Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bellport Village - LI, NY
I've purchased guitars off the wall and used before but I usually, and preferrably only get them out of the box. I'm still picky that way. I want my hands to be the first (except obviously for the ones beloning to Ibanez employees) to touch the instrument. Even with set-ups or whatever, I'd rather tear into the guitar first and re-adjust something later.
From working at SA for so long, I have to defend GC in the fact that there are more guitars than they can realistically keep up with (sort of). Businesses this size are so focused on the dollar that they lost sight of "spending money to make money". If you are a salesperson, you're not making much at all so your not going to be off the salesfloor much to go set up a guitar-ESPECIALLY a Floyd-style guitar. Second, these stores don't invest enough into in-house techs. If these places had enough techs to service the guitars on display more frequently, they'd see that money they've invested come back-they guitars would be more playable to buy!
As a customer, you may always request that the guitar has been set up. If the tech isn't there, make an appointment for another time. Don't assume that among the salespeople, one of them is necessarily going to be enough of an expert that you'd want him/her to start tinkering around on you new axe-even if they say they've been playing forever. Remember: expert players aren't necessarily experts of the instruments themselves. I've seen plenty of people that have played as long as I've been alive and don't even know half of the things I feel they SHOULD know.
Last edited by mike777; 01-12-2011 at 08:00 PM.