Msg, that may have been me. I recently bought a Blackout rod and the guide epoxy jobs were cracked on several rods a guide actually fell out. I went to AutoZone and bought some 2 part epoxy and when I was done, hour later, the guides were much better than factory. I checked at Gander and all of the rods they had, about 4-5, all guides loose, cracked guide epoxy.
No. 8 offered to replaced the rod free but I felt like I had improved the rod and would be giving up a better rod than getting back.
Honestly, for $80, I would consider stepping up $20 more and getting a Bucoo, Veritas, Duckett, Carbonlite or AllStar.