To be blunt, a "player" grade guitar is great if you, too, are a player! I would never, ever buy a guitar I didn't love playing and intended to play. I've sold many guitars at a good profit, but that's not why I bought them,. ever. It's just that good guitars are always worth more as time passes. I would definitely ditch breadth for quality. I'm an anomaly on this forum, but I think it's idiotic (and bad) to amass a so-called collection of guitars you don't play, unless you are genuinely investing. I've had many giuitars over many years and am happy to say that the numbers have steadily gone down and the quality of the smaller number I retain is really wonderful. That's what I'd shoot for.
Let's say you have $25K in trade value and you want a vintage Strat. You don't put on whammy bar on your Strat generally. If you could negotiate reasonably with a dealer, would you go for a 60 hardtail or a really clean 64, both all original? The 60 is $2500 more but the dealer is amenable and the 64 has a dealer that won't negotiate because it's so clean.
I think I know exactly what store you're buying from, and I've been looking at the exact same two strats. The 64 is a specific month/year I've been hoping to get.Let's say you have $25K in trade value and you want a vintage Strat. You don't put on the whammy bar on your Strat generally. If you could negotiate reasonably with the dealer, would you go for a 60 hardtail or a really clean 64, both all original/original owner guitars? The 60 is $2500 more than the 64.