Top 5 Quality Guitar Brands with HORRIBLE Resale Value

Top 5 Quality Guitar Brands with HORRIBLE Resale Value


howdy folks my name’s Shane and I’m here
to talk about the top five guitars that you can buy new that don’t hold their
value on the second-hand market let’s get into it now this particular list
reflects my own experience here living in Australia with the Australian
second-hand market but also seeing what I notice on eBay both in the US and
Canada and so forth so if this is accurate in your part of the world
please let me know in the comments below so this is my top 5 here we go the first
company on this list which comes in at number 5 is Reverend guitars these are
really tough to move secondhand without dropping the price a lot they just don’t
seem to hold their value that well for whatever reason I think it could be the
fact that most of these are made in Asia now as opposed to the US some are still
made in the United States they may hold their value a little bit more but I see
these come up on eBay all the time and they’re at least almost half of what
they would be if you were to buy the new that’s why shopping on the second-hand
market can be good but also if you’re trying to sell in a second-hand market
it can you just basically banging your head against the wall because you know
the value and the quality of these instruments you just can’t give them
away so Reverend guitars as much as I personally like them comes in at number
five. so number four I see come up on eBay all the time as well as on the
Facebook groups and all that kind of stuff is music man guitars these are
expensive if you were to buy a USA made Music Man electric it’s going to cost
you a couple of grand maybe a little bit more it depends on where you live of
course but that’s just my part of the world down here selling them it’s not
worth your time people just don’t know how good an instrument they are or
they’re not prepared to spend much on the Mentalist in the used market it
could just be a reflection of the use market in general and some of the best
tones I’ve ever heard from my good friend Brian worth from his Music Man
guitar the whammy bar works great it’s kind of like a small bodied strat in
many ways the one that he’s got but it’s a great guitar but he also told me he’s
not even going to try selling it because he’s just basically done his dough he
loves it it’s not worth his time to sell it on
the second-hand market so great guitars just hard to get rid of this next one
will no doubt come as a shock but if you have owned a PRS you probably realized
you have to drop it quite a lot to be able to sell it used
in Australia I see these go for under half price of what they’re worth knew
I’ve had so many people should be messages saying hey I’m selling my PRS
for two grand are you’re interested in I’m like I’m not interested it would
have to be even less for me to want to go buy one than two grand and you there
for five thousand dollars so I see PRS guitars between fifty and sixty percent
of the actual value on the used market it’s pretty crazy when you think about
it overall a PRS guitars are beautiful I think if you’re gonna buy one it’s one
to keep rather than one you’re gonna resell if you do resell it you’re
definitely gonna blow your dough just so you don’t think I’m a brand hater I’m
actually going to put two of my guitars into this category is number two so Tokai
guitars or Japanese guitars in general Japanese guitars are beautiful
instruments that unreal I put them up against any Gibson or the higher quality
Gibson’s and they absolutely hold their own the thing is on the second-hand
market people don’t want to spend that sort of money on buying one of these
guitars so I’ll give you an example I recently purchased a Les Paul style love
rock electric guitar from Tokai they’re about sixteen to seventeen hundred bucks
deal price in Australia brand new case hard case everything on the second-hand
market if you can find one of these they’re a hell of a lot cheaper I’m a
lefty so it’s hard for me to find stuff sometimes but I can walk into any
vintage guitar shop or buy swap and sell kind of joint and I’ll have so many
Japanese guitars you know can insert brand name here Greco, Bernie, Orville all
these guitars on the most part don’t hold their value that well as in
comparison to what they would be if you were to buy one you so if you buy one of
these guitars definitely try and shop on the used market you’ll get yourself an
absolute deal just don’t try and sell it on the use markets so it’s a bit of a
double-edged knife right there it’s kind of one of those tough situations if
you’re like if you’re actually shopping for one you’ll get a deal but if you’re
actually trying to sell one it’s going to be tough work so number one on this
list might come as a bit of a shock this is one of those brands that’s treated
very differently in the US for example as it is in Australia and it’s actually
G&L guitars in the Australian market you could be losing up to 70% of the value
of the guitar if you were to buy it new going to put this into some perspective
comes from my own personal experience in the u.s. G&L guitars actually revered as
being great guitars in Australia most people leave they don’t know about them
or that they’re obviously not as popular as Fender in most people’s eyes so they
just don’t hold their value here but I paid nine hundred and fifty dollars us
for a G&L ASAT classic and I tried my best to really love it but I didn’t so I
sold it I sold it for just over five hundred and fifty bucks Australian I
just couldn’t get rid of it I had it at seven eight hundred bucks it for quite
some time and then I basically did my dough on it so that one comes from
experience in the United States they hold their value more than they do here
but in Australia in particular and maybe in other parts of the world where
they’re not actually maybe as well known as Fender stuff except for the guitar
nerds of course they just don’t hold their value very well and I don’t know
what it is about them whether it’s that weird headstock or what some people love
it but the headstock looks kind of crappy in my opinion but I absolutely
dig their guitars in terms of quality and tone the scale length on the one I
had wasn’t quite right for me it just didn’t feel like my actual 52 reissue
Telecaster it felt like I was reaching too far to get to the same place so I
ended up flipping it I have played some other G&L guitars since then that felt
amazing to play and if I had to do it all over again I’d know what to look for
but in terms of the second-hand market here unfortunately G&L guitars man they
just you’re basically gonna lose 70% if you paid say $2,200 for brand new GL or
something like that you’re gonna be losing a lot of money if
you could sell for six to seven hundred bucks on the used market especially
here you’d be lucky so that comes in at number one please let me know what you
think of this list this comes from my own personal experience with guitars as
well as seeing and sort of taking note of what’s going on online for a number
of years now and yeah so this is my list we had five which was Reverend guitars
we had number four which was music man number three which was PRS we had number
two as Tokai or greco or whatever and number one G&L guitars so let me
know your thoughts on this list if you new to the channel don’t forget to
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enjoyed this it’s something different from my
so I hope you get a kick out of it thanks again for watching folks and I’ll
catch y’all soon see

