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Oct 23, 2020 - 5:38:13 PM
2 posts since 10/23/2020

Ok y’all, I gotta make this quick and dirty, so I’ll skip the pleasantries for now.  So I bought a Hot Rod Steel Old Skool tricone from a shop out on the West Coast and found some issues upon receiving it yesterday. 

Number one, there seems to be a potential crack (or two) in the neck that may grow over time.  Or it could just be cracks in the finish!   I need a little help determining if this is enough cause for concern to go through with returning it as the shop has agreed to give me a refund if that’s what I want to do.  Images of the small cracks are attached below. 

Number two, the Highlander Magnophonic pickup has some issues.  It produces sound, but outputs loud, short spikes in volume on more vigorous strums, then immediately returns to the norm.  I spoke with the folks at Highlander today and they said that since it’s producing sound the pickup might be perfectly fine and this might be an installation issue.  I determined with my local luthier that the pickup is the issue, and not the external power supply.

I’m really digging the finish and sound of this guitar, and am not finding much else out there in the reso world right now that fits the bill as well in this price range.  So now I’m starting to second guess returning it for a refund, and really would like some opinions primarily on the neck, since the seller has indicated they’d work with me to get the pickup fixed.  Any help is greatly appreciated, as I need to make a decision likely by tomorrow to either keep her or get her back to FedEx.  Thanks in advance!




Oct 23, 2020 - 7:13:32 PM



258 posts since 11/27/2014

...just my guitar, cracks in the neck heel. I would expect new condition, not defective.

Oct 23, 2020 - 8:05:16 PM
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1640 posts since 4/27/2009

Unacceptable as I see it. Those are cracks and you should be allowed to return it. I'm not a wood expert but the cracks look odd for a neck that should be quarter sawn, only my opinion for sure.
Did you buy this in Santa Barbara?

Edited by - otbreso on 10/23/2020 20:11:42

Oct 23, 2020 - 9:00:47 PM

2 posts since 10/23/2020

docslyd It's not necessarily "brand new", but was supposed to be in excellent condition, so point taken.

otbreso I did not get it from Santa Barbara, a little further north.

I'm sure glad I posted tonight, I was seriously considering keeping it. Thank you so much for getting back with me so quickly on this! I'm new to the reso world, so I'm sure this isn't the last you'll hear of me! Time to hit up the Marketplace I suppose. I really do like these tricones, leaning towards a Republic now I think. When I grow up I'm sure I'll get myself a National, just not ready to dedicate that kind of money just yet. Thanks again for the help!


Oct 24, 2020 - 2:46:36 PM

245 posts since 9/24/2014

That guitar is probably made by Aiersi, the same that builds the Republic guitars. I would not keep that with those cracks, there is not a whole lot of wood there anyways with the rout for the neck stick.

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