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But because of the amount of rust that had built up on the strings I was not gonna risk getting cut and having to get a tetanus shot[glare].Even if the strings were playable the action was so high it was impossible to play anyway.A couple of the Studio Tribute models were in need of a set up also,but not nearly as bad as the Trad Pro.I also noticed that the high dollar acoustic Gibson/Martin guitars were in terrible shape with very high action.I can see why the acoustics were out of whack since the second smaller room that has the big money guitars was strangely very hot and humid feeling.It was dissapointing since the store is more than fifty miles away.

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Yeah, the Trad Pro '50 that's been at my local GC for about two years, has totally dead strings and two pretty big scratches on it. It's tough to decide if you like the pickups, when the strings go thud. When they finally decide to sell it, someone is going to get a good deal because that's the only way it's going to sell.

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All it takes is to get a junior member of staff to walk round with some fastfret or similar and run it up the necks once a week. It's just like a car dealer. If the cars are dirty, he won't sell them. It's rare that I find good staff in shops now. Apathy seems to rule.

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Having put the above. Guitar Guitar in Birmingham (UK) have excelled whenever I've been in. I've even been in, in my dirty work clothes and they've been helpful. I'd happily buy from them. Good service needs applauding as good staff are hard to find.

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I have bought from this particular store before with no real problems and would like to be the one who gets that poor neglected Trad Pro when it does go.If my suspicions are correct this specific cherry sunburst LP has been in this store for about two years and other than the super high action and brown rusty strings she's seems to be good.That store is not located in a high end market,but it could still easily sell what high end guitars they do have,but of course it would help if they were playable.[huh]

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A guitar off the wall that needs a set-up to your liking isn't uncommon, we all know that, but that shouldn't stop you from being able to tell weather or not it sounds right for you, and is worth having a set-up done.

If you can't get what you're looking for sound wise with the existing pickups and the tone controls, and don't plan on pickup, wiring, or cap. replacement etc., then why set it up?

You would end up replacing everything, and then setting it up again.

The way it sounds can't be dialed in as easily to your liking as the action can be.

Guitars are adjustable for a reason.

But if it doesn't sound right to begin with, having a set-up done to your liking is pointless.

Nothing is gonna come off the wall exactly to your liking, but if you're serious about a purchase, you shouldn't hesitate to ask for a set-up after deciding that the guitar sounds like what your after.

If they refuse, then tell them you're walking, talk to a manager, whatever.

Or, just loosen the strings lower the bridge a little, then ask for a tuner.

A tuner isn't as big a deal as a set-up.

Especially if you're not serious about purchasing the guitar.

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Depending on who's there, ask one of the staff to have new strings put on and lower the action just to get a feel for it. Intonation will probably be off (probably already is off), but it could get you a feel how she will play and sound. Any sales rep will gladly do something like that for a possible buyer, especially if the instrument has sat for an extended period of time.

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Yeah, the Trad Pro '50 that's been at my local GC for about two years, has totally dead strings and two pretty big scratches on it. It's tough to decide if you like the pickups, when the strings go thud. When they finally decide to sell it, someone is going to get a good deal because that's the only way it's going to sell.

My 2009 is a 60s Trad Pro and it's wonderful

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I'd ask for $250 off and buy it

That's just me

 

I once bought a set of strings and installed them before buying a guitar

They shun that kinda stuff nowadays

 

But because of the amount of rust that had built up on the strings I was not gonna risk getting cut and having to get a tetanus shot[glare].Even if the strings were playable the action was so high it was impossible to play anyway.A couple of the Studio Tribute models were in need of a set up also,but not nearly as bad as the Trad Pro.I also noticed that the high dollar acoustic Gibson/Martin guitars were in terrible shape with very high action.I can see why the acoustics were out of whack since the second smaller room that has the big money guitars was strangely very hot and humid feeling.It was dissapointing since the store is more than fifty miles away.

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I have bought from this particular store before with no real problems and would like to be the one who gets that poor neglected Trad Pro when it does go.If my suspicions are correct this specific cherry sunburst LP has been in this store for about two years and other than the super high action and brown rusty strings she's seems to be good.That store is not located in a high end market,but it could still easily sell what high end guitars they do have,but of course it would help if they were playable.[huh]

I think if it doesn't FEEL right your not gonna PLAY it right , therefore YOUR SOUND isn't gonna come through like it normally would on a properly strung and setup guitar

My $0.02

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I think if it doesn't FEEL right your not gonna PLAY it right , therefore YOUR SOUND isn't gonna come through like it normally would on a properly strung and setup guitar

My $0.02

 

 

I agree with you.In the past I've took chances buying some guitars online without playing them and at the time I thought I got lucky in getting good ones and for the most part I did,but being a better player now,I wonder if I would have thought them special enough if you know what I mean.I want to spend as much quality time playing as possible nowadays before buying a guitar,specially if it's a Les Paul.

Funny/SAD thing is before the very professional looking salesman got the guitar and handed it to me I was already a few seconds into noticing the brown bumpy strings:unsure: .It was so obvious,but no one wanted to talk about "the elephant" in the room or even act like it was there.All GC reps were suddenly very busy somewhere else,so I just held it for about fifteen minutes and gave it back to the first GC guy I saw.I will get it playable if I decide to make a offer,but a new LP may have to be postponed a little bit.

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