100 Comments

  • Zach Bauman

    October 16, 2017

    So these are the brands that you should look for deals on used

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  • mk ds

    March 12, 2019

    One brand that REALLY loses value is schecter.

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  • Countleopone Vonflikinstein

    March 13, 2019

    I find it a little funny when people buy squiers for 150$ and then resell for the same price or like even 120$. Like if they save up a little more they can get a full MIM fender guitar.

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  • Larry Lehman

    March 18, 2019

    I never heard of reverand but I agree on the others

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  • Bruce Wayne

    March 18, 2019

    Hooray a buyer's market!

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  • walter kersting

    March 19, 2019

    I buy, I keep. I buy friggin cheap. $20.00 s type cheap.

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  • Steve Whyte

    March 19, 2019

    Yeah in the UK anything that's considered a copy of a Fender, Gibson or Martin is hard to sell second hand except for Epiphone or Squire which if you buy second hand you're pretty much guaranteed to get your money back

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  • tom46970

    March 20, 2019

    I agree with you on everything except the Ernie Ball (at least here in the states). Especially the Axis and Luke models. I was in the market for a Luke III and it took several weeks to find a used one that they weren’t asking new money for.

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  • Raymond Dixon

    March 20, 2019

    Playing for 40 odd years and never heard or seen most of the brands named. I'm here in Ireland. As a rule here it's very hard to sell any second guitar without nearly halving the price.

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  • Gary Griffin

    March 24, 2019

    Let me see if I am following this; people are whining about not being able to resell a guitar that is “valuable” or “rare” for a profit? I used to collect records and the rule is something is worth what someone will actually pay for it, not what you THINK it is worth. Guitars are the same IMHO, not unlike cars. If you are selling guitars to reap large profits, you are going to be disappointed. Drugs and lurid info about celebrities are the real profit areas

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  • ian ball

    March 24, 2019

    Guitars in general are over priced. Compare wih a synth. The amount of work in a synth and all that i in it and all that they do , you would think that guitars should be way cheaper. Say you spend 3000 on a guitar and compaire that with a simuler priced synth and what you get for your money. Fun value with a synth is high . Tweeking to produce sounds of that are just great. Its like having thousands of guitar pedal effects . Even guitar pedals are way over priced. Shame you can't plug your gutar into a synth and dial in a effect and using a foot pedal to control it. Yes i have done just that way back in the 70s i used a gibson custom and a fender strat and ine evens 50 echo unit and a yamaha cs 15 all joined together. Not sure i should have but i was experimenting. This all went though a pheonix 200 watt amp. The police came round one day and said we thought alians where landing in your garden can you turn down the vol. It was on 2. And the house was detached not a semi detached. Oh yes the good old days. A friend of mine tried making a moog synth from scratch. It was basic but not bad over all. The days of experimentation. The computer killed it. Oh yes please don't get me started on the cost of mobile phones. There just crazy. Not even worth a 5th of the cost. And computer soft ware is not worth a carrot. should be aleast a 20th less. Its a copy of a copy of a copy . Over priced by miles. Kilometers. It all must change for the better.

