Acquiring Used Clean Guitars Are The Way To Go

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  1. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    IMO, obtaining used clean guitars are the way to go.

    You get what you want at hopefully an easier price point.

    The mojo of the previous owner(s) is a + and the guitars will most likely have gone through their "adjustments" and "break in" paces.

    Some of my "used" guitars:

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  2. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    The peaches:

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  3. chilipeppermaniac

    chilipeppermaniac Active Member

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    ALL I CAN SAY IS DAYUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM AXE!!!!!
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Do you have your gear catalogued, photographed, serial numbers, etc.? Insured? I know you have 3 rooms full, do you know how many of each style, Strats, LPs, Teles, etc. you have? I'm curious how many duplicates you have and why, like if you have 40 Strats for instance I wanna know whats different about them all and why you need 40. I'm trying to justify your excess....

    I still think you should open your own online guitar shop, lord knows you got the inventory! :yesway:
     
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    SkyMonkey Well-Known Member

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    I agree. My two latest guitars are both very different 2nd hand Charvels.
    The tough bit is when you have an older (discontinued) guitar in mind that you would like to try or buy.
    You think waiting for a bus is a pain!
     
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    BanditPanda Well-Known Member

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    It's really a matter of personal taste.
    Some people wouldn't think of getting a second hand guitar.
    Just not in their nature to do so.
    Some people like yourself can go second or third hand for a life time and not give it a second thought.
    Just human nature I guess.
    BP
     
  7. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I have all my guitars tagged and grouped in certain areas.

    I do have multiples of the same models.

    I still have 9 Tele style guitars; 9 Fender Start style guitars; 12 Core PRS guitars; 7 Gibson Les Pauls; 3 SG's; 5 335's; 6 Rickenbackers; 3 Neptune Kramers; 4 Gretsches; 2 Dobros; 2 Ibanezes; 4 James Trussarts; 3 Danelectros; 3 Supros and a whole lot of other boutique guitars.

    There's no justifying this:rolleyes:
     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.:dude:
     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I check the Guitar Center "used list" dailly, as well as, the local CL; Reverb; E bay listings.

    It's sick.

    I'm of the mindset of lessening the load but also bringing in equity with having not as much stuff.

    I'm not afraid to part with 2 or 3 for 1 but I "want" to have an equitable return.

    So my mid 90's Gibson Firebird V; Chandler Lectraslide; Ovation Custom Legend; Dobro Metal Body Resonator; Godin Qult Top Synth Guitar; mid 90's Parker Fly Classic & Ampeg AMG 100 are not going for that Eastwood Map guitar.:facepalm:
     
  10. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I look at it this way.............

    The guitar is most likely gone through it's changes;

    Mojo:jam:;

    Better price.

    IMO, it's better this way.
     
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    AlvisX Well-Known Member

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    In 42 years or guitarin' , I've purchased three NEW guitars
    My dad bought me two back in my teens ,and I got two endorsement guitars

    Everything else around here either has a "story" or is a partscaster...
     
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    Wooferhead1 Well-Known Member

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    Ax yes their is justifying, if you weren't where would these lovely ladies be ? at GC or Reverb... we all know if we had the money (and a warehouse) we'd be collecting as well. what's your oldest 335 ? that last one you pictured looked sweet.
     
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    I've bought new, player-grade used and mint new. Doesn't really matter to me though there can be great deals on used.
    One thing about buying new- you get to put your own mojo into the guitar.
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    My oldest 335 is the one I recently acquired.

    The '68 is not as clean as my 1969 ES 335.

    The '68 is a player.

    The tuners were changed to Grover Tulip and, I suspect, something is going on with the neck.

    It's not similar to my '69.

    The '68 has something of a baseball neck.......not quite as thick but more hefty than my '69.

    I can't see any headstock break repair but it may have been re-necked in the early 80's.

    There's a serial # on the back of the headstock and the # matches the orange label in the body.

    There's a slight bump (like a knuckle) were a volute would be.

    I had a 1980 Les Paul Std with the same bump and it appears to be like that.

    I'd like to call Gibson and find out if there was any factory neck work done......but, if it was done, Gibson is very ignorant of their past history let alone a repair done decades ago and may not have any records of this.

    The Gibson people are lost farts in a blizzard.

    They're very unhelpful.

    The '68 has battle scars that I can live with.

    I used the '68 on a gig this past weelend and it performed.

    The '69 is just about mint.

    I babied that guitar and it was my only gigging guitar for a number of years in the early 70's.

    It wasn't until 1975 that my wife bought me a Fender Stratocaster for my birthday.:wub:

    I still have that '74.


    74 White Strat.jpg

    I did also have a Guild solid body with a built in stand too.

    I had Carl from Norm's Guitars (Brooklyn) do extensive mods on that Guild.

    I used that Guild sparingly.

    I did have a late 60's/early 70's Ampeg Plexi Glass Dan Armstrong that I traded for the Guild.

    I had that Dan Armstrong for a very short time.

    I recall having the Guild on it's stand and my singer accidentaly knocking over his tympali on it.

    The face of the Guild was heavily scared............time for mods.:agreed:

    In those years, relic'ing was not a thing then and that Guild face was really dinged and gouged.

    I was around 19 or 20 years old and I couldn't be seen with a guitar that looked like a car wreck.

    I had scrupples.

    Why should I have all these guitars?

    Yeah, why?

    BTW, that Guild is long gone.

    Here's my '68 ES 335 that I recently acquired:

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    1969 Gibson ES 335:

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    Better way for you. As I said many would not buy a second / third hand guitar.
    Mojo = nonsense.
    Better price = sure second / third hand goods are always cheaper.
    Carry on , axe , with your obsession lol !
    BP
     
  16. JeffMcLeod

    JeffMcLeod Well-Known Member

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    Double double-necks. :D
     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/obsession

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    The hell you say ....????

    Some people feel the mojo .......some don't
     
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    BanditPanda Well-Known Member

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    No. Some people believe in mojo some people don't. It's a cultural thing Alvis. :h5:
    BP
     
  20. Wooferhead1

    Wooferhead1 Well-Known Member

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    Ax love that 335s aged bindings, you are a definite curator of fine art. Some of your collection must be quite rare. Thanks for sharing, love the eye candy. Do you have any particular guitar you're looking for, something perhaps rare or unique?
     

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