#1
So it's been a while since I've played and I've been having cravings to take it up again. I'm trying to find a guitar right now, either new or used. It's been probably 6-7 years since I've played at all, I don't even know what to look for in a guitar anymore, especially a used guitar... can anybody offer any advice?
#2
dings, straight neck, finish, kind of atmosphere it's been kept it
#4
no warping,clean in shape truss rod,low hum,no rust,no loose major parts,no cracking,clean finish
#5
Well it depends on what you want:

For example if you absolutely must have the sound of a '58 tele, find one with some scratches in the finish or some missing hardware. Check for a straight neck, general playability, etc. You could get a classic you'd just have to put some work into.

Or...

Find some rich kid around town whose parents bought him a fancy Jackson or whatever, now he's ditching it for 1/4 of what it's worth...

I don't know, the used market is a complex one, and full of risks. That's what makes it interesting.
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#7
Well what I'm looking for is a Gibson Explorer. I don't think I could justify the money to buy one new, but used I think I can swing it. I found one on my local Craigslist, but it looks like it might be a little worn. He's swapped one of the pickups and it looks like one of the knobs is missing or has been changed. I just want to make sure it hasn't been beat to hell and is worth what I am paying for it.
#8
I'd argue the set neck thinf thou. I think the only improv. you'd hear is if it's played acousticly. Because if you hav a set neck guitar with distortion and a 4 piece band that "extra" sustain would not be heard. So I think the difference from bolt-on to set neck is very little. If anythin the bolt-on is more covinient if you want to replace it.