Best for resale in your opinion - Friedman head or combo?

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  1. rick16v

    rick16v Well-Known Member

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    Hi all. If I buy a 20 watt Friedman JJ Jr but decide to sell it on later, which would be easier to resell, head or combo?

    I'd prefer a combo, but I wonder if heads are more popular so easier to sell with less loss.

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    Used gear = big loss. I'd just buy what I like or need and not worry about it.
     
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    Buy the one that suits you best. If you're worried about future value, take the amp money and invest it in a Roth IRA instead.
     
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    Are you trying to make a profit?
     
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    rick16v Well-Known Member

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    I seem to have a condition which makes me constantly want new gear...

    I vowed I'd only ever buy used amps from now on because you lose so much reselling. But these arent going to appear on the used market for ages.

    I'm sure I'll sell it again in a year or so. Just wondering what people think is most attractive as a used amp, a combo or head?
     
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    my friend owns a very popular high end guitar shop. Sells Marshall , Vox , Fender and others new .

    I noticed he gets a boutique amps in used ....not sure he ll even take one in on trade at this point .....and they never leave . Sit and Sit and Sit . Not say n they are bad ...its just they don't sell and the prices are extremely poor compared with original prices. From watching this stuff in his store for over 30 years , if you buy this equipment new buy it because you love it , not because you think everybody else will pay anywhere what YOU paid or think its worth.
     
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    rick16v Well-Known Member

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    I fully expect to lose on the resale. I'm trying to work out which might depreciate the least. My assumption is that it will be the one that is most popular.

    I guess I should have just asked "do people prefer heads or combos" lol. :D
     
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    I personally would never buy a combo, unless I could get it for crazy cheap...

    so, there's your answer from me...
     
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    Thanks man, makes sense. I bet anyone buying expensive amps definitely has cabs already. :yesway:
     
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    I'll throw my two cents in, not that it'll help really but:
    I see a lot of used Friedman heads, and it doesn't seem like anyone is ever selling them for more than a couple hun off of the retail price, and like another poster said, they don't move. That could mean that people are will to pay retail to have the warranty maybe?
    Also, I don't see used Friedman combos as much, but they're around, usually at prices that would lead one to believe the person doesn't really want to part with it.
    I scoured reverb ebay and craigslist for over a year until i happened to find one that was remotely in my price range (ie, about what you'd pay for a plexi RI or a JCM 800)
    All that said the JJ junior is an awesome little combo, especially for the price- play the shit out of it and decide later if you want to sell it at all...
     
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    rick16v Well-Known Member

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    Thanks man cool reply. :yesway:
     
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    I would always prefer just the head, if I see it is a combo I just go right past it.

    I have my own cabs ready to go so I would just need to plug the speaker wire in.

    My 2 cents.
     
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    Hey, good luck with your search. My observation is heads are more popular than combos. Having said that, my Friedman Dirty Shirley 40 combo is insanely good. When I say good I mean can’t get that sound out of your head good. It’s a 1x12 that has incredible big ballsy tones. I bought it used in mint condition and seller ate $1100 bucks from what he paid. I’d eat a few hundred if I tried to sell it too.

    The other thing is you might surprise yourself and not want to sell it. It might be that good. I’ve had great experiences with Friedman amps.

    Bottom line, like others said.....get the amp that moves you and weigh that heavily in your decision.
     
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    rick16v Well-Known Member

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    Hey man thanks, appreciate it.:cheers:

    I'm hoping the JJ Jr is "the one". They're not available until the end of Sep.
     
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    "Jerry knows a thing or two about highly saturated gain tones"

    Man, he's a badass.
     
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    Being in the UK I'm not sure how this would work, but... If you just like swapping stuff all the time your just going to have to get back what you can. If your looking for the "right" amp and tone try this. Pick a good place over there that sells a lot of the stuff you like and have no problem with sending stuff back. Sweetwater here is like that. Now order about 5 of the best amps you really like on a credit card. You would have about a month here to try them out. Keep the one that fills all your needs and send the rest back. Yes it will cost you a couple hundred dollars in shipping but it will be a lot less than what you will loose with just the first amp, and you will have a keeper. Or at least know what you like. Good luck in your search.
     
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    rick16v Well-Known Member

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    This is a really good idea. I've sent stuff back before, but never bought loads at once for a shoot out. Cheers man.
     
  20. MK333

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    I think having a head is best. Much more diversitity imo
     
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