So I received my yearly bonus last month and finally felt it was time to upgrade my guitar. And that started a chain of bad experiences which continue to this date. I don't know where I can share my experience with all fellow guitar players so I am just writing here. I had shortlisted two guitar for myself ESP LTD EC-1000 and Schecter C-1 Hellraiser. So I started looking where I could find one of these.....
1) bajaao.com : They said guitar ec-1000 was in stock and took my money (~50k). Later told me that the guitar was not in stock and will be ordered from US. It might be expected by the end of month (only expected, you are not even sure after you have taken my money). Asked for a refund which took another week and like a thousand phone calls. Finally money back.
2) Schecter ordeal : Called up authorized dealers of Schecter in India Onstage.in. They replied to contact Furtados as they are their distributors in Pune. Reply from Furtados "We don't deal in Schecters". Contacted local guitar shop Aawaaz in Pune, they asked for 25k deposit for the guitar. Why the hell would I give 25k deposit to a retard shopkeeper who doesn't know a thing about guitars (He does not know the difference b/w active and passive pups, set neck and neck thru, Locking and non-locking tuners).
3) Furtados for LTD EC-1000 : "Sir, we have already ordered the guitar from US" Me: "When will it come?" Furtados "We don't know". Few days later I received a call back that the guitar has arrived.
Me "What's the cost?"
Me "Which guitar are you talking about?"
Furtados "EC 100QM" WTF ... how can they compare 100 to 1000 seriously ..
Me "Do you have any guitar with active EMG in your stock"
Furtados "Grassroot G-HR3-68, it has just come in stock" (for the sake of your knowledge, it does not have EMGs)
Me "Let me know when the 1000 one come"
I have had this conversation with these guys at least 10 times and they still don't get it. Confusing 100 to 1000. Quoting exorbitant prices. Each and every one their staff don't know s*** about guitars even though they are largest suppliers of guitars in India. ......god save this country .....
4) Sattva music store: At least these people are credible and knowledgeable, after 3 days of inquiring about the Schecter they found out that the dealer does not have a single piece of the C-1 Hellraiser ... only Damien and Omen cheapos ...
Finally I have reached the conclusion (after 1 painful month), that India is not a place where music and arts can be promoted ... you ask for engg. coaching (thousands), CAT coaching (millions) .... you can buy the latest and greatest computers at pretty much the same price as anywhere in the world ... you know why ? because I think what firangis talk about us is right ... we are just a great country of coders and call centers ....
(Ok I might be exaggerating .. but you get the idea .... right?)