Silver Supporting Member
- Mar 4, 2019
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Sometime in the past 5-10 years, I remember a Squire Bronco bass hanging on the wall at my local GC. The bow in the neck was so bad that it was obvious from 50ft away. Broncos don't have a truss rod cover! How lazy can you get?Exactly... that's even worse.
Manufacturers have always relied on their dealers to do the final QC before the sale.
This doesn't happen anymore... it MUST happen... but due to the nature of interstate and international shipping, it is not as effective.
The guitar MAY leave Corona or Nashville in perfect condition (but in reality, factory setups are a compromise that provides decent playability for most players)
But then that guitar sits in the back of a UPS truck through freezing snow in Iowa and 130 degree dry heat in Nevada.
The wood moves, and while there may be nothing wrong with the construction, it WILL need a setup after it acclimates to the purchaser's home.
The local Mom & Pop music store used to handle this before it was hung on the wall.
They also looked for things like defects in the finish, or bad hardware.
As a dealer, they would fix it, adjust the price a bit, or return it.
Their customer didn't see any of the dirty laundry.
Today, the rudimentary inspection by online dealers may as well not be done, because it doesn't catch jack shit for issues.
Even local stores like Guitar Center and Sam Ash will have guitars with problems hanging on the wall. Guitar Center in my area is horrible... half of the inventory looks like it was beaten to death on stage... and that's just the NEW inventory.
In 1980, I could walk into LaMirada Music, Whittier Music, LaHabra Music, or Mo's and take anything off the wall and it was perfect.
That's what we've lost with the demise of the local Mom& Pop music store.
The few that remain can't afford to put that level of attention into inventory and remain competitive.