The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #46  
Old 01-20-2020, 08:53 PM
Wade Hampton Wade Hampton is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chugiak, Alaska
Posts: 26,332
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gitarpraz View Post
I agree with some others above that the ones jumping the gun here are not in the right. (Some people on here are) ready to throw the seller under the bus before even hearing if they might've just made a mistake or how they'll remedy the situation. There isn't one of us that hasn't made mistakes.

Now if the seller doesn't handle the situation professionally and it is proven they knew about the issues that's different.
Exactly. Itís too easy to grab our pitchforks and torches to form online lynch mobs howling for blood. While I can understand the giddy, visceral thrill that vicarious indignation can generate, itís fairest to all involved - and I do mean all involved, including us, the spectators - if a more reasoned approach is followed.


whm
Reply With Quote
  #47  
Old 01-20-2020, 09:07 PM
gitarpraz gitarpraz is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 36
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wade Hampton View Post
Exactly. Itís too easy to grab our pitchforks and torches to form online lynch mobs howling for blood. While I can understand the giddy, visceral thrill that vicarious indignation can generate, itís fairest to all involved - and I do mean all involved, including us, the spectators - if a more reasoned approach is followed.


whm
Very well spoken.
__________________
This is my signature.
Reply With Quote
  #48  
Old 01-20-2020, 09:27 PM
hermithollow hermithollow is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 295
Default

If you are not happy with the guitar, you should send it back. If the cracks are on either side of the tail block they are most likely in the wood. If the center seam opened and was reglued and cleated then most likely at some point the guitar was in excessively dry conditions.
The seller may feel he represented the guitar accurately - one person's "excellent" is another person's "Poor" It's also possible that some of the damage occurred during shipping.
Asking for a discount has always struck me as bargaining on the price after the sale (if he suggests it , that's different)
A well repaired guitar is as good as a new one for some people, for others it never will be "right"
Reply With Quote
  #49  
Old 01-20-2020, 09:30 PM
Dru Edwards Dru Edwards is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 34,261
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hairpuller View Post
Before jumping the gun, as we tend to do nowadays, I'd call the shop and explain the situation. They may be flabbergasted (waited 4 months to use that) that these issues were not disclosed, and very apologetic.

They may try real hard to make things right. I'd hear them out.

scott
+1. Contact the store and talk to them. I don't think email in this case is as good as a conversation. If they are a reputable dealer then it is possible this slipped through unintentionally.

Let us know how things turn out.
Reply With Quote
  #50  
Old 01-20-2020, 09:57 PM
Acoustic Wolf Acoustic Wolf is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Posts: 48
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Boozehound View Post
I took the strings off to inspect the inside of the guitar for any cracking and was surprised to find 3 cleats along the center seam. In my opinion that is a relatively major repair that should be disclosed. I also find it hard to believe that the shop would purchase an instrument and perform a neck reset without checking out the inside of the guitar, particularly when they tout their thorough set-ups as a bonus of doing business with them.
In my opinion that is a relatively major shop that should be disclosed.
Reply With Quote
  #51  
Old 01-20-2020, 10:03 PM
aknow aknow is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Nipomo, California
Posts: 3,779
Default

Return it. They don't deserve your business. Spread the word about their business ethics.
__________________
2012 Cervantes Crossover I
2012 Breedlove Focus SE Walnut
2014 Collings OM 2 HG
2015 Breedlove Oregon Concert CE 25th anniv.
Reply With Quote
  #52  
Old 01-20-2020, 10:12 PM
Mark L Mark L is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 478
Default

Personally, I would return it for a full refund. Lots of reasons for that.

If I had a notion to keep it, I would ask for and speak only to the store owner regarding a proper resolution.

Based on the information provided in this thread, it was not difficult to find out the identity of the seller. I am quite certain Iím not alone in this small effort. Despite their ďreputationĒ, over the course of a few years and a few transactions, I found that about half the online deals I entered with them were unacceptable.

Eventually, having dealt with phone and online reps, I was frustrated enough to cut through to the owner directly. He fixed that particular problem (I shipped the item back for a full refund, on their dime), and that was that.

I have long since ceased to do business with this enterprise. I donít even look at their website. Too bad really, but there are a lot of other choices and sources out there in a glutted guitar market.

Either they knew, or they didnít check.
Reply With Quote
  #53  
Old 01-20-2020, 10:14 PM
hermithollow hermithollow is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 295
Default

If a business buys and sells guitars they often don't take the strings off and examine them with a fine tooth comb. If they are willing to take the guitar back without an argument I would consider them to be honest and reputable sellers.
If they are willing to take it back I think bashing the business is not the right thing to do.
Personally I would have contacted them before discussing it on a forum.
Reply With Quote
  #54  
Old 01-20-2020, 10:21 PM
Mark L Mark L is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 478
Default

OP initiated the thread by mentioning a neck reset done by the shop selling the instrument to prepare for sale. Iím pretty sure that entails, um, at least slacking the strings a bit, and perhaps a peek ďunder the hoodĒ.

