Ever sold a guitar (or some other similar item) only to regret it later?… Well, I have… I’ve sold a few guitars that I wish I would’ve kept… Usually, the decision to sell was an impulsive one. And acting on impulse doesn’t normally turn out ok in the end…

People do this all the time I guess, and we “normally” wouldn’t be selling a particular item if we either:

  • One… Didn’t have some sort of financial difficulty we were trying to overcome, or…
  • Two… We were just trying to get rid of some clutter…

 Bottom Line… What’s Done Is Done…

But, it never fails, that “What have I done?” feeling starts to emerge in our brains only a couple of hours after that guitar (or other item) has left us.

In most cases, transactions like this, whether in person, or on eBay, are usually final.  So, there’s really just no point in worrying over it any longer…(period)

 

A few things to consider

 

Here are a few things to think about when trying to get over that overwhelming feeling of seller’s remorse…

  • First, and foremost… learn to cherish that guitar(s) you still have – sometimes less is really MORE in the end.  When your options are fewer, you spend less time trying to decide on which tool to use and just start being productive.
  • Secondly, if you have been deciding upon whether, or not, to sell that particular guitar, then you must have had some sort of realization that you probably don’t need, or care for, that guitar as much as the other(s).  Guitar collections don’t make someone a better guitar player…
  • And Thirdly, In the future, it’s not like you can’t go and buy the same guitar again if you “really, really” miss it.  Make the future purchase a reward for having accomplished some other musical milestone such as, mastering (or at least learning) a new style of playing, or recording your first EP, or full-length CD…

A couple of guitar I’ve regretted selling…

 

1. Fender Squire Electric Guitar…

Believe it, or not, I actually traded in the first guitar that I really learned to play on, a Fender Squire, for a Paul Reed Smith McCarty (which I no longer have either).  I don’t really remember the trade in value that I received for my Squire, but it couldn’t have been much.

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stephen ruppe with fender squire guitar and this stuff called “hair” on his head…

All I can remember, is that I didn’t quite have enough to buy the McCarty – and I REALLY wanted it.  So much so, that I gave up something, that later would have a great deal of sentimental value to me… I should’ve waited, or just simply NOT been temped by the thought that having this better-made, better-sounding guitar was going to improve my current musician status, which it didn’t.

PRS McCarty – Stephen B. Ruppe

Don’t give into the “I need more, better stuff” idea… You don’t… Just learn to work with what you have… Exhaust every possible use for an item before thinking you need something better…

By the way…. The Fender Squire pictured above has been painted black (as if you can’t tell that already).  It originally came as “candy apple red.”  If I had it to do over again, I would have never painted it, but this was the time of Grundge / Alternative, etc. and black seemed “cooler.”…

My Grandfather helped me paint it and did an OUTStanding job if I must say so…

2. Fender Jazzmaster Electric…

I wish I hadn’t given up is being used for the featured image of this post, A (yes, another Fender) Fender Jazz Master.  It was less than $2000, so it wasn’t a custom deal, or anything, but I loved the sound of it.  It’s a long story, but again, I was needing funds and choose to give this one up for now.

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My (gone now) Fender Jazzmaster – I WILL have another one of these…

Even though it wasn’t a really expensive guitar, it was still brand new and popular so I felt good selling it for (almost) what I paid for it.  American made (not that it matters that much anymore for all guitars)… had great action, and great tone… I loved it and should’ve held out…

3. Martin / Sigma Acoustic

Again, another first guitar… My first decent acoustic guitar… And I gave it up.  I thought I was giving up all music at the time and therefore didn’t really care about any of my musical possessions… Man was I sorry, when I “came back around”…

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My Old Martin Sigma Guitar

Once again, not the most expensive guitar, but the memories – the sentimental value I didn’t realize I was letting go of.  What was I thinking…..

Also, “back-in-the-day,” guitars like this (even at the low-end spectrum) were actually made pretty well.  I remember, the buyer being very happy and surprised to get it from me.

04) Ibanez (don’t remember the model)

This was just an impulse buy back around 2008(ish). I can’t for-the-life-of-me remember what the model of the guitar was, but the cost was in the $300 range.

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This was more-or-less an impulse buy – but not bad for the money… you never really go wrong with an Ibanez

It played well although I couldn’t tell that much difference in sound when switching between the pickups. It stayed in reasonably good tune.

This was another item that wound up on eBay for about half it’s original price. Not that it wouldn’t be a good guitar for someone, but I don’t think I should have ever purchased it in the first place.

Since I did buy it, I probably should’ve just kept it to have a guitar laying around that I never put back in its case – and don’t really care what happens to it. But that wasn’t the case…

5) Gibson Gold-Top Re-issue

At the time of the purchase of this guitar (2010-11?) I had always been reluctant to try a Les Paul style of guitar just because I had always been a “Strat guy” for the most part, but I had a little extra money at the time and figured why not?…

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Gibson Gold Top Re-issue – sounds nice but this style of guitar has normally been my thing…

I opted for the Gold Top because I wanted it to be a little different the standard Les Paul. It played well, but in end I still felt more comfortable on a Strat style body.

That being said, I should’ve kept it just to have a Les Paul lying around – just “GP” (general purpose) if for no other reason. To be honest though, I sit a lot now when I play, these types of guitars are not really for sitting – not for me anyway – slides around too much…

In Conclusion

If you’ve made the hasty decision to get rid “some of your stock,” just turn back around, stop looking back, and keep moving forward…

What’s done is done, but it’s by no means… over….

Hope this helps…

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