Bargain Guitars

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Laudiesdad69
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Bargain Guitars

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:22 am

I was just playing my re-labeled Manuel Rodriguez FC3 and was basking in the glow of having got this guitar for 138 dollars ( plus another 60 for shipping). This guitar would have cost me 600 dollars if I had bought it from GC in North America. I was just wondering what kind of super bargains my fellow Delcampers have scored. How about it? What was your best bargain on a classical guitar? I saved something like 66% :D

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by Altophile » Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:59 am

Mine isn't that amazing, but I got my Cordoba C10 Parlor for $649.99 used (but in VG shape) from GC. They wanted $699, and the initial sales person wouldn't budge, even after numerous attempts, but I called back a few days later and talked to a manager who marked it down to my happy price without comment or concern.

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by Dustin McKinney » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:23 am

72 Alvarez Yairi for $130!
Francisco Navarro 630mm Student Classical (Spruce)
Kremona Fiesta FC

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by joelmalit » Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:02 pm

1967 Masaru Matano.... I bought it for 121 usd
1995 Carl Hellweg-Dieter Hopf CS38, Yusuke Kyo N-12, Ryoji Matsuoka M80R, Kodaira AST-40, Meiko 1967 by Masaru Matano, Yamaha G120A, Yamaha CG131S, Tokai L-50, Fernades GC-15, 1966 Kasuga 80, Terada 700, Craftman C35S, other japanese vintage guitars

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bear
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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by bear » Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:10 pm

Gibson ES 335 pd $900.00 sold for $3000.00.
C3F pd $100.00
Ramirez pd $1500.00
Della Guistina pd $1700.00 (new would be 12-15k. Chartwell has a used 6 string for 6k)
I think I only paid a couple of hundred for my Model D
2013 Jeff Medlin '37 Hauser 640mm sp
2006 Michele Della Giustina Concert 10 string 650mm ce
2005 Jose Ramirez 4E 650mm ce
2005 Manuel Rodriguez Model C3F 650mm sp
2003 Manuel Rodriguez Model D 650mm ce

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:50 pm

bear wrote:Gibson ES 335 pd $900.00 sold for $3000.00.
C3F pd $100.00
Ramirez pd $1500.00
Della Guistina pd $1700.00 (new would be 12-15k. Chartwell has a used 6 string for 6k)
I think I only paid a couple of hundred for my Model D
Wow Bear, I think you get the trophy for most bargains had. That's awesome. How long have you had your C3F? You got an even better deal than I did on that one.

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by bear » Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:24 pm

Laudiesdad69 wrote:
bear wrote:Gibson ES 335 pd $900.00 sold for $3000.00.
C3F pd $100.00
Ramirez pd $1500.00
Della Guistina pd $1700.00 (new would be 12-15k. Chartwell has a used 6 string for 6k)
I think I only paid a couple of hundred for my Model D
Wow Bear, I think you get the trophy for most bargains had. That's awesome. How long have you had your C3F? You got an even better deal than I did on that one.
I've had the C3F for about 5 years. I've been very lucky, but I've got a "take it or leave it attitude". My biggest blunder with cg's was to pass up a Dominique Delarue, that was selling for $800.00. I think I was having a senior moment.
I owned the Gibson for a couple of decades before selling it, beautiful guitar, but my left hand needed more space.
2013 Jeff Medlin '37 Hauser 640mm sp
2006 Michele Della Giustina Concert 10 string 650mm ce
2005 Jose Ramirez 4E 650mm ce
2005 Manuel Rodriguez Model C3F 650mm sp
2003 Manuel Rodriguez Model D 650mm ce

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by JefferyHeiderscheit » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:46 pm

I know I'm pulling up an older post, but hey....I'm new and reading all the old posts.

My budget only allows for bargain guitars. I have 2 daughters who play viola and cello, and are in prime age right now for acquiring their full size instruments. My wife is also fulfilling a bucket list dream of playing harp....so there is another purchase.

I've been able to find 2 instruments that are total bargains (my total cost is $500)
I have a 1970's Shinano (made in Japan) solid spruce top and RW back and sides classical that I think sounds fantastic! It is light, perfect set up, solid top etc. It has all the appointments of a higher end guitar. I found it at my local used guitar store for $300 and it even came with a hardshell case. No one knew the brand, which I think made it a lower price guitar on the rack. I played on it for 10 minutes and walked out the door with it.

My other guitar is a 1982 Yamaha G-255sii with a solid cedar top and RW back and sides. I found that at Guitar Center for $200. It is worth 3x more than that, but it is an older Yamaha and I don't think they always get the love they deserve. It does have a longer scale which some don't like as much, but it has a great sound.

My favorite of the two is the Shinano. (I think because of the 650 scale) The sound just flies out of that guitar and the scale is 650 rather than the 658 or 660 of my Yammie. The treble strings just sing on that thing!

