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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by rockbreaker, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. rockbreaker

    rockbreaker Strat-O-Master

    934
    Jun 3, 2011
    Suffolk Co.
    So there was a CL add for a Custom shop 2008 Custom Classic Strat sunset orange, the guy was talking about looking for a "quantity for quality" type trade asking for possibly other high end items, etc. So I emailed a list of things I would trade and he narrowed it down to my 1977/78 hardtail strat (that I've been looking to trade for a while), my 1995 Orville Les Paul tobacco SB bone stock with original case and my TEXAS Hwy1 tele 2 tone SB ( I have two)
    I've been trying to downsize while I upgrade some gear so this would be, in my opinion, a good trade. What do you guys think? Do it?
     

  2. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    Well, I have a '76 hardtail Strat and I don't think I'd be willing to trade it for any amount someone else would be willing to agree to. :)
     
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  3. rockbreaker

    rockbreaker Strat-O-Master

    934
    Jun 3, 2011
    Suffolk Co.
    Thanks, I guess you like your strat? I don't like large headstocks. In fact, I hate them. Why do I have that guitar? I've had it since 1982, was never my favorite.
     

  4. slowesthand

    slowesthand Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 23, 2011
    NY
    I think that is way too much for you to give. If I recall correctly the Custom Classic was the lowest priced Fender Custom Shop guitar, about $2200 or so. The one I saw on EBay was just under $2k now.
    Without knowing the condition of your 1977/78, $1400-$1800? A HWY 1 Texas will sell for $700-$800 these days.
    The Orville,$400-$500?
     
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  5. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    42
    Apr 19, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    I'd say your 3 are much more valuable than his 1 for sure....by quite a bit!
     

  6. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 21, 2014
    Santa Maria, CA
    I’ve never heard of a seller outright asking for a quantity for quality-type trade before. Usually it’s the othe way around. I’d probably go for it as I tend to want to trade up on my stuff as long as it was something I really wanted.
     

  7. Dirtsquirrel

    Dirtsquirrel Strat-Talk Member

    I'm pretty sure your hardtail alone ought to be valued equal or higher than the Custom Classic. If you were to sell all 3 of your guitars and had cash in hand you would have a variety of higher end Custom shop strats to look at in the used market.
     

  8. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    I wouldn't choose the large head shape if I were starting from scratch, but that's not really a very important factor in how a guitar feels and plays, is it? Trower actually did choose the CBS shape for his signature Strat, saying he likes the extra mass up there for sustain, etc..

    Maybe it's just that I've had mine since I bought it second hand for $300 as a college kid, around 1978 or so.
     

  9. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 2, 2016
    London
    No way!
     
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  10. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    I'm not a fan of 70s Strats either, but it sounds to me like you'd be giving away far too much in that trade. A Custom Classic is basically little more than an American Standard with a Custom Shop decal on the back of the headstock - they don't tend to sell for as much as the more typical CS guitars. I'm not familiar with "sunset orange" but it sounds like it could be one one of those wacky but unpopular colours that Fender sometimes come up with.

    And those Highway Ones are well thought of, aren't they? Throw in an Orville LP & you're giving away far too much. I really don't think you should do this trade, you could get more for your gear than he could.
     
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  11. gilmourstrat

    gilmourstrat Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2012
    Europe
    I wouldn't do that trade. As others pointed out, the Custom Classic is the CS "lower end". I'm sure it's a great guitar on its own right but perhaps not worth trading 3 great guitars such as you have there... If you don't like the '77 - sell it. There's a market for it I'm sure :)
     
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  12. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    48
    328
    Mar 22, 2018
    Iowa
    That guy must think he really found a sucker...don’t be his sucker!:whistling:
     
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  13. rockbreaker

    rockbreaker Strat-O-Master

    934
    Jun 3, 2011
    Suffolk Co.
    You guys are all on the ball, it's just that I'm not looking at it as a value for value trade, but more like what I invested in those three items, the Orville a got on a barter with my boss for work I did on his boat, the Texas tele (actually the only piece I'm hesitating about) I bought for $600 and the strat I got in 1981 or 82 for, I think $500 or $600 also. I do want to upgrade AND thin the herd so I figured this trade would fulfill both needs.
    Here's the add:

    https://westernmass.craigslist.org/msg/6552173031.html
     

  14. rockbreaker

    rockbreaker Strat-O-Master

    934
    Jun 3, 2011
    Suffolk Co.

  15. rockbreaker

    rockbreaker Strat-O-Master

    934
    Jun 3, 2011
    Suffolk Co.
    I think i'm going to pull the Tele from the trade and go from there.
     
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  16. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    I was going to suggest that you pulled at least one of your guitars from the deal if you decided to go ahead with the trade.
     

  17. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    74
    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK
    Selling the three you have will put enough money in your pocket to get a very nice CS Strat. Better than the one on offer.

    Don't take the lazy way by trading, do the work and the rewards will be higher IMHO.
     
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  18. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    You may do better to sell yours individually. Then shop for what you want. .
     

  19. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    My ‘76 hardtail is never going anywhere!!!
    <<<<<<

    Not only is it my first (electric guitar and Stratocaster), it’s also my best one!