TERMS & CONDITIONS
INCLUDING "CITES" & INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
General Terms: The Painted Player Guitar Co. is in no way associated or affiliated with the original guitar manufacturers, endorsers or musical and / or visual artists who played, owned or originally finished these (if any) instruments and as such, instruments purchased from The Painted Player Guitar Co. are not and should not be considered official merchandise.
The Painted Player Guitar Co.® is a Registered Trademark and the instrument names, images and descriptions used within this website are protected by copyright. The artistic and hand-crafted work available from The Painted Player Guitar Co. is based on the original concepts of our Artists and Luthiers and while some are based on original works, significant changes in detail are made to each and every instrument to make it unique.
Returns & Refunds: We operate a strict no returns / refunds policy because guitars are produced 'to order', however, we will always endeavour to assist you should you encounter any problem with any of our instruments and we include a 30-day warranty for manufacturing faults. If damage or a technical fault is suspected with any instrument upon receipt, in such circumstances the guitar must be returned to us for authorised inspection to validate the damage or fault and once validated, this will be corrected for you free of charge and the guitar returned and your original return postage cost refunded. Buyer will be responsible for postage both ways if claims are invalid.
Please Note: taking any of our instruments to another guitar shop, Luthier, specialist, technician etc. or attempting to investigate or make repairs yourself prior to sending the guitar back to us will void our free repair / maintenance service and we will not be able to assist you further with regards to your claims. We have put in place various minute features on all of our guitars which, if disturbed, will alert us to any tampering before return.
We will always attempt to repair or rectify an issue rather than offer you a refund, again, due to the fact guitars are produced specifically to order - in more extreme circumstances we will offer you a replacement instrument produced to the same specifications as your original purchase and in such circumstances, the original instrument must be returned to us.
If a guitar return is agreed and processed, said guitar must be returned in the original packaging (including all certificates, paperwork and equipment in the original condition as sent / received) within 7 working days of that agreement and the guitar itself must be returned in the original condition - again, as it was sent and received. Instruments are then fully inspected and assessed on return by our team and if any damage or other issues are discovered other than those that were reported or discussed at the time of receipt then we cannot accept your return and the guitar will be processed for immediate shipping back to you. If this situation arises, we may, at our discretion, offer you the option to accept a partial refund in acknowledgement of the guitar not being returned in the condition required, in these circumstances an assessment will be made of the damage / issues present upon return and their impact upon the retail value of said guitar and this amount will be deducted from your full refund - partial refund offers are non-negotiable and final.
While we guarantee the quality of artwork and finish of our Artistic Series guitars, we are not responsible for the quality of the original base guitars used to produce any of our Tributes. All Artistic Series guitars are given a clear lacquer finish to protect completed artwork but we do not guarantee this against vigorous use or mistreatment.
Care on arrival: While every guitar that we produce is run through a rigorous quality control check before being shipped, it is common for the specialised clear lacquer coats, which are applied to seal-in all custom artwork / hand painted guitars, to remain ‘soft’ and / or hardening-off for up to and including 8 weeks after you receive your instrument. We recommend that special care and attention be paid to these beautiful instruments during that period and that the safest place to store them (while not being played) is a suitable Hardcase and out of direct sunlight. Some guitar stands or neck support stands can also enhance the potential risk of issues developing with your clear lacquer finish and / or artwork during this period if the guitar is left on them for a considerable amount of time, especially with varying temperatures etc. so please be aware of this when enjoying your new guitar.
If you require any assistance regarding your guitar’s finish or artwork then feel free to contact us – we also offer a ‘touching in’ and refinish service for guitars damaged on the road or vigorously used and in need of a little TLC.
Your instrument has been constructed using the finest materials and has been hand adjusted to the closest tolerances and set-up for the best possible playing action (known as stock). On arrival you will find that the strings have been slackened fully as a precaution to relieve unnecessary tension on the neck while in transit, meaning the guitar will require tuning and bedding-in as standard. If however, you find that the action is uncomfortably high or low after initial tuning – do not be alarmed, since climatic conditions in your local area may differ greatly from those under which the aforementioned set-up and adjustments were made, it may be necessary to make minor adjustments to the truss rod or to bridge height settings, which will return the instrument to the optimum playing condition. Unless previously discussed, your guitar will likely need a personalised set-up to your own individual requirements - if you prefer, for example, a very low action or a high action for ‘slide’ guitar techniques etc. Please note: you should only undertake any of the required adjustments to your new guitar if you feel that you are competent enough to carry them out safely – many of the adjustments in question, if carried out incorrectly, can permanently damage the instrument’s playability or response. If you are unsure then please consult your local guitar technician for further advice.
International buyers are responsible for any and all shipping and import / customs surcharges incurred and applicable with their purchase, we are required by law to declare the value of each instrument shipped so please do not ask us to quote differently - responsibility for being aware of these charges rests with the buyer so if you have any concerns at all then please contact us for more information.
