New vs used PRS guitars

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  1. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 New Member

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    I ONLY buy used guitars.

    I PATIENTLY wait until I find the right deal on the right guitar.

    All 3 of my PRS guitars were bought used for really good prices.
     
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  2. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    says the old guy from his basement o_O:)
     
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  3. danktat

    danktat Award winning tattoo artist ... Amateur guitarist

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    Dude....If I have a 4 hour chubby from playing a guitar, guess what.... New, Used, Stolen, Black Market, whatever, that is the guitar for me :D
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    How do you think I’ve managed to stay 100% cootie-free for all these years? :cool:
     
  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Hah! Whatever gets you through the night! ;)
     
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  6. Wakester

    Wakester Re Member

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    So where does "Refurbished" fit? Is it Used? Is it New? Do you trust that it has truly been restored to factory spec? Or, do you run screaming with your arm flailing in the air?
     
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  7. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    This reminded me of a totally grossed out situation I experienced many years ago.

    I was friends with this fella that played. I was at his shop oe day and he showed me this bass guitar he just purchased.

    He hands it to me so I fool around on it for a bit. It has plastic strings on it and it feels nasty. I give it back to him and say that doesn't play very smoothly. He says "oh its those damn plastic strings". He rubs his hand across his greasy sweaty forehead and rubs THAT on the strings! Here, try it now.

    No thanks Mister.

    GROSS
     
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  8. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Open - Eared

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    Though the used listing clearly said,

    "Played in a smoke-free / dust-free / no pet environment."

    That I believe. I have also yet to see a listing that says:

    "Contains blood, pizza grease, finger schmutz, sweat, and alcohol stains that signifies mojo and vibe and can be cleaned easily with a cleaning cloth and your choice of finish cleaner."

    I think that would be a decent selling point, though.

    Otherwise, as 11top said, caveat emptor.
     
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  9. Rusty Chos

    Rusty Chos Don’t mean a thang if it don’t twang

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    I prefer used microphones with a bit of tuberculosis in the screen.
     
  10. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    I buy new and used. I have bought five PRS' since November.

    One, the Wood Library CU22 was new. I wanted it, it checked A LOT off the "list" and the price was good. Hard to pass up.

    The second, an Artist Package DGT was used - but you would NEVER know by looking at it. It may have been played once and then stored. I got it for less than half the price of a new AP DGT.

    The third my wife got - the Honey Paul's Guitar. Used, and again, TOTALLY flawless. She told me she got it for "about $1,000 less than what the average price seemed to be." As a gift, I didn't ask specifics but she seemed more than pleased with the price/condition ratio.

    Yesterday I bought a new S2 Studio. I could have saved a few bucks going used, but in this case I figured I'd grab a new one while I had the chance.

    Tonight I bought a used Vela. Why not? The prices are awesome, and this one looked really good in the pictures. Classic McCarty Tobacco Burst, like the one I used to have...no birds though :( Been holding out for a 'burst with birds so I could have what I had before, but whatever.

    So, for me, it goes either way depending on if I like what I see!!
     
  11. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    I would highly unlikely ever pay new prices for a secondhand guitar (provided it was still in production), no matter how good a condition it is in. However, if it was no longer made and I wanted it.....


    I bought my only PRS second hand. I was looking at new ones as well, but during my researching of all things PRS I came across the 53/10 pickups and thought that those would be the ones I'd want to go for, as lower output and more vintage voiced pickups was appealing to me at the time (this was before the 58/15LT existed). Then of course I learned of the 53/10 limited run of 100 guitars, and a quick google search revealed one in natural for sale at a guitar shop in the UK (I think only 6 of them came to the UK). I inquired only to be disappointed to be told that it had sold a while ago and the advert online was old.
    However, the guy said he knew of someone locally that had a different natural 53/10 limited (Only 2 53/10s in natural came to the UK!) and would ask him if he had any interest in selling it. It turns out he didn't mind selling it and the deal was done. The guitar was about 5 years old by this point and when I got it it was in immaculate condition. It barely looked like it had been played. I've soon changed that and now it has the small catalog of dinks and scrapes of an instrument that has been used (but not abused!)
     
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  12. Ken H

    Ken H New Member

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    My first guitar I bought new, My first PRS I bought used it was in such good condition it could have passed for new.
     
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  13. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Zombie Eight, DFZ

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    bluefade New Member

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    Hey Les, here's a disclaimer you can attach to your guitars when you sell one: Warning! do to excessive sterilization of guitar by the previous owner, guitar might not have any tone left.
     
  15. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Where did that "given" come from? :p
     
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  16. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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  17. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    Same.
    For myself, I prefer to let somebody else take the huge depreciation hit and then I get to enjoy a sweet guitar at a stupid low price. Having said that though, I completely understand why someone would want to order something to their exact specs and if I was playing out, I probably would too. But alas, I am but a poor basement hack that plays equally crappy on a Hello Kitty or an expensive PRS so I can be patient and wait for the right guitar at the right price before I pull the trigger.
     
  18. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Nah, I’m so cootie-free, there’s no need to sterilize. ;)
     
  19. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I’m checked daily by a board-certified cootiologist.
     
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  20. Rusty Chos

    Rusty Chos Don’t mean a thang if it don’t twang

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    I’m checked every six months by a VA cootologist.

    I also have a colonoscopy appointment with a VA cootpootologist about every five years.
     
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