Guitars that are good, inexpensive, and easy to sell.

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  1. twoheadedboy

    twoheadedboy Member

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    I have owned some budget guitars in the past, including Epiphones, low end Fenders, an SX, and a Squier. I bought them all used. Although I liked some of those guitars, I usually found it difficult to sell them when I was ready for something else. I have often broken even or made money when selling mid level or high end guitars, but I have always lost money on lower end guitars.

    I'm considering buying another budget guitar. I'd like to spend under $400 used, but I don't want to end up with something that I can't sell. Which guitars should I consider?
     
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  2. Mickey Shane

    Mickey Shane apolitical Silver Supporting Member

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    Buy used. They hold their value.
     
  3. twoheadedboy

    twoheadedboy Member

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    Yes, I said in my post that I'm planning to buy used. Even if you buy used and get a decent deal, some guitars are still difficult to move, just because there are so many of them out there.
     
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  4. Mickey Shane

    Mickey Shane apolitical Silver Supporting Member

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    I see that now!
     
  5. icr

    icr Member

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    Capitalists around the world have been looking for this since the mid 1800s...
     
  6. Chris O

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    Charvels are a decent value these days...
     
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  7. shupe13

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    Ibanez and Schecter are popular.
     
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  8. Carbohydrates

    Carbohydrates Member

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    Never had problems moving MIM Fender if you don't overpay in the first place.
     
  9. Ps28

    Ps28 Member

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    Nothing like this exists.
     
  10. MBreinin

    MBreinin Supporting Member

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    The fastest guitar sale I have ever had was when I sold my Epiphone Korina V on Reverb. It sold in 45 minutes. I did price it a bit lower than others, but it was clearly a guitar with a market. I think the Limited Edition Epiphones sell well. I have never had an issue selling a Mexican Fender either, especially the lower priced ones. Never had a problem selling the several Classic Vibe Strats I owned.
     
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  11. fjrabon

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    Anything that’s very good, and available for $400ish used will be flooded on the market. Otherwise it would cost more than $400.
    Closest is probably a PRS SE.
     
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  12. jwguitar

    jwguitar Supporting Member

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    Anything a bit different or a limited edition will in general sell better than a very common model.
     
  13. PeterG

    PeterG Member

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    ^ Truth.
     
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    It's the used stuff that people play...like Strats, Teles, Les Pauls & SGs, especially in the classic colors. MIM Strats and Teles and some of the good Epi Les Pauls (like a Custom) & SGs (G-400 etc) are always going to be good first guitars.
     
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    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    It would be helpful if you let us know the type of guitar you would like to own. Acoustic? Acoustic Electric? Strat, Tele, or Les Paul style?
     
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    Classic Vibe/Vintage Modified Squiers. The used market is pretty saturated now. Not sure there are any hot sellers. I've seen some nice guitars at very reasonable prices sitting for weeks on Craigslist. That is good news for you now that you are a buyer, but not so much when it comes time to sell.
     
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  17. Jazzandmore

    Jazzandmore Gold Supporting Member

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    Wait, so you want to buy a cheap guitar that you already plan not to keep, and you already know that historically you lose money this way? Wasn’t it Einstein that commented on doing the same thing and expecting a different result?

    Exactly how does one lose money on something low end? You buy it because it’s a very low cost, so you really aren’t losing much as it cost you very little to start with.
     
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  18. mandomatt

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    Yes. Done this many times. When the slightly special (players series, modern series, offbeat design) gets cleared out, you can get them decent new and see if you like them. If you don’t you can usually sell for what you paid for them. Have to buy right tho. Very possible—- 3/4 of my guitar sales have been this.
     
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    Indie bands want to play Telecasters and Jazzmasters. Focus on those two models. The JMJM is popular.
    The PRS SE models are good choices this way too.

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  20. Ron Thorn

    Ron Thorn Gold Supporting Member

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    Don’t you just get to pick any combination of two out of the three?
    Or is that a different saying?
     

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