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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by CajunJ, Jun 20, 2021.
Anyone with experiences purchasing B-stock guitars?
I've done amps before with no problems, and I'm pretty sure that a couple of guitars I bought as "used" were brand-new customer returns (and one I bought as "new" from GC was in fact beat-up floor stock). If you're buying from a reputable place with a decent return policy, I don't think there's much to worry about.
Haven’t ever bought a b-stock guitar but lots of b-stock pedals. In appearance and working they all appeared to be brand new. If the discount is right I wouldn’t hesitate.
Do they tell you why it’s marked b-stock? Usually it’s a minor cosmetic /finishing flaw, nothing functional.
Guitars and pedals, both. All have turned out to be nearly flawless.
Yes - as long as I know the flaws up front.
I’ve bought a couple…as well as ‘minor finish flaw’ things that no one one earth, self included, can find
Minor finish flaw on an Epi acoustic 12 string from GC -
It plays just fine AFAIC
My brother has a perfect hamer b class
I bought my SBG from a guy on the Takamine Forum, who'd bought it from another forum member, who had bought it as a "second" from a...I forget what they call those outfits that sell factory rejects. I paid about half the price of a new one.
I can't find anything the matter with it, but the last four digits of the factory serial number are obliterated, there's a serial stamp from the reseller, and the back of the headstock has embossed in it the word "USED". I almost never notice it.
I've had very good luck buying B-stock and returned items with the one exception of the Guild M20 I previously mentioned in another thread about mail ordering guitars.
It was from GC/MF (Bought from MF, returned to a local GC) and the return as easy-peasy.
As others have stated, its usually very small cosmetic stuff.
Seems a pretty safe bet from GC, etc.
I’ve gotten a few pedals and a Gibson BFG p90. All were great. I couldn’t find anything wrong with any.
I've bought four B-stock guitars and an amp now. Only one with any visible issues was a PRS SE that looks like they missed painting a tiny area on the side of the neck next to the pocket (can't see it from more than a foot away). My Ibanez acoustic also has an "S" carved into the back of the headstock next to the serial number; assuming that somehow denotes B-stock.
Don't you wanna be on the A team?
Usually the ones with the flaw on the back are a better buy…..
I've not bought a B stock guitar. I have bought many "refurbished" other things, especially electronics. It's obviously just a way to sell too much stock at a discount. All the items were new, complete and with paperwork.
Minor finish flaw on my wife.
But then again,
I used to own a '76 LP custom that had 2 stamped on the back of the head stock.
It had some cosmetic problems but it played Flawlessly.
If it is a reputable store you are fine. I prefer B stock in those cases, but then I’m never going for looks.
Anything bought used, I would think could be classed as B stock, it's just the individual's interpretation of what it means. Store returns also, in as much as lightly used, but without serious damage.