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Offline xrose

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Buying N2 Made In China. What is wrong with them?
« on: February 22, 2014, 02:40:31 AM »
I have the opportunity to purchase an N2 (made in China) for $250 from Guitar Center.  It looked very nice, and it played very comfortably.  Upon researching it when I got home, I read a lot of negativity about the ones that were made in China.  However, i could not find anything stating WHAT was so bad about Chines models.

Does anyone here have more information on them.   If its just that the Korean ones are better, I'm okay with that.  I just don't want to pay $250 for something that will turn out to be a terrible guitar.

Some info on the one i saw in store.
SERIAL NUMBER 05015706
Natural Finish
Off set dot inlays
What appears to be Grover tuners, but can't be sure
Bill Lawrence USA pickup.
Trem System (unknown if Floyd Rose)

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« Last Edit: February 22, 2014, 09:47:45 AM by xrose »

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Re: Buying N2 Made In China. What is wrong with them?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 03:25:14 AM »
 It is literally that the Korean made guitars were much better made, and made of Alder rather than Agathise. There is nothing wrong with the Chinese units at all - the Korean N2's were much more expensive guitars and that is rarely taken into account. My N2 cost me £500 GBP 20 years ago. If you like the N2 then get it, I would certainly recommend them.

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2011 N4 Korina 2.0, 1992 Alder N2, EA20SNB, Idol WIDLXSPLTD, 2007 N61,  Ibanez RG230, Ibanez Artcore AWD72ATF, Ovation Celebrity, Cort Bass, Vantage Acoustic Bass.

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Re: Buying N2 Made In China. What is wrong with them?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014, 09:46:31 AM »
Thanks, Dan.

I was trying to gage the prices online, but most of them are not the Chinese models (judging from the centered dot inlays).  I don't want to overpay either for a "cheap" guitar.

As for the Serial Number  05015706    Am I calculating correctly in saying that it was manufactured in January 2005?

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Re: Buying N2 Made In China. What is wrong with them?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 05:19:07 PM »
 You are correct as far as the date of manufacture goes, and that the Chinese N2's have the dot markers on the side of the fretboard rather than in the centre. Look around at the prices on e-bay and such to see what is the going price for an N2 of the condition that is available and if it's in a shop make them an offer....


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Re: Buying N2 Made In China. What is wrong with them?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2014, 05:24:08 PM »
 The Floyd Rose will be a Washburn licensed model, but I have had no problem with mine in 20 odd years. A lot of the people that post bad things about the Chinese guitars are just used to higher end models!
2011 N4 Korina 2.0, 1992 Alder N2, EA20SNB, Idol WIDLXSPLTD, 2007 N61,  Ibanez RG230, Ibanez Artcore AWD72ATF, Ovation Celebrity, Cort Bass, Vantage Acoustic Bass.