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  • SpaceOrbison

    March 25, 2019

    That's actually good news I've always wanted a Reverend. But you can't make guitars that look like Fender ripoffs and expect people to respect your brand… nobody wants to wear the cheap lookalike version of an expensive pair of shoes… its embarrassing… same principle. They need to come up with their own style. Why would I buy a G&L Mustang looking guitar for 1600$ when I could just buy the actual fender for that price.

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  • Chad Long

    March 25, 2019

    In my mind, PRS guitars are forever tainted by their long associate with the band Creed. I've played them before and they're quality instruments, but I would never own one – all the 'cool' has been sucked right out of it. I could get a guitar that sounds, looks and plays better for a fifth of the price, and that guitar would not have been responsible for 'Higher' and 'With Arms Wide Open'.

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  • Luey Tele Deluxe

    March 26, 2019

    Yeah! Nice fool with the graphic. There i was having a heart attack that my strat and my dot had plummeted… Aaah! But its just a sly adman type trick! You!!

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  • João Glória Alves

    March 26, 2019

    I guess that this reflects, among other things , the urge to consume, chew a little bit, and then let go….
    Not really trying to offend anyone …
    Personally, I never think about resale value, because when I buy a guitar, first or second hand, I’m not thinking about selling it, I never buy an instrument with that in mind.
    I happily buy used, with dents and scratches, as long as it sounds and feels good. The rest is up to me.
    I play them and I play them hard. I take them on the road and I gig them, they’re not wall hangers or polished snowflakes. Call it mojo or patina or whatever. To me they are work tools. And they work.

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  • Kirby road

    March 26, 2019

    Yeah G&L sells low in the U.S. to. I can't get $400.00 us for a brand new ascari that still has the humbuckers covered in plastic & never played. You just have to trade the value out to break even. Gotta buy real low to make anything and hopefully break even.

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  • Max Meier

    April 1, 2019

    Any product that is not a collectable item, will lose value quite substantially, even when function is still uptodate with current products. People pay for having something that is new. Besides that, I wouldnt turn to ebay to buy anything of value. Chances are you are getting a fake product. Chinese factories have really upped their game to copy all kinds of products to a degree it's hard to distinguish from the original just by looking at it.

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  • Jacob Marley Ghost Guitar

    April 1, 2019

    Prs is a good guitar to drop on the auction block. Non musicians go crazy for them there

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  • Jacob Marley Ghost Guitar

    April 1, 2019

    I see g&l asat on Craigslist for around 200 bucks

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  • Ace

    April 2, 2019

    Rickenbacker holds value or goes up in value lol

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  • N A

    April 5, 2019

    I ALWAYS buy used, and most is the time the guitars are in like new condition for great deals. Even if I sell I can make my money back and then some.

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  • Stefan Murray

    April 10, 2019

    I don't know how you forgot this brand.. ESP… I have a ESP artist signature, not a LTD but ESP and I can't give that motherfucker away lol Everyone likes to play it, say how cool it is but they won't buy it I have been stuck with it for 3 years. I had a Gibson SG special and I will tell you the difference was night and day I couldn't keep up with the offers for it! So, if you buy a ESP artist sig, be prepared to just keep it because you won't sell it especially if its a metal player signature cause its a niche type of instrument anyway at that point. And I'll go even further and mention the EPIPHONE Les Paul I had… I sold it in 5 days! For a good price relative to what I paid for it… but here is the $4,000 ESP and I can't even get 1,000 for it lol

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  • a.

    April 13, 2019

    Boutiques and custom shops have terrible resale values most of the time

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  • Forest Capps

    April 14, 2019

    I think the resale market is hurt most because of all the fakes

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  • Drunken Sailor

    April 15, 2019

    I once sold a Squier Affinity Telecaster for almost double of its price brandnew

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  • LEETgaming network

    April 16, 2019

    Aus dollar is less than the US by alot

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  • quiptookie

    April 17, 2019

    lol, if this is what the secondhand market looks like down under, then I'd love to live in Oz. The unfortunate reality in the US is that resellers frequently want what they paid new or more, regardless of brand.

