Originally Posted by Piobaire
But I didn't know that. It could just as easily be a value proposition issue.
Piob, I know you're trying to be a good consumer and all, but it isn't like you're looking for a $200k 1959 Les Paul only to be sold a $3000 knockoff, losing $197,000 in the process. You're looking at Epiphones and the like - what's the worst that can happen? You end up with an Epiphone with non-original pickups that to you sound totally fine but you may lose $100 resale value? Buying new you've already lost just as much by leaving the store. A guitar is a simple thing - it's not going to break down after 500 miles like a bad used car, and even if it does, it probably just has a loose solder joint.
Amps are a bit more complicated, though, and a lot of the cheap new Chinese ones can't be fixed easily because of their tiny, crazy circuit boards, but if you followed my advice, which was to look for old, low wattage amps, then they are often easily fixable because everything was handwired back in the 50's and 60's so even if you have problems, an amp tech can easily help you out. Good luck fixing a Valvetronix.