I used to say this and for the most part I still do....with exception to Sweetwater. The last five guitars I purchased from them had no defects or substandard "anything". It's my understanding that they do not hesitate to return any "less than perfect" guitars to the manufacturers. I do not feel nearly as confident with some/most other online sales. It's also obvious to me that places like SA and CG have no screening in place and will hang whatever they get out for sale regardless of it's condition (not to mention) very limited choices of each/any model.