Should I Make This Trade???

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  1. Chad

    Chad Active Member

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    I have had a hard time moving my classic vibe tele recently. I was offered a ibanez talman TC825 today for it and it has a few minor issues. First off it has a neck pocket crack that the owner said hasn't spread for the 5 years he owned it. The next issue is that the finish on the back of the neck has been sanded off, I don't know how this affects the value of that guitar but I wouldn't think it would do anything but decrease it, but I don't know by how much. Last thing he said is that the silver sparkle has turned into a champagne color and there is a small chip in the finish where you can see the color difference. Anyways I looked at the value of what these sold for on reverb and they went from $400-700. The $400 one had a neck pocket crack but no sanded neck, the other ones on the higher end had no issues and a hardshell case. I'm pretty tempted to grab it just for the hell of it, and I'm pretty sure if I wanted to get rid of it that it would be an easy sell for $275 compared to my classic vibe that I am trying to sell for the same price... am I right? What would you guys do, trade it or pass?
     
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    Does it have the Bigsby?
     
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    If the neck pocket crack is only a finish crack and not bad looking and the neck isn’t all grungy I’d be inclined to make the trade. That’s a neat axe
     
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    idiotsdelight Well-Known Member

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    I love teles but CV's are a dime a dozen. You can always get another.

    The sanded neck doesnt mean anything to me unless its down to bare wood.

    These arent set necks correct? Neck pocket cracks are almost a given nowadays.

    Id seriously consider that trade especially if it had the Bigsby.
     
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    Yes it does.
     
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    No they are bolt on. Im not sure if its down to bare wood or not, Id have to ask but it does have a bigsby.
     
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    If it is down to bare wood is that a problem for resale value? Couldn't lacquer be reapplied? Who knows, I might like it and end up keeping it for all that I know.
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    I’d personally keep the CV unless you are definitely wanting the ibby to keep and play, The issues with the crack might be easily repairable to folks here that know their stuff, but the average joe will likely pass due to the crack and the sanded finish. Flipping guitars is very difficult right now as the marketplace is massively flooded.
     
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    Ive done some looking though and there isn't another one of these for sale out there anywhere... Im pretty sure someone would want this even with the sanded down neck and finish crack, but my question is do I still get $275 for it plus shipping? Im guessing I probably could.
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    There’s only one way to find out I guess. I can tell you from experience that even “market” value is difficult to get for anything on reverb or other places right now. So you have to be prepared to wait or take a lower offer in general.
     
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    Well I already have another classic vibe tele and think that this might be a good trade. I just need that reassurance like a pesky girlfriend or wife!
     
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    I love the Talmans. The one's that are the most valuable are the ones with the resocast bodies and Kent Armstrong lipsticks. This one is Alder, but it does have the Super 58 pickups that some love (brighter PAF). I'd say that in the condition it's currently in you're probably trading about even. I would personally be tempted to buy it, but it's hard to say without pics.
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    I"d say it really comes down to whether you want the guitar to play or just to try and sell for a profit. Remember there's very likely a reason the seller is willing to trade it for a guitar that is less valuable. Sounds like you really want the guitar, so if you don't care about the issues and want it to play then go for it. If you are just trying to trade and flip to make more cash I'd personally recommend against it, but that just my $.02.
     
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    The comments by @uwmcscott are pretty much spot on...
     
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    Those super 58s are sweet. Just on that alone I would trade.
     
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    Too many guitars out there to choose from. It is a BUYERS market. I would not buy or trade for a guitar with obvious issues. Let someone else have it.
     
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    Nope, not even for a minty talman.
     
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    The Talman is the more 'valuable' guitar, but a quick search of sold listings on ebay shows two TC630s, made in 1994... One sold for $595 and the other sold for almost half that ($325). That's a good example of how volatile the used guitar market is... I'd say do the trade if you're really lusting for a Japan-made Talman, but if you're thinking of it as an investment to flip for a profit, you might be disappointed. You could be stuck with it for a while, or end up letting it go for a song... Talmans have their market, obviously, but I don't think they're broadly popular.
     
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    Finish cracks dont = "issues" to me. If that was the case finish checking would be an "issue". Easy to pull the neck & look in the pocket to appease your neurosis.

    Youve got 2CV's?

    That Ibby isnt even my style but id think resale would at least get you what you were looking for. Maybe youll dig it & want to keep it?
     
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