Forum support of the OPís original purchase inquiry to the esteemed cognescenti here overwhelmingly mentioned the reputation of the shop as an actual plus in the neck set.
Reply With Quote
  #55  
Old 01-20-2020, 11:09 PM
tadol tadol is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Berkeley, CA
Posts: 3,651
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hermithollow View Post
If a business buys and sells guitars they often don't take the strings off and examine them with a fine tooth comb. If they are willing to take the guitar back without an argument I would consider them to be honest and reputable sellers.
If they are willing to take it back I think bashing the business is not the right thing to do.
Personally I would have contacted them before discussing it on a forum.
Couldnít agree more -

And personally, I would have talked to them far more about the reason for a neck reset, and any other repairs or issues BEFORE buying it. Most sellers are quite willing to give you an in-hand review and telephone description of a special, possibly custom guitar (which is what I would consider a used, short scale Santa Cruz OM) for a serious customer, and if that is critical to you (as it appears) then it shoulda been thoroughly discussed before shipping to save everyone some hassle.

Once again, if there are aspects to a deal that are of critical importance to you, especially with used or custom models, do everything possible to negotiate and investigate beforehand, and if you have the tiniest thought that thereís any possibility at all you wouldnít want to keep it - know the policy, conditions, and process to make a return before you buy it. Even make the purchase with a specific salesperson, having discussed with them the guitar and your concerns, so if you decide to return, you have a specific contact who knows the transaction to deal with. Weíre not talking $8 string sets here. Of course, none of that applies if you have a seller who intentionally lies, or makes an effort to hide important details, but that does not seem the case here -

All that said - a cleanly repaired and reinforced center seam separation is a totally nothing issue, as is a well done neck reset. The cracks in the back seem exacerbated by wax, but Iíd have those evaluated. Probably not a big problem, and the guitar could easily outlast you without needing anything more. But if you plan to try and resell, or even profit later, those would make for a slightly more difficult sale. But its an unusual, and possibly very special guitar, so weigh that in as well, and do whatíll make you happy.
__________________
More than a few Santa Cruzís, a few Sexauers, a Patterson, a Larrivee, a Lynch, a Cumpiano, and a Klepper!!

https://soundcloud.com/rnewman-1/san...chard-hoover-7
https://soundcloud.com/rnewman-1/san...richard-hoover
https://soundcloud.com/rnewman-1/lun...ith-rick-barto
Reply With Quote
  #56  
Old 01-20-2020, 11:25 PM
skitoolong skitoolong is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 991
Default

Sure doesnít look like a finish crack to me.
__________________
Breedlove C25/CRe-h
Taylor 516e FLTD
Taylor GS6
Gibson J-30
Walden CO500 (camper)
Fender FSR BSB Telecaster
Reply With Quote
  #57  
Old 01-21-2020, 05:55 AM
LeftyKev LeftyKev is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: England
Posts: 49
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Boozehound View Post
The purchase was made from a well known and reputable shop, who had also performed a neck reset on the instrument. There were pictures, but none that clearly showed any of the finish flaws. No qualifiers were made.

I probably would have overlooked the dings in the finish etc. While not my definition of 'Excellent' condition, they are not a deal breaker. I do think that any cracks (even if repaired) or other significant repair work should be disclosed. I would also disclose significant finish cracks if I were selling a guitar.
They can't be that reputable, otherwise they would never such a crappy guitar out, surely. I'm not sure why you seem very protective of their reputation.
Reply With Quote
  #58  
Old 01-21-2020, 06:04 AM
LeftyKev LeftyKev is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: England
Posts: 49
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hermithollow View Post
If a business buys and sells guitars they often don't take the strings off and examine them with a fine tooth comb. If they are willing to take the guitar back without an argument I would consider them to be honest and reputable sellers.
If they are willing to take it back I think bashing the business is not the right thing to do.
Personally I would have contacted them before discussing it on a forum.
Yes, totally agree.
Reply With Quote
  #59  
Old 01-21-2020, 06:35 AM
Mr. Paul's Avatar
Mr. Paul Mr. Paul is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Sangre de Cristo mountains
Posts: 1,983
Default

Yes, the seller will accept a return, on their dime, for return of an item that was in a condition not as described.

No, they will not adjust the price to $2000 on a used Santa Cruz.

One phone call, done deal. Were they not open yesterday?
Reply With Quote
  #60  
Old 01-21-2020, 06:54 AM
dwalton dwalton is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Up North
Posts: 1,017
Default

Return it, no drama, end of situation, move on. Too many fine used guitars out there to waste any more time on it.
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=