January 20 2015:
Just received a Keith Richards' Micawber-style Tele and '57
Payal accepted when shipping to buyer's confirmed address
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IN EUROS INCLUDING DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR. MOST EU DESTINATIONS
from a 'faceless' website can be a daunting prospect.
Well, I'm not faceless; check out my growing Facebook page
Fender Japan instruments still
offer excellent value for money, especially when compared with
US-made Fenders. And I can only point out the
obvious again... that to buy used is the way to make your money go
further... a LOT further. Just look at the prices of the
few new Fender Japan instruments that are available.
For a lot less you can get a lot more by buying wisely and
When answering that question I have always said that buying as
used instrument allows you to get more guitar for
your money. Your budget will stretch to a higher specification
guitar. Which is undeniably true. However, there is another
major consideration to take into account, particularly in these
hard times. A used instrument has already suffered depreciation.
Keep your used guitar
condition and you may even find its value increasing over time
because, in the case of Fender Japan instruments, demand seems to
exceed supply and I've certainly seen values increase considerably
in the years I've been dealing in them.
what you will from where you will, but probably the best advice I
can give is ... buy the best specification your budget will
allow. That could well mean buying used. Oh...and buy
from a reputable source. I depend upon this for part of my living
and it is in my interest to ensure that - as far as I can -
customers are happy and come back. Someone flogging just one
guitar they found in the attic does not have the same incentive.
Of course there are
downsides to buying used - the odd mark or ding for instance - but
buy wisely from a reputable source and your money will go a lot
further and, most important in these uncertain times, sidestep
What protection do
you have when buying from me, a total stranger to most of you,
over the internet?
It's my aim to offer a buyer the
sort of service I'd like to receive (and often don't)
whenever I buy something. Buying from a total stranger on
the internet can be a stressful process. I try to make it
as easy as possible by maintaining a simple, straightforward
website with detailed descriptions of current stock illustrated
with a comprehensive range of pin-sharp photos. If anyone wants
additional information or photos - they get it without delay. With
the proviso that turnover can be brisk and I can't always update
the site immediately an instrument has been sold, I only advertise
for sale what I actually have in stock. Bearing in mind Post
Office opening hours, I also ship immediately payment is received.
In other words, I don't mess you around... which is why I get good
testimonials like the examples printed further down this page.
However, you also have
legal protection under what are called Distance Selling
Regulations (DSRs). These are the rules that apply to anyone
selling products or services to consumers without face-to-face
contact, and where the consumer hasn't had an opportunity to
examine the goods before buying or discuss the service in person.
Compliance with DSRs is a legal requirement and enforcement action
can be taken in court against businesses that breach them.
As a guitar-lover, in
this for the long term, it is in my interests to give you a good
service, to comply with DSRs, and to ensure that you understand
how they protect you when buying from me. I have therefore laid
out their terms and my statement on the How
to Buy/Terms & Conditions page. Read them and you'll hopefully
feel better about buying one of my instruments.
So, buy with
confidence. By the way, I would emphasise that any serious
potential buyer who is able to get to Essex is very welcome to
come and try before they buy.
John Blackman - The Far
East of Essex.