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Is famous pre-owned gear worth top dollar?

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Mipstoo, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    Didn't we do this just last week?
     

  2. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Strat-Talker

    370
    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    Darn. Must have missed it.
     

  3. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Thread derailer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson

  4. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Strat-Talker

    370
    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    Totally agree. I understand that sometimes it can increase a price somewhat, but I find these prices ridiculous. Only a handful of players are worth such an increase and only their iconic instruments. They'll end up in a museum and I have no problem with that, but this... o_O
     

  5. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Nov 24, 2010
    Maryland
    I sold a few guitars on eBay for my friend Walt Namuth who was in Buddy Rich's band and included some pics of him actually using them and a signed letter and they fetched almost double what they were actually worth ....A few Jazzers got in a bidding war ....
     

  6. Biddlin

    Biddlin Strat-O-Master

    943
    Feb 11, 2013
    USA
    My most recent guitar purchase was a Gibson that had just come back from touring with a well known country artist. I purchased it from a Tennessee pawn shop for just north of $400......
     
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  7. Ebidis

    Ebidis Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    Not worth that kind of stupid money IMHO.
     
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  8. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer

    Sep 18, 2014
    Victoria TX
    I'll take the fake Strat from Brian May instead. Cheaper.
     

  9. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    39
    705
    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    I've got a patch cable pre owned by jim morrison's nephew. 150€ shipped.
     
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  10. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Comfy Chair
    If it's gear used on one or more iconic recordings, yes.
     
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  11. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    why is the sky blue?
    where do we go when we die?
    how is value assigned to collectible items?
     

  12. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Comfy Chair
    Supply and demand....
     
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  13. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
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  14. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    Really, when it comes down to it, no. In my opinion it is not. The gear is the same as if it was not owned by a famous person or not. You won't sound better or play any better just because someone who is famous and, honestly can probably paly better than you and definitely better than me, owned it. The gear is just gear and the famous person that owned it is just a person when it all comes down to it. I understand that if you are a collector and have the money to burn then that is your prerogative but for me I don't have that kind of scratch and I would not ever be able to justify spending that much on something that is not going to give me a return on it somehow.
     
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  15. Ebidis

    Ebidis Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    I think a rabid SRV fan/collector may be willing to pay outrageous money for one of his guitars, but to me, as a player, really it's just a guitar. It's cool if SRV owned it, and maybe that would add some small value to it, but it's not one of his iconic Strats.
     

  16. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    I think if you are a collector then its worth what you or other collectirs are willing to pay.

    If you are not a collector then it may seem like a silly thing to pay extra for.

    What about a really crummy guitar signed by a big name? Ive seen those too.

    To me it isnt worth extra.
     

  17. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    Beat me to it. :)
     

  18. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    sure but not in the same way as goods and services... i've worked in collectibles most of my life. a lot of intangibility in what drives prices... saying something isn't worth x is basically meaningless...
     
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  19. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Comfy Chair
    We could take the question a step further and ask:
    Is deceased-famous pre-owned gear worth even more? And why is THAT so??
     
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