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Old June 4th, 2014, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Collecting junk

A few years ago, I noticed cheap Japanese guitars from the sixties were starting to be collected. I passed it off as an interesting quirk. I collect matchbook covers, no big difference. Today, I saw a Teisco Del Rey offered at $550 US. These guitars were the reason I became a tech. I spent at least as much time learning fretwork, wiring and neck resets on these crappy guitars as playing them. I'm not even a little nostalgic for my Crest Tele copy or the pale blue ES-335 clone.
Do any of you guys collect these? Would you pay used Gibson money for one?
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Old June 4th, 2014, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a "lot" of guitars, and yes, I have several Eastern copies. I buy individually, but I'd say I'm no real collector. As far as price range, my only current rule is nothing comes my way over $1400, and I've only done that twice, a Gibson and a Gretsch. I pay what my gut allows.

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Old June 4th, 2014, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've got enough really good guitars, to the point where I'm not looking for more of them anymore. I still cruise around on Ebay, and Craigslist, but I don't do much more than looking. And I don't even look for those cheap Japanese axes. I do have a fondness for certain Ibanez guitars from their lawsuit and later era. They made some incredible instruments then, but the market has become wise to their value now, and it's very hard to find a deal on them anymore.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 12:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Those old 60s Japanese guitars were freely available at car boot sales over here in the UK until a few years ago when the prices asked on EBay started to soar. They were pretty awful but the pickups had some quite interesting tones. In the past I've sold quite a few buying for peanuts and selling at on EBay at 500%+ markups. I still have a couple laying about for those slide guitar moments. It's a strange thing that many guitars once regarded as junk are now becoming collectable.
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Not me. I prefer to buy modern stuff these days, which as someone who played the old guitars in the 60s can affirm, is way better made.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 04:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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"...which as someone who played the old guitars in the 60s can affirm, is way better made."
Amen!
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Old May 31st, 2016, 12:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Although, as previously mentioned I've made money buying and selling those pretty terrible 60s Japanese guitars I'm inclined to agree that if it was junk then it's junk now. In the early 60s good American guitars were rare and expensive here in the UK and we had to make the best of what we could afford, my first good guitar was a Telecaster which I bought used in 1965.
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Old June 11th, 2016, 09:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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WTF on Sacto CL

Vintage Electric Les Paul Gibson guitar, obo - $550



Now, watch some ninny pay $400+ for this Teisco Turdomatic!
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Good golly miss molly! That is one ugly guitar!
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i have wished much to find a tiesco like the one i started learning on in 1973, but i haven't seen one exactly like it for sale. but sentimentality or not, i won't pay $500 for it, MAYBE $200. but i can buy lots of fine items of equipment for $500, and some real fine stuff for $200, too.

i am actively trying to find an Aria PE 150 les paul special DC copy like the one i had, but the only way i'll pay even close to that much is if it's exactly like the one i had.

there were some decent tiescos. and there was 50 boxcar loads of junkers.
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