Why Do Guitarists Sell Their Best Guitars Ever Owned?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Reverend Paul, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. Reverend Paul

    Reverend Paul Member

    Messages:
    323
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2017
    While guitar shopping, as I do this time every year as my tax return comes in. I have noticed in the description, the seller says its the best guitar he/she has ever played. I dont know about you but I dont sell my guitars if they happen to be the best guitar I ever played. Yes I understand life happens and we need to get rid of things we wish we wouldn't have to. Its just that after looking at hundreds of guitars I would say about half the descriptions say something along these lines.
    Here is an example.

    "This listing is for a beautiful Wine Red with Gold Hardware Gibson Les Paul Studio. It is 20 years old but does not look it. The Gold hardware is almost flawless which is quite a rarity on these guitars. The Tweed case is a high level case with (looks almost new) 2 keys and fits the guitar PERFECTLY. My Luthier did a string change and setup and Called this Guitar a 5% er...meaning that it plays and sounds better than 95 % of the USA Gibson Studio guitars made. He said the pickups were some of the best he has ever heard in any Gibson ever. I sell a lot of guitars here (on eBay) and I have every single one setup by him and he has NEVER said anything like this before........This Guitar is something special......FACT. So special that I am accepting returns because this guitar will not get returned........ There is one or two small bumps.....but the guitar presents very very nice and as I said the hardware is almost amazing.......This Guitar has NO REGRETS..... If you want a USA made Gibson that plays and sounds like a Custom Shop this is the one you want......"

    I can be naive sometimes so I need to just assume these are just sale pitches right?
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jan 23, 2020
    Daren Anderson, Lution, BSG and 6 others like this.
  2. The_Bell

    The_Bell Member

    Messages:
    394
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2019
    Because they've been playing acoustic more lately, and a guitar this good should be played :)

    Edit: I also love "my loss is your gain". I will generally walk away from ads that include that.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2020
  3. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE Member

    Messages:
    201
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2018
    Because they want you to buy it.
     
  4. budglo58

    budglo58 Member

    Messages:
    2,063
    Joined:
    May 12, 2009
    It’s their best guitar until it isn’t . GAS takes over and something else takes its place.
     
  5. DownByLaw

    DownByLaw Member

    Messages:
    1,787
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2003
    Location:
    NW NJ
    Dunno, I wouldn't always read it as a scam. My best guitars are not my number 1, purely out of preference and history with the said number 1.
    Both of my other electrics are arguably better guitars from a construction and tonal standpoint, but my number one is my first and greatest love warts and all.

    Patrick
     
  6. Benny

    Benny Member

    Messages:
    1,093
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2004
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    In my experience, there's spectrum between amateur marketing copy, hardship/need, and change of direction/interest that covers the majority of such situations.
     
  7. CapnRex

    CapnRex Member

    Messages:
    783
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2016
    Please find the pattern here:

    • Clothing salesperson: "Wow, this shirt really matches your eyes!"
    • Car salesperson: "I don't want to let this car go at this price, but you seem like a good guy so I'll make a deal as long as you don't spread the word."
    • Vitamin ads: "These vitamins are known to help with so many problems! They will keep you young! They will ward off the common cold!"
    • Guitar owner on CL: "This guitar was built by Jesus Christ and I'm going to hell for selling it, but you'd be a fool not to buy it!"
     
  8. David Simpson

    David Simpson Member

    Messages:
    797
    Joined:
    May 16, 2003
    Location:
    seattle
    Sometimes folks do need cash.
     
  9. Starshine

    Starshine Member

    Messages:
    817
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2014
    Honestly, I don't care at all what the previous owner thought of a guitar, good or bad, as long as the description is factually accurate.
     
  10. blues junkie

    blues junkie Member

    Messages:
    1,670
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2005
    Location:
    Denver,Co
    The emporium is full of ads like that. " this is the most amazing guitar I've ever owned it's one in a million I've never had a guitar this good, blah, blah, blah". It cracks me up.:rotflmao
     
  11. Reverend Paul

    Reverend Paul Member

    Messages:
    323
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2017
    I’d almost rather hear the seller say. My wife says I have to get rid of a few of my hundred guitar collection. Then still he isn’t selling his cream of the crop. Or the “this guitar just
    no kidding right? Or the My wife says I have to get rid of a few of my guitars to pay for “insert”. So he is selling off his clunkers basically. My buddy has a philosophy on used guitars. Basically nobody sells awesome guitars for no good reason. There usually has to be something wrong with the piece. I prefer to buy my used gear from used gear sellers. Right now I’m looking for a Japanese Firebird. Pretty much every seller from Japan is in the used gear market from what I can tell anyway.
     
    The_Bell likes this.
  12. Reverend Paul

    Reverend Paul Member

    Messages:
    323
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2017
    I can almost relate to this. Styles and taste change obviously. I’m just skeptical by nature I guess to overcompensate for my naiveté. Just seems like an over abundance of private sellers are getting rid of the “immaculate conception”
     
    BSG likes this.
  13. Desmosedici

    Desmosedici Member

    Messages:
    213
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2016
  14. Reverend Paul

    Reverend Paul Member

    Messages:
    323
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2017
    Boards need a BS icon for us buyers just so we can let them know their thirst could be negatively affecting their sale chances.
     
    Leader Desslok likes this.
  15. Reverend Paul

    Reverend Paul Member

    Messages:
    323
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2017
    How so? Are you saying they are dumping the gear for dope?
     
    WornFrets likes this.
  16. GuitarMakerNyc

    GuitarMakerNyc Member

    Messages:
    639
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2017
    "My Luthier"... lol

    Total train wreck of an advertisement.
     
  17. Tootone

    Tootone Member

    Messages:
    4,030
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2016
    Flowery Amateur Sales BS.

    Ignore it. Be objective.
     
    grantaustin likes this.
  18. Surgeon

    Surgeon Member

    Messages:
    890
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2008
    M’kay
     
    MattyK-USA, shane8, JWhite and 2 others like this.
  19. nl128

    nl128 Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,852
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2011
    Location:
    Outside Philadelphia
    some people think they need to go down the used car salesmen route to sell a guitar and some don’t.

    That doesn’t mean that there isn’t any great guitars being sold by private sellers.

    every great guitar I’ve ever owned has been from a private seller .
     
    guitarstan and bdgotoh like this.
  20. Doctor Morbius

    Doctor Morbius Member

    Messages:
    2,107
    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2009
    Location:
    Indianapolis
  21. Riffzilla

    Riffzilla Member

    Messages:
    709
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2018
    I actually did sell one of the best guitars I’ve played/owned because I thought I was done with Les Pauls. Massively regretted that about a month later and still living in hope the buyer has a clear out and I can buy it back :)
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice