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FDP Forum / The Gretsch Forum / Guitar Stamped "Used"

Joe Potts
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Sep 28th, 2014 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A while back, I bought a used G5022C Rancher from a local dealer. I just noticed this evening that the word "used" is lightly stamped on the back of the headstock.

I really doubt that the dealer did it, but it seems like an odd word for a manufacturer to use. Anyone see this term stamped on a guitar before?

marosborne

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Dec 26th, 2014 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This may correctly answer your question. The company MIRC (Musical Instrument Reclamation Company)rebuilds and refurbishes guitars. These are sold to music stores, not to private consumers.

Here's a paragraph from MIRC's home page:

"When a guitar shipment arrives at our warehouse, our Receiving department unpacks, counts and inspects each guitar. The manufacture’s serial number is removed and replaced with our MIRC serial number. Then the word “USED” is stamped on the back of the head stock. These last two steps are taken, to protect the interests of our manufactures and to prevent the filing of improper warranty claims. The guitars are then graded and prepared to go into our restoration shop."

How are you likin' the Rancher?

Joe Potts
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Jan 2nd, 2015 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

marosborne, that sounds like what probably happened. I talked to Gretsch customer service, who told me it was probably a case of what you described above.

I took it back where I bought it, and they were great about it. They took it back and gave me a great deal on a white Rancher Falcon they had in stock - see pic in profile.

I like it! It's obviously not a Martin or high-end Gibson, but it serves my purpose, which is to have fun at home in my guitar room!

marosborne

USA

Jan 3rd, 2015 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Beautiful guitar, Joe!

Joe Potts
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Jan 3rd, 2015 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you! It's definitely a head-turner.

marosborne

USA

Jan 4th, 2015 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Joe, I must now curse you! (grin) Your purchase inspired me to poke around and take a look at the white Rancher Falcons. I just bought a 12-stringer of that particular model on eBay. Your fault! (So... thanks!)

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Jan 4th, 2015 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's contagious!

The MIC Gretsches are pretty dang nice guitars. The MIK versions from the 90s and early 2000's are phenomenal.


Some manufacturers, e.g., Epiphone, will stamp "2nd" on the back of the headstock. This occurs when a guitar fails final QC based on a cosmetic issue, such as inclusions (debris) in the finish, discolored binding, or some other minor non-structural issue. These guitars are 100% playable. Depending on the issue, they come with manufacturer's warranty too.

Joe Potts
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Jan 4th, 2015 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

marosborne, welcome to the club! Please post some pics when you get it.

Steve Dallman
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Jan 9th, 2015 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They are all "used" as soon as you walk out the store door....

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Jul 15th, 2015 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After my snapped headstock, and repair, I would not be afreaid of any refurbished axe.

My LP after repair is a much more stable guitar as far as tuning. Also seems to sustain longer. I joke the only gibbies ill buy will be repaired ones.

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