D28 received in good..."excellent" shape...great condition...well "as new" or immaculate for year...I am very pleased with it. Just as described.
Tony, Crawley, UK
Just got the ES and Epi safe. Fine shipping/packing. Great guitars! Played both of them at a rehearsal today. Dont know which I prefer, thats the problem, but I must say, the Epi is something, but, as you mentioned, the ES is special. Thanks for the deal! - Bjarne
Gibson ES-125 & Epiphone Century
At the start of the 21st century, investing in vintage guitars became a viable alternative asset class in much the same way that fine wine, wrist watches and violins were. Like Rolex for watches and Rothschild for wines, Gibson and especially Golden Era Gibsons is the big name.
Fuelled by a generation of investment bankers whose teenage idols played those electric guitars, we watched, amazed, as a blonde ES-335 sold for $100,000 and Les Paul ‘bursts sold on eBay for $200,000.
Firmly targeting investors, the publishers of the Vintage Guitar price guide created a ‘vintage guitar index’ of 42 guitars of the Golden Era. the 42 guitars included pre-war Martins, early Fenders and Gibsons both acoustic, solid and hollow-body.
For a while at least, people paid crazy prices for tasty vintage guitars.
By 2010 the market ‘corrected itself’ which was a relief for many who thought it over-inflated, but hurt quite a few dealers badly as they got caught with massively over-priced inventory.
Wise investors, in it for the long term, shrugged sagely. Markets rise and fall, that’s their nature. They invest what they can afford to lose and they invest in value.
Hopefully, they enjoyed their investment guitars. Playing them from time to time and loving the privilege of owning them for a time.
Financialist leader by Credit Suisse from 2014
Reuters commentary on the vintage Guitar market in 2012
Forbes Personal Finance article from 2011
The Beauty of the Burst by Yasuhiko Iwanade
In the scenario where you really want one of our Great Guitars, and you want to use one of your ‘cast-offs’ to pay for it, then we may be able to help you through a part-exchange or vintage guitar trade.
When we trade vintage guitars we are selling you one of our guitars and buying one of yours, so we apply the same conditions we would when buying privately.
We will take your old guitar off your hands for you, at a price that we can realistically sell it for. Unless it’s a vintage Gibson, that price will be less than you could get if you sold it yourself privately. And, everything is subject to our buyer carrying-out a hands-on inspection. If the guitar is in the condition you describe, then this is very straight-forward. We’ve done successful part-exchanges from countries around the world.
Here’s the schedule for a vintage guitar trade / part exchange:
Obviously, this can be done in moments face to face, however the internet means that it’s more often international. It’s great that it’s possible, but it does take a while.
Occasionally we agree to sell something on behalf of a customer or personal friend. It works like this: we agree a price that you will be paid when we sell the item. If it doesn’t sell, we return the item.
The usual scenario for this is that it’s something we don’t want to buy for stock but we want to help the person to sell it.
We don’t take commission sales.
We know that you don’t really want to get rid of your old or vintage guitar, but you have no choice. Either you need the cash, or the space, or your partner is keeping count of the number of guitars you have in the house. It’s no good comparing guitars to shoes or handbags, or explaining why each one has a different style, you are stuck at 5 guitars. So if you are going to get another, one has to go.
The ideal is therefore to trade with a dealer. You get the guitar you want and the dealer takes the one you don’t. Doesn’t matter that yours is worth more, or that you are paying too much for the new – it’s just convenient – we know, we get it!
So, yes, we can take your old guitar in part-exchange but we’ll give you what it’s worth rather than paying you too much because the one you are buying is overpriced. You still get to walk out of the house with one guitar and walk back in with another – one out, one in – everyone is happy and it’s fair to all.