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How much would you pay for my customized Highway One Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Loopinit, Dec 25, 2015.

  1. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Any mod decreases the value of the stock guitar.
    No matter if the modded parts are the best money can buy or crap. Guitar is still worth less than it was stock.
    Get lucky and find the right buyer who likes what you've done to it and is in a generous frame of mind, or put it back to stock and sell the parts. Only way to break even.
     
  2. vanguard

    vanguard Friend of Leo's

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    I would pass on yours and wait for one that's stock/close to stock. I don't like any of the mods you've done; most other shoppers would agree. Bigsby's are heavy, complicated, tone and tuning ruiners; pearl guards are fugly; your switching is the antithesis of what makes a Tele great; etc. Strap and capo are not part of the guitar.

    Unless you're simply upgrading pickups to similar classic single-coil or adding intonation saddles, you're lowering the value of your guitar to most everyone but you.
     
  3. viking

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    I agree , its cool if this is what you want
    I can play most things , but I just don't want anything with a Bigsby on it , sorry
     
  4. Dismalhead

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    This is what I'd do too.

    To me it's maybe worth a bit more than a MIM but not as much as a stock Hwy 1. Maybe $400 - $450.
     
  5. blackjaw

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    I'd pay $400 and return it to stock...if it's your dream player, why even think about selling it though? Play it!
     
  6. Rockbreaker

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    It's not that bad, it's not like it's a pre-CBS or a CS guitar, most of the mods are performance ones that either improve on the performance a bit or not at all. They don't really detract from it, for the most part a Bigsby is 50/50 subjective, everything else doesn't really detract from it. I would say regular resale price.
     
  7. TeleKato

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    I think folks here are being nice. Most buyers are not. You list it for $500 ... They'll offer you $300 and explain why they're doing you a favor. My guess is you couldn't sell it for more than $400 .... Likely less. So just don't sell it and if you need money ... There's always that spare kidney!
     
  8. Rockbreaker

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    ...but I like this response the best...please don't hold back...:lol:
     
  9. tery

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    Your Highway One is priceless IMHO .
     
  10. telemnemonics

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    I agree in general that mods reduce value, and in that spirit I think the sellable price could be brought back up to a little more than an unmodded Hwy 1 by removing all the mods except the Bigsby- IF the Bigsby install is flawless.
    If there are any paint chips around the screw holes, misalignment or other installation mistakes, I'd agree that the value goes way down.
    But an otherwise stock Tele with a professionally installed Bigsby is IMO a legit guitar that has not had its value reduced.
     
  11. boris bubbanov

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    Yup.

    The Joker in the deck is, if this Bigsby install is superlative. I imagine someone might like the install and the setup a whole lot, and since not everyone can pull this off, and if you have, certain guys will recognize and pay a small premium for that. I agree, some of the other choices (pearloid, etc.) will probably detract but if the Bigsby is really just right some guys will overlook the other aspects they don't like.
     
  12. haggardfan1

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    Not only this, but the mods are way too radical and gimmicky for me. I wouldn't give it a second look except out of curiosity.
     
  13. dmitri

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    If not was in the market I'd think 5 to 6 hundred would be what I'd pay depending on how it played in person or whatnot.
     
  14. surfoverb

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    maybe a stupid question but how does the case close with a bigsby?
     
  15. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Why do you ask? You said yourself this is your dream guitar, and you won't consider selling it unless absolutely necessary.

    Pearl capo, really? Does that go with it?

    Silver wiring? What does that mean?

    I'm with surfoverb. Zero dollars. Don't take it personal. I say that about most partscasters. By definition, they're someone else's dream guitar, not mine.
     
  16. telemnemonics

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    So, how much is someone else's CS guitar worth?
    Partscaster?
     
  17. indiobravo

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    yep. 400 is what i'd do. the bigsby is nice tho :p
     
  18. Jupiter

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    The electrons go through much more beautifully! :D
     
  19. Tony Done

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    ^^^^ Kinda like they travel business class instead of economy.

    Just ignoring cosmetics, I wouldn't pay as much for it as the equivalent used standard model, for the reasons already discussed at length.

    I would describe it a little more conservatively - "modded" not "customised".
     
  20. Frodebro

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    This is the guy's 'dream' guitar, and some of you are ripping it to shreds without a second thought. Really classy, guys. :rolleyes:
     
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