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Is $250 a good price for an Epi Dot?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by F6_FullMelt, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. F6_FullMelt

    F6_FullMelt Tele-Holic

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    Red double bound H/H sexy little guitar at a pawn shop near my home. I have been interested in this body type and set-up and want to see if I like it before I go saving for a Gibson or anything like that.

    I didn't plug it in, but it seems to play nice, and I can do a bit of set-up work myself.

    I also live in the middle of nowhere, so I don't get to go to lots of music stores and try stuff out right now.

    So... $250, yes or no?
     
  2. Tim Armstrong

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    Yep, that's a good price if the guitar is in good shape. MF wants $399 for them new.

    edited to add: Remember, a pawn shop that's asking $250 probably only has a hundred bucks in it, so you might try the old "open your wallet and pull out all $200 that's in there" ploy. Cash laid on the counter speaks with a distinct voice, particularly at the end of the month, even more so at the end of the year!

    Tim
     
  3. romo

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    yes. the gc near me had a used dot for 200 recently. it lasted maybe 2 days and i didn't get a chance to try it out before it was gone.
     
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    If your find is that the neck is true, and it sounds good unplugged, and you have observed no significant issues that sounds good.

    Not knowing what year I have no further input, but the present builds by Epiphone China are superb, as were the Korean ones from Samich.
    I have a fairly new one, and aside from the super sticky nut (helped out immensely with a little visit from the Dixon Ticonderoga dry lube applicator) it is my favorite of all the guitars that I have ever owned. Lots of good voices, very responsive to picking position and dynamics, not very loud unplugged, but very lively. No rattles, buzzes wolf tones, etc.
     
  5. F6_FullMelt

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    Awesome, perhaps I'll swing back by tomorrow and play it plugged in. Thanks Tim!
     
  6. Mark Davis

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    The pawn shop could have paid as low as $50-100 for it.

    If the neck is straight and the pots switches and pickups work offer $150-175 for it.
     
  7. daveIT

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    I bought my near mint Dot Studio off craigslist for $200. I'd plan on updating the electronics (they sucked in mine) and I put in some Zhangbucker T-Buckers in it.

    I almost got rid of it, but I loved the neck. After I put the new stuff in I really fell in love.
     
  8. thumperjr

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    I bought a used studio with a case off ebay yesterday for a little under $200. They have been going for about $300 recently. I would definatly say $250 is a good price.
     
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    Really I have no idea what differentiates their Dots from the Sheratons other than the cosmetics.
     
  10. fatcat

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    +1

    I paid +/-400 for a cherry red Dot back in 2006.

    the 57Classics are underrated pickups. you can play any style on this thing. big sound. but the type of amp you use is everything to the sound. Its part of the instrument..

    I love it. Definately check the neck carefully and try it plugged in.

    the only problem I've had was the switch cutting out selecting the neck, but it didn't happen all the time, and you could wiggle it to get it to work...took it in to the local shop and had it fixed.

    ;)
     

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    Doesn't matter what the the shop paid for it. What's it worth to you? How much would you pay for it? $250 is a good price if the condition warrants it. Good luck..It's a good guitar.
     
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    Don't be a sucker, offer less. $175-200 would be reasonable, imho. You could try $150, you never know. "What it's worth" is the lowest you can get it for. ;-)
     
  13. LeftyAl

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    If you haven't bought it already,You might just ask them "whats the best price you will do on this guitar" If its been there for a while, they'll come down. I'd never pay what they have it priced for,they want to more it ,they price everything high at first,offer what you think it worth to you.
     
  14. Mark Davis

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    Id just put a $100 bill and a $50 dollar bill on the counter and say thats all I have and see if they will take it if they say $200 or more walk away they hate to not make a sale chances are as your walking out they will say ok.

    Pawn shops always sell stuff for 2x's 3x's more than they paid for it.

    They could have easily pawned it for $50-75-100 and whoever owned it never came back so the pawn shop oens it
     
  15. Bud Veazey

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    Good price for a Dot in very good condition. Too high for a Dot Studio.
     
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    If it is made in Korea, jump on it! Korean Dot serial numbers begin with S (Samick) U (Unsung) or P (Peerless) indicating the factory. I got my Samick Epi Dot for $300 OTD from a pawn shop with the original HSC and was glad to pay the price.

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    Sounds like a good deal if it is good shape and you like it. But yeah, if they are asking $250 they might take less.

    I have found some real gems at pawn shops over the years. Sold a few to pawn shops as well! It's like recycling, its great!!
     
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    There is also an 'I' serial number from the Epiphone Saein factory. That's where my '05 Casino was made. The Korean Epi's are really nice.

    That is a stunning red guitar!
     
  19. cyclopean

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    $250 isn't bad, but i'd see if you can get it for $200. i paid $182 for mine.
     
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    what mark said

    do what mark said offer some cash then strat to walk out, play it first make sure you want it. they sell for 399. in my area
     
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