Greatest value you've ever found

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Greatest value you've ever found

Post by souldier » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:45 pm

As the title suggests, what is the best guitar you've ever played/owned that offered the most value for the money? Whether the guitar was priced at $20 or $20,000, which one to you had the highest value? I just thought this would make for an interesting thread and could even help potential buyers in the future.
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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by astro64 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:47 pm

$700 for a new Marlon Navarro cedar top, palo escrito back/sides. 30% discount sale at GSI at the time. I used the savings to buy Sloan tuners for it.

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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by Bill » Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:08 pm

In 1985 i bought a 1957 Strat with factory gold parts for $350 case & guitar just short of NOS condition.

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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by Kent » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:46 pm

1959 Papazian with Brazilian / Spruce.
Stored in a closet for 45 years. Two repaired cracks and a new fret job. New custom Rubner machines (39 mm), with Rubner Roll end bearings.
Won't mention the price because it was too good to be true.
Best sounding guitar I have ever played. Best guitar I have ever owned and I have cycled through at least 40!

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Post by mmapag » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:37 pm

99 G.V. Rubio Estudio in my signature line. Found it on Craiglist and bought it for $800. The guy was an electric player who was going to teach himself classical. Gave up after awhile. He had bought it also on Craigslist. Wonderful instrument! Interestingly, it has a 53 mm nut width which works great for me and my wide tippped fingers. I wonder if it was a custom build at the time or that was just how German was building them in '99. I emailed the shop to get provenance on the guitar but never asked about the nut width.
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Post by bacsidoan » Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:06 am

A Dauphine, spruce/EIRW guitar bought at Sherry Brener's shop that would put many luthier-built guitars to shame. I never forgave my brother who played the guitar, and did not remember to put it back inside the case with a humidifier for 2 nights in the midst of a winter of Ohio. A nasty crack of the sound board and another of the ebony fingerboard ensued.

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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by Norman2 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:09 am

Hi, I bought an Almansa 457 concert model in like new condition for $800.00 and it is a superb instrument for that price. Solid cedar top, solid indian
rosewood sides, ebony fretboard, Schaller tuners and excellent build quality, Best sounding guitar I have ever owned and I have owned a lot.
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Cordoba C9

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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by David Conti » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:12 am

2 come to mind, a 53 les paul gold top that I bought for $600.00 and a mint 63 ES 175D that i bought for $200.00,
these were both back in the 70's......should have kept them!!!!

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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by Bax Burgess » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:18 am

A Cordoba lattice C12.
1,180 US (blemished)

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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by Bill B » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:26 am

Double post. Oops. Sorry.
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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by Bill B » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:28 am

My free from a nice lady at a flea market harmony super tone. It needed tubes and a fret board, but is now my favorite Steel string. And also my Angel Benito Aguado, which I got directly from him in Spain. It is a fabulous instrument and he sells them for a very reasonable price.
I think they are worth what they go for from the importer, but if you go to his shop it's a ridiculously good value.
2013 Angel Benito Aguado
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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by keithwwk » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:18 am

A 1976 M.Sakurai No.5 with Kohno's name red circle chop on it's label. Made of Cedar top, back of solid Indian Rosewood, side of laminated Indian Rosewood, ebony fretboard and neck of cedar with some minor surface dents and scratches front and back there + a basic old case at roughly $179 a month ago.
Antonio Picado Model 60 Spruce 2017
Yamaha G225

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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:03 am

I had to think about this for awhile. I suppose that the best value for me is my Ramirez 125. I traded a Les Paul that needed a complete re-fret for it. It's the best sounding guitar that I've ever had. It sounded so good compared to my others. I wound up selling other guitars because they just didn't measure up to it in the tone department. It ruined me for everything else that I had. Even my 4NE pales by comparison and it's likely going on the chopping block next.

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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by Beowulf » Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:04 pm

A 1971 Yamaha GC-10 which cost me $750 CDN in 1973. That works out to $17.05/year for a lovely Hokkaido Ezo Spruce top with Brazilian rosewood sides and back. The sound is lovely after 44 years and the workmanship is impeccable.
1971 Yamaha GC-10

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Re: Greatest value you've ever found

Post by Guitar-ded » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:12 am

My greatest value came in the form of a Yamaha G85A which I found at a farm auction some years ago. After a bit of a bidding war :wink: it cost me the grand sum of $42. I still use it as a beater for playing at picnics or where ever and if it gets a scratch then 'ah well, too bad.' It plays and sounds fine too.

Maybe one day I'll get a high value guitar for the same price but this is certainly worth a lot more than I paid for it, so I'm a happy bunny.
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