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Discontinued Squier Telecaster Custom (dual humbucker)-- used pricing?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Brian Krashpad, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Brian Krashpad

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    Hey, there's one of the older Squier Telecaster Customs with the generic dual humbuckers (not the current model with the Wide Range buckers), Indonesian-made, agathis body, for sale locally. The kind that looks like this:

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    In good shape, w/gigbag. Seller's asking $225, which is not out of line, but not great I think. According to the Reverb "pricing guide" over the last 3 years these have sold everywhere from $120 to $350!

    I'm thinking of offering $175 and then maybe coming up to two Benjamins even, if necessary.

    If this was a guitar that floated your boat (I'm not dying for it, but have never owned a dual-bucker Tele, nor one with a 4-pot LP-style control layout), what would you pay?

    Thanks in advance for your input!
     
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    $175 seems a reasonable offer and $200 seems a fair meet in the middle price if you're really into it.
     
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    Thanks. Obviously the $225 wouldn't break the bank, but I've been putting in some long hours of late and feel like a little splurge, to pick up a guitar unlike any in the quiver (past or present), would not be unreasonable. Of course we all probably feel like that most of the time. ;)

    Plus, despite being an incredibly cheap bastard, I recently gave away a Tele to my rhythm guitarist to celebrate his tenth anniversary in the band. So there's an existential space left there. ;)
     
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    I owned one and it was my go-to for a while even. Bought it for $175, seven years ago. Ultimately, I didn't think the buckers were all that great, and always wished I'd gotten the blonde P90 model. It did play well, fer sure.
     
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    Thanks! That's good to know. I'm sure I'd like the P-90 version too (if one were available locally)!

    Although, I'm pretty set for P-90s currently. ;)

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    Yep, I'd say you are. :D

    I think anywhere in the $200 range or less is a fair price for that Squier or any other similar and very playable guitar and the gig bag is a bonus. New I believe they were around $279 and depending on it's quality a gig bag would add $20-$40 to that. So there's the $300-$320 top of the range value.
     
  7. Brian Krashpad

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    Ah thanks, I hadn't been able to find any street prices from when they were new. So if I round to approximately $300 for new street price that helps. My rule of thumb is to try to pay 60% or less of street price when buying used, though I will break my own guideline (by a little) based on individual circumstances. So in this case that would put my target price at $180, so I was right in the ballpark without knowing it.
     
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    I do much the same as you do both buying or selling. Based on my experience 60%-70% of new street price for basic stock type gear like that Tele in top condition seems to be a comfort zone for many buyers and sellers and the range in which they can each find an agreeable price.

    A gig bag might add $20 to the deal and/or push a price up to that 70% of street price level provided the guitar itself is in at least excellent to mint condition. If the condition is less than that then 50% to 60% street or less may be closer to the mark and a gig bag isn't gonna help much.

    So at $180 you're within 80% of his asking price and if he doesn't accept it's at least close enough for a counter offer or more negotiation. Best of luck to you on the deal.
     
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    Great minds think alike! ;) Thanks again.

    Here's the actual item, seems in decent enough shape, though one never really knows from photos.

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    There was a great video someone tagged in another thread here but can't seem to find it now. Comparing the MIM and USA guitars...

    Basically the MIM (adding in Squier as well) have a higher resell percentage than a USA model... not price but percentage of the original price.

    Saying all of that to say this... current Tele Custom price is $400... yes it's a bit different but only really the pickups (I like the new ones myself)... so a good price of a good shape, gig-able guitar like this is $200-$250. Look what you are getting for so little money.

    BTW I have this guitar in white... and love it.
     
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    Thanks Grolan!
     
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