Originally Posted by politenessman
i bought a high end studio off the wall at gc, and it was perfect (except for the sound- 498/490 - 490 was ok but 498 was awful). i bought a trad 1960 from sam ash in chicago, only saw some phone pics of it. it arrived absolutely pristine, the nibs are perfect. it came set up, no binding issues, no dings, no running paint, etc. it is absolutely perfect. then again, a local store has a 2012 standard, new, they are trying to get rid of for $1875, with no takers because its such a piece of crap. so i guess its like buying a new car. dont buy one that was built on a monday or a friday.
Your experience is what's so bizarre - all three guitars probably went through the supposedly same QA process for fit/finish. My Carvins were superb, my Taylors were superb, my Classic Custom was in great shape overall as well yet so many people have issues.
As a manager, I have to wonder what criteria is used to measure those QA folks' job performance at review time...