What are some of the best deals you’ve gotten on a piece of music gear?

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  1. LPTyler

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    I got a 2016 Gibson ES-330 1961 reissue for $1950 in the great CME blowout. They retailed for $4400
     
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  2. Viejo

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    '66 Twin Reverb with orange frame JBL's in it for 800.00
    '67 Deluxe Reverb 300.00
    I still have the DR my back forced the sale of the Twin
     
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    This is FACS Lola LS #69 of 200. Had a Lola on my Feebay watch list for quite awhile and this one came up at $700 USD so I hit Buy now with a swiftness. To my dismay it was in the AU. and seller stated no shipping. With a bit of charm and some deal making we got the deal done though, With the exchange rate I was into it about $700 USD. Although due to stupidity on my part damage occurred so I sent it to her creator Kelly Butler in which case its a one off FACS Lola. Meaning the only one like it. Into it about $1,300 now. What's worth? Hard to say but its not like I'd sell it anyway.



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  4. Texsunburst59

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    These are all my best Pawnshop and CL gear scores since 2005:


    $250 - '05 Hughes Kettner Triamp MII head
    $64.64 - '74 Fender Jazz Bass
    $100 - '09 Fender Highway 1 Honey Blonde Tele
    $115 - '90 MIJ Fender '57RI P-Bass
    $165 - '70 Gibson ES-335 (bartered)
    $180 - '79 Fender P-Bass
    $180 - '98 Parker USA Nitefly
    $180 - '78 Hamer USA Bound & Crowned Sunburst
    $190 - '92 Hamer USA Chapparal Bass
    $120 - '87 Kramer USA Baretta
    $204 - '94 Fender Jazz V Plus Bass
    $230 - '00 Gibson LP Special Lite
    $258 - '09 Taylor 210E
    $270 - '03 Taylor 515-CE Jumbo Custom
    $286 - '05 Gibson LP Studio
    $300 - '03 Epiphone "Elite" LP Custom
    $300 - '65 Gibson LG-O
    $315 - '89 Fender Jazz Bass
    $320 - '98 ESP Horizon
    $320 - '05 Vox AC30CC2
    $325 - '90 Fender Strat Plus
    $400 - '78 Fender P-Bass
    $400 - '07 Fender '57RI AVRI Strat
    $400 - '10 Mesa Boogie Roadster Dual Rectifier 2x12 combo
    $425 - '01 Gibson LP Jr.
    $500 - '75 Fender Strat



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    $600 - '00 Gibson SG Supreme
    $600 - '07 Gibson SG 3 # 006
    $646 - '05 Taylor 414-CE Fall Ltd.
    $750 - '77 Gibson LP Deluxe
    $762 - '08 Gibson LP Standard Plus
    $785 - '76 S.L. Mossman Great Plains
    $850 - '08 Gibson LP Standard Plus
    $1000 - '95 PRS Custom 24 10-Top
    $1075 - '89 Gibson LP Standard
    $1200 - '03 Tom Anderson Hollow T Drop Top HSH
    $1340 - '15 Suhr Classic Pro SSH
    $1400 - '83 Gibson ES-335 Dot
     
  5. David Barnett

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    $250 for a '66 Telecaster
     
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    :)
    That’s an impressive haul! Now where’s these pawn shops located?:)
     
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    In 1973, after two years of gentle and persistent pressure, I bought my 1939 Martin D18 from the original owner for $425, about a third to half of its value then, and about 2% of its present value. Then there's my Heritage H-550. I bought it off of evilbay for $800 in 2000. Today's value is around 2200-2500, and my Epiphone Sheraton II USA. When Mars Music went belly up in 2005, a guy bought several of these Sheratons at 10c on the dollar, and sold several at the same time on evilbay, effectively competing against himself. The result was I got one that listed for well over $2000 for $560 including shipping
     
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  9. SixStringSlinger

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    For what it's worth, I had to be sort of talked into going after mine, as obvious a steal as it was.

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/need-information-on-a-squier-tele-model.975236/#post-9298830

    But yeah, if you're going to hunt via Craigslist and the like, best to be ready to jump immediately with cash in hand. Keep your eyes open and be ready, something else will turn up.
     
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    A Garnet Revolution II and a Boss DM-2 for $65.
    I actually think there was another Boss in that mix... like a reverb pedal.
    That was a good day in the mid to late 2000’s.
     
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    used to have a danelectro U2 just like that one. I remember saving my money and buying one new when they first came out. It was my second guitar and I regret selling it cause it was so good.

    Best deal I can think of is a blue sparkle Danelectro Hodad I got for $175 about two years ago. Also to replace a white one I foolishly sold years ago.

    they got for $600-$700 on reverb.

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  12. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Hmmm, lotta good deals behind me...

    '67 Plexi 100 for $700
    '61 LP Jr (SG shape but called LP then) $150
    '67 SFSR with cloth wiring $400
    '72 Marshall 1960 slant cab with all original cone 25w Greenbacks still tight and looking like a reissue cab $250
    1917 Gibson A mandolin traded a $150 mando for it
    MIJ Tokai Teles, two @$100 each sold for $700 each
    MIJ Squier Strat floor demo mint for $100
    '71 LP Deluxe routed for full size HBs $750
    '70s Guild all mahogany not sure what model IIRC $100
    Hofner Beatle bass w case but missing electronics $25

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  13. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Oh yeah I bought a BF '67 Deluxe Reverb for $300
    Stupidly traded it for a '77 Strat then parted out the Strat and only have the neck
     
  14. telemnemonics

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    Hmmm, I think it was a '72 and it was a great playing and sounding P bass fairly light weight for I think $150 but stripped to natural on the front and still SB on the back.

