Buying a guitar from Musicianfriends vs Sweetwater

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Fowleri, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. Adagietto

    Adagietto Supporting Member

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    GC sends me 20% coupons occasionally. I have one now that expires today. Of course, everything is excluded....
     
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  2. Fowleri

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    I put the Ibanez rg550 red for notification when is in stock again and after a few minutes I received an email from a SW rep telling me that I should preorder now as they go quickly as soon as they are in stock again lol

    At least I have his email and can see if he’d give a 15% off like MF
     
  3. nac9

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    MF and GC are the same company and typically offer the same discounts. Don't be afraid to pick up the phone.
     
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  4. Simon

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    It was a joke Brother!!
     
  5. stratadp

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    I bought a guitar from GC last month. Used the chat function, got 15% off. All I had to do was ask.
     
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  6. arctic

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    The Sweetwater sales rep that I am “locked” in to is not very user-friendly, lol. He reminds me of used car salesman. Of everything I’ve ever bought from Sweetwater, I paid full price. The last guitar I bought from them was D-35 that I ended up paying $2799, the full listed price for it at the time. He wouldn’t budge. I will admit the pic did help sell it, but it was the last guitar I bought from them, never again. Their loss. On occasion I will still make a purchase with them if it’s something I need right away, usually supplies, or an item that they only have.

    I regularly get 15-20% off from GC, WWBW, SamAsh, and others. Even the ma and pa shops have come through with some fairly large discounts as well. On big ticket items, even better deals are to be had.
     
  7. CharAznable

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    55 Point Inspection:

    Does it look like a guitar? Check
    Is it a guitar? Check
    Is it the guitar the customer ordered? Check
    Is the headstock attached? Check
    Is the neck attached? Check
    Is there a fretboard? Check
    Is the finish flaking off (unless a relic)? Check
    Is the neck pickup there? Check
    Is the bridge pickup there? Check
    Is the volume knob there? Check
    Is the tone knob there? Check
    Nut: is it there? Check
    Fret 1: Is it there? Check
    Fret 2: Is it there? Check
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    Has anybody vomited on it? Check
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    Did we include Smarties? Check
    Did we include Tootsie Rolls? Check
    Did we include Nerds?
    Did we include the New Gear Day piece of paper?
    Did we make a note to call the guy every month to ask him how his last pick purchase went?
     
  8. caledoneus

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    if you have an account with Sweetwater (just sign up and they assign you a rep) and contact your rep, a lot of times they can take off a decent bit. Not all the time, but it never hurts to ask.

    AND, Musicians Friend doesn't send candy.
    ;)
     
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  9. Man_on_the_Silva_Mountain

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    Lol .. perhaps more so Always best to fly under the radar.
     
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  10. Abram4235

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    Haha nicely done
     
  11. Robot B9

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    :roll:roll:roll:roll

    Bravo!
     
  12. arctic

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    Oops, wrong person
     
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  13. dansworld

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    Did you report this to them? Chuck is completely dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction. He would make things right for you, one way or another.

    You can call him directly if you wish to, he makes himself available for the serious business of customer service.
     
  14. FennRx

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    In 2018 sweet water had a 2018 335 Dot marked down from $3200 to $1800. I asked if that the was the best they could do and the sales guy made it $1650 :drink
     
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  15. Jutaika

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    I used to shop a lot with Musician's Friend back in 90's and early 2000's. Then I discovered that they have a great return policy but turn around and re-sell the faulty item without fixing the problem. I've had to return some things I bought "new" that had obviously had been returned because something didn't work right. Couple of them had fingerprints and minor scratches all over them. Looked like demo models. This stuff should be repaired before reselling and labeled "open box" or "demo" or "refurbished", whatever they want to call it. I avoid Full Compass for the same reason. Beat up, defective guitar sold as "new".

    Yeah, the 55-point check with Sweetwater is probably BS, and I toss the candy. But I do like talking some purchases over with a sales rep. I was looking at studio monitors and he informed me about some in my price range that were off my radar. After he brought them to my attention, I researched them and found he was right: perfect fit for me. I'm very happy with them.

    But my best experience with Sweetwater was when I bought an amp and really tried to like it, but was just over the return mark when I called and asked to exchange for a different brand amp. Didn't know if they'd go for that. But they did, and I still love that second amp 3 years later.

    I've had very good experience with Sam Ash. One incredible 66% off deal on a guitar, and another limited edition that was hard to find. They went out of their way to help me. This was all online, no stores near me.

    Best setup and out-of-the-case condition guitars I've received have been from Chicago Music Exchange and Music Store Live. Absolutely perfect setups and shiny, wiped down bodies. Now those were what real "new" guitars are supposed to be like!
     
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  16. Jutaika

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    One thing that does really annoy me: all these big music stores send emails about "amazing deals" (like 3 times a day) that are really just about financing rather than a discount on certain models. Financing is not a "deal", it's just something you have to do if you can't wait to save up the money. You still pay the same price, and possibly interest. I'm seriously considering unsubscribing from all of them, but I have been alerted to actual good deals a couple times in the last decade. :jo
     
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  17. arctic

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    SamAsh has done me surprisingly well also. And hats off to CME as well!

    Both these outfits have gone above and beyond. ;)
     
  18. Jack Dotson

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    I buy primarily from SW because I often use their no interest financing and they normally have a better selection than MF, GC, etc. I’ve been with them a long time and have spent ALLOT of money, but never been offered a discount. The sales rep I was assigned when I first joined is not much help. Said he’s a keyboard player. Why in the world did they assign me a KB player when I clearly stated guitar was my thing on their questioner? Anyhow, I normally just order online now and pay water ever it is. The couple of times I did ask him about discounts he told me not on the financed stuff. They ship fast and I get to see what I’m buying and that’s a big deal for me. I’ve also bought some stuff I didn’t like and returned it without hassle. Had to eat the shipping charges, but they were reasonable and I expect to pay if I’m returning because I just didn’t like what I bought. So yeah, overall I tend to go with SW when they have what I want.
     
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  19. daacrusher2001

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    I've gotten better discounts from Wildwood and Alto Music - ya just have to ask. Both are good to buy from. I can't seem to get SoundPure to move much on price. Too bad as I would have bought my last amp from them but...whatever...Alto took care of me.

    55 Pt inspection is internet BS. Maybe they look at it to make sure it's the right guitar.

    EDIT: One other point - both Wildwood and Alto gave me good discounts and interest free financing
     
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  20. Fowleri

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    So I added an Ibanez RG to my cart on Musician Friends and the 15% discount won't apply to it, that's just great
     

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