Post by williamtk2018 on Dec 20, 2018 21:52:56 GMT -5
I'm thinking about adding a new or new to me guitar to the stable, and am leaning toward getting one of the slim-neck Seagulls. I had one earlier in the year and sold it, and have regretted it ever since.
Slightly Touched Guitars appears to be a shop that buys guitars from Godin that have been damaged in shipment and does repairs whenever possible. The pictures are clear and it doesn't appear that the seller is trying to hide anything. Most of tye guitars I've seen on his Reverb page still had hangtags on them and got damaged before they could be sold as new.
He has a couple of items that are tempting, like a Coastline Spruce QIT or a Coastline Momentum HG, both of which are supposed to be the 1.72" nut width that I'm looking for. They also have the basic S6 Slim for less money, but I kinda want my next purchase to be even a small step up from the S6 Original that I own already.
GC has a decent used selection right now, but the problem there is that shipping and taxes in my area add at least $50 to the price of each instrument.
williamtk2018, I don't know anything about Slightly Touched Guitars, but I can just tell you this one example if it helps.
A friend of mine has a nice Takamine that the bottom of the lower bout (where the strap pin and 1/4" jack plug are) got smashed good. Put a big round crack, a real break in it. The wood didn't break through or off, but is was bad enough that you could probably have just pushed it in with your fingers. Total length of crack/break (it was curved) was probably around 4 to 6 inches.
Anyways, he had it fixed by a decent guitar guy/tech/luthier or whatever. Was as good as new and the guitar sounds fantastic. You'd never know unless you knew. For such a big repair, you can hardly find it now, even if you know exactly where it was.
That was over 5 years ago and apparently, the guitar is still in great shape. He doesn't even take care of his guitars all that well! LOL.
So, that's just to say that a repaired guitar can be as good as any other guitar if done right. If this is the main thing that these guys do, then they are probably pretty darn good at it. So if it saves you a good chunk of money, I don't see this being a bad idea.
Hopefully, more people will chime in with more info. Good luck in your search!
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I have no experience with them, but I went to the page Derick linked to, and I agree with you that they don't seem to be hiding anything. And if they are good at what they do, it seems you will be getting a bargain! At least you will know about the repair. That will affect resale if you ever go to resell it, but if you plan to keep it and play it, then there is no issue.
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Dec 23, 2018 18:07:43 GMT -5
I spoke with the guy who manages Slightly Touched guitars a couple of years ago, when I was searching for an Artist Mosaic dread. He was very helpful and seemed to provide me with some honest info. You can save some $$$, but remember that you're buying a repaired guitar that's been damaged in shipping or some other mishap. In some cases, the repairs are probably relatively minor and wouldn't have any tonal impact --- and maybe not much visual impact either.
After a few rounds of searching, I couldn't find anything that made financial sense to me. I'd rather find a well-kept used guitar or find / negotiate a sale price on a new one.
Last summer, after much deliberation, I bought an SWS Maritime Mini Jumbo from this seller. (It might have been his parallel site, myblueguitar, which operated from the same town.) I was very pleased with the price ($500) and the guitar. It seemed flawless, except for one tuning machine that was stiff. I could work with that, so I called it good. I even checked the serial number and found it was not a factory second.
Now that the tuner has failed, I'm waiting for a replacement. That's the subject of another post. But Godin did accept the warranty claim under this serial number, so they seem to accept the sale as legit.
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Dec 27, 2018 12:30:22 GMT -5
Wow, godinfan, I'm surprised that they accepted it, but happy for you! This guy gets damaged and blemished items and will fix them up. Often, it's a scratch or crack occurred during shipping.
williamtk2018, it's usually a buyer's market for used guitars (lots of inventory out there). But it's a great time after the new year, not only due to the holidays, but also after all the new guitars get announced during Winter NAMM. Likewise, you can find deals on new guitars in December, due to holiday promotions and dealers wanting to clear out inventory before the new year and NAMM. Last year, I got a new Eastman E40D for hundreds below MAP in December.
I emailed Michel at Godin to see if this is legit.
we had a discussion on the old forum, some were a bit miffed that Godin would do that at all...
I can't imagine why. I'm grateful for a good deal. Five hundred was stretch for me. I can't imagine that the few guitars he sells do anything to lower the value of anyone else's Go-Gulls. If Taylor dumped thousands of seconds on the market, that would be different. And mine lacks the serial number 9 digit that signifies B-stock or duxieme (pardon my 50-year-old French classes!) I believe it's just one of the very last SWS MJs sitting around, sold on closeout. Anyway, I'd rather have a bird with some missing feathers than none at all.