    Others stories keep reminding me of buys over the 40 last years.

    Hell there was a BF Bandmaster head with no name 2x12 loaded with vintage Jensens and a first of the yellow case DOD 250, all for $150
     
  15. TimmyM

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    Several years ago my wife was driving to yard sales and came across a Fender Princeton guitar amp, a Fender Musicmaster bass amp and a brown tolex Fender Reverb unit. They were beat up and missing some knobs and stuff but she bought them for mr for $40.00 for all three. She brought them home and I said “do you know what these are worth?”, “do they have anything else?” She said there weren’t any guitars but they had some other stuff but she didn’t know what it was. We went back and they had all four of those plastic Kay effect pedal, the black, red, blue and yellow ones (bass booster, wha-wha, tremolo and fuzz). This time I paid $2.00 each, I told the lady that they were worth much more than that and she said “not to me, they have been in a box in the garage for years”. Then she said take this stuff too and it was a couple of old shoeboxes full of coil cords, extra tubes and best of all, the missing knobs for the amps.

    Another time, my wife again, found an old guitar at a secondhand store and told me I should stop by and see it on my way home. I did and it was an old Wissenborn koa model (not the paddle one but the 000 sized one). I picked it up for $14.95 and all it was missing were the strings, two of the bridge pegs and one of the tuning machines was missing the gear. I went to folk music in Claremont, CA and the repair guy let me go through a whole tool box full of tuning machines and loose parts until I found on that fit properly. I then paid $5.00 for that one tiny part. Still a great deal...and my wife rocks!
     
  16. Digital Larry

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    I got a busted Electric Mistress for $10 once.
     
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    Olympic White '97 Affinity Squier Strat for $2.99 in the toy section. The neck was unbolted, shoebox full of parts, and the body under the shoebox all masking-taped together. I snapped it up and went looking for my wife. She tsk'd me, but I looked her straight in the eyes and said "At this price, I can't afford to leave it here."

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    All the parts were there but the bridge, so I bought one for about $12 on eBay, and $5 for a new set of strings, so I'm about two sawbucks in for it.
    Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself.
     
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    A small shop advertised an Ovation Balladeer as an 84 model with the electrics removed and it was an 'easy fix' to replace them. £380 including delivery. I took a chance and bought it off the internet.
    At home it arrived and with a little research I found I hand an original 1979 US custom balladeer, in excellent condition with the original hard case. These models came without electrics.
    Happy days.
     
  19. dickey

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    Here are some of mine, starting with the best:

    1. '61 or '62 Gibson SG/Les Paul; Pawn shop in Hudson, NY, late 60s....$20.00
    2. Mid 60s Fender Jazzmaster, shell pink, USA1 flea market, Edison NJ, mid 70s....$35.00
    3. Silverface Twin Reverb; great shape, early 80s, private owner....$90.00
    4. Blackface Super Reverb,early 80s,private sale$200.00
    5. Early 60s Gibson ES345,early 80s,48th st....$1200.00 I then swapped the 345 for (2) late 70s Strats; one white,one natural.
    6. Mid 70s Les Paul Black Beauty...swapped Blackface Bandmaster head even trade.
    7. Early 70s ES335 Walnut....$250 private seller.
    8. Bassman (or Bandmaster) bottom, empty...free
    9. Ovation monster amp...200 watts,4-15" & 2 horns...like the kind the Partridge family used on TVfree
    10. '65 Mosrite Ventures model...Swapped my reissue SG & $1000.00. Private
    11. '$68 P-bass sunburst; mid 80s....$185.00
    12. '74 P-bass natural early 90s; same store....$185.00
    13. '72 Tele Custom; early 80s...$185.00 Big box store.
    14. MSA Classic Double-10 pedal steel...$750.00 private
    15. Mullen Herby Wallace Pro D-10 pedal steel...$2500.00

    And finally...grand prize deal...swapped a '68SG Standard for an original 1950 Broadcaster, and....I should be shot for this...swapped the Broadcaster for a white '68 SG Custom.
     
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  20. assquatch20

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    I picked up this fretless Kramer DMZ6000B for $50 as a teen and flipped it in college for a good profit.

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    I got this Galanti Grand Prix for $90 and never should've sold it. I found it dirty and rusted in a pawn shop but everything was in great shape underneath. The chrome cleaned up wonderfully. The vibrato bar was great, pickups great, seemed to have minimal use.

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    And I got this old SGII for around $350 if I recall. Got an amp thrown in with it. It's getting a much needed refret done right now at Glaser's. I'm excited to get it back and finish it up.

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    A couple cheap partscasters that have their merits as well, the expensive one was about $150 in parts, has an old Kramer neck on it. The other I got thrown in with an amp purchase, maybe worth $100 but has a cheaper WRHB in it that sounds pretty great. The Kramer is pictured here, along with some amps I've got decent deals on.

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    Up there at the top is a Gibson GA-5 Skylark that I traded a table for, maybe worth $200 or so. The ADA cabs weren't much more, they're very handy for w/d/w stuff. The Marshall SLP half stack, definitely a good deal but I don't even wanna say what I gave. Also came into an original EHX Bad Stone for $20.
     
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