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I’ve said it before…..

I know I’ve said this before…but I think I’m done playing out and collecting guitars. I decided to get my finances in order…or at least in a better state so I’ve stopped buying guitars and actually sold off a few and paid off some credit cards. I think being in a band that has to travel 2 hours to a gig really turned me off to playing out. Plus we never got to practice and our performances suffered because of it. Not having an adequate monitoring set up hurt us too. There were gigs when I sounded great when I sang…and other nights I had no idea if I was on key or not (I’m sure I wasn’t!!).
I’d like to say it was a fun ride…but it really wasn’t. So I’ll go back to messing around with home recording for my own entertainment and that will be that.

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My band played out for the first time in like 4 months. I had fun. But the gig was 2 hours away. It’s a weird situation. The drummer and I live in the Pittsburgh area but the guitarist lives in Johnstown. Since the guitarist has been playing the Johnstown area for over 20 years he knows all the bar owners and he’s able to get us gigs in that area. But I’m tired of driving 2 hours to a gig, playing 3 hours and then driving 2 hours home. But that may be coming to an end. I took a part time job to help pay off some bills and now I’ll be working on the weekends. We have another gig this weekend, it’ll be our 30th gig. But after that I’m now sure if we’ll play together any more.

If I see something out of the ordinary, and it’s priced right I try and grab it. My friend has a ’94 Epiphone Les Paul Special double cutaway that he bought new. I haven’t seen it in years. But he had a gig where he wanted to play something out of the ordinary so he pulled it out of the closet. It sounded sweet and I fell in love with it. I knew he’d never part with it. But a few weeks later I find one on Craigslist. I did some research and the only other one I could find for sale on line was one that sold over a year ago. They’re kind of hard to find since Epiphone doesn’t make them anymore. So I contacted the seller. We agreed on a price and I got myself a 1998 Epiphone Les Paul Special double cutaway. Today I was looking online and I came across an Epiphone ’58 reissue Korina Flying V. Again I did some research and the ones I could find were $100 more that what the seller was asking. I took a half day off and went and bought the Flying V. So now I have 9 guitars and 4 basses…and no gigs! Haha! I’ve also picked up a few Gibson Les Pauls along the way. I traded my B.C. Rich for a 2012 Les Paul Studio and I bought two gold tops. A 2014 Gibson Les Paul Futura and a 2013 Gibson Les Paul 50’s tribute.

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I’m on a roll

For years I’d buy a guitar, enjoy it, get tired of it then sell it. I’d buy a lot of the guitars on credit and instead of paying the charge off when I sold the guitar I’d use the money to get another one. The problem was that I’d sell them for less than I bought them for. This…is not a financially sound plan!
But I’ve finally learned from my mistakes and the last year or so I’ve been able to sell my guitars for more than I bought them for. I no longer buy new (Or I should say I rarely do) and I don’t buy on credit.
I bought the Epiphone Ace Frehley Les Paul for $375 and I sold it for $500. I bought an Epiphone Les Paul for $400 and traded it for a B.C. Rich Mockingbird worth at least $500. I bought an Epiphone triple pickup G-400 for $300 and sold it for $375. In My lastest deal I traded a B.C. Rich triple pickup Mockingbird that I bought for $399 for a Made in Mexico Strat Deluxe. After the trade I priced the Strat and it was $649 new. Tomorrow I have a guy coming to look at my Dean Cadillac which I paid $250 for. If all goes well he’ll give me $350. I like this trend!

The other thing going on in my life is that I’m not sure if I’m in a band anymore. My drummer send us an email 2 weeks ago saying he did something to his wrist and he’s not sure if he’ll be able to play drums anymore. We haven’t heard anything so I don’t know if we’re still together or not. I had another friend ask me to play bass in a once a month gig so I’ll do that no matter what.

Craigslist police

I put an ad on Craigslist trying to sell my triple pickup B.C. Rich Mockingbird. My local Craigslist has what we like to call “The Craigslist police”. If they see you asking too much for a guitar they’ll post comments harrassing you. Sometimes they do good…like if someone is trying to sell a fake brand name axe, they’ll call them on it. So…I post my ad and I say the guitar is brand new. Which basically it is. Some asshat emails me and rips me a new one saying that the guiatr isn’t brand new because I own it therefore it’s used. He calls me an asshole who’s trying to rip people off. Technically he’s right….but he didn’t have to be a dick. So I sarcastically wrote back that I didn’t want to be an asshole so I’ll change the ad. Another guy says he can get the same guitar at Guitar Center for a similar price and offers me $200 less than I’m asking. I send him a link to the Musician’s friend ad where they’re asking $300 more than I’m asking.
Then I get the email I’m waiting for. Some guy wants to trade his Fender Strat for my Mockingbird. The strat is exactly what I’m looking for. We do the trade and I’m happy. But I had one more thing to do. I got to email those jagoffs back and tell them that the guitar sold despite their emails.

