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Thread #139992   Message #3215836
Posted By: Backwoodsman
31-Aug-11 - 08:37 AM
Thread Name: Buying a new Martin guitar
Subject: RE: Buying a new Martin guitar
"I'm pretty sure, Backwoodsman, that even if you buy a Martin from a US Martin dealer, if you the buyer are outside the USA you don't get that warranty"

And I'm pretty sure you're Wrong Again, Moriarty! I asked the question when I was looking to buy from the US for the first time. Their warranty only requires that the instrument is purchased in the USA, and that you are the first owner. No restrictions on residence. And of course if you buy from a UK dealer you don't get any warranty from CFM & Co. at all, just the standard 1-year dealer's guarantee which is required of the dealer under UK law. The main drawback with the CFM warranty is the cost of shipping a guitar back to them if you need to get some warranty work done (although Dave King's an official Martin Service guy now, so no doubt such work could be undertaken here by him? But it's a long drive down to Sussex, Hampshire or wherever).

But even if the Warranty issue didn't arise, the savings in cost alone make a deal with a reputable US dealer very attractive.