Friday, 25 October 2002

The person who sold me that pile of junk has emailed me:

I have just noticed that you have left a complaint about the guitar project saying that the description was mis-leading, could you please contact me and advise why.

I am happy to offer you a refund if you are not satisfied with the item you have received, it is not my intention to mislead anyone.

I await your response.

My reply:
OK, I quote the description:

"Guitar project Tanglewood strat copy for spares or repair good neck and hardware body badly damaged"

"Body badly damaged" - true. But the rest of the guitar is badly damaged too, which you hadn't implied. It certainly was not a case of "good neck and hardware". The neck is the most bent out of shape guitar neck I have ever seen. It is not repairable.

So that leaves the hardware - pickups and pots are rusty looking underneath, as if the guitar had been kept somewhere damp. One machine head has the tuning button broken off, and the tremolo/bridge is incomplete.

So basically it was £30 spent on some old pickups that have seen better days, plus pots and a few pieces of incomplete hardware. The guitar is not really repairable.

G L Wilson
It'll be interesting to see how he answers that. I don't see how he could possibly have thought that the neck was in good condition. He must know absolutely nothing about guitars, but even in that case he should have been able to spot the state it was in.

I suppose the lesson to be learnt from this is to be very careful when buying old beat up guitars off eBay.

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