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I figure some of the worst mistakes I have ever made were selling off guitars. Often had to be done to afford another but also because you get caught up in that I have way more than I need and have got to thin them out a bit thing. But every so often you do get an opportunity to bring one back home. It has happened to me twice now. The first time was years back when I was able to buy back a first body style G&L Interceptor. Last month it happened to me again and I got the opportunity to re-acquire a 1934-1935 Kay Kraft Deluxe I had sold off about 1 1/2 years ago. It just feels downright good to have it back. I have run across two for sale and gave some very serious thought to buying one of them. But both had the slotted headstock and I wanted one like mine with the sexy tapered solid headstock (which according to the catalogs this model was not supposed to have).

 

So how about you guys. Anybody been able to put the pangs of regret behind you by getting a second chance guitar and bringing something back home that never should have left. Now if I could just get my May-Bell all mahogany small body round soundhole archtop back in the fold all will be right with the world.

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I have been lucky to run into some decent guitar souls in all the buying, selling, and trading mayhem. I have a standing buy back and rebuy arrangement with the guy who bought my '58 Goya M-26. If I want it back I send him $800 and shipping. When he'd like it back he sends the 800. J-45 like in tone. I'm chomping at the bit though to buy back the most fun electric I've ever played, a '57 ES125T3/4 modified to dual P90's. He told me I'll be first in line when he sells, but he's not quite ready yet. I think there's a thread of hope in the wording of that. Can't wait.

 

Then there are the ones I just wish I never sold.

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I will only say that selling or 'trading off' ain't nearly as fun as getting a new one...

 

Back in the day.....I mean WAY back in the day....A mentor of mine had a 'stripped' single-cut Junior that he would hock to me for $50. This went on for several 'cycles'...Pawn it, get it back,pawn it ,get it back....

 

I sometimes wonder what became of that guitar....No regrets or remorse on anything really. I simply wish that I could have kept them all..... through the years....for memories and artillery if nothing else! I have probably forgotten as many as I remember....[lol]......

 

My best 'good and bad' deal lately was made a couple of years ago. I had decided that my '76 Tele was a non-keeper. Since the original neck P'up went DOA on it ,I just lost interest. I carried it to a guitar show (miserable turnout) with the intent of selling for $1200 (bottom dollar)....I ended up taking $900...[bored]

 

Came back home from the show and a couple of days later bought the '55 Junior that I had been" 'smitten' with" for $700 (all original-needed work-fractured headstock)....It resides in its case much of the time until I have a fret job done.....Tit for Tat....Ying for Yang....Damn the Difference.....Different strokes for different folks.....It is a simple pleasure, waiting to be enjoyed [cool]

 

 

 

 

 

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I actually once cut a deal to sell my '46 LG-2 to a friend who deals in vintage guitars. I started regretting it almost immediately and about three days later went down to his store and was able to call the whole thing off and get my guitar back.

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Happened to me.....I had sold my Eastman ET10SS which was a Cherry Crush finished E10SS prototype which had the 1 3/4 nut and I was able to buy it back a year later......That was the happiest day of my life getting that one back.....It's going to the dirt with me, if you know what I mean.....

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