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Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by amstratnut, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Im definitely a member of the diminishing returns club. The 61 was very very nice. My partscaster is almost as nice, albeit, in different ways. If one is gonna spring for a vintage pricy instrument, I think the diminishing returns thinking just doesnt apply.
     
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    sikoniko Strat-O-Master

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    people want what they want. If you want a vintage guitar, then you have to pay the price to get one. I always wanted a vintage guitar but I did not start off with one. What I found is that as good as any of the other guitars were that I bought, none of them were vintage guitars.

    so I agree, it has nothing to do with diminishing returns. It's more like the 80/20 rule. You spend 20% of your money getting 80% of what you want, and the next 80% of your money to get to 100% of what you want.
     
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    Bluebird_12 Strat-Talker

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    Whether or not you prefer them, nothing else sounds, plays or feels like a nice vintage guitars.

    And they all have a story, be it a famous one or just 40 years under someone's bed.
     
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    :)
    No doubt, I’m sure it was. I wouldn’t know what to do with a guitar worth that much in my hands.
     
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    StratPlus97 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Like many, I am not a big fan of the company.
     
  6. sikoniko

    sikoniko Strat-O-Master

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    Are you sure? I have been told on numerous occasions that you guys had bursts for sale in the vintage room and they never went online.

    If that is the case, then I guess GC has pivoted away from the vintage business in a big way. It used to be GC had one of the largest inventories of vintage gear in the chain. Now there is hardly anything.
     
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    guitar1981 Strat-Talker

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    Positive. Bursts usually don’t go online. Especially, if they’re uncirculated.

    We haven’t pivoted away from the vintage business. We’ve changed our philosophy. It used to be more of a museum mentality where we’d have one of everything. Problem with that was it’s not easy finding those guitars these days and it ain’t cheap. To do that you have to pay a ton of money for guitars which means we have to charge a lot. Usually, more than current market. So the response to that from the public is great guitars, but we’re out of our mind with prices. Win/lose really.

    We still buy a ton of guitars. The coolest stuff rarely hits the website because we sell it so fast.

    Rest assured, we’re still in the vintage biz. If there’s ever anything you’re looking for you can contact me direct with a wishlist. Good stuff doesn’t last. Typically, it take less than 24 hours to move them.
     
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  8. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Interesting. Do you price them to move so quickly? Seems like if you could charge a little more and have them for a week to a month you'd do better margin-wise + have some nice guitars on display for that period of time. I understand not wanting to have guitars sitting in a store for months/years (I was a guitar retailer for 20 years), but it's surely great to have some fine vintage guitars on display this month, and a new round of fine vintage guitars on display next moth. I'd love that as a customer, buying or not :)
     
  9. Jason99

    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

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    Charge more? They gave the poor soul who needed to unload the guitar for some fast cash pennies on the dollar for it. They’ve got less than 10k into that 20k guitar.
     
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    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Obviously, they'd give the poor soul more as well :) I'd hope!!
     
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    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

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    You’d be wrong. GC is a glorified pawn shop when it comes to trading/selling gear.
     
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    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

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    Care to back that up with some "personal" experience? Or is it just hearsay?

    You know the "pics or it didn't happen"? In this case I'd say "stories, or it didn't happen"
     
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