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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / buying an acoustic sight unseen from Ebay?

digiboy

New York City

Sep 11th, 2018 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Been looking for a particular acoustic in a lefty model, the Fender Malibu. They rarely come up in lefty but one recently has on Ebay. The guy has a "no returns" policy but solid 100% positive feedback (I know that doesn't mean much).

I'm a bass player and am not a pro on guitar. My attraction to this model is more for the neck, which is known to be fast and super easy to play, with a feel like an electric.

It's not a huge investment but I'd feel better if there was a little wiggle room on returning it if there is a problem. The description and pictures look good and the guy seems to be up front about normal wear and condition.

Any thoughts/suggestions/past experiences on buying acoustics off Ebay?

Thanks



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Sep 11th, 2018 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would say check the listing and any picturesc thoroughly.

I’ve bought several acoustics “sight unseen” off eBay and the majority have been fine. Unfortunately the two mos expensive weren’t :-(

I bought a Taylor 355 12 string from the US, which turned out to have a crack in the top, and a Gibson J180, also from the US, which was in all round poor condition which didn’t show in the pics :-(

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Sep 11th, 2018 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Risky at best but you already know that.

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Sep 12th, 2018 04:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've bought many guitars off of eBay. Oftentimes there was a problem or two that was not disclosed in the ad. But I don't think the seller was trying get over on me, usually it's something he just didn't see or think was important.

In the case of this left-handed Malibu, you probably aren't going to find one anywhere else. I would recommend that you initiate a dialogue with the seller via eBay, ask a few questions, get a feel for the guy. If you don't feel good about him, you can walk away.

And it's not just eBay. I recently bought an '04 Martin from a reputable dealer on Reverb. When it arrived it had two small finish cracks at the top of the back that hadn't been disclosed. I told the seller about them and he was very apologetic, just didn't see them; I believed him, as they are near-invisible. I wish they had been disclosed, but I like the guitar so well that I decided to ignore them. And the guitar needed a setup, but that's to be expected, I figure.

Good luck, hope it turns out well for you.

digiboy

New York City

Sep 12th, 2018 07:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks guys, I did just as Ragtop suggests. Sent the seller a note with s few questions and explained my concerns about buying this way. I decided the quality and attitude of his response would determine what I would do next. His reply seemed honest and straightforward and down to earth. Not at all the Ebay mercenary type. Answered all my questions and gave me more details on the condition, elaborated on the history, etc.

I pulled the trigger. We'll see what happens. One thing I'm kicking myself over. I didn't think to check my daily feed from Reverb. Sure enough the seller had also listed it there and for a bit less. Lesson learned!

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Sep 12th, 2018 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, well.

Let us know how the guitar looks when it arrives, okay?

digiboy

New York City

Sep 15th, 2018 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Have to say my instincts about the seller were good at least on this one. Guitar arrived yesterday. It's about as close to immaculate as I could ever imagine for a used piece, and it did get used a lot. He sent me Youtube links of him playing it at gigs. The case is the only giveaway showing some slight wear but still in near perfect shape.
Plays great, neck is super easy as I'd hoped and intonation is dead on. So I could have paid a little less if I had checked for it on Reverb, but I'm really quite pleased. Specific lefty models are hard to track down. Took a long time to find this one and I'm glad I acted quickly.
Thanks all for the advice.

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Sep 15th, 2018 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good, glad it worked out well.

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Sep 16th, 2018 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool!

Do your homework, determine what risks are acceptable and what are not, and you'll have a good outcome.

I've bought guitars before playing them, but never without a return policy in place.

digiboy

New York City

Sep 17th, 2018 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I've bought guitars before playing them, but never without a return policy in place."

100% agree. I didn't like the no 'return' thing but have been looking for that guitar in a lefty for years. Who knows when I might see another? Communication with the seller made me feel it was a pretty safe bet, but still a gamble nonetheless! Took a chance and appears I did well.

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