I think I actually got a great deal at Guitar Center

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  1. BoneSaw

    BoneSaw Member

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    So I was looking for a Strat with a chunky neck and came across a Jimmie Vaughan Strat on GC used website for $450 which seemed like a good price. My only hesitation was the pickups. I am more of a HSS guy and not sure of the tex mex pups would work for me. I bought it figuring I could pick up a loaded HSS pickguard for it. Well It arrived only to find it's in really nice shape with some natural relicing which is cool by me and it came loaded with 2 Dimarzio Cruizers and a Duncan Hot Rails in the bridge, all loaded in a nice 3 ply pickguard, Perfect!!!
     
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    Sounds great. My best experience at GC are early Monday morning to discover the pedals I the used case that came in over the weekend and possible got mispriced.
     
  3. duderanimous

    duderanimous Monsterpiece Fuzz - Fuzz Master Extraordinaire Silver Supporting Member

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    GC in person can be hit and miss. I have three GC's in my local area. One of the locations is great, and I routinely (not always, but more often than not) get very decent trade in deals. The others in my area, not so much.
     
  4. budglo58

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    I picked up a brand new 335 Dot ri Figured Cherry for 1900 a couple years ago.
     
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    One of the best parts about the JV is the pickups.
     
  6. gkoelling

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    What color?

    Also, you're required by TGP law to post numerous pics of any new guitar you start a thread on.:mmm
     
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    Great job! Price gotten two mccartys used at gc 1 for $1k 1 for $1200. There's still deals to be had.
     
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    Bought a '75 Super reverb once for under $300 at GC. It kept blowing fuses int he store. They were using the wrong fuses. Although I didn't know that at the time, I told them I'd buy it as is.
     
  9. BoneSaw

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    Here's one pic anyway. I set it up the way I like today, and it plays and sounds great. I'm considering changing the pickup covers to white.
    They had it listed as a 97 and it has the MSN7 serial,but I think it's newer than that. No dates in the neck pocket or body cavity.

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  10. DustyRhodesJr

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    By the time you pay tax and shipping, it has to be a really great deal
    to be worthwhile.
     
  11. BoneSaw

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    They charge $10 to ship a guitar and sales tax is sales tax.:dunno
     
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    I've picked more deals at GC with "Used" stuff than new... I aways check that stuff first. ;)

    Congrats on the NGD! :D
     
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    One of my favorite colors, nice!
     
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    GC is awesome. Who else will ship you a 4x12 cab for like $20? And let you return it to a local store if you don't like it?
     
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    Used gear at GC is the way to go for me.
    I've purchase clean used boutique guitars at 1/3 to 1/2 of the price they'd normally sell for new.
    If a guitar is clear across the country where I can't physically play it prior to buying, I ask my usual questions and the most important question is my final question..........."when I get this guitar, I ask, why did I buy this POS?"
    If there's any hesitation or an answer I don't like, I'll pass.

    I've bought a cool PRS CE flame/lizard top; '9 Studio; Custom 24; 1 piece 10 top rosewood neck single cut & 2 Johnny Hiland Models; Trussart Steelphonic & Deluxe Steel DeVille; Melancon P 90 Artist and a Pawar Turn Of The Century Bigsby rare bird (might be the only one made with this color and hardware....Reverb.com recently had a used non trem viper blue TOC for $3,999.00) for much lower than the asking new price.
    I you want clean used gear at a reasonable price, GC is the place.
    Check out their used site and you may find that must have.

    My used GC finds:

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    All of these would total close to $25K new but I snagged them for less than half that over the years.
     
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    There was a sg standard they wanted 800 for. Tax and shipping brought it to 875. A person on another site was selling a 870 gift card for 730. So I got the sg for 735.
     
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    GC is the best deal for used guitars. They take the trades at about half of their retail value and pass the savings along to the used guitar buyer.
     
  18. BoneSaw

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    The best thing is if you hate it you can send it back or drop it off at a local store.. Can't do that on Reverb or the forums.
     
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    I bought a new Gibson Songwriter Deluxe acoustic for $1400 3 years ago. Someone put the wrong tag on it. I asked two salesman if it was the right deal and they said yes. It really wasn't but I wasn't going to argue. Hey, I asked. Also got an Epiphone Elitist Casino, new for $850 in 2012. Had to order it and I think they messed that one up too. I asked the kid if he thought I ordered the Inspired By model and he said no..ok....
     
  20. MKB

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    The last few used guitars I've bought have been off the GC used web site. Each one (a Hwy1 Strat and a Brian Moore G21.12) were at far off ebay used prices, but each had significant issues requiring repair.

    The Strat had a broken bridge humbucker pickup, and the single worst setup I have ever seen on a guitar. After setup and a pickup swap (was intending on doing that anyway) it turned into the best Strat I've ever owned and is definitely a keeper.

    The Moore had all of the pots loose and another terrible setup, but after tightening and cleaning the pots, and a setup and new strings, it is another killer guitar.

    I suspect one reason the Moore was so cheap was they listed it wrong. And the Strat was cheap as the bridge pickup sounded terrible due to one open coil and the bad setup made it unplayable.

    But in both cases the savings, along with the 30 day return period, made it worth the gamble, and I'm very happy with the results in both cases.

    The trick with buying used from GC is this; when you get the guitar, carefully look for something wrong with it that they did not list. If you can find some sort of fault, you can get them to accept a return and they will pay for return shipping, plus no restocking fee. Whether you decide to repair the fault and keep the guitar is up to you. I have returned items to GC that were broken (in one case an amp missing a foot and a reverb tank) and had no hassles or restocking fee.
     

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