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  • Willi W.

    April 19, 2019

    Didn't know that guitars are the other way around in Australia ad well, just like cars…

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  • Jonathan Hands

    April 27, 2019

    Really interesting! I find that here in the USA the brands you mentioned have high resale prices most of the time. Ibanez guitars no matter how vintage, have low value. And Yamaha as well, even though they are really nice instruments. I always buy used guitars anymore because I figure if I like the instrument i will keep it. The result is I have too many guitars and always need another.

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  • Heph333

    April 27, 2019

    "Top 5 quality guitar brands that are a great deal on the used market"

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  • Gene Kloszewski

    April 28, 2019

    very accurate!, even here in theu.s.a.!, good videos by you. i like your stuff!. for resale, it should say " fender " on it!

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  • megaspider3

    May 11, 2019

    EBMM Bad resale? Big problem is they make bugger all in lefty for a start & virtually never see them for sale in lefty in Australia anyway. I reckon I have seen two or three for sale here used in ten years. I missed a Lefty Dargie Delight Luke on ebay Oz many moons ago & still kicking myself for not getting that one.

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  • GeroLubovnik

    May 12, 2019

    Out of about 20 guitars and basses I've own, I think I've only purchased one electric, one acoustic and one bass new. Everything else was used, and bargains even on the used market at that. It makes it easy psychologially to let go of them because you won't be thinking "I'm gonna lose so much money if I sell this".

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  • Greg Henderson

    May 13, 2019

    The reason is PRS buyers are the pickiest they want them used to be in mint condition ……and guitars are meant to be played !! Not worshipped just my humble opinion ….I totally agree with your list !!!

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  • Paul Torres

    May 16, 2019

    My Reverend Club King cost me $500 used with the case.. Great neck – bass contour is wonderful.. and at that Price I dropped in Lollar 50 Wind p90's … My luthier was skeptical — when I drove to his barn to pick up the guitar it was cranked and when I walked in his smile told the whole story…. So for a cost of $800 I have a Killer guitar — that is what buying used guitar can offer.. enough room in the price to upgrade it to match the tone in your head.

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  • Ralph Ballinger

    May 17, 2019

    I’ve never seen most of those Japanese made guitars he mentioned in American music stores. I’m aware Tokai was one of the first quality knock offs of Gibson’s and maybe Fenders too? I only know of Greco Guitars from watching INXS videos from back in the 80’s. It’s just an observation. I have no opinion in the subject. Peace

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  • Brundlefly

    May 24, 2019

    Wow, I clearly need to take a purchasing vacation to Australia!

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  • Larry Mar

    May 27, 2019

    Why did you shoot this video in a mirror? The guitars are the wrong way. Lolololol

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  • Ozlo Houser

    June 2, 2019

    Usa G&L USA LEGACY. Resale value is crap but I'd never sell it, best strat under 2500 you will find.

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  • Brandon Lee

    June 3, 2019

    Ibanez and Jackson are another example of bad loss in value. They both take a huge dive on the used market.

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  • Gurí Gran

    June 5, 2019

    I'm from Argentina and I trade guitars and basses. My experience is the same as yours. Many excelent brands loose their value as soon as they leave the shop. Kids want the traditional brands, and old foxes like us don't want to pay real money for fantastic guitars when we know it will be almost imposible to sell them later. In fact my main problem is: where do I put these hundreds of first quality instruments that are invading my home and noone wants?

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  • Randy McRae

    June 7, 2019

    So, basically, if it's not a Fender or Gibson, it's not worth much on the used market. The two best guitars that I own are an Ernie Ball Music Man Axis SuperSport QMT hardtail with a gorgeous Birdseye maple neck and a PRS 20th Anniversary Custom 24. I have had both of them for several years and the replacement value on them is twice what I paid for them. No matter, I'll never sell them, only will replace them in the event of theft or disaster. I have some nice Fenders and a few other things, but those two are my top guitars. The EBMM is made and fit/finished better than any Fender and the PRS blows overpriced Gibsons away. For what it's worth, I haven't seen any top EBMMs or PRSs going used for half price.

