My Echopark Guitars Nightmare

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Crshngdstryr, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Hexum

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    Congrats, buddy! Very happy for you!
     
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  2. Dave Weir

    Dave Weir Gold Supporting Member

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    I’m sure the answer is buried somewhere here, but was this repaired by EP or a local luthier?
     
  3. Rico Alan

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    We all know the answer to this question ....
     
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    While I am happy that the OP has finally found some solace with what appears to be the genuine article, it's hard for me to look past all the common denominators detrimental to true craftsmanship that Gabe keeps stepping in with instruments he is posting and selling.

    I still think most of us are leaning heavily into the 'stay the hell away' column.
     
  5. Hexum

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    I've had two people contact me within the last week suffering similar issues I and some of the others have dealt with, sooooo... yeah.
     
  6. cholula69

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    This is a replacement guitar. I am going to send the Southsider back to Gabriel on Monday. It's all packed up and ready to go.
     
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    Good luck!

    ‘Smoke em if you got em’.
     
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    Better late than never, Cholo. Happy your story has a happy ending.

    Thanks for putting up this thread, and warning folks about the BS you had to go through.
     
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    I'm curious, did you have to go further out of pocket on all this by covering the costs of shipping, etc? Or were you all looked after eventually? Given that you're out of the country, I'd reckon the shipping costs must be huge...
     
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    He didn't. Someone else who took a huge loss unloading his nightmare of a guitar started this thread.

    It is nice to see someone be made whole, though. But that story is not finished yet.
     
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    scottcw Low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    28 posts, just now decides to "put some positivity out there about this particular company" after having the amp for 3 years.

    Yeah, that checks out... o_O
     
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    still love mine.
     
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    Remind us again which one is which? It's the replacement for the one that had major structural issues, correct? Is that the one the local luthier was going to repair, but now he's opted to replace it instead? There's no way I'm going back through 2753 posts to figure it out again!

    At the end, you should have two functional guitars and an amp, correct?
     
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    It’s time to give him a call and lay a chunk down.

    Alternatively, wait for another one to appear on Reverb. A few weeks ago there was a green on for sale. If you scan his listings vs. other small builders, a lot more of his guitars get flipped on Reverb eventually.

    Case in point: the seller was a self-confessed EPG fanboy, got the first one of the new model, had to get rid of it after 4 months. He probably was more of a fanboy for longer without the guitar than with it!
    https://reverb.com/item/31970811-echopark-alvarado-2019-tobacco-burst
     
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    You can send your deposit here:
     
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    I have to say, that guitar doesn't look terrible. The angles in the pictures don't capture how close the pole pieces are to the strings, or how the dots are laid out, and the aging seems weird, but otherwise it looks well built? Although I'm at a complete loss as to the B and E strings-is it strung so the E string is on the middle tuner? Or are the tuners just set up so the B string binds on the E tuner?
     
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    The Downtowner (the solidbody) was the one where EP was to deliver some parts and pay a local luthier to rectify the faults. The Southsider was the one with the cutting board thick arched top (and other faults) that EP has recently replaced. The original defective Southsider is now to be shipped back to EP and they are supposed to send an amp as compensation for all the trouble.
     
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  20. PhilB61

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    Thank you. So, @cholula69, was the Downtowner ever repaired?
     
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