Every single instrument we produce is crafted / painted by hand and thusly every single one is unique, the images supplied within this website should be taken as ‘examples of the finished work’ and not an image of the exact instrument you will receive. We reserve the right to alter the equipment and / or hardware of any model at any time subject to suppliers and availability.
Cancellation Policy: As soon as your payment is received and your order has been confirmed, our team get working immediately - ordering in parts, materials and components the same day, to begin the production process for you as soon as possible or to begin quality control, service and set-up procedures for 'in stock' items. Cancellations requested within the first 5 working days after your order is confirmed will be subject to a 25% 'cancellation & restocking fee'. If for any reason you decide to cancel your order after the 5 working day period outlined, or after you have been notified that the guitar in question has been put into production (whichever is sooner) you will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee effective immediately from that period on. Base guitars are 'fundamentally altered' from their original specification (as is equipment being used, especially for relic builds) once put into production, meaning we cannot return them to our suppliers and reclaim monies spent to stock them for your project, as such, please only complete your purchase if you fully intend to proceed. Our cancellation policy covers all purchases made with us, including CUSTOM ORDERS and IN-STOCK purchases alike, any refund issued as part of an agreed cancellation will be made 'minus' the aforementioned cancellation fee percentage.
Retro-Active Cancellation: If, when you receive your guitar, you are in any way unhappy with your purchase for any reason 'other' than technical or manufacturing issues - discussed above, we will, of course, work with you to find a resolution, however 'personal interpretation of artistic works' or production methods and 'buyer change of mind' are not accepted reasons for return & refund (in effect, a 'retro-active cancellation of your order'). If we agree to accept a return on the basis of buyer change of mind it will be subject to the same 50% cancellation fee as discussed above without exception - which is why we will always work with you to resolve any issues and only look at returns as a last resort. Buyer is responsible for any and all return shipping costs.
Payment Plans: are operated on a goodwill basis with customers and feature no 'interest'. Said plans are entered into with the strict understanding that the pre-agreed and authorised "Non-Refundable Deposit Payment" made to secure and authorise production of your guitar is not recoverable under any circumstances and you enter into a binding contract of purchase when completing said payment via your chosen payment method. Should the customer fail to complete any remaining 'installment payments' and / or due balance requirements, the customer may be given a 3-day grace period at the descretion of TPP if contact has not been made to advise us ahead of time, after which a nominal 10% late-fee surcharge will be applicable to any overdue payments. If due payments are left unpaid for a period of 7 calender days, the order will be subject to immediate cancellation and no monies will be recoverable. Contact us to find out more.
CITES: As of 2nd January 2017, the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) has placed all forms of Rosewood on the protected species list, as a result, this has some effects on the sale and export of guitars fetauring Rosewood fingerboards or bridges etc. and sadly, the guitar industry has been given less than 3 months to try and prepare for the new changes - so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this year while the regulations are finally straightened out.
The initial effects of this will not effect our customers within the UK and EU, however, customers outside the EU such as the USA, Canada, Australia and the Far East will be effected. Overall, what does this mean for you as the customer? To help combat the costs to our customers, we will be working exclusively with "Pre-Convention" guitars (that is, guitars made before 2nd January 2017) for future productions unless specifically requested by the customer to work with any guitar made after January 2nd 2017 as these instruments would be subject to probitively expensive export costs. We have a huge catalogue of guitars from 2015 / 16 as well as access to large numbers of NOS guitars catergorised as "Pre-Convention" as well, so do not be concerned.
For all "Pre-Convention" guitars being shipped outside the EU there will now be an additional surcharge on your purchase of £65.00 GBP covering the costs to apply for a permit to re-export your guitar once it has been completed - at present we have no real idea how long this application process will take and how quickly the Government bodies in charge will act upon and return approved permits to us but luckily, as we quote a standard 8-10 week production estimate for all our guitars, we will submit the application within the first 2 weeks and this should give the permit the best chance (2 months) to arrive with us in time for shipping or, at the very least, reduce the waiting time for the permit after your guitar has been completed.
The key thing, it seems, is not to be concerned at this stage as the conversation between the CITES group, governments and leading guitar industry leaders is on-going, so we are hopeful that restrictions on guitars containing minimal amounts of of "Pre-Convention" Rosewood will be reduced and allow business to resume more normally in the future.
Obviously this does not effect guitars that contain no Rosewood parts and no surcharges will be applicable on said guitars and we are keeping prices as cost-effective as possible for our customers.
When contacting us to discuss placing your order we will notify you of these details and the applicable surcharge (if any) but you can look up this information in further detail online by searching "CITES 2017 Rosewood".
When you make a purchase with us either directly or via our eBay, Reverb or Backline stores you automatically agree to the above terms and conditions, so please make yourself aware of these before committing to purchase.
We thank you for your kind attention and continued support to bring these beautiful instruments to life, without you, the players, we are indeed, nothing.