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New life for my J40 2 Replies

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Comment by Alan Land on Tuesday

Kurt, I am not accusing Elderly of anything at all disreputable, I just find their prices a bit high for my taste.

Comment by Acoustic Pickers on Tuesday

Here are my tips for buying and selling used guitars. See especially #3.

http://acousticpickers.blogspot.com/2013/01/five-rules-for-buying-a...

Comment by Lowell Cooke on Tuesday

Thanks for the comments.  I have bought a vintage Guild d50 (1973) on Ebay and have been very pleased.  I have heard there are some chinese knockoff Martins floating around, so I am a little leary.  My main concern if I buy used, is with the Martin HD-28's, I would like a newer one, say, 2012-14, but am not sure of the workmanship.  I would like to know if anyone has some review of these newer guitars.  I don't want to go too much older, I already have one of those and want to reduce my playing time on it.  Thanks

Comment by Kurt Chandler on Monday

I have bought several used guitars from Elderly Instruments and they are honest and up front with you. I have even had one of their people play 2 different instruments on the phone with me before I bought it. I have purchased one from ebay and several online, and there are uncertainties involved, but if you know the instrument and have played one locally it provides some assurance. It sounds like you know what you want and are patient enough for the right one to come along. Good luck. I like my Martin kit guitar a lot. I made a mandolin and harp from kits before the guitar just for practice. It wasn't that hard with just cheap hand tools and has unbelievably great tone. I didn't have a book or video to build it, just the instructions, which are pretty good. It was a great experience and I plan to pass it and the harp on to my grand kids someday.

Comment by Alan Land on Monday

I bought my four most expensive collectors instruments from Ebay sellers, but only after extensive research, of course. If there is any doubt about service issues (as there was with my D35-S), the amount needed to address the issue immediately reduces any offer I am willing to make. Any business concerns? I walk. There are literally 1000s of guitars for sale. I don't need to deal with anyone shady or questionable guitars. "Nerve" is just a description for gambling based upon lack of preparation. Education and research reduce risk to manageable levels.

Comment by Jim Yates on Monday

I have never had the nerve to buy a guitar without first having a chance to play it.  I do have an octave mandolin that was a gift from my wife, but that's the only instrument I owned before I tried it out.  My newest flat top is a 1962 D-21.

Comment by michael schwartz on Monday

I'm with Dave: " Let someones else take the retail  hit!"

Comment by Alan Land on Monday

Buying used can be especially thrifty when looking for guitars with custom work or named luthier models. Look for a collector willing to unload for a cash offer. Ebay can be helpful, if you are savvy enough to wade through all the noise. Elderly, Dream Guitars, and others like them add huge margins to the price.

Comment by Dave Fengler on Monday

I would recommend used also.  Let someones else take the hit!

All of my guitars are used.  Most from CraigsList.

Comment by michael schwartz on Monday

@Kurt... I've had many wonderful experiences buying used guitars online. In fact, I'm the 2nd owner for most of my guitars...some even came with original paperwork.  I ALWAYS make sure to get 48-72 hours for right to return for full refund. I wouldn't buy online any other way.

 

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