Would this detour you?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by cosmicCowboy, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    I agree 100%

    A Duffy Falcon might be a great guitar but that ex broken one is only worth parts on it to me - maybe $200-300.
    And then it would take many hours of your time trying to sell them = not worth the bother imo.
    So in fact it's worth zero to me :eek:

    If you bought this Duffy for more than $300 the dodgy repair might last 10 years or 10 hrs.
    Either way you'd never have any confidence in it and neither would anyone else if you tried to sell it.
    And on selling it would always be a problem and you'd always be offered just parts value for it. :D
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  2. NiterideGuitarist

    NiterideGuitarist Electromatic

    Jun 4, 2016
    Rochester, NY
  3. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Yes, it would deter me.
  4. NiterideGuitarist

    NiterideGuitarist Electromatic

    Jun 4, 2016
    Rochester, NY
    I just sold a 2001 highly figured Premium Plus Custom Gibson LP that I bought for $1300 from a band mate that played out with it as long as we were together (knowing the headstock was re-glued. Sold it for $1100. New it was worth over $3000 all day. I wouldn’t make a purchase like that. My original intention was to replace the neck (cost factory estimated was over $2K). Pretty as it was, it was a too heavy for me and too expensive to do it right. On the other hand the shop owner that bought it said he liked the neck and was thinking about keeping it himself.
  5. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Look at us! 5 pages about a guitar with a broken headstock that none of us own. I love this place.
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  6. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    In defense of five pages, it is a high end Gretsch with a superb repair job.
  7. dspellman

    dspellman Electromatic

    Jul 4, 2020
    Los Angeles
    It would deter me. In fact, I've never purchased a guitar that had previously experienced a break. There's always another one.
  8. Glaw

    Glaw Electromatic

    Aug 30, 2017
    When you dreamed about this guitar did it have a crack in it? I’d easily pass.
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  9. Runamok

    Runamok Synchromatic

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    The C clamp slows down restringing a wee bit.
    Locking machine heads might help.

    A profeesional repair on this guitar: did anyone price it?
    Seems to me that would tell one whether $1500 is a “good price” & still requires a desire to gamble for a “dream guitar.”

    I call it spending $2000 of slot machine money
    for the rights to a future story — whether its a good outcome, or bad.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2021
  10. petecarlton

    petecarlton Newbie

    Feb 10, 2021
    Nottingham, UK
    Hell, yeah!
  11. rob batz

    rob batz Country Gent

    Apr 17, 2014
    Bristol ct.
    Not for me , could never buy a broken guitar regardless if it’s stable or not I couldn’t stand it
  12. birddog

    birddog Electromatic

    Apr 12, 2016
    Never let your dreams and emotions interfere with your finances...

    Invest that money in what you want without the burden of the remorse that could be had wishing you never got involved in the transaction. If the investment for one in pristine condition isn't one you can make...keep the dream. You will be happier.

    (Courtesy of a fortune cookie I got once).....(it was a damn big cookie.)
  13. gretsch-to-go

    gretsch-to-go Electromatic

    Oct 2, 2019
    Palm Coast, FL
    Gretsch is Fender, so it would really be a Fender neck as replacement or their refurbished neck replacement.
  14. doc538

    doc538 Electromatic

    Sep 20, 2017
  15. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
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