Have you ever gotten a guitar from a pawn shop?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by KC_Crunch, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

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    The internet pretty much shut things down here but back in the day I got in:

    1993; A near flawless L.P. Junior with orignal Lifton hard sheel case $300.00

    1993; a 1962 Fedner Brown Super Amp $400 which was about $200 less that what they were going for at that time.

    1994; A Tweed Fender Pro $300.00

    1985; a 1965 Fender Electric XII $75.00
     
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  2. Lost_N_Austin

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    Here is my Mutt from a few years back

    I bought it for $190.00 at a Pawnshop. A little rough around the edges but my favorite Tele. It is a 1966.
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    Here is a shot of some changes I made to it.
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  3. losergeek

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    I still get suckered into visiting pawn shops hoping for that diamond find but always leave disappointed and with that pawn shop stink on me. I think the reality these days is that if you live in a city with a couple sensible music stores (which handle used stuff) then between that and craigslist (or whatever your best local site is) there's not a lot of incentive to sell to a pawn shop unless it's sketchy merchandise one way or the other. Add to that the fact that there's so much information available to pawn shop owners that you're not likely to sneak a gem past them where they haven't been able to do their research. In fact, any time I see a halfway nice guitar at a pawnshop is grossly overpriced. Really, these days online listings are the places for deals if you keep a really close eye on them
     
  4. 4 Cat Slim

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    Zuzax, that's a pretty cool Matsumoku Dia. I've seen the much more numerous
    Aria Diamond version of this guitar. I always wondered if it was worth the trouble to re-wire.
    It sounds like you've had a great experience with yours.
    I agree with SamClemons' posting. It seems if you find any kind of deals anymore, it's on oddball items or things needing repair or minor on up to major electrical work.
    These days, it seems that I most often find beater/camp guitar dreadnoughts and quite a few student/beginner grade nylon string guitars.
     
  5. dannew02

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    I haven't seen anything other than broken entry-level guitars at pawn shops for years and years. One of my first guitars was from a pawn shop, but that was in 1990. And I'm pretty sure I overpaid for it (it was an import copy guitar that I paid about $100 for, and got something like $25 for on a trade a couple years later) The poster above said it all, any place with at least one store with used equipment will have better stuff than a pawn shop.
    It is still fun to look for stuff, though.
     
  6. Octave Doctor

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    I don't really bother with pawns any more. They're smarmy places that attract some real hosers, especially around here. I have gotten some good things in the past, especially the '90s Washburn MG-44--it was missing the pups and electronics, but everything else was still there, including the Floyd, $65.00 out the door.
     
  7. 985plowboy

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    I've been a pawn shop hunter for years. Still love it. Not all shops are created equal. I have three that I visit when I'm in their area. They recognize me and sometimes show me guitars that are too nice to display.
    You must love the chase as much as the purchase. Otherwise you will just be disappointed. I've bought a few nice guitars for very fair prices over the years.
    Best I can remember;
    '83 Ibanez roadstar RS430 $100
    '99 Am Std Strat, ash/white blonde w/case $300
    E4 ser# Am Std strat plus w/case $350
    Taylor 310 w/case $350
    Fender ens-10e w/case $225
    '89 Am Std strat sunburst w/case $400
    Martin D-1 w/case $350
    And just last week, Martin GPC PA-3! I actually spent a lot on this one, but it came in NOS from a defunct LGS. Hangtags and all.
     
  8. davo8411

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    The deals ARE few and far between. My recent pawn shop score is a 2007 Gibson Faded Brown Studio with original case in pristine condition for $400. I've actually seen used stuff at Guitar Center with pretty good prices. I picked up a Vox Pathfinder 15 for about $45 there about two years ago.
     
  9. losergeek

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    It's funny - a pawn shop near my work recently moved into a larger/cleaner looking location so inspired partly by this thread, I decided to drop in a take a look. They actually had a decent selection of guitars (10-15 probably) with popular brands (fender, epiphone) outnumbering the garbage brands which surprised me. Although there were a couple nasty metal guitars for the most part they were all pretty ok and the prices weren't that crazy - they had a G&L Fallout for 375 CAN$ (usually close to 600$ new around here) and a Vox Apache with the built in effects/drum machine for 245$ (400$ new). They also had a handfull of nice clean pedals at sensible prices (although they also had a Fender Competition Chorus for 95$ which was odd). Still hasn't changed my mind on most pawn shops around here but they definitely seem to be going for a different type of customer. It also makes a little bit of sense since there's not really any music stores dealing in used stuff in this part of town.
     
  10. Pawnshopper

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    Sorry for being a week/weak late. :)

    Yes, pawnshops still have deals on guitars, basses, amps, and effects. But you must plug them in to make sure they work as well as you expect them to work. A guitar with broken wiring or pickups is not a big deal at the right price, but that broken rack-effects unit is a waste of money.

    Some of my random buys from the past 5 years are

    • $20 for a crappy MIJ guitar with two gold-foil pickups
    • $50 - $100 for quality MIJ or MIK instruments
    • $10 pedals
    • $10 - $20 hardshell cases
    My best buys have come from pawnshops that do not specialize in musical instruments. I have seen outrageously high prices from the same pawnshops.

