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GtrGeorge!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:42 pm    Post subject: My problem needs your suggestions... Reply with quote

Hi,
So I LOVE a certain guitar. they made less than 100 of em, years ago. So its pretty rare. I found it..and it looks good but...it may have a bridge stud that is loose.
If I buy it..It will need to be fixed. And if it gets fixed: it is no longer original.....what do I do?
did I mention..it isnt cheap? At $800..thats not chump change to me.
but its rare..and I could never make one like it for 800.
Your thoughts????

GtrGeorge
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:07 am    Post subject: Other Gear Reply with quote

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As far as I'm concerned, if it's something I want and like, and would "bring joy," then I buy it.
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If the repair is necessary, especially to make it playable, I wouldn't think twice. One has to ask themselves, "Who owns this thing anyhow? Me or someone unknown who may want to buy it and so I have to make them happy instead of myself."
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, agreed....If it will be something you love to play, get it....What kinda guitar is it?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a firm member of the "gear is meant to be enjoyed and not looked at behind glass" group. If you love it, get it and get it in playing shape. Not for nothing, but if it's going for $800 and only 100 were made it's not exactly a collectable item. Rare or not, the market hasn't deemed it collectable.
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GtrGeorge!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:49 pm    Post subject: Thank you... Reply with quote

Thank you for your ideas...
I let it slip away. I'll tell you why:
I emailed the owner...the more I learned, the more I knew the guitar would require 300-600 worth of work to be playable (bridge posts are WOOD SCREWS!!..not the original posts) .
Further I don't know of any luthier I trust enough to do the 300-600 worth of work. So I'd buy the guitar at 700 and then play another 600 and then SEE IF IT WAS A GOOD INSTRUMENT. WTF??? If the luthier screwed up...there would be little chance of fixing the messed up guitar.
Don't know about you....but I am not into this much gambling.
I already own 15 guitars...and never enough time to play them (and I play professionally ever weekend, sometimes 2x a day)....so....

I had to let it slip away. Maybe if I had some excess money I would wing it....but I just don't want to go there.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wtf was the guitar????
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smart choic made.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:37 pm    Post subject: the guitar was.. Reply with quote

The guitar was/is a Westone Pantera. I like them..but they never succeeded in the market place, hence only about 100 were made.
The one I was looking at was screwed, as far as I can determine....wood screws were put in place of the bridge pivots. YUCK.
So I had to pass.
I am comfortable with my decision.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guitar was/is a Westone Pantera. I like them..but they never succeeded in the market place, hence only about 100 were made.
The one I was looking at was screwed, as far as I can determine....wood screws were put in place of the bridge pivots. YUCK.
So I had to pass.
I am comfortable with my decision.

GtrGeorge
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GtrGeorge! wrote:
The guitar was/is a Westone Pantera. I like them..but they never succeeded in the market place, hence only about 100 were made.
The one I was looking at was screwed, as far as I can determine....wood screws were put in place of the bridge pivots. YUCK.
So I had to pass.
I am comfortable with my decision.

GtrGeorge


I think it was a good decision.

If you want a guitar to keep in original condition - don't use it.
If you want a workhorse - don't buy a rare guitar.
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