Warranty covers craftsmanship for the instrument while it’s owned by the original owner. Forever. Pretty cool eh?
The warranty covers things that I’m responsible for. This decision will be made by me. I love my work and want it to be a representation of that. If I attach a neck upside-down (don’t worry, just an example), that’s on me. If you break your truss rod because you don’t know what you’re doing, that is not covered. Don’t touch it.
Warranty is only extended to the original owner. That is because as guitars change hands, it gets further away from the relationship I have with the original owner. I like to think of them and I as friends by the end. After customers receive their guitars they send my bottle openers, beer, pictures, cards with money for drinks… it’s great. As it gets farther away from that, it’s hard (impossible) for me to determine what is warranty and what is not.
So if you purchase a used instrument, it’s up to you to do your due diligence, and the owner to describe it accurately. My guitars have not always been at the current price, in fact when I started they were around $1000. If guitars are being sold for the current price, keep in mind the original owner bought it for (perhaps much) less. The benefit is you can jump ahead in line. That may be worth a lot to you. Cool. Keep in mind, I’ve changed my prices to reflect my experience learned by the number of guitars I’ve made. The price the guitars are at now is the price I believe them to be worth, this is important—-when I get to that point in the wait list. —–There can be many guitars between now and then. So if you are buying at guitar at $1600-$1800 now, there may be a chance what you are buying is a $1200 or $1400 guitar, with no warranty.