Coda Music experiences? (Acoustic)

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JT96JT96 Frets: 37
Hi all, 

Hope everyone’s good! I just thought I’d ask here for peoples opinions and experiences purchasing from Coda Music. 

I’m looking at purchasing an acoustic guitar from them at some point in the next few weeks, but Peach is also competitive on the price (albeit not currently in stock).

I know Coda is a smaller shop, and understandably so doesn’t have as big of an online presence and the website doesn’t feel as ‘refined’.  The type of money I’m wanting to spend is a lot for myself (D-18), and with that said I am unable to travel down and wanted to hear peoples experiences with them and with purchasing online especially, if with acoustics even better. 

With this said I am impressed with their selection, but as you can imagine not being able to travel down, purchasing online and not having the most refined website (although this is moot obviously depending on peoples answers!), as you can understand I’d like to hear more from people if possible. 

Thanks again guys and take care. 
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 25492
    Paging @DougCoda ....

    Donald Trump has spoken movingly about 7-Eleven. It reminded him, he said, of the way Americans came together in 1941 after Pearl Necklace.

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  • BrizeBrize Frets: 3985
    The guys at Coda are the best in the business, in my view, and I'm not just saying that because I'm currently trying to get a deal out of @DougCoda!

    Seriously, buy with confidence - if you don't like the guitar they'll arrange a return with no hassle.
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 3960
    edited May 3
    Coda is great. Bought loads from them. Buy with confidence!
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  • JT96JT96 Frets: 37
    Thanks guys, appreciate the prompt responses! Just to add, I would be looking at financing part of the purchase and also I hope that nobody takes offence in regards to my comment regarding the website, it was not meant with any malicious intent! 
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 5107
    Utterly wonderful. 
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • BrizeBrize Frets: 3985
    edited May 3
    JT96 said:
    Thanks guys, appreciate the prompt responses! Just to add, I would be looking at financing part of the purchase and also I hope that nobody takes offence in regards to my comment regarding the website, it was not meant with any malicious intent! 
    The website is a bit old-hat, but it's a case of substance over style.
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  • monkey42monkey42 Frets: 275
    Brize said:
    The guys at Coda are the best in the business, in my view, and I'm not just saying that because I'm currently trying to get a deal out of @DougCoda!

    Seriously, buy with confidence - if you don't like the guitar they'll arrange a return with no hassle.
    This 100%. In my opinion the best there is and you will get a very honest shopping experience. Doug and the gang are the best around
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  • fretfinderfretfinder Frets: 3395
    edited May 3
    I’ve bought several guitars and amps from Coda over the years and they’ve been excellent every time. I’ve only ever returned one guitar, which they arranged to be collected promptly and then they refunded me the next day only about an hour after receiving it back. 

    I’m expecting another amp from them this Wednesday too, can’t wait!

    Edit: my purchases were all made online and Coda  were happy to take extra photos of a guitar in daylight outside the shop when I asked!
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  • JT96JT96 Frets: 37
    monkey42 said:
    Brize said:
    The guys at Coda are the best in the business, in my view, and I'm not just saying that because I'm currently trying to get a deal out of @DougCoda!

    Seriously, buy with confidence - if you don't like the guitar they'll arrange a return with no hassle.
    This 100%. In my opinion the best there is and you will get a very honest shopping experience. Doug and the gang are the best around
    I will say it’s quite impressive that quite a few people are so quick to say something so positive, it’s usually the opposite when you get quick responses! Is very reassuring knowing this, just to clarify are these purchases what you’ve made online, in person etc? Are they open to taking pictures of existing stock etc, as this is something I do find quite appealing in peach.
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  • DB1DB1 Frets: 3260
    I've bought a few in the past year - Fanos, Gibsons, Fender CS and Tone King principally and they've been first class. Specifically re: acoustics, I've bought just one - a '50's series LG2. It was set up very nicely, although I had it set up again to cater for my needs for a ridiculously low action - it's the best acoustic that I've ever had.

    Nothing but praise for Coda.
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  • TINMAN82TINMAN82 Frets: 1260
    I’ve bought a Fender CS strat and a Gibson from them online. Also bought and returned an amp. Excellent service all around. 
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 19233
    Excellent shop, although I don't think I'd ever buy an acoustic without playing it first. I've taken the odd punt with electrics but never with acoustics.
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  • BrizeBrize Frets: 3985
    JT96 said:
    monkey42 said:
    Brize said:
    The guys at Coda are the best in the business, in my view, and I'm not just saying that because I'm currently trying to get a deal out of @DougCoda!

    Seriously, buy with confidence - if you don't like the guitar they'll arrange a return with no hassle.
    This 100%. In my opinion the best there is and you will get a very honest shopping experience. Doug and the gang are the best around
    I will say it’s quite impressive that quite a few people are so quick to say something so positive, it’s usually the opposite when you get quick responses! Is very reassuring knowing this, just to clarify are these purchases what you’ve made online, in person etc? Are they open to taking pictures of existing stock etc, as this is something I do find quite appealing in peach.
    I've bought online, in store, over the phone, kept stuff, returned stuff, and never had even a sniff of a disappointing experience.

