That’s a really good question isn’t it – How to buy relic guitars online? A lot of websites are now selling relic guitars online. The recent spate of new eCommerce websites like Reverb.com as well as some relic guitar manufacturers like RebelRelic.com now allow you to buy relic guitars online. How do you know what you are purchasing is not a dud when you cannot hear or feel the guitar you are playing? There really is no full proof method unfortunately but there are ways to reduce the risk.
1. Determine how much you want to spend on a relic guitar.
There are so many types of relic guitars and such a wide variety of prices that you need to determine how much you are actually going to spend including shipping and freight costs. A good gauge would be:
a. Fender Relic Stratocaster type guitars – Average between US$2,000 – US$2,500
b. Gibson Relic Les Paul type guitars – Average between US$,3,300 – 4,500
The age of the guitar also plays a massive part in the prices so make sure you ask when it was purchased/ manufactured. Whether it is a custom shop relic guitar is also another massive factor.
2. Do your Research – Not every Relic Guitar is made equal.
So many forums and reviews have been done online about a specific model you are looking at. Research ‘buy relic guitars’ on Google and you will likely find a relic guitar review somewhere. Look at online guitar magazines too, especially on your iPad.
3. Ask for more information
In this day and age of mobile video, youtube, etc, it is really easy to shoot a video of the guitar so that you can have a great impression of the product you are buying. Before you buy relic guitars, listen to the video (hopefully the seller is a decent player) and make sure you know and ask for what type of amp and speakers the relic guitar is playing off on. As you know the amp, speakers, effects can have an effect on the original guitar sound.
a. Ask for a video
b. Ask for more angles of the guitar – back of the neck, guitar neck pocket, for example.
c. Ask for the manufacturing date
d. Ask for any certificates
e. Ask about shipping and how it will be packed
f. Ask about payment terms as well as return terms
4. Good Luck!
Good luck! You should not be afraid to buy relic guitars online if you know what you are looking for and follow these instructions carefully.
About the author
Sean Rezel is a Rhythm Guitarist, a skill which he picked up from musically inclined family. Sean’s love for music led him to release one original EP each with Mary J. Sex Asylum, Dan, Dinesh and Sean in the early to late 90s. He has been an integral part of well known Singapore bands such as Jade and Confused, The Rogue Traders, The Project Band and Seattle Sound from 2001 till now.
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