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Will I Devalue My 1999 Les Paul Classic If I...

Keefoman

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I had a 2001 Classic many years ago where I swapped the pickups for Lollars, the electronics for an RS Kit and the bridge and stoptail to parts from an R9. It didn't devalue the guitar, but I certainly didn't get back the money I paid for the parts.
 

Gibbons59

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If you aren't 100% happy with your instrument, and don't make the changes, you've already "devalued" it for yourself. I never concern myself with resale value. In fact, I decided long ago that I'm never going to sell any more of my guitars- no matter the circumstances. I regret selling almost every one I ever have, and won't make the mistake again.
 

mjross

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I’ll purchased several Gibson guitars lately with the intention of making mods. However, the more I play them the more I tell myself this guitar sounds damn good as is! I have to ask myself if the mods would make that much of a difference. These new Gibsons are pretty good right out the gate.

I’m a car freak and I learned long ago that in terms of resale STOCK is always best. People tend to want a car, especially a high performance car, that has not been messed with. I’m starting to think that in regard to guitars this many be the way to go also.

One exception is if the guitar was modified by a reputable builder like Historic Makeovers or other known guitar modifier as I feel they know what they are doing. I just have a hard time buying a modified guitar that was performed but some guy on his kitchen table at home. That’s just me, YMMV!
 

torren61

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I’ll purchased several Gibson guitars lately with the intention of making mods. However, the more I play them the more I tell myself this guitar sounds damn good as is! I have to ask myself if the mods would make that much of a difference. These new Gibsons are pretty good right out the gate.

I’m a car freak and I learned long ago that in terms of resale STOCK is always best. People tend to want a car, especially a high performance car, that has not been messed with. I’m starting to think that in regard to guitars this many be the way to go also.

One exception is if the guitar was modified by a reputable builder like Historic Makeovers or other known guitar modifier as I feel they know what they are doing. I just have a hard time buying a modified guitar that was performed but some guy on his kitchen table at home. That’s just me, YMMV!
Mine is a '99. The way I modded it makes it easy to put it back to stock. I didn't do the work at my kitchen table, I did the work here:

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mjross

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Mine is a '99. The way I modded it makes it easy to put it back to stock. I didn't do the work at my kitchen table, I did the work here:

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Exception, not the rule! I’ve seen some real “kitchen table” abortions in my many years of purchasing guitars. In my early years I may have been guilty of this act myself. Today, if I need a mod performed I take it to my tech who is a real professional! If and when I sell a guitar I can pass it on to the next guy knowing that any mods have been performed correctly.
 
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GlassSnuff

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Exactly. I have the original parts for my Classic in a baggie, and will put them back in if I ever decide to sell. But the stock pickups and wiring are just not my thing.
I put all my parts in a baggie, 50 years ago. Darned if I know where they are now.
 
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