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Why buy your next guitar from Sweetwater?

When you buy a guitar from Sweetwater, you can rest assured that we'll make certain you have the best experience possible. From our online Guitar Gallery to our 55-point Evaluation, everything we do is focused on delivering a guitar that's better than factory-fresh, right to your door. Watch the video below and you'll agree with hundreds of thousands of guitarists who have found out: Sweetwater sets the standard for online guitar buying!

  • See Each Instrument in Detail

    Sweetwater's online Guitar Gallery lets you check out our world-class inventory of guitars in up-close, multi-photo detail. Get a good, long look at your dream guitar without leaving your chair! Learn More »

  • Low Prices, Best Selection

    When you buy from Sweetwater, you're getting the best value you can get anywhere! We've partnered with over 30 guitar manufacturers to be able to offer more guitars at fantastic prices!

  • Factory Fresh

    Your Sweetwater guitar hasn't been hanging in a store, suffering the abuses of dozens of would-be players. After our experts inspect and photograph each guitar it's safely stored in our climate-controlled warehouse.

  • Exclusive FREE 2-Year Warranty

    Your purchase is protected by Total Confidence Coverage, our exclusive FREE 2-year Warranty, which comes "in the box" with nearly every product we offer! Learn More »

  • 55-point Guitar Evaluation

    Before your guitar leaves Sweetwater, it undergoes an extensive 55-point inspection by our experts. We make sure it's safe, sound, and ready to play right out of the box.

  • Free Shipping

    No minimum purchase, every guitar we stock qualifies. Sweetwater offers the best FREE shipping deal on the planet! Learn More »

  • Advice from Someone Who Knows

    Get professional advice from a Sweetwater Sales Engineer who knows guitars and understands your needs. We'll help you find the instrument that's just right for you.

  • Unmatched Service and Support

    Everything you buy at Sweetwater is backed up by the best service and support team in the business. From our in-house Service Department to our FREE online support network, we've got you covered.

Most guitars and basses over $299 go through our extensive 55-Point Evaluation before they're added to our stock. Just a few examples of the items we check:


  • Stretch strings to ensure tuning stability
  • Play open strings and check for buzz
  • Check string action height and adjust as needed
  • Check intonation with strobe tuner and adjust as needed
  • Play all notes on the fretboard and check for buzz
  • Play a range of bends to check for stable tuning
  • Play variety of chords and styles


  • Check for smooth and noiseless operation of pots and switches
  • Test all applicable electronic functions
  • Test any specialized switching


  • Check for smooth and noiseless operation of vibrato
  • Check tightness of output jack nut
  • Check strap buttons
  • Check tuning machines for proper operation and tension
  • Perform shake and vibration test

Fit & Finish

  • Check headstock
  • Check tuning machines
  • Check neck
  • Check fingerboard, including inlays
  • Check neck joint
  • Check body back and sides, including any back plates
  • Check body front, including pickguard

Final Prep

  • Perform final tuning
  • Polish all surfaces

Case/Gig Bag/Box Contents

  • Check to make sure all applicable items are included
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