#1
Hello everyone,


Today I received the beautiful ESP LTD EC-256 BLK. And as a former Ibanez GIO owner, I feel like I now own a 2,000$ Les Paul!

As expected, the guitar looks great in person. It feels like a quality instrument and it is beautifully made.







Of course, like every amateur with a limited budget, every penny that I have spent counts. So I inspected every single inch of the guitar and I came across this crack in the paint where the neck meets the body:





I am no guitar building expert, so I don't know if this is a big deal. I checked the intonation with two different devices and everything was perfect. The guitar plays fine and there is nothing wrong with it. So should I go ahead and return it?

Another question that might be obvious to some of you: is the neck glued to the body or bolted? (or both?)


Thanks in advance!

EDIT:sorry for screwing up the pics the first time!
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Last edited by Darmanos at Jan 18, 2016,
#2
It's a glued neck. Usually known as "set neck".

Does the crack extend into the wood? If it does, it might be a problem. If it doesn't, it's porbably purely cosmetic and easily fixed, so it's up to you if you want to keep it. To be honest, it looks like a really tiny crack so I don't think it'll cause problems, so if you're okay with having a bit of cosmetic damage you could keep it.
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#3
Hi Kevätuhri,

Thank you for your answer!

It looks to me that the crack is just on the paint. And as you said, if it is just aesthetic, I don't care too much. I was just worried this might have been caused by bad gluing of the neck to the body.

I think I am going to keep it. Let's hope nothing goes wrong!
#4
where did you get it from? MF/M123/zzounds/etc would probably throw you a few bucks back if you talk to them and send a pic. if its second hand, probably not as good of a chance.

i would send it back or ask for a discount.
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where did you get it from? MF/M123/zzounds/etc would probably throw you a few bucks back if you talk to them and send a pic. if its second hand, probably not as good of a chance.

i would send it back or ask for a discount.


This. I'd talk to them (if you bought it new), and see if they'll throw you some cash back, if not return it and get an undamaged one.

Looks to be just a cosmetic issue, but if I bought a new guitar that came with a scratch, I'd ask for another, or compensation. I'll bet they'll offer you cash, since if you return it, they're probably just going to sell it to someone else as blemished at a discounted price.
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#6
@trashedlostfdup @red.guitar I just did that

I actually bought it from Thomann since I am located in Austria.

Let's see the outcome!


Thanks guys.
#7
I bought an Epiphone dot from them a couple of years ago and one of the pickups was dented. I contacted them and they sent me a replacement quickly (to the UK).

Have you seen the YouTube video of when Anderton's music shop visited Thomann? Worth a look - very interesting!

Personally, I would wish to return the guitar for a replacement.
Last edited by monabri at Jan 19, 2016,
#8
I don't understand why people ask these sort of questions

If you bought it brand new and it's not perfect then take it back. That's the beauty of buying new.
#9
@monarbi thank you for the info. And thank you for the video recommendation, I always enjoy watching these guys!

@SpiderM as anyone who is excited about his new instrument. I'd rather not have to wait again for a replacement. Especially because the black model looks out of stock on the website, so it might take weeks to get a new one. So yes, a compensation would be fine for me since the 'damage' doesn't look so severe.


Thank you guys for your help.
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Quote by Darmanos
@SpiderM as anyone who is excited about his new instrument. I'd rather not have to wait again for a replacement. Especially because the black model looks out of stock on the website, so it might take weeks to get a new one. So yes, a compensation would be fine for me since the 'damage' doesn't look so severe.


No worries, you never mentioned compensation in your original question and, if you are prepared to have a guitar with a small fault and save some $$$ then that's a personal thing. Just be sure that it's not worse than you think.

Patience is a virtue apparently