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Please, make me understand!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Woodchuck, May 2, 2004.


  1. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Maybe he's aiming for rich Rolling Stones fans in their late 50s?
     
  3. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    For some reason Tony Zemaitis' guitars have become worth a fortune. They are completely handmade, and he did all the engraved metal tops. My friend has a Les Paul style Zemaitis that he paid $70k for.....I played it, and wouldn't have payed $1700!!

    Totally for collectors...

    Aloha, Garey
     
  4. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Especially among the Japanese collectors. There was a store that was recently selling many of Rich Robinson's (Black Crowes) guitars, including about 7 Zamaitises (sp? Zamaiti?), the cheapest of which they were asking in the $30Ks. At the upcoming Eric Clapton auction, his Zamaitis acoustic 12string is expected to bring between $45k and $60k.
     
  5. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    Yes, my friend is indeed a Japanese collector!

    Maverick Music is THE Authorized dealer in the US, and the owner was good friends with Tony before he died. http://www.maverick-music.com/

    There are a lot of Zemaitis fakes out there too....

    Aloha, Garey
     
  6. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Atlanta
    I like the pickup surrounds for $2K. A bargain...
     
  7. 6-3-2

    6-3-2

    Sep 20, 2003
    And even though they do look kinda neat, you could easily get a custom made bass like that for WAY cheaper. This company umm, Zodiac makes a les paul version for under $2,000, so these people just got to stop the madness. Man all the bass stuff you could buy for $20,000, why spend it on one bass?
     
  8. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    Its the rarity factor that has made them highly collectible.......has little or nothing to do with looks, tone, quality. Tony Zemaitis hand made only a few instruments, and they now hold a cult-like status....and since Tony has passed away, there will be no more. Sometimes items work this way....whatever the genre.

    Aloha, Garey
     
  9. Anyone remember the EBay auction from a while back where the seller was selling the CRATE one of these came in, with cert. of authenticity mind you, for some serious dollars...

    Too bad this one didn't have the crate...would have made the deal worth it, totally. ;)