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Darrell Criswell

 

From:
Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 20 May 2022 10:42 am    
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I am sure everybody has a story on getting a "steal" on a used guitar or other musical instrument. Oftentimes people don't know what they are selling or just need/want to get rid of the instrument.

Please tell us your best story!
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Samuel Phillippe


From:
Douglas Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 20 May 2022 12:07 pm    
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A guuitar partner told me I should buy a Pedal Steel Guitar because they are easy to play and would fit in our venue.
well little did I know of how much they cost..... told him I would buy one if a good deal came along.....He kept bugging me and finally I said if you know of one I'll look at it, as if i knew what I was doing.

He picked me up one afternoon and took me to and old geesers house wtih guitars everywhere. He took me up to his attic (again loaded with guitar crap) and pointed to a wooden case, said there it is......I opened the case and thoght how do I put this together and I wonder how much.

Made him an offer of $400 he said give me 5 and it's yours.... This was the beginning of my psg story and my new BMI....well to me.

Well here it is 4 months later and just started really learning how simple it is...(LOL) a whole lot of time and learning to get the thing in playable shape..... BUT THANKS to this forum and a whole bunch of guys intsructing me on the clean up, repair and tuning issues.

Yup $500 and having a ball....oh yea, spent another 500 on an amp a another couple of bills on volume pedal, preamp and reverb/delay pedal.... now if I would just try learning more on playing and stop looking at what I'm suppose to need I might save some money'

Sam
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Darrell Criswell

 

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Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 20 May 2022 7:28 pm    
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I was in a thrift store a couple of months ago and saw/bought a Classic Vibe Stratocaster on the shelves for $12.95. I am almost certain they thought it was a First Act guitar. The guitar was in mint condition but without case. I have asked before about prices I thought were too low and they always tell me the price listed is the price they are selling it for.

I also bought a BMI single neck in 1980 for 500 also. It was a good deal then.
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Jim Kennedy

 

From:
Brentwood California, USA
Post  Posted 21 May 2022 7:42 am    
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20 years ago I finally decided to take the plunge. I started asking around and found an old timer who was selling a Shobud guitar. He was asking 400 dollars. For that price I assumed it was a Maverick, or just really beat up. Turned out to an be earl 80's Pro 1 3 & 2 in good playable condition. At that time 900 to 1200 dollars was the going price here on the forum. Not wanting to take advantage of an old musician tethered to an oxygen tank, I told him what his guitar was worth."Are you going to play it," he asked. I replied in the affirmative and he let me have it for 400 dollars. Still playing it. He also had a Webb amp that was a steel at 600 dollars. I didn't have the money, but one of my band mates bought it.
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Jim Fogle


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North Carolina, Winston-Salem, USA
Post  Posted 21 May 2022 9:32 am    
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During the late 1980's I was in a warehouse store similar to Sam's or Costco and came across a Casio DG-20 midi guitar on closeout for $89.00.

The DG-20 is a midi guitar controller with four built-in drum pads. It has a five pin midi out as well as a 1/4" TS jack that outputs the audio from a a FM synthesizer that is general midi (GM) compatible.

I kept and used the controller until 2011 when I sold it for $400.



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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 21 May 2022 3:05 pm    
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About 30 years ago I spotted an old beat-up no-name D10 hidden away in the corner of a store that mostly dealt in brass and woodwind. I offered them the equivalent of about $300 and they took it. It had few strings and there was stuff missing underneath, but I got it breathing and my journey began.

It's only in the last ten years that I've had time to take it seriously, but it's all down to that one piece of dumb luck!
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Donny Hinson

 

From:
Glen Burnie, Md. U.S.A.
Post  Posted 21 May 2022 7:34 pm    
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I've seen someone buy a guitar, and then sell it an hour later for over 3 times what he paid. Was that a "steal"? Yes, in every sense of the word. Muttering

To each his own, but I have a conscience, and it doesn't allow me to do things like that.
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 22 May 2022 6:30 am    
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These two tall tales are all about amplifiers, not guitars.

In my first junior high school band, our bassist's uncle worked for a large insurance company. The company took possession of two amps that were involved in a touring group's fatal car wreck, and it was uncle's job to dispose of them. We went to the office to check 'em out, and I submitted winning bids of $100.00 and $75.00 respectively for a nearly new (circa 1965) Ampeg B-12XT Portaflex, and a Fender Tremolux piggyback, both of which are still going strong almost 60 years later.

Fast forward a couple decades. My ex was a minion with Republic Airlines, who a couple times each year held sales in their cafeteria of stuff passengers had forgotten on aircraft, lost and abandoned airfreight, insurance claims, etc. I walked out of one sale with a nearly new Polytone Mini-Brute II, complete with road case, for $100.00. I discovered shortly thereafter that the amp once belonged to Joe Pass. It missed his return flight from MSP to LGA, and was sent on the next available aircraft, but not before Joe had filed a claim. He told 'em "I don't want it back, just give me the money, the company will send me another amp." The Polytone is a fine pedal steel amp for smaller venues. I used it frequently for clubwork throughout the '80s and '90s, and it still gets fired up on occasion. Great little amp.
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scott murray


From:
Asheville, NC
Post  Posted 22 May 2022 7:13 am    
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in 1996 I acquired my first pedal steel, a BMI S-10 with 3x4 which included a Nashville 400 amp... all for $400
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