    Local music stores can have good buys as well. Don't forget about their used instruments.
     
  11. SASouth

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    I bought this sweet 1977 Gibson ES-175 from a pawn shop a couple of days ago. I got it for a really great price that was well under the average selling price for these.

    It's in incredibly clean condition. No major nicks or rash. From looking at the pickup covers I suspect that the pickups have been changed to 2002 era Burstbuckers and the Bigsby was added, but I haven't opened it up yet to take a look.

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  12. Tone Chase

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    There are several pawn shops in my area. I have a good relationship with a couple of them. I often tell them that their asking price is too high. Often the guitar is beat, in need of work, or just not that desirable, for the asking price.

    They often come up with the oddball guitar that they know is something special, and they ask me what I can tell them about it. So I do.

    They know that I am particular about what interests me; and if I am looking at it, it will usually sell within hours or days. That has happened several times.

    I got good prices on an Alvarez Tele, Fender Telecoustic, 1996 G&L S-500, , 2010 American Special Stratocaster, 2002 Tacoma Roadking acoustic, and a steal on a 2012 Fender Deluxe Telecaster.

    Yesterday, cost me more than I was ready for, and I knew that if I didn't act it would be gone in hours. They just put out a black 1982 Dan Smith Stratocaster. They did lots of homework on this one before they put it out and felt that they nailed the asking price. They did not know it was a "Dan Smith", just an old '80's Stratocaster. They were asking half of what it might go for if it was perfect. The neck on these guitars can go for $1000 alone; and this one was in really good aged appearing condition.

    Once again they knew if I was looking at it , it must be something of interest. They were right. This guitar may be worth a very good dollar in the next few years, but it had the wrong pickguard and EMG pickups in it. It came with a correct Fender case.

    This guitar had personal interest to me, because in the early '80's it was kind of a holy grail thing for me, It cost well over $900 plus tax in the '80's and the Canadian economy was still in the tail end of a difficult recession. I was without work for at least a year at this time.

    I made my deal, and I'll pick it up on the first of August.

    You don't come across a true "Dan Smith" Stratocaster very often. Most of the "Smith" guitars available are really "Smith Era" guitars.
     
  13. noah330

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    I bought this Fender Jazz Bass in a Pawnshop for $225 about a year or so ago:

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    I bought my 1957 6120 with cowboy case, strap and amp (with tags) in an antique/consignment shop about 3 years ago:

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    Yup do it all the time.
    Bought this 2007 PRS Custom 24 in absolutely mint condition for $800 OTD
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    Paid $150 for this 1990 Peavey generation S-1.
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    $35 OTD
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    All these and more just in the last 2 years out of pawn shops tax and all!
    Over the years I have bought and sold more than i can count.
    Many times buy a guitar or amp that is nasty and neglected but intact then fix it.
    Like this 2002 Carvin DC 400 that someone had disassembled the Floyd Rose bridge on and royally screwed up. It was so far out of intonation it was just nuts!!!
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    They had it so screwed up it was absolutely unplayable but was almost pristine otherwise so I bought it for $500 OTD. I took it home cleaned it up and spent just about a full day tearing the bridge apart removing the piece of counter top they used to block the trem from the block and putting it all back right.
    It's now my #1 player and a keeper!!!
     
  15. String Tree

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    NO Guitars yet, but I did score a sweet '73 Vibrochamp for less than $200 in '02.
     
  16. Danomo

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    I've lost track of what and how many Pawn Shop deals I've processed. Some Highlights I've found were a early 2000's MIM Strat for $150, and a '08 Epi Dot for $190, both only needed new strings, cleaning, and a minimal setup. I usually only buy something at a pawn that's worth flipping, and of all the stuff I've got over the years, I've only kept one (gave to daughter #2). A Teisco Tulip bass (cleaned, shielded, and restrung, sounds a bit RIC-ish).
    I have a rule: I'll only buy, if I have the cash from other sales, so I've missed out on a few being short cash.
     

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    Picked up a Marshall Mecrcury 2060 5w in orange tolex many years ago. I paid around 10.00 ukp for it but that was a week's rent back then.

    Nowadays the few pawn shops in my area specialise in poor strat copies and things that look like props from Conan The Barbarian. They could be screaming deals but I doubt it.
     
  18. Exodus5

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    I have been searching pawn shops since the late 80's and haven't seen much worth having since about 2000. The most recent thing I saw was a American Strat Plus (roller nut and all) but everything around here is priced at full high end retail so I think they wanted 1K for it.
    I don't think I ever actually bought a guitar at a pawn shop.
     
  19. mux164

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    i got my first bass at a pawn shop, it was a cimar which at the time was like the squier brand for ibanez, im not sure if cimar is around anymore but i stillregret selling it, it was like a p bass.

    sounded great recorded.

    going to look for cimar basses now
     
  20. Matthias

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    I have. It was rubbish. But I bought it to practice drilling holes and for that it was perfect :) Not seen anything great and reasonably priced in a pawn shop for ages. People seem to go to eBay with anything decent.
     
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