One man's trash...

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Flouswa, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    can sometimes be a treasure. But then there's the reverse of that.

    I was looking online just out of sheer curiosity to see what was out there as far as Fender Sonoran's. These guitars retailed for $350. I found a blue one that someone had not only custom painted with a "surf" sort of design (and not very well), but then in the description, they said it had a "small crack in the clear coat."

    I guess everyone's definition of small is different? They are asking $300 for this guitar. Nuts.

    I'm sure it probably still plays okay, but $300 for it is way too much to me with that much damage.
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  2. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Ha! I’ve picked up brand new Sonorans for cheaper than that:)
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  3. somebodyelseuk

    somebodyelseuk Country Gent

    Jan 22, 2013
    Birmingham, UK
    I had the opposite experience just under a year ago. A near pristine Dano DC59 with a lot of 'perceived problems' that turned out to be a combination of exaggeration and incompetence.
    Cost me half what it was worth.
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  4. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    Exactly. I paid $200 for mine.
  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Some people... are either ignorant, or very opportunistic, or maybe both.

    I just responded to an ad for a Strat in parts. I could see they were good parts, Fender body and Warmoth neck, and for a decent price. I asked for better pics and about his claim the Warmoth neck used to be €600EU new.

    His reply was he didn't have any pics(ok, maybe it was storage), and gave me a story how the neck was practically new, a custom Warmoth order from the US, amounting to €600 with shipping and tax.

    Now the funny thing was even the lousy pics showed dimples in the frets, a '97 stamp production date(he shoulda sold it as vintage LOL) in the heel, and none of the specs were a custom feature for Warmoth except the neck profile(add a whopping $35 bucks over a $185 neck at most).

    I immediately told him I had lost interest, and wished him GLWTS.

    Too bad, I could have haggled a bit and bought it, and possibly would have ended up with a steal of a deal. But if someone is trying to give you the runaround(either out of ignorance or something else), you should be prepared to walk, no matter how good the deal is.
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  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    There's always the attitude that "my stuff is the best and yours is junk" in a lot of sales. I've always laughed at the notion that "it's worth XXXX to a collector". Just find a collector willing to spend that amount when you need it. A lot of it is One Upsmanship. I guess trying to make yourself look better at another's expense is just inflated ego. I don't fault anyone trying to get top dollar on a sale. Lying is another thing.

    As always, Caveat Emptor.
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Flo , I have a Pa. Lottery scratch off ticket that hit for 3 million . Send me $500 , make it cash , and we'll split the ticket . I'll PM you my address ...:p
  8. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    ...and then there's that bridge in Brooklyn I'm selling too . Easy money now that there's EZPass
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019
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  9. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    All Joke's aside . I'm sure that " small " crack has further deep rooted problems . Good move , stay away
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  10. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Once I know someone is lying to me I walk...but not before I get try one outrageous low ball hopefully insulting offer.
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  11. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Well, it is a very small crack if you're talking width and depth. The problem is that you are focusing too much on the length. ;)
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  12. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    The biggest question is how the crack got there. Depnding on the answer, it's either not a big deal, or it could be a very big deal.
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  13. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    My thoughts exactly. Since I already own one of these myself and have banged it around a few times, it really does make me wonder just what the heck they did to put a crack in it like that!
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  14. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    maybe the seller was on Crack?
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  15. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I bought a Gretsch Clipper with light cracks in the finish for next to nothing and sold it for three times as much as i paid for to a very hapy man.

    ...whish that I kept it.
  16. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Yep, been there, done that myself. Fortunately, I've never had any real damage, only a few minor dings.
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