
#10
I have only had one issue with amazon and that was my fault. They took the product back without so much as batting an eyelash. While others have made good points I wouldn't worry much about it if you do have to order from amazon. There shouldn't be any issues from them.
#11
I have bought alot of stuff from sweetwater. They have a two year warrenty on everything, and will probably ship for free.
#12
+1 for Sweetwater.

Amazon should be alright as well, but as noted, the guitar may not be set up as well as it would be from a traditional music retailer. However, if the guitar comes from one of Amazin's partners, it may be coming from an actual music store.
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#13
it all looks settled here, but i bought a guitar second-hand from ebay from grotonguitars, (ill-advised but was my first purchase) but it came with a nice pickups upgrade and was in excellent condition