friends! Sooo, today I was researching a
couple guitars, to see if the ones I just picked up used were indeed the good
buys I thought they were (An Epiphone
Les Paul Plus Top PRO/FX and a Gibson Les
Paul Future Tribute) . Now, I
generally go straight to reviews from places like Musicians Friend and Sweetwater to see what other buyers of a
particular guitar have to say about it.
And, as is always the case, I felt that some of the buyers/reviewers
just don’t understand the whole “mail-order” guitar concept. Let’s discuss that.
if you only remember ONE THING from this blog, remember this: If a guitar is shipped to you, you should
EXPECT that it will need at least a rudimentary set-up. This is even more so the case in extreme
weather conditions (read my blog on
cold-weather guitar care).
Man, I get
tired of people complaining that a guitar arrived at their doorstep from a
thousand miles away and actually needed a setup. DUDE, get a clue! If a guitar spends the better part of a week
(or more) in an un-climate controlled truck traveling through massive changes
in temperature, pressure, and humidity, chances are good that it will need a
little tweaking on the set-up. If by
chance it arrives with the setup just exactly the way you personally like it,
then consider it a big bonus, but do not take it for granted as what you can
course leads me to the next piece of this set-up rant: personal preference. Fact is, one man’s barely playable guitar is
another man’s dream set-up. Personal preference
is an opinion, it’s not a fact.
are some areas that you can EXPECT a guitar to need a little love in after a
long and trying journey to arrive at your door. If you feel insecure addressing
any of these, take it to a qualified and recommended luthier.
(string length) tweaking
Fret dressing (in
extreme cold/dry conditions)
… how about those things that do NOT change in shipping and therefore SHOULD be
mentioned in a review. It’s totally okay
to be subjective here, since these are all items that folks will like or hate
to varying degrees
pickups, pots & switches
shape/profile (but remember, this is a personal preference)
Fit & finish
Overall and specific
when reviewing a guitar on-line, please list your experience and musical
style. And for those reading reviews,
take this important info into account.
The reviews I give the most weight to are those that come from pro
players with at least a couple decades under their belts, and preferably in
many genres. The “this is my first
guitar and I play metal” review is generally one I skip over! Nuff said, now go buy a guitar.