Though I would share this... Last week I saw a low spec Gibson Les Paul on an auction website (like ebay, but not ebay) for a good / low price. Seller had good ratings, but the description was missing some info, so I contacted the seller through the auction site, asking the usual questions: - What is the condition of the guitar? - Is there any damage (dings, scratches etc)? - Do the pickups work - How many owners? - Is the neck straight? Answers came back a few days later: - It is in used but good condition. - There is no major damage, only a few small scratches. - Only 1 owner - Yes, neck is in perfect condition However, the lack of prompt response and his other items on auction (4 others acoustic guitars plus a ton of "retro" furniture and general household items) made me sceptical. So rather than buy it sight-unseen, I decided to invest the two hours to drive to see it. The guitar was: - Dinged to hell and back - Had a lot of scratches in odd places. - The top edge / on the top curve was a long line / scratch that looked like the body was splitting in town (but this isn't possible, there is no maple top on this model and it's from 2011, so unless Gibson started making pancake guitars again......) - It had been played, a lot. And looked as if it had not been cleaned, ever. - And worst of all, the neck was twisted something fierce. Needless to say, I walked away. Be careful out there when buying a guitar. If you can, go to see it before buying it, or ask for extremely detailed photos of the entire guitar before purchasing it and get the owner to agree that you can return it if it is not as described.