Strange Reverb purchase issue?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Stratatouille, Jul 2, 2021.

  1. Stratatouille

    Stratatouille Senior Stratmaster

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    I paid for shipping BTW. I just shipped one of the worst guitars for size and weight very recently an Explorer in the hardcase! Huge box and 31 pounds UPS ground for $80 and heres the feedback I got

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  2. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    I always ship with strings loosened and neck wrapped in between.
    I put a discloser in my ads that everybody's set up preference is different and plan to make a few adjustments to setup


    I had a buyer try to extort me for 150 over a set up.
     
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  3. of this world

    of this world Senior Stratmaster

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    nothing wrong in talking about possibilities.:thumb:
     
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  4. Stratatouille

    Stratatouille Senior Stratmaster

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    If you buy a brand new Gibson guitar it comes in tune and with nothing protecting the frets from the strings so I have no idea who came up with the idea of loosening strings is safer?
     
  5. Stratatouille

    Stratatouille Senior Stratmaster

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    What if the seller is trying to hide something like the guitar is a buzz machine and then says its because I don't know how to string or setup a guitar?
     
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  6. MartinC

    MartinC Strat-Talker

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    Perhaps if you have such concerns then buying sight unseen off the internet is not for you? I tend to approach these things from a starting point that the seller is honest. If I have concerns I raise those with them directly. Having conversations about people who are not ‘in the room’ doesn’t really progress things much.
     
  7. bsman

    bsman Senior Stratmaster

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    You mean you can take strings off and put new ones on?!?!

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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Handsome McClane Senior Stratmaster

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    Maybe it's just an old picture and it doesn't have strings on it at the moment.
     
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    SpeedKing Senior Stratmaster

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    Worry is just a dividend paid to disaster before it is due.

    Wait till it gets there then let us know if there's a problem. Until then sleep easy.
     
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  11. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    I have had a few gibson come with a plastic piece in between the strings and fret board, Esp also does this

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    TN703800 Strat-Talk Member

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    What if? If you're going the "what if" route, what if you waited for it to arrive before going into panic mode and raking the guy over the coals for possible problems you're imagining?
     
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  13. cranky

    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    As per Reverb policy, you'll have 7 days to string it and find out that the pickups don't work right or that there's a ground issue. Having been burned before by Reverb dealers, I wouldn't put it past your guy to try it.

    You'll want to make that first priority, or cancel the order.
     
  14. Stratatouille

    Stratatouille Senior Stratmaster

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    Well I just asked the seller why no strings and I will tell you what he says when I hear back from him
     
  15. henderman

    henderman Dr. Stratster

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    i have seen sellers disclose they were shipping it disassembled but this is new for me.

    i bought a tele on ebay used in an aftermarket case. there was no protection between the strings and fretboard and the cover on the neck pickup is knackered from the strings. but the case fits horribly and the guitar wobbles around inside of it so it became damaged...
     
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    Hydr0 Senior Stratmaster

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    +1

    I’ve paid a lot of those dividends in the past. Many times there was no issue in the end, but I couldn’t get those dividends back.
     
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    hecubus Strat-Talker

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    Loosening strings helps mitigate against tension changes caused by temperature variation. It is probably an overabundance of caution, but you seem to be implying that is serves no purpose. Placing a film in between strings and frets prevents denting frets. The three Gibsons I have had shipped to me all came with the protector as pictured above.

    Are you concerned about the neck warping in shipment? I am failing to understand why someone removing strings (while providing brand new strings) bothers you so much. Maybe he reinstalled the original pickups before selling and didn't want to restring. Maybe he is embarrassed about the amount of finger goo on the strings. Maybe he is not confident in his ability to restring a guitar. I am interested in his response and hope it brings you some peace.
     
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    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    Some assembly required. I suppose you didn't see the IKEA logo embedded in the ad?
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    It may be that someone asked him during the selling process for pix of the neck pocket/markings to verify it and he just didn't put a new set on, or some other valid reason.

    I can't see how a valid question to the best source (seller) could be used against you, but hey..it's Reverb.... In this case I think it documents your concern just in case when the guitar arrives it proves to be founded. I'd ask.
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    One of my favorite expressions. :thumb: