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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Zoso420, Jul 23, 2021.
I once traded $20 worth of bad weed for a sammick strat copy.
$20 for a Teisco. Still have it. ... ... What am I offered for this fine instrument? Comes with a case.
$55 for a Walmart tele that rang like a bell. Installed some Cavs in it. Was my number one for two years.
$60 for an Ibanez RG-something, in a nice molded Coffin Case, about 20 years ago.
I had no interest in the guitar, but my friend needed money, and I had the 60 bucks in my pocket. I knew I could part it out for a whole lot more than that...so I did. Sold the body, the neck, the pickups, and the Floyd separately on E-Bay. This was back in the days when I had to shoot a bunch of pix on 35mm, drop them off at the drug store, then scan the prints for E-Bay (ah, the bad old days). So, it was a bit of a P.I.T.A., but I quintupled my money, and had a hard case left over.
The case is now actually quite valuable, being one of the early style Coffin Cases that is no longer made. But that, I gave to my dad. Several years later, he died, and the case came back to me. I eventually gave it to my cousin's boyfriend, who still has it.
I bought a 1978 Ibanez Artist 2618 for $80 of craigslist about 15 years ago. That's my best score. The cheapest would be an old rocker looking squier for $20 about 5 years ago. I didn't want the guitar but it was just too cheap to pass on. Looks like this but is blue:
25 for a Yamaha CG150 classical geetar at a garage sale several years ago.
I bought a ultra clean 1955 Gibson Les Paul gold top for $500 in Dec 1980.
I bought it the day after John Lennon was murdered.
Not cheap-cheap, but it’s my all-time best deal.
Sure wish I’d held onto it, it was light, and was a very early stop & tune-a-matic model.
That would keep me up at night. Sa la vie
Alas, I’ve done far dumber things.
$25 for a VH spray-painted small-body strat with a tele-style neck. Turned out to be a MIJ Squier Bullet One underneath the paint.
I bought a 1919 Gibson type A mandolin for $35 in 1972. Sold it for $140 in 1974, quadrupling my money. The seller told me that it had been under his bed since WWII.
No real values to say, but I traded my Sears (Silvertone) Twin Twelve amp for a buddy's ES-335. This was 1969 when that guitar sold for about $300. I have no idea what the amp was worth because I just bought a Fender Super Reverb to replace the Sears unit.
Let's just say I have some regrets.
In the 70's I bought several Strats for $200, also my 68' Gibson 335, SG's, even a Les Paul.
And an Ibanez Iceman. that was a lot of dough to me back then.
In that time there was no such thing as import Fenders or Gibsons.
Every weekend I would also go to garage sales and flea markets, if I saw a guitar for $20.00 or under, I bought it. Sold some of those for up to $800.00
This used but mint condition Squier Telecaster. Paid $120 out he door. Bought the guitar and an amp to leave at my son’s home in another state. A very nice guitar, that plays nice, stays in tune, and sounds good.
After diagnosing/correcting intermittent wiring on a tele, I was gifted a Corona strat body partscaster and a MIM deluxe strat sans pickups. Does that count?
In the last 60 years I've been given a few and given quite a few away.
Sometimes the smile on the recipient's face is far more valuable than a guitar.
Was in the market for a tele. I bought a never played American Special HSS strat with the hang tags for $340 Canadian. Took it to my local shop where they had a new Olympic white American Special tele hanging on the wall which had been there for awhile. Traded it plus $150 Canadian and they threw in a fender tweed case. Love that tele.
Bought a no sound Epiphone ES les Paul, (hollow with F holes), for $80. Soldered the input jack, new strings, a bit of a polish, and traded it for a new in box Cannon rebel t3i with extra lenses which was worth about $800 at the time.
Bought a Fender acoutisonic amp for $100. Never used it much. Traded it for a front load LG washer that lasted our family close to 10 years.
Those are my big three cool trade up purchases.