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stumphead

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might be fun to talk about Historics you passed on or sold and now regret

I kick it off

1) Not buying 2003 Brazilians at rock bottom prices in 2003 when Saul at Center City begged me to - "they will be great investments "

2) Not buying Rossingtons with full blown display case at the same time - rock bottom prices to boot

3) Selling a 2013 reissue 58 which was the best historic out 7 that I have owned

4) off topic - not buying a Dumble overdrive amp I was offered 25 years ago

5) off topic - not buying a Froggy Bottom acoustic at the now defunct Buffalo Bros 25 years ago

6) off topic - selling various Blond fender amps which I got for next to nothing

7) off topic - not buying a vintage Park amp off my friend which is to this day the best I have ever tried

8) not buying a particular flying V which was at Guitar Center 2 years ago - it vibrated like a tuning fork and sounded amazing
 

stumphead

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Injam

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Not buying a used 1975 Gibson Les Paul cherry sunburst with soapbar pickups in great condition for $750 in the 90s
 

sweiger

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Not buying a clean '55 Les Paul Custom in 1988 for $2,200.
Next time I had the gas for one, it was 30K.
 

jrgtr42

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"regrets... I've got a few..." Frank Sinatra

I've got a few also - mostly when I was selling guitars, things that I missed, or didn't know / get.
R4s. We couldn't give those away. Now you can't find them. Of course, at the time I wasn't as into the P90s, much less the staples.
R7s. Those came and went pretty frequently. At the time the R series were mostly about $2500. (Standards were $2k, IIRC.)
LP Juniors. Ditto - and you could get 50's ones for a couple grand at the time.
LP Deluxe - 70's ones around there - $1500 - $2000 for a decent one. Also didn't really get the mini-buckers, except maybe on the Firebird.
Ditto on on Fender Tweed amps. It wasn't everyday they came in, but were pretty common.
Early-ish ||(or even reissues) Ampeg Jets, the R12.
Bill Finnigan (Klon) came into the store a couple times. Though $239 was outrageous for a "distortion" pedal at the time. I got to borrow one for a while, and just didn't get it. Didn't really understand what it really did. I passed because it didn't get the distrortion sound I was looking for at the time.
We got a 1952 LP in - Even with awful, rusty, barbed wire strings, the thing played and sounded AMAZING. Tagged at $5k. IF it had stuck around a couple weeks I probably would have figured out how to get it.
 

axeman565758

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ok this is wayyyyy the heck out in left field.....
Not buying my friends Travis Bean TB1000 KOA in 1980, for $65.00 Thats what he needed to pay for a part for his (ahhhhemmm) souped up Chevy Vega.
I passed, partly because the guitar felt like it weighed more than me. The downside, it would've brought 100 times that price now......oh well
BTW, the car caught fire a few weeks later and was subsequently used for target practice.
Ahhhh the good old days
 

El Gringo

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My major regret was passing on a real Double Black vintage Gibson PAF from a most reputable shop for are you ready $500 . I was so dumb , and this was in the early 90's . What a fill in the blank I was . It did not have a cover which was neither here nor there . I still kick myself on that one . $500 jeez Louise !!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I thought it was to much and I didn't really have the $ )
 

vim

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You mean apart from selling a real 1958 twentyfive years before prices went sky-high, and way later selling a Skinnerburst that was both a fantastic guitar and later was sold for almost twice the price?
Then no regrets :sneaky:
 

DutchRay

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None, as my grandpa used to say, regrets are for people who make poor choices.
 
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DutchRay

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What if you’re poor a and you must choose?
If you're poor, you don't have choices. You'll do anything to survive.
FWIW, my grandpa was in a german prison camp building V2 rockets, he was one of only a few hundred survivors from that camp.
 

DvnLesPaul

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In the late 80s I acquired a closet-find Les Paul Deluxe from an older coworker for a few hundred bucks. He said he had a little practice amp he'd throw in for free. I quickly flipped the LP at Dave's (trade-in toward a Standard) and almost doubled my money. Then gave away the amp to one of my fathers older bluegrass buddies. I was sure I had no use for a old dusty BLACKFACE FENDER PRINCETON.
 
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