People across the world collect all matters of things – from children who collect pet rocks to advanced philatelists (stamp collectors to you) who gather the most rare stamps in the world. One thing that people are collecting with frenzy is musical instruments – I hear word about a million plus dollar violin sold recently. Crazy! Musical instruments can be crafted with an incredible precision – the very best are, often, a work of art in themselves.
American guitars from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s are priced anywhere between $2,000 and $20,000 (and much more expensive if the guitar is particularly rare or has been a significant part of musical history). If you want to start collecting guitars, there are several things that you should be aware of. This is our quick guide to helping you get on your way:
– What is the condition of the guitar? The better the condition the higher quality the guitar?
– Have there been modifications made to the guitar? An instrument with all original pieces and hardware is worth more than one with recent modifications made.
– What is the demand? Certain makes and models have a greater demand (and thus value) than others
Once you’ve identified the type of guitar you’d like to collect, the best bet is to check out your local guitar store to get a hands on knowledge about the guitar. The widest selection of collectible guitars is available on eBay and the internet. If you are going to go this route, it is important that you learn as much as you can about what makes a particular model valuable and how a perfect specimen measures up against what is available on the internet. If you want more information on beginning a collectible guitar collect, this website has some great resources for you.
Once you’ve started your guitar collection, the next step is figuring out how to store your instruments. Proper storage is incredibly important to maintaining the condition and quality of your guitar. We’ll talk about the ways to properly store a valuable musical instrument in the next post. Make sure you come back and check it out!
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