    In fact, I went through a really bad run where I returned something like three guitars in a row (I just didn't take to them) and I feared that the guys at Coda would get a bit miffed, but they didn't bat an eyelid.
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  • BrizeBrize Frets: 3985

    DB1 said:
    I've bought a few in the past year - Fanos, Gibsons, Fender CS and Tone King principally and they've been first class. Specifically re: acoustics, I've bought just one - a '50's series LG2. It was set up very nicely, although I had it set up again to cater for my needs for a ridiculously low action - it's the best acoustic that I've ever had.

    Nothing but praise for Coda.
    They probably wouldn't still be in business if not for you, Dave ;)
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  • DB1DB1 Frets: 3260
    Brize said:

    DB1 said:
    I've bought a few in the past year - Fanos, Gibsons, Fender CS and Tone King principally and they've been first class. Specifically re: acoustics, I've bought just one - a '50's series LG2. It was set up very nicely, although I had it set up again to cater for my needs for a ridiculously low action - it's the best acoustic that I've ever had.

    Nothing but praise for Coda.
    They probably wouldn't still be in business if not for you, Dave ;)

    =)  I think they might have just got by! I hadn't bought from Coda before the lockdown, preferring to try in person, but I seem to have cottoned on to this buying online thing now. :o
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  • BrizeBrize Frets: 3985
    DB1 said:
    Brize said:

    DB1 said:
    I've bought a few in the past year - Fanos, Gibsons, Fender CS and Tone King principally and they've been first class. Specifically re: acoustics, I've bought just one - a '50's series LG2. It was set up very nicely, although I had it set up again to cater for my needs for a ridiculously low action - it's the best acoustic that I've ever had.

    Nothing but praise for Coda.
    They probably wouldn't still be in business if not for you, Dave ;)

    =)  I think they might have just got by! I hadn't bought from Coda before the lockdown, preferring to try in person, but I seem to have cottoned on to this buying online thing now. :o
    Next you'll be getting an Amstrad Emailer!
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  • DB1DB1 Frets: 3260
    Brize said:
    DB1 said:
    Brize said:

    DB1 said:
    I've bought a few in the past year - Fanos, Gibsons, Fender CS and Tone King principally and they've been first class. Specifically re: acoustics, I've bought just one - a '50's series LG2. It was set up very nicely, although I had it set up again to cater for my needs for a ridiculously low action - it's the best acoustic that I've ever had.

    Nothing but praise for Coda.
    They probably wouldn't still be in business if not for you, Dave ;)

    =)  I think they might have just got by! I hadn't bought from Coda before the lockdown, preferring to try in person, but I seem to have cottoned on to this buying online thing now. :o
    Next you'll be getting an Amstrad Emailer!

    Ooh how lovely!  That will go well with my word processor.  :)
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 3505
    I bought a Martin from Coda and @DougCoda looked after me a treat...... :)
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  • pmgpmg Frets: 281
    Buy with confidence.  One of the best guitar shops in the uk
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  • pedalopedalo Frets: 28
    I bought a Fender Strat off them about 8 years ago and it was a wonderful experience 
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  • greejngreejn Frets: 49
    Very good shop, and impressive customer service.
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 2557
    Great shop. Lovely guys

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • djldjl Frets: 7
    Agree coda are great nothing but positive experiences 
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  • bacchanalianbacchanalian Frets: 524
    Living in NI I usually always have to buy online and have dealt with Peach, Andertons, Project Music, Musicstreet, Mark @guitars4you , CODA and probably others I have forgotten.

    @DougCoda and @guitars4you ; were the best by quite a margin.
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 6878
    Superb. Full stop. Best dealer there is.
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  • skullfunkerryskullfunkerry Frets: 2128
    I bought a pedal from them and it was showing as in stock but they couldn't find it. Delivery was a little while, but they kept me informed & threw in a couple of sets of strings to thank me for waiting. They were the cheapest for that particular pedal too: all in all the service was excellent, I'd definitely use them again
    Too much gain... is just about enough \m/

    I'm probably only member of this forum mentioned by name in Whiskey in the Jar

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  • pjfpjf Frets: 223
    I’ve dealt with John and Kelvin before, great guys, great players, they know their stuff if you have any questions but there’s never any hard selling. Brilliant guitar shopping experience :)
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 9612
    Wonderful shop.
    I bought my two most expensive guitars there and neither were pressured sales. I got to try every guitar I wanted and made my own mind up.
    Good prices and fair p/ex too.


    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • MikeCMikeC Frets: 146
    I’ve bought a few amps from them over the years. Super helpful and just leave you on peace to try things out. Highly recommend 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 16455
    edited May 4
    I've had a bunch of stuff from them, including an amp shipped internationally. Always impeccable comms and great guys to boot. 

    They'll be my first port of call once I'm allowed back in the UK and go on the hunt for an acoustic 
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