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Need some advice on buying used EJ Strat.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by lovehifi, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. lovehifi

    lovehifi Strat-O-Master

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    I am interested in a mint condition 2005 EJ Strat that a private seller is selling. Mint yes except one of the previous owners decided to add a tremolo cover plate on the back. Even though I would be buying to play it and not sell it I know by doing so it hurt the resell value. How much should I negotiate down because of this modification? Just need some ideas and opinions. He is asking 1200.00. Thanks
     
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    $1,200 is close to what I see them sell for. I sold my Rosewood model EJ for $1,350 but it was absolutely mint. The 05's were the first year I think of the EJ and many have a flamed maple neck. I would offer him $1,050 and be willing to go up from there. You may end up getting it for $1,100.
     
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  3. lovehifi

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    Thanks. I was thinking the same. Supposed to go look at it tomorrow.
     
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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    Good luck. The EJ's are the best non Custom shop Fender makes IMO (and many others too) and they play awesome. Only reason I sold my RW model was I never played it after getting the Thinline EJ last April.
     
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  5. lovehifi

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    I also have the EJ thinline. What an awesome guitar! However I use have a 2005 candy apple EJ but sold it and have always missed it so now I have a chance and the funds to replace it.
     
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    Did you see the EJ that is for sale here on ST?
    looks real nice, mint with case candy $1200
     
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    Here, I've seen them on Craigs from $1100. to around 1400.
     
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    Yeah integra Evans EJ is very nice. I would have mentioned it to the OP but I was think he’s looking for CAR not sunburst.
     
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    We seem to get sunburst EJ Strats up here on the west coast of Canada. They’re always in good used condition. I’ve been watching the prices for a couple of years and decided the right price in my area is about $1,300 - $1,400 Canadian dollars which is about $950 USD. I bought mine in January, this year for $1,300 Canadian and it’s the best Strat I’ve ever played. It’s a 2012. I love everything about it.
     
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    Saw one at GC for 1300..
     
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    I think 1100 would be a fair price if it has any flame on the neck. The whole point of a EJ model is the sum of all the parts comes together in harmony so the back plate addition is definitely a subtraction in my book. Points off for sure. What a party foul.


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    The added backplate would niggle at me.

    Similar prices EJ Strats on reverb that are mint to excellent
     
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    Ahem.
     
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    You cant go wrong with a ej strat everytime I pick mine up I love it more and more
     
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