Help with a 59 reissue
Posted 15 April 2017 - 12:47 AM
Posted 15 April 2017 - 05:55 AM
That said, it's all speculation and we could see the end of reissues with stricter wood controls and that would push the used value very fast.
Posted 15 April 2017 - 08:05 AM
Almost certainly not. It will merely become a second-hand guitar and second-hand guitars are almost never more expensive than their new equivalent.
Check out the price of a new R9 and then compare with the numerous offerings on eBay for an indication of how much prices drop once 'out-the-door'.
Some exceptions are certain examples of the Collector's Choice or Artist's Signature replica models.
The Melvyn Franks (i.e. ex-Peter Green) CC#1; the Jimmy Page #1; the Billy Gibbons 'Pearly Gates' are all sort-of holding value but these are in the tiny minority which are doing well. They are also, unfortunately, outside your hoped-for budget.
However, there are a few gems in terms of original buying price if you look hard enough. Not an R9, I grant you but here's an R8 available at the moment for a price whose s/h value is unlikely to drop anytime soon;
Thomann has also got an 'interesting' Collector's Choice available for a great price if you don't mind something...erm...a bit different, shall we say?;
The Tom Scholtz isn't my cuppa by a long way but as an investment it's probably(*) quite sound.
One thing I have noticed over the years is that guitars with highly flamed/figured/3D tops will always command prices higher than lesser-endowed examples. Shame, as a nice bit of maple adds nothing to the tone and there are some very pretty dogs out there but, as a general rule, the s/h market seems to put looks as their #1 priority. With this in mind my advice from the investment angle would be to buy the most 'killer' top you can find and just hope to goodness that the rest of the guitar matches up to a certain extent.
(*) All just my opinion, of course, and I'm nobody's financial advisor. YMMV.
Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:28 AM
On the other hand as was said, the nicer the piece you buy, the less you'll lose.
Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:34 AM
Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:20 AM
I'm not so sure, Michael.
I've just had a quick look on the USA eBay and, as an example, there are a number of '76 LP Customs (first year of the re-introduction of the 3-p'up Custom) to be had for anywhere between $3,000 up to $4,200 for a mint, totally original 3-p'up version with OHSC.
A new LPC, on the other hand, is currently listed on the Sweetwater site as costing $4,799 so even the earliest non-'50s 3-p'up LPC usually costs less than a new example.
Some of the very late '60s ones do go for bigger money but they are far more scarce which, in turn, drives the price up.
There were just far too many Les Pauls made in every decade from the '70s right up to today to make them collectable / valuable.
Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:33 PM
I'm not trying to start a bunfight or score points but as far as recent Les Pauls go I believe only the rare / special edition / Tom Murphy aged etc...etc... ones will be of interest to collectors = investment potential. Shame as my own quartet are between 22 and 26 years old so the "25-30-year-old" concept might have been good news otherwise...
Your Flying V, OTOH, is a different matter because V's have always been produced in smaller quantities (and not at all in some years) and are therefore more likely to have a dedicated - if less numerous - following / captive market.
I wish you the best of luck if you ever decide to part company with her.