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I had four of my guitars on consignment at a local music store for the holidays. Lots of interest. No ites though. I picked them up 2 days ago and relisted them on Craigslist. Within 6 hours I got an email from a guy interested in my Epiphone Ace Frehley Les Paul. He wanted me to meet him around noon yesterday at another music store. I arranged to take a 1/2 day off and emailed him. Then he tells me he wants me to take the guitar to the store and have the manager look at it since he knows the manager. Oh, and don’t take the guitar into the store, have the manager come out to the parking lot to look at the guitar. If the manager thinks it’s good then he’ll send me the money and after I recieve the money I can drop the guitar off at the store. WTF?? I worte back and said I didn’t have time to be running back and forth to this music store and I had other people interested in the guitar. Now the guy is texting me “I’LL BE THERE!!!”. Thankfully it worked out and he did show up with the cash. I bought the guitar for $375 and sold it for $500. NOICE!!! I usually loose money on guitar deals! LOL!

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I’ve played this game before

I buy, sell and trade guitars. That’s what I do for fun. Sometimes I win… sometimes I lose. A few years back I had a Gibson Les Paul Custon triple pickup. I put it…along with 3 other guitars on eBay. As I waited for the auctions to run their course I fell in love with the Les Paul. My plan was, if one of the other guitars got a bid I’d end the Custom’s auction and keep it. I kept checking my auctions and sure enough one of the other guitars got a bid! Sweet! I went to end the auction on the Custom only to find I had a bid on that one too. Shit!!! I ended up having to sell the guitar. Fast forward to the present. I have 4 guitars on consignment right now. The other day I wanted to play my Epiphone Ace Frehey blackburst Les Paul. Then I remembered it’s at the Music Store. I’ll keep the guitars at the store for one week after Christmas in case someone gets money for Christmas ¬†and wants to buy one of my guitars. But then I’ll bring them home. Now watch. Now that I want to keep the guitars they’ll sell! Here’s a picture of my Les Paul Custom triple pickup that got away a few years back.

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I collect stuff. As you can tell by this blog I collect guitars. But I’ve been known to collect diecast cars, albums, coins and a whole array of other stuff. About 4 years ago I noticed the price of silver going up and the American Silver Eagle coin I bought for $24 was now worth nearly $60! I thought “What a great idea. Collect coins and make some money!” So I started buying up ASEs. Both uncirculated and proofs.I watched as the price of silver went up and was delighted at my decision. But then the economy started to turn around. Here’s how it works. When the economy is bad people invest in precious metals like silver and gold. This drives up the price. If the economy is good people tend to not invest in precious metals and the price drops. I’d check the silver price daily and each day it would drop. Maybe a few cents…maybe over a dollar. I got rid of my silver and lost a couple of bucks. But it could’ve been worse. My girlfriend wants to sell some of her mom’s old silver coins, quarters and dimes and silver dollars. I told her I’d buy them. I still like coins. I told her I’d buy them for the melt value and I was shocked to see that silver is now $14.90 and ounce! Man am I glad I dumped my silver collection when I did!

Buying and selling online

I’ve bought and sold a lot of stuff online. Usually with a great deal of success. Selling on eBay or Craigslist is really hit or miss. I’d have a guitar up for auction for weeks on eBay. No bids. I’d let the auction expire and wait a week or two. Put the same guitar up again and within hours I had a bidding war. The same with Craigslist. I can put a guitar on and renew the ad for weeks. Take it of for a few days and put it back and BAM! I’m getting emails left and right. I check out Craigslist every day and have to laugh. I sold a guitar to a guy and within a week it was back on Craigslist. He was asking $50 more than I sold it to him for. I laughed because I tried selling that guitar on Craigslist for a few months before he bought it. A week went by and he relisted it…same asking price. Another week goes by and now he drops the price by $25. Another week goes by and he drops it another $25. The guitar disappeared from Craigslist after that so maybe he sold it. I ‘m amazed at the thought process of some people. There’s one guy who’s trying to sell an Epiphone Slash model Les Paul. He was asking $800. I thought that was high but when I did some research I found that that was a fair price. But people started dogging him out because he’d relist the guitar EVERY day. That started 3 months ago. He’s down to listing the guitar once a week now, and he’s dropped the price to $700. But I doubt he’ll sell it. People go on Craigslist for a bargain.

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I love to buy sell and trade guitars. I had an Epiphone Plus top Pro/FX Les Paul. Nice enough guitar…I was just looking for something new. Those guitars were only made for 2 years and the ones on eBay were going for $525. So I put mine on craigslist and asked $425 for it. I get an email from a guy saying he found the same guitar, NEW, at musiciansfriend. He sent me the link. Sure enough there was a brand new Epi LP Pro/FX for $399. The only thing I can figure is Musiciansfriend still had a few in inventory and they wanted to clear them out. Lovely. I waited a few weeks and finally the $399 Pro/FX was no longer available at MF. I put my guitar back on Craigslist. I get an email from a dude who has a B.C. Rick Mockingbird ST with a black burl top. I do some research and there were only 40 of these made. It was a special order from a store in Baltimore. So I say OK. I figure I can get around $525 for the Mockingbird. I put it on Craigslist. A few days later one of my sidebar ads features a black burl B.C. Rich mockingbird at Musiciansfriend for $379. WTF!!!! Turns out that The Black burl sold well during that limited run of 40 so B.C. Rich made some more. Lovely. Well maybe a potential buyer won’t notice that! LOL! Mine is different than the ones offered by MF…but who knows if a buyer would be willing to pay extra for that.