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Hi everyone!

I am planning to get back into playing electric guitar after a reasonable break. I have bought and sold a few electric guitars over the years (including selling online) but have never bought a guitar online. With circumstances as they are though and with an eye for something specific I am seriously considering biting the bullet and making an online purchase. I have a few questions I was hoping you could help with:

1) Are there any stores specifically recommended for having good online customer service? I have read plenty of horror stories but if I was to use those in a process of elimination I feel like I would have no options left. I am specifically looking for stores that carry (new) Guild electrics.
2) I have found with some non-guitar hardware in the past that stores tend to advertise having stock and then order from their supplier when they have a customer on the hook. I gather this is the way that many stores handle selling their guitars as well? Are people able to contact stores before purchasing to see if they really have stock? Are the stores typically honest about that?
3) For shipping, are guitars safer shipped in the (cardboard?) boxes that they arrive at the stores in? Or is it better to buy a hard case with a guitar and have it shipped in the hard case? I can see arguments either way for what might protect a guitar better in transit.
4) Do stores typically do setup/QA before they ship? How awkward is it to deal with being sent a crappy guitar? Do you have to pay shipping for returns?

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In response to your queries;

1) i have not had any bad transactions with Canadian dealers and my favorites include the 12th Fret and The Guitar Shop in Toronto.

2) most dealers are very good at indicating available and sold stock but definitely contact the shop to confirm the guitar is available.

3) it greatly depends on the value of the guitar but if a guitar was shipped in a card box with no gig bag, it is typically an offshore instrument with a value under $700 (in my experience). Buying a hard shell case depends on your budget and the relative value of the instrument.

4) I always ask the shop to set up a guitar to my specs and string gauge. Check with the shop’s policies as some shop’s do not accept returns. If you are buying a $400 guitar and expecting it to play and sound like a $4,000 guitar, you may need to set reasonable expectations.

which type of guitar are you considering?

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Re: #2 in the original post, avoid L.A. Music in Mississauga.

Check out The Guitar Shop as I think they were carrying Guild guitars. They’re literally across the street from L.A. Music but are the complete opposite in terms of providing good customer service.
 

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Long & McQuade doesn't sell Guild unfortunately. They have a no hassle 30 day return policy, plus their 1 year lemon law return. I used that for a $1,600 electric that was shipped out 3 times. After about 8-10 months, full refund. It was a dud. They have in house luthiers and a Plek machine.
 

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Cosmo music carries Guild. I bought an AC-15 C2 from them a couple of years ago on a Black Friday sale. They shipped it across the country to me no charge. It is a big heavy amp. It was here in a week. I had no problems with the amp so no idea how they deal with returns or warranty. I had no problems at all dealing with them.
 

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There are some small shops that I really love dealing with (Folkway!!!) but buying sight unseen Long and McQuade's extremely player-friendly return policy is very appealing.
 

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Call ahead. A lot of stores say they have stock and they don't. Also ask what the return policy is, if there is one.
 

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Hi everyone!

I am planning to get back into playing electric guitar after a reasonable break. I have bought and sold a few electric guitars over the years (including selling online) but have never bought a guitar online. With circumstances as they are though and with an eye for something specific I am seriously considering biting the bullet and making an online purchase. I have a few questions I was hoping you could help with:

1) Are there any stores specifically recommended for having good online customer service? I have read plenty of horror stories but if I was to use those in a process of elimination I feel like I would have no options left. I am specifically looking for stores that carry (new) Guild electrics.
2) I have found with some non-guitar hardware in the past that stores tend to advertise having stock and then order from their supplier when they have a customer on the hook. I gather this is the way that many stores handle selling their guitars as well? Are people able to contact stores before purchasing to see if they really have stock? Are the stores typically honest about that?
3) For shipping, are guitars safer shipped in the (cardboard?) boxes that they arrive at the stores in? Or is it better to buy a hard case with a guitar and have it shipped in the hard case? I can see arguments either way for what might protect a guitar better in transit.
4) Do stores typically do setup/QA before they ship? How awkward is it to deal with being sent a crappy guitar? Do you have to pay shipping for returns?

