New SG Standard 2014 Flaws

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  1. Metalhead

    Metalhead New Member

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    Hi,

    Since i have a 2005 Standard SG and love it i ordered a new one thinking it could only be as good.
    I got it at bestbuy.ca for sale at 1299$cad, its the walnut color with min-etune.
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    First the guitar was unplayable because the strings were touching the frets. I settle the neck trying to make it look as my older and it's better but i'm not an expert. It still buzz and my 2005 also do. It will surely need more setup because i find it harder to play, the strings are higher and it sound less great. The pickups are almost to the same heights vs strings if i compare the two guitar. But my 2005 is really louder, i know they dont have the same pickups and also 2014 have cleartone strings i had that on my acoustic and they sounded quite muffled compared to martin strings so i guess changing them should help the sound.

    Sadly and again the guitar has disappointing flaws for a new guitar.


    The sides of the neck joint and there's also something that look like a scratch at the beginning of the neck
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    Cracked 120th anniversary inlay
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    The sides of the nut look like the paint around could peel with time and cleaning
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    Some of the tuners-have white spot in the plastic as if bumped
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    To tell everything there is also a small white dot on the back in the paint. Some very small dark spots on the binding at the side of the player and the fretboard's rosewood look cheaper than on my others guitar.


    I wonder if I will keep the guitar.

    Do that kinds of flaws is common on gibson? and you would keep this guitar?

    Thank you
     
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  2. gball

    gball Well-Known Member

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    I think the mere fact that you posted this means that for you this is not the right guitar and you should return it. Perhaps the next one will be better for you, but if you keep this one these cosmetic issues will bother you for as long as you own it.

    Personally, if it sounds and plays great these things would not bother me (I'm going to inflict a lot more than that on it) but I can see how these items could be issues to someone and if so you should get what you really want.
     
  3. TattooedCarrot

    TattooedCarrot Well-Known Member

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    I don't have the answer to your specific question, but that looks like the driest rosewood fretboard I've ever seen, it seriously needs to be hydrated with some fretboard oil.
     
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    TattooedCarrot Well-Known Member

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    Considering he said the frets buzz and it sounds muffled, I think he's complaining that it neither sounds nor plays great.
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Is the guitar under a warranty? If you don't like it, return it and move on.
    ;>)/
     
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    for that kind of money and with those flaws, i'd return it :(
     
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    I would return it if it is still under warranty.
     
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    Warranty return for sure. That nut fitting alone is enough reason, then add to that the un-dressed fret ends and the bash and scrape at the neck joint and you have reasons a-plenty.
     
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    TattooedCarrot Well-Known Member

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    I'd return it before warranty repairing it. If it's not right just take it back and let the shop deal with it, you shouldn't have such concerns with a brand new instrument. And I don't know what the exchange rate is for $1299 CAN but that sounds high, that's a -$1000 US guitar IMO, $700-$800 if used.
     
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    The guitar was originally 1678,97 $CAN, i saved 379$ on it.
     
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    I meant after a setup, but yeah playability and sound are the most important things
     
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    Looking at all the pictures makes me think "train wreck". Lots of little issues AND it doesn't play well? might as well be a Chibson at that point.
     
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    I think after a good setup and with d'addario, darco strings it should sound alot better. The flaws bother me but I could maybe get used to some. I dont really like the 2015 models and if i want another 2014 they go for 1680$cad
     
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    I bet with a setup it plays and sounds as it should. The first good ding you put in it will allow you to forget about the other cosmetic issues :smile:
     
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    Yeah IF you can get it to play good, and the cosmetics are not a deal breaker go for it. You got it at a pretty good price for a standard.
     
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    Basically the question will answer itself.

    When you play it either its gonna sound and feel so good that you're gonna say, " there's no way in hell that they're getting this guitar back!"

    OR

    It's just not the guitar you wanted and you return it for the cosmetic blemishes. Get your money back and the hunt begins again. And we all love the hunt right?

    :thumb:
     
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    Oh yeah, and it's quite common for a guitar to need some set up tweaking after going through the shipping process.

    Wouldn't necessarily fault the guitar.
     
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    Return it.
     
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    I would send it back, sounds like it could've been knocked about in transit, it shouldn't be unplayable when you first get it.
     
  20. TattooedCarrot

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    Just did the conversion, so that's about $985 US, which is decent if it's in good condition.
     
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