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Man Historic Reissue prices are crazy high.

procos

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I have been out of the Les Paul market for awhile(2 years) but since that time seems like the Historic Reissue used market has rallied big time. I used to be able to buy R7's for around $2200-$2400 and R8 flame tops from $2900-$3200 all day long. Now the Goldtops are priced at $3000 and the R8's even higher. Is it me or has the Les Paul Historic Reissue used market caught a huge rally? I'd really like to get either a R7 or R8 but have not desire to pay the prices being asked.

Thanks,

Chuck
 

Tormenos

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Yeah prices seem to be up...that said I was just picked up a used 2007 plain top R8 at Guitar Center a couple months back for $2250, guitar was pretty much in mint condition. The deals are out there it just takes a while to find em! Here is a pic, I put some Wolfetone marshallheads in it:)

 

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2013 R9's seem to be the best deal lately...... just don't need another.

The good tops still get the money.......keep ur eyes peeled.
 

kracdown

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I just saw a really nice R7 go for $1850. I see most goldtops and plain tops under $2,500 if they're priced correctly... People try selling them for more but I don't see them selling
 

GAD

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They're crazy high until you try to sell one.
 

bdm

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While I agree that prices generally are high I found two great deals on Historic Series LPs in the last month. If you don't have to have everything original with all the paperwork it seems a player's caliber LP is actually relatively affordable.
 

elterrell

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I bought an R6 for $1900 a few months ago. I see a lot of overpriced reissues with lots of bumps in the emporium.
Asking and getting are two different things.
 

jamester

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It's ridiculous!

Not a LP, but I've been gassing for a '59 335 RI...$5,999! Six grand for a 335, re-issue or not that's outrageous.
 

TattooedCarrot

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Asking (used) prices don't mean anything until they're sold prices.

The prices you mention might be what people are asking, but what are they really selling for?

I'd say G0's, R7's, and plaintop R8's are still < $2500.

And as mentioned, there does seem to be a lot of good deals on recent R9's.
 

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I have stopped buying Gibsons due to the unconscienable prices being asked.
Yes, Gibson is trying to make their historics out to be like super-high end sports cars at the prices they are asking. However, the guitars are about the same as they were several years ago without so many improvements to cause a demand for prices being asked. I guess they only want the successful players to be able to play the historics.

I can live without them. I have found that there are guitars that are just as good, or even better made in Europe, and the prices are humane and reasonable.
 

patentcad

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The new Historics are stupid expensive. I don't know WHAT Gibson is thinking man. I paid $3400 for this slightly used R8 that had new pickups, pots, etc. Gorgeous guitar, weighs only about 7.7 lbs (and it's not chambered), tone to the bone. Pricey for an R8 perhaps, but the guitar looks like an R9 and has an R9 neck. I love R9s, but I'll never buy another LP, mainly because I don't want to pay $5K for a guitar that's a 9 lb. boat anchor, I don't care how great it sounds. Very happy with the one I found.

 

Telecaster62

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I concur wholeheartedly with C-4 in his post. Gibson has jumped the shark. I'm done unless I find a nice used one at an appropriate price.
 

patentcad

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That being said, there aren't TOO many guitars better than Gibson Historics. They are killer pieces.
 

procos

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The new Historics are stupid expensive. I don't know WHAT Gibson is thinking man. I paid $3400 for this slightly used R8 that had new pickups, pots, etc. Gorgeous guitar, weighs only about 7.7 lbs (and it's not chambered), tone to the bone. Pricey for an R8 perhaps, but the guitar looks like an R9 and has an R9 neck. I love R9s, but I'll never buy another LP, mainly because I don't want to pay $5K for a guitar that's a 9 lb. boat anchor, I don't care how great it sounds. Very happy with the one I found.

If the weight on your guitar is correct I'd say you got a steal. That guitar in my eyes is worth more than $3400 if it weighs 7.7 lbs. Never even heard of a non chambered Les Paul weighing less than 8 lbs. You find all the good ones Pete.
 

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Buddy just snagged a new 2013 R9 for about $5k. Absolutely a killer guitar. You're right that this would have been closer to a $4k guitar just a few yrs ago.
 

patentcad

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If the weight on your guitar is correct I'd say you got a steal. That guitar in my eyes is worth more than $3400 if it weighs 7.7 lbs. Never even heard of a non chambered Les Paul weighing less than 8 lbs. You find all the good ones Pete.
Just put it on the digital scale in my office. 7 lbs. 12.5 oz. So maybe it's more like 7.8 lbs. But it's lighteous and it is righteous. I like the tone it gets from the Wiz (eastern European company) pickups. The guy that owned this guitar was a super LP weenie, he modified everything, the tuners, EVERYTHING. Hell, I don't even know why he changed the tuners, the stock tuners look identical and they are in the case. But he was an LP nut, and he made it the best he could.

It worked. Me, I buy guitars and I change the strings once a year whether they need it or not. OK, now that I'm gigging, more.
 






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