Poll: I ask for..
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The floor model
29 60%
A new one from the back
19 40%
Voters: 48.
#1
*beep beep beep* I have a question!
when you go to purchase a new guitar, do you take the floor model or ask the salesman for a new-in-box one from the back?
#2
It's really your call. You can ask for a new one. You have to buy the floor model if that's all they have though.
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#3
I buy the floor model. Not only could I maybe get a discount for this scratch and that and such, but I know I'm not getting a good one consider, well, I played it. Who knows what's wrong with the NIB ones.
#4
It depends on a lot of circumstances. Some rules of thumb to follow:

- If you really like the floor model and the way it plays, sometimes it's best to go with that, unless you try out a back model and like that as well. The boxed model and the floor model may not play the same - the one in the back may be different.

- If all they have left is a floor model, you can use that as a bargaining chip. If it's not in the best condition (scratches/dents) or if it's been there for ages, negotiate with the salesman.

- If you end up with the floor model, always ask for a setup. It's a good thing to get, especially if it's been played by dozens of people and tuned/detuned/abused.

Personally, I haven't had any problems with floor models. The two guitars in my sig are both floor models, and I got them both for discounts (well, the C-1+ was bought on Black Friday for 20% off either way, but I still count that). Haven't had any problems.
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#6
Well, floor models scare me a bit. Several people have used it before me, and God knows what its been through. I have seen floor models that look like they've been beat to death. If I could, I would much rather take a new in box one. To me, floor models are never worth the money you save.
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#8
Ooops I didn't read the post and voted "one from the back of the store". Floor model, although in most shops I've been in I you don't need to ask, I still do out of politeness though...

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#10
I go for the one that's been played the most. Chances are its been hanging there a year or so, the woods begun to settle, the pickups aged, the neck broken in. Its obviously been very popular. I'll take a well worn matron over a tight virgin any day.
#11
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get the floor model its all ready tuned up and stuff already



WHAT?!

You are going to buy a floor model because its already tuned up? That's the weirdest excuse in this entire thread
#13
I usually buy a floor model, because if I like it enough to think about buying it, then I will have already developed a liking to that particular one.
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#14
All of the guitars I own have been floor models (except for my strat - It was a "window model"), but I really don't care, as long as I like it. Of course floor models are sometimes pretty banged up, but I find that this only really happens in small shops. At Guitarcenter and Samash, they sell a bunch of guitars every week, so there are also a bunch of new guitars on the floor every week, so they're usually not banged up at all.
#16
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Well, floor models scare me a bit. Several people have used it before me, and God knows what its been through. I have seen floor models that look like they've been beat to death. If I could, I would much rather take a new in box one. To me, floor models are never worth the money you save.


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#17
It really depends....if it plays/sounds well/good then yes, I got my Godin Freeway Floyd as a floor model, it was the only one they had - and I loved it!! (still do).

But primarily I'll go with NIB .
#18
if you like the feel of that guitar your playing thats on the floor buy it, if you get it in box, make sure you look at it before buying it.
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#19
Two of my guitars were floor models. I got the SG the very day that it arrived and was put on the wall. If you want one from the back, you can play it a bit first, they shouldn't be pissed about that. It's your money they should let you try it out first!