So I've been really thinking about buying a new guitar soon (I've got a lovely thread going on here ) but I've always done my shopping at an actual store and just used magazines like Sweetwater and Musicians friend as a sort of Playboy-esque "ohh look at that nice guitar" source. Now I'm flipping through an issue of Musicians friend and I'm browsing the internet and I'm seeing lots of guitars I would love to buy but no local dealers carry them. Specifically I'm looking at this Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro and this PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow among others. My problem is that I like to sit and play, or just physically see, the guitar before I buy them so an online purchase (to me) leaves a chance that the guitar gets to me and I can't stand playing it and then what do I do!? (obviously I don't do lots of online purchasing). Basically I just don't know how to buy something online, do I trust the reviews (that are possibly posted by 12 year olds) do I watch Youtube videos (where amps and effects alter the sound) or WHAT So does anyone have any tips, words of caution or advice for buying online? Is it even a smart choice?