Broadcasters galore!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Bill Hullett, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Bill  Hullett

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    I was just checking out George Gruhns website and noticed that he had 2 Broadcasters for sale !! That's a rare day indeed....One of them is Broadcaster 0135 that was owned by session great Ray Edenton!! Ray showed me that guitar years ago on a session.. I wonder if George would cut me a deal if I bough both of them? :)

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  2. Telesaurus Rex

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    The odds of Gruhn cutting a deal for you, or anyone, are as slim as Saddam coming back from the dead. In my opinion, he's one of the reasons why collecting "vintage" guitars is a hobby for the rich and famous. I love old Teles, too, but the whole thing has become absurd.
     
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    I have to agree. . . the vibe at Gruhn's is now one of them sizing you up with a glance and you being treated as a convenience store customer.

    Used to not be that way but as I think back on it, that was quite a long, long time ago!

    I would love to have both of those!!
     
  4. MickM

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    When I worked in a guitar shop we had a VHS tape of George talking about vintage instruments. At one point he tells how he handles 2 differen't situations. In one a woman walks in with an old guitar and asks how much it's worth and he gives her an honest answer.

    In the other, same woman walks in with same guitar and asks "how much will you give me for it"? He doesn't mention the market value since she didn't ask.

    Haven't seen it for 20 yrs but that is the gist of it.
     
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    Same with the Norm's Guitars here in LA. After years of wanting to go there, the experience was cold and uninviting. They yuck it up for the Youtube videos but things are not that friendly unless you are already a star or come in with an attitude (with cash to back it up). The whole vintage guitar thing is kind of creepy. A lot of older instruments don't really play all that well. The best ones are already in someone's collection with small exchanges as someone dies off or has to fund a divorce.
     
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    Value is in the eye of the beholder.
     
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    +1 ~ Thanks for saying what I think about these places. I've never been to any of the shops mentioned but have been in "higher-end" shops in ATL and it was kinda a joke. Old stuff that wasn't that great. Prices were ludicrous.

    A fool and his money...?
     
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    I love old stuff , and for sure these are a piece of history
    The prices are just stupid , and is kept alive only because someone is willing to pay.......not me !
     
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    I think, Bill, for you he would.
     
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    That's 16 minutes. About how we give value to things according to their history. Very interesting, on my pov, and it's not a matter of judging, just understanding. If I apply it to Broadcaster, being the less than 300 copies of the first model made by the man that invented an item that participated to change the face of music, which serial numbers are in millions 64 years after… they're even maybe cheap, in a sense…

    http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_bloom_the_origins_of_pleasure
     
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    Why would he, you think he gave Clapton a break on the Dumble?
     
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    My wife says I should get the $20K one and she will buy a wig she wants.
     
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    I'll take the '58.
     
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    With all respect for Mr. Gruhn, any time I have seen hin in a video, he just about lulls me to sleep.
     
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    I'm old enough to remember Mr. Gruhn's articles in Guitar Player
    magazine. He couldn't believe that Fenders were becoming so collectable.
    He complained about the prices some were bringing. He called them
    " tinker toy " guitars,because the parts were so interchangeable,if
    memory serves me.

    This was the mid to late '80's. :cool:
     
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    Really its who you try to impress, or think it will make you a better player, or you just have too much money to waste, or you gamble as an investment.
     
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