Has anyone sold off everything for one special piece?

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  1. Super Reverb Swell

    Super Reverb Swell Supporting Member

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    Has anyone sold off a collection to fund a big "special" purchase? If so what did you let go, what did you get, and was it worth it?
     
  2. Papanate

    Papanate Gold Supporting Member

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    I have not. Nor would I - I don't believe in the 'one special piece' thinking.
    That said - I know a few guys who searched for and found their personal
    holy grail guitar - and they appear to be quite content and Gas Free.

    Of course it could be that they changed their diets around that time....
     
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  3. charliechitlins

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    Nope...but I always think about it!
    I suppose everybody with a good-sized pile does.
    As much as I love Gibsons, and could swing that '52 Lester if I sold off most of my stuff...maybe even a '53 wraptail...I think I'd have to buy a Fender.
    I'd be too afraid of losing half the value of a Gibson in the blink of an eye if the headstock cracked.
    I've been gigging Gibsons for over 35 years with no more damage than a dink...but the thought of gigging the basket with all the eggs is scary.
     
  4. randalp3000

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    Yep.
    Consolidated a third of my stuff into one nice piece. Also keep selling my newer gear to purchase some nice vintage guitars. Downsizing
     
  5. mabinogeon

    mabinogeon Silver Supporting Member

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    Yep. Sold five guitars and three amps I never used to buy two guitars and one amp that I play every day.
     
  6. big mike

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    Not for vintage, but I sold many off when a couple special guitars entered my realm.
    Had at one point 6-8 PRS at a time, with multiple's coming in and out.
    Couple special small builder guitars and all but one sold off. Still have less guitars by about 1/2 than I did at my max.
     
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    I consider if often, but have not pulled the trigger.
     
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    I was $250 short when I was in negotiations to buy my first Gittler. I took my only guitar at that time, a Bond Electraglide, to the nearest music store and sold it for exactly $250. I would have taken $2.50 if that was what I needed to buy that guitar.
     
  9. big mike

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    Yeah I purged a couple well loved PRS to get my custom thorn.
    Would do it again in a min.

    That's my desert island guitar. Send me to Valhalla with it.
     
  10. aeiou (why?)

    aeiou (why?) Yeah, I'm a serious guy

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    I've sold multiple guitars to get myself into the boutique realm, for guitars and amps, but not for vintage. Maybe one day?
     
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    If I ever got to a point where I really knew deep down inside I wasn’t going to be playing out anymore I could very easily see myself cashing out the overwhelming majority of my gear and saddling up one “ideal” vintage piece.

    I’ve had the discussion with friends before. I could quite easily see myself with my old Epiphone Cortez acoustic and an old early 60s es-335.
     
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    I thought about it a lot when my dream guitar was an early 60s ES355, and I couldn't see a way of raising the money for one other than selling off most of what I already had. The problem was most of the pieces I had with significant value were great instruments that often had sentimental value, so I could never quite bring myself to do it.

    Eventually the stars aligned such that I was able to take a shot at a great 355 that was close to what I wanted without having to sell off my existing guitars, so taking my time and not parting with guitars I might have regretted the loss of paid off.
     
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    +1! In my experience, patience - and diligence - is a virtue. I wouldn't have gotten any of my current vintage guitars without a) keeping a constant eye on Reverb, forums, and craigslist, and b) avoiding the temptation to settle.
     
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    I wouldn't. I have great gear and I've played great vintage gear, p.a.f.s, old wood etc. My Dwight stands up to it.
     
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    I do have a great vintage (1958) LP Jr. that I really like ! I have some very nice newish guitars also (R,Les Pauls. 335, Tele etc.) I might be temped for a PAF Buckered '54 Goldtop ...but I do already love what I have , some I have had for almost 20 years and for me, that's a long time :)
     
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    yep

    Sold 3 amps, all my pedals, pedal board, other misc stuff for a helix and PowerCab+ and a 2x12 Orange PCC Cab and Rockerverb 100.
     
  17. Mark 63

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    Ever since visiting OK Guitars last month, I’ve been contemplating a big sell off to buy a vintage ES-335. Sadly, I was happy with the electric guitars I have until I played a 59 and 62. But now the baseline has shifted.
     
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    Yes, sold a refin. CAR '65' fender jaguar and renecked '68' gibson ES-335 with wolfetone legends to buy the motorave belaire in avatar. they were my only "vintage" guitars. I had other newer guitars. Now just motorave and R8.

    happy:)
     
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    I sold 5 guitars (custom shop 62 strat, custom shop 69 strat, beano Les Paul, 64 Jaguar, custom shop 57 strat) for a 1960 fender Strat. No regrets.

    I am in a similar situation now where I have 2 refins (57 and 62 strat) that I am contemplating unloading for an original 50s Strat... not sure I want to part with the refins though because I am quite attached to them.
     
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    I would do it, just have to find the right guitar.
     

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