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  • #16
    This is why Carvins are such a hard sell. They're fantastic guitars, beloved by almost everyone who has played them and sold at a very fair price, especially given the fact that they're cheaper and better built than many Gibsons... and yet... people want to be able to shop and take them for a spin first. I believe Carvin even offers a fair trial period after you buy but it's just easier to fall in love with a guitar you've held in your hands rather than ordered factory-direct.


    carvin does well though, which is a good sign. youll never conquer the market with that format unless its super low budget though. luckily the production target for this project is fairly small in comparison to carvin and others like them.
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    • #17
      Carvin are a reputable company - there are so many people here that wax lyrical about their guitars at every possible opportunity. Does anyone know how they started out and built their reputation?


      i think they started with amps, im not sure they ever had off the shelf guitars in a retail fashion - granted they do have some retail outlets currently.

      but your right, whatever was in the past for them, NOW they are a very well regarded company and dealing with them is considered very low risk.
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      • #18
        I would and have. Bought an Ovation from GC that they did not have in stock. Strat from Musicians Friend. Both turned out excellent. Strat needed setup, but other than that was perfect. Gonna do an Agile next.


        The poll was asking the question about unproven companies/brands. I think the results would be a lot different if it was a general question about buying a guitar sight unseen.
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        • #19
          I'd preorder from someone like Gibson, but not from some company I didn't know about...
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          • #20
            The poll was asking the question about unproven companies/brands. I think the results would be a lot different if it was a general question about buying a guitar sight unseen.


            indeed. a very large percentage of people buy sight unseen from major chain stores and big brands. very very different question.

            the biggest thing ive bought in the fashion proposed by this thread is my CNC router. i put half down when i saw the first prototype half done. the machine was delayed but eventually arrived and is great. the cnc though is different thna a guitar. it has no subjectivity, and there are extremely few "off the shelf" options to begin with.
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            • #21
              I paid ProGuitarShop for a custom order G&L that I had to wait over two months for. Not sure if that counts, but I'm not worried, and I don't think ProGuitarShop is "unproven"
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              • #22
                In my experience small, particularly family owned businesses (ESPECIALLY if they are new), are more reliable and more likely to help you than the big established ones. They have to be good to the customer to survive, and in principle I would much rather support an independent person, than a chain company.
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                • #23
                  I might consider it if I had some sort of return option or test period. But otherwise, from an unproven builder I would not take the chance unless it truly BLEW away everything else spec-wise on paper. There are enough other options out there that there really isn't the need to take the the risk on an unknown brand unless it really offered something compelling or gave some protections to the buyer.


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                  • #24
                    I did the second option (50% deposit) with my Suhr Modern. I've never played one, but the reviews are nothing short of stellar, and on paper it's my dream guitar.
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                    • #25
                      I've done it before with my AG075 and I just bought another one on eBay.
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                      • #26
                        I'm open minded, but no. This is based purely on the fact that there isn't a proven track record and I have nothing to measure it against at the point of purchase.


                        I have no problems as long as they have a return policy equal to Rondomusic.com.
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                        • #27
                          I'm finding myself a bit of a hypocrite because I just remembered in the future I'd planned on ordering a G&L Bluesboy to the specs I like. Well... if I'm going to trust a sight-unseen guitar, it'd be from G&L or maybe some other company who've I've found pretty consistently good, not a brand new unknown company.

                          Still, a trial period would be very very good.
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                          • #28
                            I have no problems as long as they have a return policy equal to Rondomusic.com.


                            rondos policy is hard to follow on a more pricey lower markup guitar - "if you dont like it, send it back in 30 days".

                            i think there should be some sort of policy there (in addition to warranty against defects), but it would need to be one that works. tire kickers would bankrupt the company too quickly with a rondo type policy.
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                            • #29
                              Nope, not from an unproven store. There are far too many proven options/stores to buy from for me to risk it.
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                              • #30
                                Nope, not from an unproven store. There are far too many proven options/stores to buy from for me to risk it.


                                even if a guitar like it couldnt be had anywhere else?
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