A vintage '54

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A vintage '54

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Okay boys time to pony up and somebody to buy this one.
Heard about it years ago and wondered if it had gone back overseas .....obviously not.
If I had the spare dollars I'd do it...........great guitars these ones........love a fat neck and P90s.

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I'll check down the back of the sofa.

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Molly wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:13 am
I'll check down the back of the sofa.
You're more likely to find a guitar down there that you'd forgotten about than some spare change. :P
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Re: A vintage '54

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I'm not normally a fan of uber-expensive guitars but that is my cuppa tea.

Dumb question time: would this guitar be a good long term investment in comparison to other vehicles like housing, stocks, bonds etc.?
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i'd want a bigsby for that sort of dough.....
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Re: A vintage '54

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RobRoyMcCoy wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:33 pm
I'm not normally a fan of uber-expensive guitars but that is my cuppa tea.

Dumb question time: would this guitar be a good long term investment in comparison to other vehicles like housing, stocks, bonds etc.?



That's not a dumb question at all.
Over the next 10 years you'd see a healthy capital gain as vintage instruments(in good original condition with no issues)hold sway in the guitar market, and this '54 is priced well to sell(here) provided it has no issues.
However compared to property (in NZ) it wouldn't cut it, housing outstrips everything, a sure investment.
If it were me, I'd buy it, use it, then it'd go to the kids when I kick the bucket like everything else.
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RobRoyMcCoy wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:33 pm
I'm not normally a fan of uber-expensive guitars but that is my cuppa tea.

Dumb question time: would this guitar be a good long term investment in comparison to other vehicles like housing, stocks, bonds etc.?
You would certainly have done well financially if you'd bought a bunch of LPs, Strats and Teles in the 1950s. That doesn't say anything about their future value, though. Also, combining investment decisions with sentimentality is usually not wise.

Having said all that, if I had more money than sense, I would have exactly this guitar sitting on my wall. But I'd buy it to play and enjoy, even if it never made a cent.

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When I arrived in Nz some 21 years ago I brought with me a 55 all gold and a 54 burst conversion. Sold them 15 years ago for far more than they had cost me but far far less than they would be worth now. Have to say I'm not wracked by regret. It's all very well owning classic vintage instruments but ultimately you're unlikely to take them out of the house for a jam, and while you can certainly list them on your house insurance, in my case I felt fairly uncomfortable leaving the property for any length of time. Far less stress involved in owning a bunch of easily replaced Custom Shop items.
Investment, well given the way the world's going I think guns, ready meals and bullion are a safer bet.

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Dharmajester wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:48 pm
Investment, well given the way the world's going I think guns, ready meals and bullion are a safer bet.
So I should be bidding on this?

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RobRoyMcCoy wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:33 pm
I'm not normally a fan of uber-expensive guitars but that is my cuppa tea.

Dumb question time: would this guitar be a good long term investment in comparison to other vehicles like housing, stocks, bonds etc.?
Dumb answer time: If you believed it would appreciate faster than the other options, then Yes!


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Re: A vintage '54

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Vintage guitars are a good financial bet if you buy right. And this one is the real deal...

But I wouldn't say this is a bargain...now if I'd have paid the $30K the seller was asking a few years back....
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I don't think this will appreciate as much if you intend to keep it here, is be hanging onto it to sell overseas when it got to that stage...

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As an aside,...this is why I think the LP Specials represent such great (relative) value. All that’s missing is the maple top, and the price.
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GrantB wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:09 pm
As an aside,...this is why I think the LP Specials represent such great (relative) value. All that’s missing is the maple top, and they price.
Or to go one further step down, pre-65 Melody Makers are good deals. Although they are more SG than LP due to the body thickness but you get old mahogany and Brazilian rosewood.

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GrantB wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:09 pm
As an aside,...this is why I think the LP Specials represent such great (relative) value. All that’s missing is the maple top, and the price.
Yup, can't argue there, even with Epi ones! I thought I couldn't be happier with mine, then I heard it played through my setup by capable hands.

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