Well, it's about a year ago that I bought a new Avalon (L25C, California Redwood top) sight unseen. With my international job, it's taken me 11 months to actually get to see it in the flesh, smell it and play it, over Xmas. The guitar is gorgeous, responsive and I love the sound. The build quality is right up there, although I thought the internals could have been a tiny bit tidier.
It's also easy to play, although this is the first guitar I have with such a spacing at the bridge (anybody know the nut and bridge spacing? Avalon: you should publish the specs on the website!), which took me half an hour to get used to.
So, what's the problem? Well, my brother has played it a couple of times and he left it on the stand. The first time I saw it, this scratch on the top was the first thing I saw:
I suspect it was my brother's cat knocking something onto it, as my brother swore he had no knowledge of the scratch.
My question, if any at Avalon is reading this: does this scratch look polishable? It's maybe half a millimetre deep.
So, apart from this little hiccup, my experience with this guitar has been faultless and I can't wait to play it again (in April...
Note to the wise: don't leave your guitar on a stand! Something worse than a scratch might happen...