Sleeper guitars that are (IMO) more than they cost

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by juks, Jun 18, 2021.

  1. Pine Apple Slim

    Pine Apple Slim Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2011
    North Alabama
    I doubt my old 83' Carvin would bring much more than that, but you'd have to gimme 3x $349 to part with it.
    I think I paid $320 for this great playing 2006 Pro Jet, but I have about that much in the T-Armonds in it.
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  2. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    704
    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    That is really nice collection!
     
  3. jfassett

    jfassett Synchromatic

    742
    Dec 9, 2017
    Tucson
    If you're a 335 fan, this Hagstrom Viking was a steel for under $500 IMG_20200811_105008_hdr.jpg
     
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    71
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    DeArmond 2000 single coils---right! Not double pole pieces, tho. Smaller, off center ones are adjustment screws for the magnet slugs. They're definitely bright, P-90-ish, Beatle-esque sounding, especially thru a Vox tube amp. If Gretsch had only put these into the early Pro Jets...
     
  5. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    704
    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    That sounds very interesting. I guess another Gretsch on the wishlist...
     
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  6. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Thanks, it was a fun and a challenge putting together. The brighter trans red Virage 2 and super rare trans black semi solid 55 were the hardest ones to locate. Over two years I only came across one other trans black listed for sale and it was in Japan. Not apparent in the photo but it came with an Ebony board and natural faux wood binding.
     
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  7. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    71
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    There are a few models with those pickups, so you have a wide choice. Play one and you'll see.
     
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  8. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    704
    Jan 9, 2013
    California
    I agree. I bought a Reverend this year for about $900. Not cheap, but I feel it was more than worth it. Great sounding and great playing.
     
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  9. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    928
    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    DB3C1122-0FE4-44E7-9A77-8231C79ADD1D.jpeg I could strip this for parts and make a profit

    took me a little while to dial it in but it is gorgeous. I think it cost 450 new. bigsby. Fidelitron. It punches above its weight
     
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  10. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes. I've seen very very few too... My local shop had two when they were issued, I remember that it was the version with triple blade poles pickups, one was Natural, the other Dark cherry. Later, he had a Sunburst IIRC... I don't know the model names, but I remember that they were classy and well-built :cool: and... Rather costy ! :eek:;)

    A+!
     
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  11. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    704
    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    GS has the 22 and 33 used time to time. Both double cut and single cut, so far always priced at 299. New they seem to have been around 699 - 899. Hence my #2 sleepers. Excellent guitars.
     
  12. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Yep. I'm on the lookout for white 3156 in good shape. Anybody got one they want to sell? Let me know!
     
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  13. birddog

    birddog Electromatic

    40
    Apr 12, 2016
    NC
    This is my 'inexpensive should have cost a lot more' guitar. G5420 FSR Korea build...plays like a 6120. If I didnt know, I would say I would have paid twice that. Awesome build quality and finish. Love this one. 20180415_202634.jpg 20180415_202603.jpg 20180415_202540.jpg 20180415_202440.jpg
     
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  14. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Synchromatic

    811
    Jun 12, 2012
    England
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    The Burny (on the right above) is an absolute player. Sounds great, plays great.. up close the top isn't quite Gibson standard but then this cost £440 and more than gig-worthy. On sound and playability it beats any epiphone I've tried in recent years.

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    Squier, with the exception of the weight, I am blown away by how good this guitar is. So much fun to play, and after some time in the gym, I'll be gigging this too.
     
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  15. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    704
    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Thanks for the Burny. Never heard of them.
     
  16. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Burny = Fernandes, a Japanese brand. Guitars are labelled Burny for the Japanese domestic market, and Fernandes for the export models.
     
  17. amp360

    amp360 Synchromatic

    516
    Oct 21, 2012
    Maryland
    I don’t get the love. I had a Tokai Goldstar which was a Strat. Nothing special at all. I sold it to buy a USA Strat in 1989 or 90. I wouldn’t pay more than $300 for one. In fact I wouldn’t pay that unless I was going to sell it. I had an Ibanez Fireman (Firebird) same deal.

    Today newer players don’t have the number of old quality guitars around to actually play so the perception of what a really nice guitar is has changed dramatically. It’s easier to get a cheap guitar that has a brand name on it these days, which is why you see big collections of the same stuff, but it’s harder to find a really great guitar for a good price - especially new.
     
  18. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Synchromatic

    811
    Jun 12, 2012
    England
    Yes, and Steve Hackett is probably the most famous Fernandes player.

    Very rare to find them in stores here in the UK but a shop I use often, and trust, had some, so I didn't buy it blind.
     
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  19. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    704
    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Ah, I have seen Fernanes guitars over here. Thanks for that info!
     
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