Crazy_About_Guitars

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Making A Pawn Shop Work with You

This past year 2010 I started going to a specific pawn shop close to my home. Prices were stupidly high on guitars.
A lot of Fender Squire Stratocasters with warped necks. Guitars are not selling very well in the pawn shop world.
Here is a trick to try--Ask for the manager. This is were I really succeeded. I told the guy that I collect and hot rod guitars.
Not a lie-I was telling the truth. That this was my hobby and I would like to start buying from him in quantity. Like two to four guitars a month. The guy tells me
that if I do that he will sell me guitars for a third or less of what he is asking. This also includes effects, recording equipment.
Example: I picked up a Boss BR-8 Digital Recording Studio for $40 bucks. It came with everything including the instruction book and
 and sample Zip Disk. Zip Disks were supposed to take over the home recording market ten years ago [2001]. This unit was selling
for almost $900 back then. I found Zip Disks on Amazon.com--Ten for $30 dollars. Locally they were asking $100 dollars for five disks.
I recorded my band on the recorder for our new demo CD. This unit made my Tascam tape four track sound like a child's toy. So, there
you go, $40 dollars for a $900 dollar unit. I also bought four guitars. If I remember correctly I spent about $200 total. I have been back
to the place three or four times since then. No new guitars worth mentioning and the manager will call me if something cool comes in. The only bad part is
at the least every month to month and a half I have to go buy something to keep this deal active.
    I would really like for some of you readers try this out and get back to me or put your experience on the forums page. You would only
be helping your fellow guitarists. Also there are a ton on bass guitars in these places. I own one just for self recording purposes.
 
I hope this helps. 

Other Avenues of Guitar

Other Avenues of Guitar

Before I got carried away with the Fake Guitars I was going to write about getting into pawn shop guitars. There are a ton of guitars from the eighties and nineties that are not in style right now. I bought two a couple months ago. One for seventy-five and one for fifty. All they needed was adjustments to the necks. Of coarse one was a cheap guitar. The other better than cheap. But just in parts I had saved myself around a hundred fifty from one guitar. After I plugged them in I was surprised at their tone. So I worked on the neck action and intonation. Hey if I snapped a neck big deal. Also this is how all the real luthiers started. These guitars now are shred monsters and I don't shred. Extremely flat and fast necks. The pick ups work for a guitar I am going to resell for a hundred fifty and the other I might keep for a "Stunt" guitar. Other wise I could sell it for two fifty or a little more. The trick I found with adjusting necks on cheaper guitars is wait a day and check them again. At the least what I was doing thru the years was buying these and learning. Then making a modest profit and back to the pawn shop for another. Reinvesting. Selling the guitars I was not ripping anyone off at that price.
  So, this is another way to understand guitars and how they work. After doing these kinds of tricks for so long. It is not rare to for someone to hand me a five to ten thousand dollar guitar and say "check it out" and leave it with me. This is the highest complement I can get in my mind. I don't know if they would be so trusting if they knew I learn this stuff from an idea at a pawn shop.

 I will add pictures of both guitars this weekend. I am getting a lot of responses and I am on here more than I thought I would be. I answer all responses and will add a page of them this weekend also.
 First Picture is the $100 Stunt Guitar
Second is the $50 Starter Stunt Guitar
Behind on top a Bassman head from 67-68.
It has the serial number of a black face Bassman.
Same with the "67-68 Band Master" below it with original cab.
That was my main amp for twenty years. I bought it
brand new. For the record the first silver face Fender amps that came out
had all the same parts as the "Blackface's". Fender still had a warehouse
full of blackface parts the first year of the silver face models. The
Band-Master is a bullet proof tone machine.
Same with the baseman. Hell, I dropped it once. Still works
perfect. They are for recording only now. They are worth a small fortune.
I bought the "Bandmaster" in 1967 for $282 Bucks. {yes, again I bought it brand new} I think the head alone now is worth a thousand bucks. Who would have thought. I blew the original speakers. We didn't have effects back then or very little. So, we turned these up to "Eleven" to get the distortion. I replaced them with 2- 12" E.V.'s. here we go--I paid thirty bucks a piece for them "Way Back When". BTW they are Bullet proof in my opinion and after what I put them thru.

Rondo Music

I have been in touch with the owner. I am totally impressed with the quality and especially the prices. Check for the link on the links page and judge for yourselves. This again was referred by a CAG member whom own's a few and say's there every bit worth the money. There is a lot to look at. Again these can be up graded to what your musical taste wants. Lollar pickups told me he had experimented on Rhondo guitars for this very reason.{this paragraph was written in 2009}

UPDATE 11-12-11

After reviewing one of Rhondo's $100 guitars--you do get what you pay for. At the very least you have a good start to build something out of it. The fret work on the one I have was absolutely "Horrible". But, if you want to learn how to dress [ file down ] frets here you go. These stuck out enough that I was afraid I might cut a finger zipping up and down the fret board. You sure as heck are not going to ruin a fret board on a Les Paul or a Telecaster. This is were it doesn't matter or not as much. A pawn shop prize would be your next project after learning on this. I learned about Floyd Rose Tremolo's from this guitar. I upgraded to a speed load Floyd Rose. Before this I had no clue how they work. Now I know more than most about how  Floyd Rose's are put together and how you tune a guitar with one. Which is another surprise first time you put on new strings.

Okay, here is another review taking a couple years to complete. When I read most guitar magazine reviews they have taken the whopping time of a weekend or so to tell you everything about the product. Some of these products cost thousands of dollars. I honestly hope that my reviews guide you much more than that. If I can save one person from a expensive mistake all this is worth it.

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