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Are pickguards this expensive???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rano Bass, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. llamalor2112

    llamalor2112 Banned

    Sep 18, 2007
    Hey, value is all relative. I was able to sell pokemon cards from my childhood for $980 on ebay recentl! (They're just little pieces of cardboard, seriously.) Oh well, I'm not complainin'. :smug:
  2. JoeyZ


    May 9, 2005
    As I've stated in the past:
    The market determines the value of any given product and/or service.
    If the market commands $700 for an old pickguard than that's it's worth, regardless of wether you agree or not.
  3. LMFAO!
  4. Mikio


    Feb 21, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    well, in my country a brand new pickguard, original from Fender, costs like 65 bucks or more xD
  5. tomsewell


    Feb 21, 2009
    Tupelo, MS
    That's insane. I've got the original white pick guard off a '71 Fender Precision laying around somewhere. Guess it's time to ebay it.
  6. 50k on an old corvette is a lot more understandable than $.8k on a PLASTIC pickguard...
  7. 18eranaRic

    18eranaRic Banned

    Mar 7, 2009
    Malibu, USA
    SOLD w/ buy it now!
  8. 18eranaRic

    18eranaRic Banned

    Mar 7, 2009
    Malibu, USA
    I wonder how it was authenticated.
  9. i wonder the about schmuck who bought it....
  10. Hmmmmmm......... :eyebrow: Being financially capable to throw down that kind of cash for a vintage pickguard makes the guy a SCHMUCK?? :confused: Maybe he just got his retention bonus :smug:
  11. There's inherent worth and relative worth. Is a pickguard truly worth $900? No, of course not, unless it there is something inherently incredible about it's composition or function. But people sometimes attach their own overinflated worth to things, based on hysteria, misconception, or a desire to artificially inflate the market price for something, and will pay way more (or try and sell for way more) than what something is inherently worth. Sadly, the markets for many if not most things are often subject to such whims. There's nothing one can do about it except try and influence overinflated markets back to sane levels by not contributing to the hysteria, and by trying to convince others to join you. Once enough people take a stand and refuse to pay ridiculous prices for things, the prices will come down.
  12. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    When its worth $1200 in 3 years whos the schmuck then?

    Thats my point. Id buy most anything and invest in it if I knew it would appreciate. Has nothing to do with anything besides what you can buy it for, hold on to it, and resell it for. Old furniture, old cars, antiques, old guitars, art, etc

    Any other attitude is the wrong attitude. If not for collectibility it would be worth half of what a new one would be hanging in the plastic behind the counter at GC.

  13. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    No, making someone a schmuck is over paying for something, even if they could afford it. You're getting ripped off. Just because you have money doesn't mean you have to piss it away on nothing.

    Just my 2 cents.
  14. Rano Bass

    Rano Bass

    Sep 9, 2006
    Tijuana Mex.
  15. I've got a 65 Jazz with a replacement pickguard. I'd like to have a stock tort pickguard.

    A few years ago, I really needed money and I ended up selling my 1958 LP Special. I could have parted it out and probably ended up with more- the guitar was worth around 5K at the time I sold it, but the control plates alone would have gotten me $2K. Throw in another $150 or so for the switch tip.

    The "collector" market isn't one you'd understand if you weren't interested in it and a part of it. There's enough people that proclaim their SX is every bit as good of a instrument as a "vintage" instrument. There's people that feel that they want a "vintage" instrument, but think that getting their hands on a CBS or Norlin instrument gives them the same thing as a 50s or pre-CBS/pre-Norlin instrument gives them.

    It all comes down to what you want to spend your money on. Some people fork out stupid money for Space 1999 toys or collectable Burger King glasses from the 80s. Some people pay ridiculous money for Beanie Babies. Some people like to go out drinking or go to casinos. What I think is a waste might be someone's lifelong endeavor. Get over yourself.

  16. What if you've got a dead-nuts stock, mint 1966 GTO, but it's missing the ashtray. Everything on the car is matching and mint. And someone has a NOS, in the packing ashtray. That's the ONLY piece of that car that you do not have. You could go to a junkyard and find a similar part that might be in decent shape. But you've got a line on this one piece, NOS, matching paint, the one piece that keeps your car from being complete... How much is that worth to you?
  17. True dat. I collect yo-yos. Seriously, it is a seemingly ridiculous addiction, but I love the dang things ... it's all in the eye (and wallet) of the beholder.

    (off to throw a sleeper with a near-mint Pre-Flambeau Duncan Shrieking Sonic Satellite ...)
  18. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    I wonder what you think is a fair price for something that you can't just drive down to the local G.C. and get?

    ... and no, a warmouth or WD guard isn't the same thing.

    I'm talking a period correct part that will replace a broken or missing guard on a cusotm color Transitional era Jazz.

    So... how much?

    Find me another for sale while you're at it.
  19. BassBob185


    Oct 25, 2007
    Rocking Chair
    You could buy 6 SX basses for that amount of $$$ ;)

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