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.
Godin is here , in Montreal, but they sent all there seconds to somewhere in the states. WE like bargains to, but they are not bargains after duty and exchange... that's just one reason.
RobertW, I can understand why they did it though. They gotta make every buck where they can. There's literally 10 times the market, 10 times the chances to off-load the seconds and damaged goods in the U.S. vs Canada.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
Actually, Godin does sell some of their discontinued and slightly blemished guitars in Canada. About once a year a local chain (about 8 stores here and in the Vancouver area) will have a big Godin sale. I bought the 5th ave. Kingpin at one of those sales. It was sold as a discontinued model at close to half the original price. They usually have Seagulls at those sales too. I seem to think that a couple of years ago they also had some guitars they were calling test models or something like that.
I don't mind blems or seconds (depending on what the blem is or why it's a second.) And they usually are very reduced in price, so usually a good deal. I have bought blems/seconds where I had to hunt REALLY hard to find the problem, and it never changed the sound, they got to sell an instrument and I got a good deal.
Post by williamtk2018 on Jan 3, 2019 15:50:39 GMT -5
Right now, they have a Maritime SWS rosewood with a repaired crack on the back. I would like to think that wouldn't ruin its tone. They're asking $485, which is alot of money in my world. But that seems a lot like getting a Cadillac for the price of a used sub-compact because it has a small dent in the rear door.
I would prefer to buy local if possible for several reasons, but I haven't seen too many guitars that I'm interested in locally. I did find out about another shop that I'll go visit soon.
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Jan 3, 2019 18:53:30 GMT -5
RobertW, I don't think they are exporting their seconds and blems directly from Godin. I think Slightly is getting ones that are damaged via shipping, like when a box gets dropped or damaged. It's probably more cost effective to job them out to Slightly than to pay for returned damages.