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  1. zimbo

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    I picked up a 1996 62 RI strat online at a pretty low price. I got it and the neck was way out of wack and the truss rod was locked tight. I normally set up my guitars myself but since this one had the truss rod at the bottom I decided to take it to a shop to have it set up. I get the guitar back and the tech got the truss rod to move and the buzz is gone but the strings are way up off the fingerboard, impossible for me to play. He says that for 130 he can do a fret job and everything will be good. So I take it to another guy who works at home. When I get the guitar back this time the guy has filed frets and did more truss rod adjustment and it plays just like it did when I first got it. More wasted money so I decided to return the guitar. Just curious why neither one of these techs would just tell me my neck was not fixable? Neither mentioned warp etc.
     

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  2. Cerb

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    Are you sure they know what they are doing?
     
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    A few photos would help us help you :)
     
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    Lucky you were allowed to return it in the end.
     
  5. StratPlus97

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    Fool me once....


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    Isn’t the answer pretty clear?
     
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    Your question is unanswerable without pics or measurements. You are asking us to say why two techs could not fix the neck but you have given us no pics or numbers about action, relief, etc. to allow us to figure out what is wrong with the neck. Is it obviously warped when looking at it down the neck? Was there a backbow or a forward bow when you say the neck was way out of whack?
     
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    I’m pretty confident his question is rhetorical.


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    Much like irony, rhetorical questions are lost on me :whistling:
     
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    Yep :thumb:
     
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    My guess would be that the guy who did the fretjob, just did in on the bench, not on a neck jig under tension.

    Many necks are fine just laying there, but put 160 pounds of tension on them and they go haywire
     
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    My guess would be that neither of them had a clue what they were doing either.
     
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    If I was the seller I would not accept a return if the buyer had done a number on the frets.
     
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    I got from the seller that he hadn't played the guitar in about 10yrs and he sure didn't play it before he sold it.

    Once I started the return he stalled for a month saying he was out of town and then after that nothing. If he refuses to sign for the guitar what happens then? I'd assume it gets returned to me. And then I assume I'll get the cash too from Ebay or Paypal? And that guy will be screwed.
     
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    File your complaint with ebay for "Item not as described", ebay will issue you a pre-paid return label, return and be done with buying problem guitars from ebay.
     
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    Watch out, the last time I went through it you had 45 days from the sale to file the complaint. Stalling is a common tactic among bad sellers.
     
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    It looks like you currently have 30 days from the last estimated delivery date to file a complaint with eBay. I don't doubt @vid1900's 180 day PayPal limit, but I don't have experience with that. The advantage to filing at eBay is you're likely to get your purchase price plus shipping back, plus free return shipping. I don't *think* PayPal will do all that for you.
     
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    Maybe they didn’t tell you that because it was fixable. Of course I can’t say either way.
     
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