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  • Gulch

    June 8, 2019

    I'm in the USA. I have 3 G&L guitars. Will never sell them. They're perfect for me.

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  • acocote

    June 12, 2019

    I think he is right, and guess what it is the same in the western world… How come?… Cause guitar market is driven by young and not so well informed people who think Gibson, Fender, Jackson and signature Ibanez are the only guitars someone can collect … G&L, Reverend and the rest have to really struggle to go thru all that market oriented misconception in order to sell even at very low prices for their quality…

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  • Patrick Lemire

    June 13, 2019

    I'm not seeing a huge break on Reverend on Reverb. Maybe it's an Australian thing.

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  • bakachaka

    June 14, 2019

    Idk man I've bought Prs se new for 750 and sold them a year later for 500…I'd say that's holding value pretty well…something that's been used is just cheaper…way it is

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  • Christopher Arnott

    June 16, 2019

    I think the problem with G&L resale value is that people still think they're fake Fenders. Most people don't realize that G&L is a company that Leo Fender started after he sold the Fender company. The G&L strats and teles are more "Leo Fender" than the Fender branded Strat and tele are.

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  • Cliché Guevara

    June 17, 2019

    a used guitar isnt like a used car. sure they get touched but Not farted on. let alone the worry how many kevins were made in the backseat

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  • games and stuff

    June 19, 2019

    I'm part of the world

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  • Matt Kenyon

    June 21, 2019

    Hey Shayne , it seems we have something in common , it’s our love for Peavey Bandit amplifiers . I was wondering if you have ever checked out or done a review on a Bandit 65 ? It seems to me that they are very underrated for sure and any demos I’ve seen online don’t even nearly do this model justice , I have one and love it bought it used for $150 . If you could do a demo that would be great , it deserves it

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  • William Horton

    June 22, 2019

    Generally here in the U.S. G&L made in America are great. But most people want that Fender logo.

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  • Andrew Sanchez

    June 22, 2019

    The only time you should buy a new guitar is if you know your gonna keep it for life. If not then just buy a used guitar. And if you want a fender then just buy a squier classic vibe. Lol

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  • Queenfinger

    June 24, 2019

    Mmm. I wondering what cost to shipped an G&L to the States from Oz.

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  • Gilber Gilmore

    June 30, 2019

    What year is that lefty fender telecaster ?
    If it’s the year I’m after then call me 917-2391418

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  • Romulo Casas

    June 30, 2019

    Fender is now trying to charge $1000 for Mexican made guitars. I can’t see many people paying that much for a new MIM. That’s got to have a horrible resale value

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  • Sarah Siren

    July 3, 2019

    Nice video Shane!

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  • William Muhovich

    July 5, 2019

    I didn't think Tokai or Greco had been seen in the US since the "lawsuit guitar" era … like late 70s / early 80s? Also, are any G&Ls still US made? I thought they were all Asian-made anymore.

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  • Hvalpikk

    July 6, 2019

    Remember that in the 70s & 80s you could buy 50s 60s fenders dirt cheap.
    Never buy a guitar for what you think it might be worth, buy it because you think it looks right purdy.

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  • Carl Patterson

    July 8, 2019

    If I lived in Austrailia, I would own a bunch of G&L's…. Those guitars are unreal… I really think Leo improve particularly the Tele version of his namesake brand.. You can dial them back and thin the tone out but hit them balls on as well… Very flexible and the best made guitars you can find here in the states aside from the true custom shops…..

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  • ROCCO SMURF

    July 10, 2019

    Everything accept gibson, American fender, and Martin dreadnoughts. Outside of that enjoy the.shock of realizing no one wants the boutique stuff in the end, and not being able to sell them is proof. Stick with the big boys if your shelling out big bucks.

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  • Stewart Tomkinson

    July 25, 2019

    ibanes

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  • John Smith

    August 18, 2019

    Don't let the prs fan boys heaaah ya say that. Thats their church They will surround ya shack with torches and pitchforks.

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  • giggythore

    August 27, 2019

    Yup. You can get the earlier non flamed maple neck ebmm USA cutlasses for less than 1000 now.

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  • Zac

    August 30, 2019

    Saw a Jim root tele for $800

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  • Jeff Duncan

    September 2, 2019

    Guild electrics

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  • I am Groot!

