Discontinued Gear. Isn't It Frustrating?

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  1. alvagoldbook

    alvagoldbook Member

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    Have you ever really wanted some random piece of gear, thinking, "yeh I want it, but I'll wait until later down the road to buy one."

    Then later on down the road you start to really want one, and it's been discontinued. Frustrating.

    Of course there's always ebay and other places, but sometimes you can't find it sold there. Frustrating.

    I've always had a love for whacky fenders, and now I wish I had gotten a Fender Toronado. but I put it off. Now I can't find them anywhere. Not ebay. Not craigslist. Not nowhere. sigh....
     
  2. Boris Bubbanov

    Boris Bubbanov Member

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    If the manufacturer never discontinues anything, guys will put off that purchase indefinitely, and hence many fewer sales.

    And, you can't add more new models forever if the old ones are still available; the cost to the builder can add up.

    How would you like it if they still made Antiguas?
     
  3. Steve Gambrell

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    If you want a Coronado, try a Gibson Vegas. Great ax!
     
  4. alvagoldbook

    alvagoldbook Member

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    I like Coronados, but I'm looking for a Toronado.

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    Not this:
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  5. eric-d

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    1965 Fender Relic Stratocaster...... damnit.
     
  6. wingwalker

    wingwalker Fuzzy Guitars

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    Happens all the time but I think the one thats bugging me the most right now is the Foxrox TZF...
     
  7. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Just buy one used. They are around.
     
  8. Smakutus

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    And then after you can't get them brand new, some rock guy starts talking about it and the used prices go crazy and you can't get one cheap..

    Jeff
     
  9. GregoryL

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    You'll find one ... just a matter of time.
     
  10. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    Telesonic would be an example that comes to mind.

    They sell for more used now than when they were new.
     
  11. mprvise

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    Yes - happened to me with an amp this week as a matter of fact.
     
  12. Custom50

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    Absolutely. It's near impossibly to find a discontinued guitar by someone like rickenbacker or something like that.
     
  13. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Baritone Tele from Fender, anyone? The ADA Flanger pedal? They even discontinued the reissue, sheesh. That kinda thing.
     
  14. stratotonedude

    stratotonedude Senior Member

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    Most of the guitars I buy are forty or fifty years old.
     
  15. alvagoldbook

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    I definitely agree on the telesonic.
     
  16. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    Well lah tee freaking dah!

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  17. Zim

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    for me, it is my Peavey Pro 500 bass head and Pro 410 cab

    I decided I wanted to add the Pro 210 cab to my 410 for bigger shows or use 2 210 cabs or just a 210 for smaller places and Peavey stopped making them! So now I have to find used. The turn up from time to time, but always when I am broke! I hope my head never goes down, can't buy a new one...
     
  18. James

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    I don't consider myself a corksniffer by any means, but a lot my favorite guitars, amps and gadgets are discontinued or somewhat obscure (not really vintage). Ebay and Craigslist are wonderful for finding the offbeat stuff, or discontinued stuff I once had, but sold. I'm constantly amazed at how easy it is to find rare stuff on Ebay. On several occasions, some weird old pedal or gizmo has popped in my head and I've thought "Oh yeah...I remember that old thing from the < insert decade>. I wonder if I can find one on one of the internets" and there just happens to be an auction running for the item at that time. It's weird. Then it just depends on how bad you want it vs. how bad some other bloke wants it. If you're patient and willing to bid-to-win, you can find anything these days. Chances are, it will eventually pop up on the 'bay. Can be fun.
     
  19. playon

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    Sometimes it takes time for a product to be in the marketplace before word of mouth spreads that it's a cool piece of gear. That is very annoying when something is discontinued just as the word gets out that it's something decent. Often the manufacturers are way behind the curve of what musicians want or like and they do not bring the product back until much later (if at all), then it's usually after the price of the original piece becomes stupidly expensive. For example, look how long it took Roland to put out a half-assed reissue of their Space Echo effect, a decade or two after it had attained classic statues and originals were selling for $800, they finally realized they were missing the boat.

    With companies like Fender and Gibson it's always about the marketing, having something "new" on the market... (even though usually it's just the same old wine in a new bottle).
     
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