Cheers!
Uh I can tell you the new guild electrics are worth the cash. Tundra music , cosmo music and la music has them . Tundra has fast shipping it took 2 days to get from ont to pei but they have crap customer. Real instruments in chtown pei has them . You could give him a call Dennis is a fantastic luthier that owns and operates his own music store . I am sure he would ship and if the guitar is up to his standards he won’t let it out the store till it is.


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Thank you very much everyone for your informative replies.

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3) it greatly depends on the value of the guitar but if a guitar was shipped in a card box with no gig bag, it is typically an offshore instrument with a value under $700 (in my experience). Buying a hard shell case depends on your budget and the relative value of the instrument.

4) I always ask the shop to set up a guitar to my specs and string gauge. Check with the shop’s policies as some shop’s do not accept returns. If you are buying a $400 guitar and expecting it to play and sound like a $4,000 guitar, you may need to set reasonable expectations.

which type of guitar are you considering?

hope this helps
I am looking at the Guild Polara SG-type. I have favoured a bunch of different models while I've been browsing around. I considered also the G&L Fallout, a Yamaha Pacifica 611, or a Hagstrom Swede/SuperSwede. I've been after an SG style guitar for maybe 20 years though so that swung it.

I am going to want a hardshell case anyway because I'll probably be keeping this guitar under my bed for now. I have noticed that different stores list the Guild Polara as either: i) not coming with a case, ii) coming with a gigbag, iii) coming with a hardshell case. If I can get a case fitted to the guitar I have always preferred those.

Uh I can tell you the new guild electrics are worth the cash. Tundra music , cosmo music and la music has them . Tundra has fast shipping it took 2 days to get from ont to pei but they have crap customer. Real instruments in chtown pei has them . You could give him a call Dennis is a fantastic luthier that owns and operates his own music store . I am sure he would ship and if the guitar is up to his standards he won’t let it out the store till it is.
Thank you. My wife and I visited Charlottetown for our honeymoon. Fantastic food there! I sent Denis an e-mail to see if he has what I am after in-stock.
 

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Re: #2 in the original post, avoid L.A. Music in Mississauga.

Check out The Guitar Shop as I think they were carrying Guild guitars. They’re literally across the street from L.A. Music but are the complete opposite in terms of providing good customer service.
I'd add Tundra to the list of "Don't order from them" Maybe they don't carry Guild but they'll tell you they do. Then 6 months later you'll be trying to get your money back when the guitar doesn't come.
 

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Re: #2 in the original post, avoid L.A. Music in Mississauga.

Check out The Guitar Shop as I think they were carrying Guild guitars. They’re literally across the street from L.A. Music but are the complete opposite in terms of providing good customer service.
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I agree. I ordered a Sanpera looper/fs from them. It took nearly 6 months to get it and the box it was in was destroyed and wrapped in brown wrapping paper. It was pretty bush league.
 

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How do people find ordering from Reverb? It's new since I was last buying/selling. There was a local Quebec store I saw on there with good stock but they have shut up shop due to Covid-19 I think.
 

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Thank you very much everyone for your informative replies.



I am looking at the Guild Polara SG-type. I have favoured a bunch of different models while I've been browsing around. I considered also the G&L Fallout, a Yamaha Pacifica 611, or a Hagstrom Swede/SuperSwede. I've been after an SG style guitar for maybe 20 years though so that swung it.

I am going to want a hardshell case anyway because I'll probably be keeping this guitar under my bed for now. I have noticed that different stores list the Guild Polara as either: i) not coming with a case, ii) coming with a gigbag, iii) coming with a hardshell case. If I can get a case fitted to the guitar I have always preferred those.



Thank you. My wife and I visited Charlottetown for our honeymoon. Fantastic food there! I sent Denis an e-mail to see if he has what I am after in-stock.
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How do people find ordering from Reverb? It's new since I was last buying/selling. There was a local Quebec store I saw on there with good stock but they have shut up shop due to Covid-19 I think.
I like reverb I've bought a few thing off it

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I'd add Tundra to the list of "Don't order from them" Maybe they don't carry Guild but they'll tell you they do. Then 6 months later you'll be trying to get your money back when the guitar doesn't come.
So basically I was lucky? With tundra

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