I was on another thread on this site, and read a comment by one of our esteemed members who said: "Buying used guitars is not for me..." And I thought of a few things to say on this subject. So rather than de-rail a someone else's thread by going off topic, let me say this about that: IMHO buying a used guitar is one of the best ways to get actual value. When new guitar players ask my advice about what guitar to buy or when parents ask me what guitar to buy for their aspiring offspring I will usually recommend buying the best used guitar they can afford. My reasoning is that the used price reflects the actual street value of the instrument, with no hype or spin or sales guy rap. Also, the instrument will likely retain that value, so if you buy an SG special for $450, you can very likely get your money back out of it, should you decide to sell it later. (Don't do that!) ETSG wisdom says: IF YOU NEED MONEY, DON'T SELL YOUR SG... SELL SOMETHING ELSE. But if you must, your used SG that you bought for reasonable money will still be worth reasonable money unless you damaged it trying to whirl it over your back. Now traipse down to the nearest store where they sell brand new Gibsons. You might have to drive a long way. Gibson 'sales geniuses" decided to make Gibson dealers jump through many hoops in order to qualify to be members of the elect. Many small guitar shop owners declined to jump, and told the Gibson sales geniuses to get stuffed. So brand new Gibsons are sold by a small number of big outfits who can afford to buy the quantities required, and who have space to store them properly and who have sales staff who can move them out. What a drag for the rest of us. Not only this, but if you can find a dealer of new Gibson guitars, and you look at the prices, you might realize that as soon as you walk out the front door with your shiny new guitar, it turns into a used guitar. So maybe you paid $1200 for an SG Standard... ...as soon as you leave the store it's worth a lot less. Note that I haven't mentioned buying online. I would never recommend anyone buy a new guitar online, unplayed... even though I personally have done it three times and had good results every time. But we see so many posts by guys who paid too much for their brand new guitar and then wrote in on this site to complain about faults that they found with their expensive new guitar. How many posts have we seen where some poor schmoe bought a brand new Gibson and then comes aboard here to list what's wrong with it. How many threads have we seen where guys say: "If I pay this much for a new Gibson, I expect perfection!" Personally, I think this is a wrong-headed notion. Perfection is an illusion IMHO, and chasing it causes ulcers to open in one's digestive tract. A used guitar is not expected to be perfect, so it unplugs all of this nonsense. So we seldom see threads by guys who bought a used guitar online and then found fault with it when it arrived. Because you save enough money buying a used guitar that you can use some of that money to fix what ever is wrong with it. If you buy a used guitar because you want what that guitar can do, then you are prepared to take it to a good luthier and pay some more cash to make it perfect for your style and for the music you intend to play on it. So my opinion goes like this: Don't sit there in your Lazy-Boy chair, clicking the buy now button, and expecting perfection, and fretting yourself sweaty if something doesn't measure up. Get out there and hunt through guitar shops, and find a great guitar that some other fool mistakenly sold. Figure out why the guy sold it, and negotiate a price, and then fix any flaws and rock. Or else find a used one that's got all the features you want (including price) and take that guitar on arrival to the best luthier you can afford. Have a pro setup job done, where they inspect everything and correct any problems. Then rock.