Advice on a R8 (and holding their value)

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  1. fgevans

    fgevans Member

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    I am tempted to pick up an R8 as a store near me has one brand new for £2510.

    I currently have a Tokai LS160 (based around an R8 ) which i love and a les paul signature T which i also love.

    I can afford the R8 but i do have a habbit of getting bored with a guitar and then trading it or selling it a few months later. I have stuck with my tokai though as its a gem.

    If i get an R8 and decide to sell it in a years time will i lose a lot on the purchase price or do these guitars hold their value
     
  2. SW33THAND5

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    short answer, yes

    but that is ANY guitar that you buy new and sell in a couple of years.


    buy an old used R8 and the value will already be adjusted. THAT guitar should stick to its value @100%


    now that being said... its no reason to pass on an excellent guitar. if that R8 is awesome...get it, rock it, and worry about the potential downfall later.
     
  3. indyrunner03

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    All of this.
     
  4. fgevans

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    the reason i am tempted is the new price is cheaper than the second hand price on most guitar forums in the uk.

    standard R8 price in Uk is £3300 to £3500, this one is £2500.

    quick glance at uk ebay shows second hand R8;s from £2350 to £2750
     
  5. TwoToneGreen

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    Thomann has R8s for £2,500 every day of the week.

    Edit: I should add that the exchange rate is heavily in your favour. The euro is doing very poorly.
     
  6. TwoToneGreen

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    MusicStore.de have a flame top R8 for £2,444, though you'd have to add a little extra once the credit card company exchange rates are factored in.
     
  7. guitarnut_1

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    Buy a used R8 and you will most likely always get your money back.

    This 2.5K GBP is way too much for a plaintop thou. You can get a used plaintop R8 for around 2K.
     
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    if it helps, i'd buy used. i'd only pay 2k-2200 usdollars for a plain top (which i prefer).
    i'm pretty cheap though. . . .
     
  9. orogeny

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    what he said
    walked away from my computer while posting:aok
     
  10. fgevans

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    That price is very tempting - i have a halifax card which does not charge any fees so price of that would be closer to £2430

    is it the washed cherry one you are referring to
     
  11. BMX

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    If you find one locally that you can try it out and really dig it I say buy it. That said I think prices have hit their high point and will only go down. Gibson continues to produce a lot of them every year and the interest in them (I'm guessing) is decreasing. The age range of those most interested in them is probably 50 -70 and those people will start selling them as they gig/play less and their kids would rather have the money for tuition etc.

    Total guess but my 2 cents.
     
  12. bsacamano

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    Nothing helps resale value more (on anything) than getting a good used deal.
     
  13. TwoToneGreen

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    That's the one. They do individual photos for some of their more expensive guitars so hopefully it's not just a stock set - the top on that one is understated but very nice indeed.
     

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