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Refurbs versus Used Originals

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by krocks, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. krocks

    krocks TDPRI Member

    Aug 26, 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    I have a refurb Epiphone Sheraton ii Pro marked "used". Can't really find and flaws but there must have been something the manufacturer didn't like to "second it". So I see stuff being sold which I know isn't new and other stuff labeled "Refurbished". Prices can be all over the map. So what are some opinions on the refurb market??

  2. jackal

    jackal Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jun 14, 2010
    mojave desert
    I've found the refurb items kind of hit or miss. Sometimes very good, sometimes not so good. They are supposed to have been sent back to the factory for a complete going over. They can be put into refurb for several reasons, defective, returned just because buyer didn't like it, all sorts of reasons. Like anything else, you take your chances. There have been some real turkeys sold as new.

  3. Chud

    Chud Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Dec 30, 2010
    New York City
    A refurb should technically be brought back up to "new" condition, whether by the factory or by a third party refurbisher. That, in my mind, should distinguish a refurb from a scratch 'n' dent, a straight return, or a used item. I would expect that refurb'd item to be every bit as new as one straight out of the box, though I'm sure that's not always the case.
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  4. milocj

    milocj Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Aug 21, 2005
    All of the "refurbished" ones I have seen came from resellers who had brought them up to snuff. They also had to place a new serial number over the original so that it couldn't be returned for warranty (at least not by the OEM) and as proof that it wasn't the factory selling anything that may be taken as sub-par.
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  5. Finsnake

    Finsnake TDPRI Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Charleston, SC
    I bought my son an Epi EJ-200SCE at the Gibson factory in Memphis after a tour 6 years ago. I assumed I was getting an outlet store discount. Turned out it wasn't that much cheaper, and it was marked in some way (like refurb or used, I can't recall and it's not here) that meant it wasn't covered under their new quitar warranty. We have never had a bit of a problem and still LOVE the guitar, but if I bought another, it would be A. new or B. officially a used guitar, like eBay, and much cheaper.

    My point is to check the warranty, if you were expecting one.

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  6. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    This is more typical of those I've seen as well. I believe this company is a major player in that market.


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