Watch out for corporate guitar brands "custom shop" models. They are only slightly better than their low end imported counterparts. Yet the pricing can sometimes be more than triple. When I worked for Gibson in the early 90's the rule of thumb on pricing was overprice the guitar so the customer will assume it's better than the competition. Many companies are catching on to that scam today.
Collectors Make Sure You
Read This, It's Important!
Basic Autograph Intelligence !!!
We get asked for this stuff all the time!!!!
We will warn you before you buy it !!!
Hello Kiddies, This Is A $119.00
No matter what you do to it it's still just a $119.00 Squire
Wholesale in China approximately $28.00
Look at the price on the bottom right $4,295.00 "Holy Frickin Shit Batman"
See Below For A Close Up !!!!
I took these pictures in a popular memorabilia shop In Los Angeles.
People actually buy this type of crap !!!!!
If you do you have more money than brains !!!!!
The guitar has been autographed so maybe the guitar is worth $400.00
The frame is worth $200.00 but who wants to frame a $99.00 Guitar.
You can find this crap at Hollywood Blvd rip-off tourist traps etc etc.
SMARTER BUYERS WILL LOOK FOR
Medium & Upper quality USA made guitars, minimum $800.00 & up will appreciate in value, maybe they will never get as high as $4,295.00 but at least you would not be ashamed to hang it in your office or rec room. The rule of thumb here is'
The higher priced the guitar is !!! The higher the value of the autograph !!!!
If the guitar actually belonged to the person who signs it
then your investment is much safer. and the value will surely
escalate depending on the fan base of the celebrity.
See Investment Grade Guitars
The other one I have is a $5,000.00 "Super
Lucille" from Gibson. It has been signed and numbered. This will
surely escalate because BB King is a very big star, He is a very
well known guitarist. So it's a pretty safe bet that the Super
Lucille is a good investment.
That is the basic reason the rich get
richer, and the poor always stay poor !!!!!
I am usually right and you would be playing
a good hand if you follow this simple advice.
Either buy something good or don't buy anything at all !!!!
Currently I have a $1,000.00 Fender Guitar that has been signed by Eric Clapton
The price is about half what the Squire above is selling for.
The guitar below is a $3,000.00 Gibson 61 reissue exactly like
There are over 60 hours of hand paint work in 88 colors invested in this guitar
The frame is a far better frame than the one above
This is selling for $5,900.00
This guitar is a real conversation piece,
it is as high quality as Gibson makes and it screams Eric Clapton
The original 1968 copy of Disraeli Gears is signed by Clapton Bruce & Baker
Still an expensive instrument but not a bad investment !!!!!
We supply these to numerous
Hard Rock Casinos Around The World
We Do Player Models, Exhibition Models & We Will Even Paint Yours If You Like !!!
Group Of Gibson SG's
Are You A Les Paul Lover Read This & Weep, Gibson Dirty Blonde Guitar
Expensive Versus Overpriced
If you want to add to this list please contact me
|BRAND||MODEL||SOLD NEW FOR||ACTUAL VALUE|
|Gibson||Doubleneck, Jimi Page||$27,500.00||$3,500.00 *|
|Gibson||Joe Perry Boneyard||$5,000.00||$1,895.00|
|Gibson||335, Eric Clapton||$12,000.00||$1,995.00 *|
|Charvel EVH||Frankenstrat Striped||$25,000.00||$4,000.00 *|
|Gibson||59 Historic Reissue||$5,900.00||$2,395.00|
|Gene Simmons||Import Punisher Bass||$1,900.00||$899.00|
|Gene Simmons||Axe Bass Spencer Gifts||$4,000.00||$1,200.00|
|Parker||Fly||$1,500.000.00||Check it Out|
Actual value is taking
into account the cache value of the artist associated with the Instrument.
The EVH guitar I have made it $4,000.00 because Eddie is entitled to make
a profit. The actual guitars including the art series of 2006 were all
ridiculously overpriced. They didn't even play well. I have it on a good
source that Eddie hated them himself.
Another major Rip-off is the corporate slime that provides Guitar Center with exclusive Crap-ola guitars that sell for STUPID money simply because they have a monopoly on the unit. I think this borders on the illegal and it is certainly unethical. Witness the Jimi Page Doubleneck and The Eric Clapton plywood constructed 335.
What can you do to protect yourself
Common sense is the only way. Use your head man !!!!! When I sell a J. Frog, George Lynch Skull N' Bones for $4,400.00 you must take into account that it takes a skilled carver the better part of a week to hand carve all those bones. By these numbers a company like Gibson would have to charge $40,000.00 to realize the same percentage of profit that they would make on the Jimi Page & Eric Clapton Models.
Currently there is a guy on the internet selling horribly incorrect J Frog copies for under $2,000.00. They are even worse than those cheap copies ESP made back in 1998. Of course he is not paying any royalties like we do and of course he is using a CNC machine. He doesn't even have the headstock right. What a Putz.
I repeat COMMON SENSE is your best friend. look at the instrument carefully. Is it made from real wood, are the inlays made from real Mother of Pearl or are they Mother of Toilet Seat. The famous Gibson 1959 1958 Reissues are all inlaid with Real Jenuewhine Latrinium. Unbelievable but 100% true!!!
Latrinium is an affectionate name for "Mother of Toilet Seat" AKA " MOTO"
On this page I have assembled a couple of pertinent articles, you may find interest in. I realize the above article will probably piss off more than just a few people. I also assume these are people who either have real, or think, they have real vintage guitars, I am sure I will piss off the counterfeiters & manufacturers that knowingly take part in these scams. I welcome your comments and letters, I will print any and all of them. If you disagree with me please try to refrain from calling me names and stick to the issues at hand. I present these articles in the spirit of educating the customers and I mean no direct insult to the people who may or may not have already spent a ton of money on what they thought was an exceptionally good guitar.
I'm Just The Messenger, Please Don't Kill The Messenger !!!!
Read On & Please Send In Those Comments !!!!!
People Write Me
This is a Gibson 100th Anniversary
The Retail List Price is $10,000.00 as of 1994
That was truly an overpriced guitar!!!
This guitar is in reality a $1,200.00 that should have sold for $849.00 at the absolute highest
Gibson has preloaded a huge cache to it's price.
Today 13 years later this guitar will bring $3,200.00 if you are lucky.
Just Because !!!
Just because I think they are
overpriced & don't stand up to many
Just because I think the new ones all have very low resale value.
Just because the necks break like toothpicks.
Just because I don't like the neck design
Doesn't Mean I Don't Sell Them.
It just so happens, I make a buttload of money Repairing Gibson Guitars!