Beaucoup de fun this week at Long & McQuade in Burlington Ontario - 1/2 hour’s drive west of Toronto:
I’m not gonna lie: when the “Select” Series first came out I was skeptical that a non Custom Shop instrument that costs >2k new would be worth it…I mean if I am going to spend $2400 on a guitar, it better be a (used) custom shop model! But now that the so-called “sticker shock” has worn off, I actually like these!
The former owner’s foolishness = your bargain! Here is a 1999-ish American Standard Stratocaster (left handed). There have been modification made to it (as you can plainly see), but it wouldn’t take much to restore it to it’s original configuration - in fact you probably have several spare sets of Strat pickups and several empty oich guards laying around the house (I know I do!). For only $500. That’s a whopping 58% discount over buying a new one!
One of the new Coronados. My one concern is how expensive they are…if I remember correctly they are 700-ish dollars. You can buy a 1960s vintage original for 1400…so if it was me, I would just save up a little* more and go for a vintage.
Dear Martin. On the rare-ish occasions you go all fancy, damn you do a good job if it!
I will never lose my love of Gretsch colours. Now - if I could only fall in love with their guitars, I’d be all set!
American Std in a lovely trans-‘burst over an lovely slab of grainy ash.
Another pretty “Select” Tele. I like the one in photo #1 better, but I wouldn’t kick this one out of bed for eating crackers! :D
* And by “save up a little more” I of course mean “put on my credit card and pay it off in 5 dollar increments for the next 12 years”.