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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:09 AM   #1
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Store dilemma

Ok... so I bought an "american standard" stratocaster today. I paid 449, but after discounts it was ~400 out the door. GREAT price for it.

Post some pictures on chat, and it turns out its a Highway 1 strat. This makes me incredibly angry. I feel like returning it, out of principle. On the flipside, its one of the best playing/sounding strats Ive ever played and its still american strat for 400$..


Im thinking I need to bring it up there and "WTF?!" them. Some think I should eat it and smile. Am I out of line being pissed??? c
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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:36 AM   #2
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Definitely Get annoyed at the store, False advertising is Illegal
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Definitely Get annoyed at the store, False advertising is Illegal
I dont think theyh did it on purpose, but I definitely feel like I need to "WTF" them.

I feel childish too, I know 400$ is a great price for a hwy 1, but still, the tag said "American Standard" and thats what I expected.


this would be OH so much easier if this guitar didnt play and sound amazing haha.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:43 AM   #4
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I dont think theyh did it on purpose, but I definitely feel like I need to "WTF" them.

I feel childish too, I know 400$ is a great price for a hwy 1, but still, the tag said "American Standard" and thats what I expected.


this would be OH so much easier if this guitar didnt play and sound amazing haha.
What store was it? I'm in Michigan too, so I'm curious.

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What store was it? I'm in Michigan too, so I'm curious.
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guitar center , kzoo.
Ah. Well, color me slightly unsurprised. They had a few mislabeled and overpriced/underpriced gear last time I was in there.

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Ah. Well, color me slightly unsurprised. They had a few mislabeled and overpriced/underpriced gear last time I was in there.
My wife is firends with the GM, so Im sure they will "fix it" but its still annoying


I feel like im being a whiny ass hole, but I paid for a certain item and got something else, I dunno.....


lol just noticed, traverse city! youre WAY up there broseph!
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think im just gonna bring it up and "WTF" them and see what happens :p


wish me luck! :p
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There's only one GC in Chicago, right? I bought a JP in there. Nice store, if you can dodge the Reps and be left alone; less talking more time to buy guitars!

There's also a good Sushi restaurant on the way back to the loop / train.

Note; Chicago GC is the only GC I've ever been to in America, just thought I'd give it a .
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the price should have made you think it was a little sketchy probably, unless it said it was a blow out 50 percent off sale or something like that right?
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the price should have made you think it was a little sketchy probably, unless it said it was a blow out 50 percent off sale or something like that right?
Price doesnt bug me. I've bought 1500$ guitars for 600$ at guitar center before. I don't know much about fenders honestly, so I had to take their word. ONLY reason I found out its a highway 1 is its a rare color and I tried to find out what it is.
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Since it's a GC, it's really hard to say that the tag was deliberately misleading- it was probably a genuine error. Despite the Highway 1's reputation and attractive price point, they kind of fly under the radar, and whomever stocked it probably saw it was MIA and tagged it as the most common MIA model.

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Since it's a GC, it's really hard to say that the tag was deliberately misleading- it was probably a genuine error. Despite the Highway 1's reputation and attractive price point, they kind of fly under the radar, and whomever stocked it probably saw it was MIA and tagged it as the most common MIA model.
Oh If I thought it was deliberate on any level, Id take it back, get my money and NEVER shop there again.

I just think I paid for an "american standard" so they need to fix this. I can get a NEW highway 1 for not a whole bunch more money then what I paid.
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....in squeaky wheel gets the grease man


I go up there and talk to the guitar manager there. He was super apologetic and asked me I wanted a refund, or how I wanted to go about it. He got the GM involved, who then says "So do you like this guitar?" I say yeah, thats what bummed me about it. "Well, heres what we can do. I sold you an american standard, so you can go pick a different one off the wall, or I can take some money off this one for you"....

They had several, but one in particular caught my eye. A wine red 40th anniversary.

I play it and it sounds and plays great. He comes up asks me If I want that one.... kicker, it comes with a case!! Its in near mint condition too.


Quite pleased with guitar center and how this turned out. ONLY DOWNFALL, the guitar is on police hold until thursday haha :p I will survive...

edit : heres a couple pictures, Ill be doinga NGD obviously... :p



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Price doesnt bug me. I've bought 1500$ guitars for 600$ at guitar center before. I don't know much about fenders honestly, so I had to take their word. ONLY reason I found out its a highway 1 is its a rare color and I tried to find out what it is.
It's good to research Fender a bit before purchasing, because there's usually not that much that sets them apart from eachother on first glance.
I guess the Highway One said Made in Mexico on the headstock? At least it should have. It also has the large 70's headstock, which none of the standards have.

Schecters don't have baseball bat necks.
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It's good to research Fender a bit before purchasing, because there's usually not that much that sets them apart from eachother on first glance.
I guess the Highway One said Made in Mexico on the headstock? At least it should have. It also has the large 70's headstock, which none of the standards have.
*sigh..


Heres the highway 1, of which you should do some research on too apparently.





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id be embarrassed that i didnt know the difference before i bought it.

If its a good guitar and a good price for the guitar it is then whatever. Let it be. You got a deal.
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*sigh..


Heres the highway 1, of which you should do some research on too apparently.
Well, .... did I know that they came with normal headstocks too. Every single one I've seen has had the 70's. They only have the 70's model on the official Fender website too.

http://www.fender.com/en-SE/products...tno=0111162306



And my bad that I thought they were made in Mexico.

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Well, .... did I know that they came with normal headstocks too. Every single one I've seen has had the 70's. They only have the 70's model on the official Fender website too.

And my bad that I thought they were made in Mexico.
Its all good Theres a reason everyone thought it was a normal american strat haha It looks the part for the most part.


All in all I got a really good deal out of it, so Im VERY happy with this :p

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id be embarrassed that i didnt know the difference before i bought it.

If its a good guitar and a good price for the guitar it is then whatever. Let it be. You got a deal.
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The Highway One guitars are made in the USA so there was no false advertising it IS an American Stratocaster... Also the price should have told you it wasn't an American Standard or better as they never go that cheap.

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Yep, the Highway One guitars are made in the USA so there was no false advertising it IS an American Stratocaster... Also the price should have told you it wasn't an American Standard or better as they never go that cheap.
Well, the store ....ed up, and they fixed it.

It was sold to me as an AMERICAN STANDARD. Not simply an "American". Im far from a fender guy, but now I know.

edit: if you shop around guitar center for a while, you will begin to learn that price doesnt mean shit there lol. 400 for an american standard isnt outlandish, especially when they have several used ones on the wall.
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Well, the store ....ed up, and they fixed it.

It was sold to me as an AMERICAN STANDARD. Not simply an "American". Im far from a fender guy, but now I know.

edit: if you shop around guitar center for a while, you will begin to learn that price doesnt mean shit there lol. 400 for an american standard isnt outlandish, especially when they have several used ones on the wall.
Yup if it was labeled as an American Standard and it's a Highway One they did screw up. Glad to see they fixed it for you, that's pretty sweet

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Yup if it was labeled as an American Standard and it's a Highway One they did screw up. Glad to see they fixed it for you, that's pretty sweet
Thanks I was expecting a 10% coupon or a gift certificate or something. They definitely stepped up here.
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