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Collectible guitars

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by PastorJay, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. PastorJay

    PastorJay Tele-Afflicted

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    Not counting guitars owned or played by some famous musician, what guitars (models, years) are considered collectible, and what would one in good condition be worth?

    Thanks.
     
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    Pretty broad question. There are dozens if not hundreds of "collectible" guitar models. There are a few "classics" like '59 Les Paul, '59 Strat, etc, which can fetch large sums. Models and prices are all over the place, depending on condition and original features. Hard to sum it all up in one post.
     
  3. charlie chitlin

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    To me there are two things that qualify a guitar as collectible:

    1) You can't find one.

    2) If you find one, you can't afford it.
     
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    I collect, but not collectibles.
     
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    "Collectable" means it's something you like and want to have. Guitars are a very personal thing.



    "Collectable" is not the same thing as "investment."

    Anyone that advises you to buy a guitar as an investment is an idiot, unless (1) the person advising you is also the seller and sees you coming from a mile away, or (2) you find a real-deal vintage Fender/Gibson/etc., at a garage sale for a few hundred bucks.
     
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    In 1974 I bought a new strat knowing that Fender's CBS quality was questionable. Now there's people collecting them. There's stuff coming out of Korea and China that's better.

    (I still have it.)
     
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    Well, one answer would be 1986 (or 1985, if you can find one) PRS guitars, quality mid 1970s through 1980s Japanese guitars (they're starting to come into their own) like Ibanez, Greco, Tokai and Aria. They made some guitars that rival and sometimes surpass US quality of the same era. The people who were young but couldn't afford what their guitar heroes played are retiring now and they finally have the money to buy what they couldn't back then. So it's like a delayed reaction kinda thing. Pointy guitars will be "collectible" soon as the 80s teenagers start retiring and can finally buy the original Jacksons, Charvels and ESPs they had or wanted when they were popular. Old crappy Gibsons and Fenders from the late 60s and 70s will always be "collectible" even if they weren't made very well when they were new.

    Look for mid 90s to mid 2000s Gibsons to come into THEIR own because they were actually well made instruments. Just don't think of them as investment pieces. You want an investment piece? Buy a Banksy if you can.
     
  9. charlie chitlin

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    So...what people are getting at, @PastorJay...
    What do you like?
    What are you hoping to get out of collecting?
    Satisfaction?
    Investment?
    Some people collect '59 Les Pauls at $250k each.
    Others collect Hello Kitty Stratocasters for considerably less.
    Ralph Lauren collects Ferraris.
    My grandma collected little porcelain figurines.
    I've been so poor I couldn't collect my thoughts :p
     
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    Collectible, hmmm.

    I have a '92 SRV signature Strat my wife gave to me for Christmas in 1992. My serial number is just a bit beyond the Bazillion rosewood specs; mine is pao ferro.

    Is it collectible? Sure? Maybe? A lot of people would want one.

    Is it valuable? A bit. It retailed for $1499 in 1992; it's worth about $1900 - $2100 now (prices have gone up in the last few years).

    So, yeah, it's probably a bit collectible, even though it is still available.


    Or - I have a Baja Tele, 7.0 lbs, with an ash body - they are no longer available in burst ash, even in the Vintera 50s Modified line. First $25,000 takes it home. :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    It’s something which can be described as such when you’re justifying the purchase to your wife!
     
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    Anything and Everything is collectible.
    Here’s my question; do you want it/them because you desire such?
    Or do you want it/them because you hope some day other folks will desire such and then you will make them pay lots of moneyfor yours?
     
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    I saw a short film about his collection the other day. Cat has some tasty motors in that bunker of his. Collection is probably worth more than the sum of its parts, too. Hopefully it will end up in a museum someday, rather than some rich guy's lair. A few of those models are authentic works of art ('58 Testa Rossa, '64 250 GTO)
     
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    I saw an exhibit of maybe 15 or 20 cars from his collection at the MFA in Boston some years ago. It was quite a spectacular assortment.

    The catalogue from the show is called. "Speed, Style and Beauty" and it's well worth seeking out, absolutely gorgeous photos.
     
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    Wandrè !

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    But it's me, OK ? :D

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    He used to buy antique motorcycles from me in the 90s.
    He put his full-time Ferrari mechanic in charge of the 1948 Indian Chief.
    I spoke to him for awhile when he called to ask a mechanical question..
    At the time he figured Ralph's Ferraris alone were worth about $55M.
     
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    3x6x6 what? :p:p
     
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    3 feet wide x 6feet long x 6feet deep. You do the math.
     
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    That's awesome!

    Now just the 250 GTO alone is worth almost twice that...
     
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