Post by Cardinal2B on Sept 20, 2020 5:58:36 GMT -5
goalaleo, Lots of good ideas here beginning with don’t buy a guitar with cracks until / unless you’re reasonably experienced with repairs and/or have a luthier who can fix on a hard estimate... No, never mind. Don’t buy a guitar with cracks. Let the current owner get it fixed - possibly on warranty - and then you might buy it.
I’d add Alvarez to my list of guitars to look at. (along with Seagull, Takamine, Yamaha, Martin, Taylor, Gibson, and Guild - so often overlooked..). You can get more for your money buying used, but you need to know what to look out for. Also used has the advantage that if/when you go to sell it on, you shouldn’t take much of a hit financially. Buying new, you will lose money when you sell it. But it might be worth it to be the first owner, have some warranty protection, and establish a dealer relationship.
If you have a friend who can help you look at used acoustics, that’s a good strategy, but buy what suits your taste, not the friend’s.
and, what’s more fun than guitar shopping?
Last Edit: Sept 20, 2020 6:01:25 GMT -5 by Cardinal2B
Cardinal2B , said, "...No, never mind. Don’t buy a guitar with cracks. Let the current owner get it fixed - possibly on warranty - and then you might buy it...."
Agreed. This is what I said as well. Because it's not just that the crack exists, it's also what the crack implies. Who knows how the guitar was treated (purposefully or accidentally) when you see dings, dents and especially cracks. Who knows what other damage might be there that you can't see.
Also agree with last point as well. Guitar shopping is almost too much fun!
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
First time I saw this. That crack in the bridge has less gap in the photo than the other side. To me it looks like the saddle was a loose fit from the start allowing the saddle to tilt which will crack the bridge. I don't know if you bought it didn't read that far. The saddle crack could be glued once the saddle is out, crack cleaned out and a small clamp. then A new saddle that fit the slot proper. It very well may be the original saddle that either fit proper once then the bridge dried out which would open the slot. Usually not that much , my guess is it never was fit proper the first time around.