About Refurbished Guitars
Guild T-bird Reissue
What do all of these refurbished guitars have in common?
They have never been owned by a consumer. They traveled from the factories that manufactured them to the companies who ordered them to MIRC (where they were refurbished), to our shop. The customers who bought them from us were the first consumers to own them.
The three differences between buying a refurbished guitar and a new guitar are
1. The warranty (there is no factory warranty on the guitar--it has the same risks associated with buying a used guitar).
2. The "used" stamp, the new serial number,.
3. THE PRICE.
4. Extra inspections, and setup performed by skilled techs in the USA.
We feel the benefits of having an expert tech assess, repair, and thoroughly set up the guitar along with the reduced price far overshadow the lack of a factory warranty. We, like most other musicians, have gone into large music instrument superstores and found the quality of the guitars hanging on the wall lacking. They look as if they had a very brief inspection, were tuned up, hung on the wall, and never touched by an employee again. Our refurbished instruments have already had more attention in the USA than the majority of the brand new instruments on the wall at many guitar stores. We are proud of that.
The guitars in the pictures above are all refurbished guitars. Each one looks like a brand new guitar with no visible defects short of a used stamp on the back of the headstock and a new serial number. Most of our used guitars come from MIRC (Musical Instrument Reclamation Center) in Franklin, TN. They enable us to carry name brand guitars in incredibly good condition at very reasonable prices. Their business model is very unique and works well with our philosophy of selling instruments that play well.
MIRC buys guitars (prototypes, overstocks, discontinued models, and guitars that did not make it through quality control for one reason or another) from the manufacturer. When the guitar arrives at MIRC, it will be stamped USED on the headstock to identify it as a refurbished guitar at the request of the manufacturer. The guitar will be inspected, any repairs necessary will be completed including replacing parts with either the original parts that came on the guitar or better (for example, if an Epiphone Les Paul showed up without pickups, they would replace them with the original Epiphone pickups or an aftermarket pickups that would be a step up, such as Seymour Duncan), and the guitar will be given a thorough setup and a new serial number before being shipped to us.
MIRC will not put a lower quality component in the guitar than what the manufacturer originally specified. Many times, there will be no repair visible. We fully disclose any structural repairs that do or do not show in our descriptions. We aim to be completely transparent about the history of our guitars.
We feel that refurbished guitars are an option that gives our customers the biggest bang for the buck. These instruments look and feel like new (if there are any cosmetic defects, they will be fully disclosed in the listing) with a substantially lower price than a brand new guitar. The setups are great--when was the last time you tried a guitar at the big franchise stores that actually played good when you took it off the wall? Some players may want to change the setup to more closely match their preferences. We recommend that customers always assume they may need to budget for the cost of a setup into their estimate of what they will spend to get the guitar they want that plays exactly how they want.
Our working relationship with MIRC is a great opportunity for Player's Gear to offer an assortment of brands and price points that compete with the big box stores.