    September 3, 2019

    You keep saying 'dont sell' in the used marketplace. Why would you give that advice? The guitars that struggle to generate resale value can be a great investment. I have sold plenty of guitars for either zero loss or even a marginal gain by looking for quality instruments priced under a fair market. Every gear purchase is an investment, some are just way better than others

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  • Inge Kvam

    September 5, 2019

    You could add any lefthanded guitar to the list too.

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  • El34powerstage

    September 9, 2019

    I own 3 Musicman Silhouette Specials. My first one i bought new in 2004 for $1900 cad. Second off Ebay in 2006 for $1100. My third one is a 2004 that i just recently got used for $1000. A new one now is +/- $3000 cad.. If you love "start" styles SSS or HSS. Try one of these "super strats". Only available in Black now.. So. A lot of discontinued colors..

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  • Michael Hamerin

    September 11, 2019

    Wow. Maybe if people realized G&L was Leo Fenders second company, they would recognize the value. Not yo mention the second half – George Fullerton.

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  • David Sanderson

    September 12, 2019

    This whole video is why I'd never buy a guitar new. Ever. Even the major brands like Gibson and Fender take a 20-30% off retail price on the used market.

    And he's totally right about G&L. I bought a 2005 G&L Legacy USA last year. Came with a beautiful birdseye maple neck, which is an additional cost from G&L. The guitar new was probably $1,600-1,800. I paid $750, case and all.

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  • m e

    September 13, 2019

    G&L are just the evolution of Leo Fender's designs. There used to be a music store I went to that carried them.

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  • ant Sor

    September 14, 2019

    High end left handed guitars generally lose value at resale..Some models being super scarce, but potential buyers for those even scarcer.

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  • John Ferrol

    September 18, 2019

    I would add Heritage to that list. Made in USA at the original Gibson factory, but virtually unknown outside the "guitar geek community" as you stated with G&L.

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  • Ben Childers

    September 20, 2019

    Gibson May have great resale value but fit and finish is probably the worst I’ve seen

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  • Nealix D.

    September 26, 2019

    The USA is definitely a different market, but many folks are brain dead for Fender and Gibson.

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  • Александр Морженко - поэт каменного века

    September 29, 2019

    Tokai are realy hot/ if you have a chance to buy it a brand new for 700 – you damn lucky dude !

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  • Wanmohan

    October 4, 2019

    Next time list example ranges. A low end Fender vs high end fender get treated differently in my experience in China, Germany

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  • Robert Natiello

    October 11, 2019

    Nice list. Agreed Guitar sales are ebb and flow over a decade and then some. The real question is how to quantify a guitar at 3k and up? Let alone I truly don't believe a guitar is worth anything over 1.5k unless the parts are driving it up by the thousands which I have not yet witnessed. Sure uniqueness drives up the price but sound quality – no.

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  • Tim O

    October 12, 2019

    Shane just 10 minutes agao my strat deluxe hss mim i paid 1130 has s 1 switch locking tuners noiseless pickups candy red 300 dollars trade in wow what a joke il keep it for that wow im disapointed

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  • Joseph Meyers

    October 27, 2019

    Fender also suck if you trade them in at guitar center had telecaster elite paid 1800 hardly played it 3 months old they wanted to give me 800 on a trade for a prs

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  • Nordic Axeman

    October 28, 2019

    G&L suffers from the same problem most US guitars. The brand is overshadowed by the more historic ones like Fender and Gibson. Don't get me wrong. Fender consistently turns out great instruments these days, but there really isn't a good reason for the low resale value. Other than most people not knowing Leo Fender helped start the company. Music Man too, oddly enough.

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  • Franklin Archambault

    October 28, 2019

    I never resell because of the real price

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  • Steven Heath

    October 28, 2019

    Had a G&L and couldn’t get rid of it quick enough….

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  • padywac1970

    October 30, 2019

    No Carvin? Ooookkkkkkaaayyyyyy. Whatever.

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  • T Meo

    November 1, 2019

    PAUL REED SMITH – yikes, their resale is horrific. Buy a Custom 24 (which is a like a cheeseburger to them), own it for 2 years, you just lost 65% of your money. Brand new, 10 top, PRS, runs you about $4,000 with case/tax. In 2 years, that same guitar is worth half that or less. WHY? They make so many, it is not worth buying used when you can buy new – and people fall sucker for the 59/09, wood beauties and they are just the same crappy guitar again and again. PRS Dragons are also the same as for investment. Once you buy one, trying to sell it is like a 3 year process. While PRS makes great guitars, and I own 2 myself, their resale is horrible.

