Trading Vintage gear

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by StratChat, Sep 25, 2021.

  1. StratChat

    StratChat New Member!

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    Have any/many of you had any luck in trading gear for what you really ‘must have’?
    For example, trading a couple of vintage guitars and amps for something really ‘big’ in one deal?
     
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    Gridlock Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I do and I just did a couple of hours ago. Traded a vintage amp for another vintage amp. It helps having a trusted vintage music shop that I have been doing business with for years within hour and a half drive
     
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    Michelotti Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    A couple of years ago I wanted to ‘rotate’ pre-CBS Teles into pre-CBS Strats, the market was very receptive to that particular deal, and it was easy to close some swaps.
    If I had wanted to do the same deals a year or two earlier, they would have been much harder work. Sometimes what you hold is ‘flavour of the month’, sometimes it was ‘last year’s opportunity’…
     
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    Michelotti Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    A generalisation - it’s much easier to close a deal if you are sweetening it with, say, an additional 30% in cash :)
     
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    Do you find that you are trading wholesale prices for retail prices with dealers? I was thinking there had to be some ‘upside’ to trading rather than selling first and buying later…. Unless you found ‘the one’!
     
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    Old Guy Strat-Talker

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    A few years ago I traded an old LP Jr. in what I thought was poor condition for a new D15M and a baritone uke (whick I later traded for a solid mahogany green label Harmony baritone uke). The peghead on the LP was cracked and it needed new frets. Some parts were not original.
     
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    Yeah, I've had strong desires for various guitars at various stores over the years but never to the degree that I would try and trade away my gear knowing the stores generally pay 50% of the price for which they can sell your trade-ins. I've had a couple of friends do such trades and they each took a major hit and now have stories of regret. Now-a-days, it's so easy to sell with Reverb or eBay - and if you're wanting to make the quick sale - sell your gear for a little under the going rate - it'll still be better than the 50% of value you'll get at the store.

    While I have sold many guitars over the last 4 decades, I am now down to the real keepers. It's such that every time I consider selling one towards the purchase of something else, I open the case of what I intend to sell and, within a few seconds usually, it's no deal - I ain't selling that beauty. The dream of the new purchase fades gracefully - it doesn't beat the worth of what I currently have.
     
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    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    The only thing vintage around here any longer is me. :(
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    IME over many years, I never come out on top trading with a music store. The simple fact is, they are not in business to break even or lose money.
     
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    Last year I traded a 55 LPJunior with a refin top and other more minor issues for a totally clean 55 LPJ. Very happy with the result and the cash figures were fair:D 20201027_163547.jpg
     
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    Once, Long ago, I traded a 1936 Epiphone Triumph for a complete bass rig….New Fender Jazz Bass and and a 700 watt Bass rig, head, cabs, and cords.
     
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    Univox Pro, Giannini Acoustic and $75 bucks for a '74 SG standard with ebony fretboard. Probably the best trade I ever made.
     
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    Funny you say that, I’m down to my keepers and I do the same. I see something cool pop up and think I’ll trade/sell one or two off. I grab it, take pics, play it and then end up forgetting about the other deal.

    Also the big box stores, Long and Mcquade here in Canada give you 75% trade in value plus the tax on top. Still not really great but it sure beats 50%.
     
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