OK, so I'll try to make this brief. I was this close to trading a Jackson PC1 for a McCarty. Beautiful guitar. But I backed out. Here's the story..He said the guitar had fallen off the guitar stand at church and took a small shot to the back of the headstock. Said it was a small chip the size of a fingernail. He took it to a local luthier and had it repaired. Ok, I can live with a little cosmetic damage for a beautiful McCarty. So we agreed to meet and do the trade. We both had to drive about 90 minutes to meet so we arranged a time and a place. Well, I had a few days to think it over and kinda got a bit nervous about the "chip". One thing that keep rattling around in my brain was that he said the guitar is "stronger than before". How can a small repaired chip make anything stronger? I started thinking about the Les Pauls that had broken headstocks and how when they repaired them they are "stronger than before". I certainly didn't want to drive 90 minutes and find out it was something more once I started to inspect it. And I certainly didn't want him to drive that far and tell him no thanks. So I opened up a new line of text questions to him. I asked if it the headstock was broken off. He said "no", and then the answer I got that scared me - "it was just a small hairline crack along the back of the headstock right below the tuning keys". That's what got me. To me the word crack is another word for break. Right?
BTW, here's what it says now on his craigslist ad...." It does have a small headstock repair that was done professionally by one of the best luthiers here in XXXXXX. Its totally unnoticeable from the front and the repair makes it stronger than it ever was"
I do want to say I don't think they guy was misleading me or attempting to deceive me. He seemed like a very cool guy and I had no doubt that he was honest with me. I was just concerned he was downplaying it a bit. Of course that could also mean I was a bit paranoid too!
What do you guys think? Smooth move or did I blow the chance to have a beautiful guitar over something silly?