Leon Victoriano wrote: ↑
Mon May 15, 2017 2:30 pm
Thank you so much for the advice!
So you're saying that the sides aren't solid? Which means the seller lied about the description?
If that's the case, how does one figure out if the sides. back, and also the front are solid or not? Is it just gonna be heavier than normal laminated guitars or is it gonna like make a different sound if i tap that part of the wood?
Also, one of my guitar friends said that identifying the tuners are one of the many ways to determine a guitar's value, assuming the tuners are default and not customized. What can you say about the tuners? How can I tell if tuners are good? Does this mean that just because tuners are gold plated doesnt mean theyre any good?
This is only going to be my 3rd guitar buy so I'm still quite new to the process of testing guitars out before buying them.
Many Japanese guitars from the 60s and 70s were laminated, but still much better than todays standard. Only the high end ones where all solid. I wouldn't worry too much about this. However, the inside looks surface treated though which is a good thing to prevent cracking. The tuners have plastic buttons and the mechanics are very basic. They are probably not original, but could be, looks pretty new.
I'm not saying the seller is lying about the wood, maybe he/she doesn't know for sure. The best you can do is ask for more pictures inside/outside of the guitar, then it's easier to determine if the grain patterns are a match = solid woods.
The pictures are pretty low-res, but the saddle looks like plastic too. With all this said I'm sure its a totally fine guitar, probably much better than todays beginner guitars, but I doubt very much it's worth 900 dollars.