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  • Endo Alley

    November 2, 2019

    First Act custom shop are great American made guitars with low resale value. Moon PGM guitars are Japanese guitars that seem to hold up very good resale value.

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  • Michael Cribb

    November 2, 2019

    i know how you feel shane on losing money on guitars , lefthanders like myself ,lose heaps on guitars the market in the usa is so superior to australia including vintage guitars, australia's market is not big enough , p.s think your video's are outstanding learning so much from them

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  • Craig Branscum

    November 3, 2019

    It's sad that G&L is a leo guitar but they are no competition for a classic Fender.

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  • toadamine

    November 3, 2019

    They will all appreciate if you keep them long enough… 😂🙌

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  • Christian Boddum

    November 3, 2019

    G&L MF pickups are love or hate situation in my opinion. They are strong and good sounding pickups, but, more muscular than traditional Fender pickups, so if you're going for a real vintage type sound, you may hate them.

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  • Brent Jones

    November 4, 2019

    Let's face it theres Icon guitars that people relate to, hence Rockstars playing Recognizable guitars Fender Gibson Gretch Rickenbacker Danelectro, so resale on American made Fender and Gibson with allways be Premium, having said that the best sounding and playing guitar Ive ever played is a Washburn 335 copy made by Matsumuko in Japan 1980, buy what you like and keep it🙂

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  • Bob Deluxe and The Ideals

    November 5, 2019

    🔥✊🔥

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  • Jack Gauthier

    November 6, 2019

    why buy it just to sell in the first place.

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  • Gerd Pfeil

    November 11, 2019

    There's an easy formula for the second hand guitar market: If it says Fender or Gibson on the headstock, both sellers and buyers grossly overrate their resale value almost completely independent of their actual properties like "quality" (case in point: cheap knockoff guitars selling much better if they have fake decals on it, even if the seller makes very clear that it's not a real F or G). If it's not F or G, the value drops dramatically completely independent from their quality. Case in point: any super-high quality "masterbuilt"-level boutique guitar hand-made by a real luthier, losing half of its value in the very moment it left the shop. That's genuinely effed up, contributing to this is that the used market is severely oversaturated.

    Good news for less stupid people just looking for an exceptionally well-made guitar though. I recently bought my dream Stratocaster, every single bit of it coincidentally made exactly to the specs I would have put on my order list, top-of-the-line woods, hardware and aftermarket PUs (hand-wound Lindy Fralin, $300 for those alone), built by one awesome luthier with all the extra refinements (intense rolling, hot dog style fretwork, lacquer finish) and quality craftmanship that would cost $6,000+ if it was a "Masterbuilt" Fender CS guitar (as opposed by the quite scammy "Teambuilt" secondary mass-production line stuff they sell as "Custom Shop" with a hefty markup). It was used but in absolutely pristine condition and I got it for a price (including shipping+taxes) that wouldn't buy me a US standard Strat (and mind you, that's a guitar that still needs a setup, nut slot filing and fret polishing to turn that into a fairly decent guitar if you pick it off the wall at Guitar Center).

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  • Johnny Piston

    November 11, 2019

    ….many custom made guitars

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  • nerfnerfification

    November 13, 2019

    What I found surprising was the prices on used Guilds and Matons – a year or two back they were about 50% or less of new price.

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  • scott clark

    November 14, 2019

    People confuse old tokai with new tokai-the old ones increased in value as they were better than the gibsons of same era- and they were the first to do reissues of old models. The newer ones are great guitars, but the name doesnt hold value.

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  • D K

    November 17, 2019

    Charvel loses a lot of value as well. I had gotten on a trade a So cal pro mod. Fantastic beautiful guitar and the original owner had paid 1200$ for it after tax and if i was to try and sell it id have been lucky to get 400$ I ended up trading it straight across for an Ibanez Fireman.

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  • Russell Kimball

    November 18, 2019

    I'm a left hand player also, do you pay more for instruments than your right handed friends

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  • sgriggstn

    November 18, 2019

    This "selling" of guitars that you've bought and own is, for me, somewhat of a difficult notion to grasp!!! Anyone else?

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