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post Jul 16 2007, 12:15 PM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Jul 14 2007, 08:56 AM) *
I bought my last 4 guitars online - all decent brands, $500+ and have had no problems.

Whilst all online merchants I have dealt with have been good - Sweetwater push it a step further. I have one huy who always handles my orders, took some time just to chat with me and find out what I was into after my very first order and saved my a boatload of money on that purchase by alerting me to a manufacturers offer that I hadn't seen. Also, this guy was a musician and knew his stuff, not some unknowlegaeable teenager who didn't know the first thing about music.

In addition, when I bought my Jem, they set it up to my specifications before shipping it - for free. And finally, my guy just left Sweetwater, but I got a call from his replacement, informing me and introducing himself. Needless to say, that given that all the prices are identical, this kind of attitude makes a huge difference!

So, online is cool and cheap IF you know what you want.



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post Jul 16 2007, 01:16 PM
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I will buy my next Guitar online because we dont have that Great Music shops locally, and also cause i know a Gibson Les Paul is going to rock! biggrin.gif


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post Jul 16 2007, 02:17 PM
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QUOTE (mattacuk @ Jul 16 2007, 08:16 AM) *
I will buy my next Guitar online because we dont have that Great Music shops locally, and also cause i know a Gibson Les Paul is going to rock! biggrin.gif


LOL - yeah. must get an LP at some stage ... did you get your Cort yet?


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post Jul 16 2007, 02:27 PM
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LP's DO ROCK!!!! woops i dropped mine the other day sad.gif


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post Jul 16 2007, 04:29 PM
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Never bought a guitar on-line (effects etc yes). Though now that I live in the back of beyond I probably will have to ohmy.gif .

However my main guitar was a custom made one off. That is sort of similar - you can spec it, try others that the luthier has made and talk to him/her 'bout you likes and dislikes, watch it being built over several weeks/months and ask for alterations but until its really finished and in your hands. A bit like buying on-line after researching specs, looking at forums/reviews etc., blink.gif ...

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post Jul 16 2007, 04:53 PM
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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Jul 16 2007, 11:29 AM) *
Never bought a guitar on-line (effects etc yes). Though now that I live in the back of beyond I probably will have to ohmy.gif .

However my main guitar was a custom made one off. That is sort of similar - you can spec it, try others that the luthier has made and talk to him/her 'bout you likes and dislikes, watch it being built over several weeks/months and ask for alterations but until its really finished and in your hands. A bit like buying on-line after researching specs, looking at forums/reviews etc., blink.gif ...

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Cool - how does that compare price wise? Maybe I'll get one made to my specs too - would be the ultimate in coolness smile.gif


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I tried to order a guitar online, nothing but bad troubles. I'm going to try it a bit more, maybe order some cheap used guitars to fix up and sell at my shop smile.gif Ebay is a great place as long as the person you buy from is legit.


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Jul 16 2007, 05:53 PM) *
Cool - how does that compare price wise? Maybe I'll get one made to my specs too - would be the ultimate in coolness smile.gif


Mine ended up costing about the same as a Gibson Les Paul Standard (street price rather than list though biggrin.gif. Nowadays about 1200 pounds sterling - about 2200USD) Andrew. For that I got a 24 fret thruneck (Gibson scale) Les Paul junior double cut type guitar (what I wanted), transblue with a tigerstripe maple top (body is walnut - heavy guitar).

Some of the extra features included 2 emg pickups, graduated frets, floyd rose trem (mine floats off the body with no routing behind the trem. This required the neck set at an angle to the body but meant more natural sustain from the guitar), ebony fingerboard with flying birds (a la PRS) position markers. The neck was profiled to be identical to my Gibson semi. I would say that all the woodworking, electrics and fretting are 1st class. Action isn't super low - but that's the way I wanted it - setup to order.

The guy who made it (Andy DeMitriou) used to make guitars for Uli Jon Roth (ex Scorpions) - Andy was a great luthier but gave up work for health reasons. One nice thing about a custom made is that you can literally spec anything that will work and get to talk about the hardware/wood/finish options etc. If anyone is in the market for a premium end guitar I'd advise that they consider it BUT find a good luthier (go on recomendations etc).

I'll try to borrow my wife's camera and I'll take some photos and post them up.

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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Jul 16 2007, 02:52 PM) *
Mine ended up costing about the same as a Gibson Les Paul Standard (street price rather than list though biggrin.gif. Nowadays about 1200 pounds sterling - about 2200USD) Andrew. For that I got a 24 fret thruneck (Gibson scale) Les Paul junior double cut type guitar (what I wanted), transblue with a tigerstripe maple top (body is walnut - heavy guitar).

Some of the extra features included 2 emg pickups, graduated frets, floyd rose trem (mine floats off the body with no routing behind the trem. This required the neck set at an angle to the body but meant more natural sustain from the guitar), ebony fingerboard with flying birds (a la PRS) position markers. The neck was profiled to be identical to my Gibson semi. I would say that all the woodworking, electrics and fretting are 1st class. Action isn't super low - but that's the way I wanted it - setup to order.

The guy who made it (Andy DeMitriou) used to make guitars for Uli Jon Roth (ex Scorpions) - Andy was a great luthier but gave up work for health reasons. One nice thing about a custom made is that you can literally spec anything that will work and get to talk about the hardware/wood/finish options etc. If anyone is in the market for a premium end guitar I'd advise that they consider it BUT find a good luthier (go on recomendations etc).

I'll try to borrow my wife's camera and I'll take some photos and post them up.

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Fascinating - thanks, and not as expensive as I would have thought ... I wonder how to go about finding a good luthier in my area ?? Would love to see pics smile.gif


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I've hopefully posted a pic of it under the 'post pics of your gear' thread Andrew. If you want to see any more then just shout.

Good place to start regarding local custom guitar luthiers are always any players in your area; alternatively the local guitar shops (though they tend to recomend their own in-house techs from my experience).

Luthiers aren't as expensive as most people think albeit the famous ones aren't cheap (Zematis etc). They represent great value for money and you get a 1 of a kind biggrin.gif . Check out who's in your area and go and have a chat - they are usually incredibly friendly and helpful.

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ps one way to check their work out if you're not sure - get them to service one of your guitars. Just had an annual service, including a full fret dress done for 90euros over here in Spain. Good job and a nice guy.


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I havent bought a guitar online yet but, i would definatly consider it.Were im at the prices are much cheaper online than buying from store.When i read Andrew's post about the service at sweetwater i was really suprised.Thats a really good place to buy.I sell afew guitars once and awhile on ebay and am considering buying one there.You just have to be smart who you buy from.Even on ebay there are many guitars for sale with a trial period,so even if you have never played it you can try it and if it's not for you send it back.Musicians friend is also a great place as they have 45 days best price promise and return polocy.You see this is how they compete with the stores out there and they buy in much bigger quanity most times than your average shop which in return gets you a better price.So like i said you have to know who you are buying from but i almost consider buying online and you can always go to your guitar store and see if they have the guitar you want to buy online and play it first in most cases.


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