#1
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.
#2
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
#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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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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#5
Think my last 7 were bought online. All were fine. 3 from GAK and rest on ebay.
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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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#8
no I wouldn't. maybe if I was buying cheap(er) guitars or real bargains, but generally no.
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#9
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.
#10
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.
#11
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.
#12
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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#13
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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#14
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
#15
I have bought 2 guitars online and have had a good experience with both
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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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#19
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.
#20
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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#22
Actually, don't discount GC, either. They're whom I bought my Tacoma from: the first one I got had a flaw that concerned me, and I returned it a day later. I could have waited another 20+ days! but I found another on their site that was similarly priced.

The second one was in great shape, and I'm a happy man.

Veteran tip: regardless of retailer, if they have a return or restocking fee, ask if you could do an in-store exchange instead. They probably do, and some may even waive the fee. If nothing else, that would let you stock up on pedals, cables, strings, a pedalboard or power supply, etc.
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#23
i'm blessed with several music stores in the area so i've never had to. would i , yes but only if they have a really good return policy.

you have a GC so that can work for you. you do know that they can order in a guitar thaey don't have in stock. you cn also have used items sent from one store to another. good services.
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i'm blessed with several music stores in the area so i've never had to. would i , yes but only if they have a really good return policy.

you have a GC so that can work for you. you do know that they can order in a guitar thaey don't have in stock. you cn also have used items sent from one store to another. good services.

They will not ship used items store to store for free anymore, you still have to pay shipping costs
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#25
I've bought a fair proportion of my guitars and gear over the internet, all international, without major problem. Just do some research on both what you intend to buy and the seller, and be sure they have a decent return policy. FWIW, I always give the local mom and pop stores a chance to make a reasonable offer, where feasible, before I buy mail order.
#26
I was planning on buying a kramer pacer classic from Thomann (the only European music store with a good name that sold it at the time). Decided to bypass the buy and get a bass first. Now they don't sell them anymore.
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#27
But basically, would you buy a guitar over the internet if you couldn't find one locally?

Yes I would and I think I have done with a 1957 reissue black/maple neck Fender Stratocaster US back in the late '90s.

The reason is that the general selection in Danish music stores are limited if you go by guitar magazines, catalogs and your favorite artists/bands etc. You might see a cool video and get an interest in a guitar but once you get to a store you can't find anything like it.

Other than Stratocasters and a few cheaper end Les pauls you are kind of stuck there though if you order they will get it with time permitting.

So yes I had gotten several guitars untried before I got to play them even getting my first electric Applause Straocaster around 1991 pre internet days. The guy was busy so in the end he send the guitar to me.

Want to try a Gibson explorer? Sure Metallica had given me GAS so I put one on order. Got impatient and went for a Gibson Les Paul studio. One week later the Explorer arrived. So back with the studio.

The most interesting one was the challenge of a Jackson RR US like Kirk Hammett's so string through body non tremolo. I had gotten the catalog and found the Jackson original Rhoads to be to my liking and the desire grew.

By 1996 the internet had started to show up in Denmark but I had yet to get into it for buying anything and so I just put the Jackson on order some 2,5 years later than when it was in the catalog at a little music store in the yellow pages.

As for trying? I think I tried one RR like it on a Paris France trip but you stand there with a $5000 guitar with people waiting for you to finish up. Still I wanted one badly.

Still I can recall of getting that Jackson and opening the case. It was the right one and it fitted me from day 1.

But sure I would order online if the guitar or gear was there. I have done and it is optional for us consumers to do.

Like if I wanted a Clapton Stratocaster I would have the choice of a new one on order as no store would have them or a look of the second hand market giving me the choice of 1 maybe less or seldom more.

I would like to try an Yngwie model but it is the usual thing not at a store and order so trying the thing? Sorry son!

So kind of forced to look else where and sure it is a hit and miss so you need be sure of what you want.
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