Wish I was able to have a luthier make me one, but I seem to always buy used. I'm turning 50 this year, and maybe in a couple years a really nice CG could be in my stable. I have 2 REALLY nice steel string acoustics (which aren't getting played as often now that I'm taking up CG. Maybe one of those will need to go to make room and $)
1971 Shinano SC20 (spruce)
1982 Yamaha G255sii (cedar)

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by mgeoffriau » Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:11 am

I snagged an Esteve 1GR07 on e - b a y for $160 shipped. The listing was sparse of details and photos, but I could tell what it was and took a chance. It was a very nice guitar. When I abandoned 650mm scale lengths, I put it back on e - b a y and it sold for just shy of $500 shipped.
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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:37 am

JefferyHeiderscheit wrote:I know I'm pulling up an older post, but hey....I'm new and reading all the old posts.

My budget only allows for bargain guitars. I have 2 daughters who play viola and cello, and are in prime age right now for acquiring their full size instruments. My wife is also fulfilling a bucket list dream of playing harp....so there is another purchase.

I've been able to find 2 instruments that are total bargains (my total cost is $500)
I have a 1970's Shinano (made in Japan) solid spruce top and RW back and sides classical that I think sounds fantastic! It is light, perfect set up, solid top etc. It has all the appointments of a higher end guitar. I found it at my local used guitar store for $300 and it even came with a hardshell case. No one knew the brand, which I think made it a lower price guitar on the rack. I played on it for 10 minutes and walked out the door with it.

My other guitar is a 1982 Yamaha G-255sii with a solid cedar top and RW back and sides. I found that at Guitar Center for $200. It is worth 3x more than that, but it is an older Yamaha and I don't think they always get the love they deserve. It does have a longer scale which some don't like as much, but it has a great sound.

My favorite of the two is the Shinano. (I think because of the 650 scale) The sound just flies out of that guitar and the scale is 650 rather than the 658 or 660 of my Yammie. The treble strings just sing on that thing!

Wish I was able to have a luthier make me one, but I seem to always buy used. I'm turning 50 this year, and maybe in a couple years a really nice CG could be in my stable. I have 2 REALLY nice steel string acoustics (which aren't getting played as often now that I'm taking up CG. Maybe one of those will need to go to make room and $)
Sounds like you got a couple of bargains there. Nothing wrong with shopping on the cheap. It usually means that you can get a better guitar, especially buying used. The '82 Yammer sounds very interesting. My friends shop has a few bargains left in it. But alas, my transmission went to pot, and thus so did my chances of snagging the last Ramirez in his shop. It's an R4, and he wants $2199 for it new with humicase. That would have been awesome.

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by PeteJ » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:36 pm

JefferyHeiderscheit wrote: I have 2 REALLY nice steel string acoustics (which aren't getting played as often now that I'm taking up CG. Maybe one of those will need to go to make room and $)
I'm looking for one if it helps. If you made it a real bargain I could post it here as my example. :)

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by ghitarist » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:05 pm

I've got my Grand Shinano vintage 72 year for 700$ shipped and even so, Shinano guitar sent my all-solid Kremona Fiesta FC (900$) on sale the second day, no doubts... Shinano is indeed an amazing spruce vintage. I could have payed much less if I had the patience...
maaan, this laminated Shinano sounds like a harp ! Amazing trebles, simple amazing brilliance and punch

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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:37 pm

I'm glad someone resurrected this thread!

Free : Yamaha 60's Gaki. Bought new in 1960, it was used/abused initially, then sat unused and unprotected in a family room near a pot belly stove for about 50 years. It needed a new saddle and nut, which I did on my home bench with setting action/intonation. This is now my son's practice instrument.

Free : pre-WWII Martin 00 classical. Bought new 1941, it was used many years at Campfire Girl summer camp jamborees. It sat unprotected next to a heater grate for at least 30 years. When I got it, the tuners were shot, the top had two cracks (one "fixed" badly with cyanoacrylate) and the bridge popped off. There was so much dirt the frets looked scalloped, and that dirt covered the label. After much careful cleaning, I discovered it was a Martin. In the end after I fixed it up, the original owner took it back while I was away on business... But I enjoyed it while I had it.

$35 - 1968 Candy Apple Starburst Stratocaster. $35 in 1970. I bought it from a drug addict I knew from school who needed the money. I loved it while I had it and used it in many performances. In the early 90's, the same guy approached me. He had cleaned up his act and wanted to reunite with that Strat for sentimental reasons. I took pity on him and sold it to him for $300. Now I kick myself, but at the time, it was the humane thing to do.
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2015 Trevor Gore custom Neoclassical
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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by fast eddie » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:22 am

Bought a new Ramirez in 1974 for $1,600. Last summer I gave to my son in New York. It was in absolute pristine condition, no marks or wear since I basically didn't play it much for the past 40 years.
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Re: Bargain Guitars

Post by SteveL123 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:53 am

65 Gibson Melody Maker paid $100, I sold it to Guitar Center last year for $600, they sold it a few days later for $900.

68 Epiphone Texan, don't remember what I paid, probably not more than $200 since I did not have much money back then, sold it last year to Guitar Center for $1200, they promptly listed it for $1800.

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