What's the best investment guitar?

GlenP

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Jul 23, 2019
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Joe Oriolo was an animator of the Felix cartoons. I believe these are his son's or grandson's guitars.
and I think they come with a gig bag!


Felix%27s_Magic_Bag.jpg
 

afire

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Feb 12, 2009
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I recently found a 2017 reverb-overview of -then- current prices of vintage sunburst (no custom colours) Stratocasters.
The most expensive ones were 50ies models in pristine condition: USD 28.000. I had to smile. 5 years later the prices have doubled although everybody is telling you that the vintage-guitar-craze has come to an end since 2008.
And it kind of puts the lie to the theory that it's been boomers alone propping it up. With the massive surge over the last few years, there are obviously a lot of younger players very active in the vintage market. It's not collapsing anytime soon, although I'd love to live to see it happen. But it does seem like some kind of "correction" has to happen at some point.
 

Lou Coppolino

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Jul 23, 2022
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IMO, investment is what works for you and not to go by market trends.

Vendors tend to raise prices on what is the popular toy they can make a profit on and not necessarily what the working musician needs.
 

loudnlousy

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With the massive surge over the last few years, there are obviously a lot of younger players very active in the vintage market.
Remember that this is the generation of inheritors. My dad was left with empty hands when his parents died: After the war there was nothing to inherit.
 

loudnlousy

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As I read elsewhere there are investment funds on vintage guitars and even derivates.
I heard that some of them turned out to be fraudulent or at least shady.
I think that there was even a thread here dealing with that topic.
 

DavyH

Gretschie
Aug 11, 2022
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Aurora, Colorado
"Investments" made in the hopes of a windfall happen all the time in Las Vegas.

I knew a man who arrived there in a $75,000 Cadillac and went home on a $500,000 bus.....

All seriousness aside, in the '80s I myself invested about $2800 in a '71 Falcon, a '60 Tennessean, and a '59 6120. In the mid '90s I sold the three of them together and came close to doubling my money!
 
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Henry

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And it kind of puts the lie to the theory that it's been boomers alone propping it up. With the massive surge over the last few years, there are obviously a lot of younger players very active in the vintage market. It's not collapsing anytime soon, although I'd love to live to see it happen. But it does seem like some kind of "correction" has to happen at some point.
That's a pretty big jump in logic! boomers are still around, are wealthier than any previous generation. And quite possibly richer than any generation in the near future.


"Specifically, the average wealth gap between those 60 and older (mostly boomers) and those 40 and younger (mostly millennials, plus Gen Z) has nearly doubled since the 1960s and 1970s. It makes sense that older generations, who have had more time to accumulate wealth, would have a thicker financial padding than their children. But boomers have been extraordinarily better off, while the wealth of those ages 20 to 39 has declined."
 

David_GS

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Oct 16, 2020
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Toronto
Not a Gibson, noooo... according to Reverb it's the Squier Hello Kitty Strat.

They're selling for over $700, and being listed for more than $1,000.

🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱
Dammit! I was going to buy one of these for my daughter way back when I’m anticipation of her being big enough to play.
 

afire

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Feb 12, 2009
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That's a pretty big jump in logic! boomers are still around, are wealthier than any previous generation. And quite possibly richer than any generation in the near future.
I don't know. There's no doubt that they're still a big part of the vintage market, but I have a tough time believing that the continued surging of the market is on the backs of people past or nearing retirement age without a healthy dose of help from younger generations.
 


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