Same here, I don’t think we have the direct equivalent of thrift shops, unless they’re what we refer to as charity shops. Those seem to have an expert in most fields, including music. Took in a Washburn bass once. Happy to donate to a good cause. It disappeared out back in no time, so far as I know never to reappear in the retail front of house area.Around me, it seems people working the garage sales, thrift shops seem to know what they have. I never see anything decent out and if I do, it has a high price tag on it. I can never figure out how people come across the 'fortune' finds. Guess its all timing, right place at the right time. Im at the wrong place wrong time, musta got lost.
Great story, Red. I feel the vibe of that archtop. I snatched an old Kay pawn shop special from my older bro long ago, and in the process of “making it cooler” I destroyed any collector’s value it had.I know some of y’all around here don’t like to read long stories, so here’s the Reader’s Digest version:
I got this at a garage sale for $1.00
It’s been through some journeys, but a couple of years ago I got it back up and running, and now my daughter and I fight over it.
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Here’s the longer version for the more literate amongst us:
A little more than 20 years ago, I was called in to work on a Saturday, and as I drove down the street, something caught the corner of my eye. I figured I had to stop, just to see what it was... It was an Airline archtop acoustic...one string, broken nut, dirtier than a politician’s mind...www.tdpri.com
I want it.Found this Fender Coronado XII several years ago by the rubbish bins driving home from night shift.
just keep it in a gig bag while i decide what to do with it . Bridge missing. It must have been left outside by the general condition. It would make good Relic wall art
I hope everyone has made an easy-to-read document, listing each guitar they have and the general specs, so that the ones we leave them to, know what they have.
This wasn't a garage sale, but... Around 2010, I was going to Guitar Center to get a Made in Mexico Tele for my nephew. This boy in his late teens is walking across the parking lot with a Tobacco Sunburst Fender Jaguar in his hands, no case. I rolled down my window and asked him, "Are you selling that Jaguar?"I'm a sucker for a good story about "found a '56 strat in a garbage pile",etc.. Let me hear em!
Let me know the next time you go to one of these garage sales. I fly out from Zurich to meet you. Looks like you're hitting the right ones!1966 Showman head - $10 garage sale
1965 Deluxe Reverb - $20 pawn shop
Both purchased in the mid-1980s
80 RCA bulk pack 12AX7A tubes, late 60s date code - $8 for all at a garage sale
This Google Docs or something similar comes in very handy for documenting property details and the docs can be shared with selected people.I hope everyone has made an easy-to-read document, listing each guitar they have and the general specs, so that the ones we leave them to, know what they have.