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1974 Mustang - considering buying. Help!

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:10 pm    Post subject: 1974 Mustang - considering buying. Help! Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm considering buying a 1974 Mustang in sunburst here in South Korea.

I've always liked the Mustang and the short scale definitely plays into my stature!

What are people's thoughts or knowledge on this year? The guitar is going for $1,400.

Here's the link to the guy who's selling (I'm living in S Korea at the moment) :

http://www.mule.co.kr/instrument/2/bbscontent.aspx?idx=4356868&page=1&sort=15&searchword=%EB%A8%B8%EC%8A%A4%ED%83%B1&searchregion=5&t_idx=1&m_idx=0&l_idx=0#.UzRG462Swyz

I'm looking for a guitar I'm going to gig with and keep around for a really long time; maybe a lifer. All help and thoughts appreciated!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extra string tree. Does that look right to you guys? Looks like a newer one to me. Also shouldn't the tuners be the 70's metal ones, not the white ones for a Mustang that late? Is that the right decal for that year? My comp stands around that age have much smaller font.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats 600 dollars too much.

watch me in Louisville with this one.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robroe wrote:
thats 600 dollars too much.

watch me in Louisville with this one.


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Different country though - the US has always been cheaper for vintage Fenders than anywhere else.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so buy american and have it shipped?

surely it wouldn't cost 600 bucks more to ship
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lowest price you've found in a Louisville shop is NOT a good benchmark for the worldwide value of vintage or vintage-ish instruments.
People charge more on eBay and whathaveyou because it's a global market (i.e. these exact types of scenarios where someone living somewhere with lower supply/higher demand is looking at it), and shipping/customs would surely get it up there while adding the transit-damage/theft risk, need for insurance and so on. The amount of trouble someone's gone to getting an example of a somewhat valuable/desirable product to a country where it was never readily available adds to it's value there, or at least indicates you'll spend similar money going an alternate route to get one there.
Actually, I doubt I could find a '74 Stang for the price you're describing in NorCal. Surely any sane shop owner would round out an old Mustang to a nice square number of like, $1195 plus sales tax (about $100). The lowest price I've seen on [non-trashed] '70s Fenders in shops in my life were the $700-900 late '70s MMs/Duos and MM basses my ex-local shop had like 7 years ago (and those aren't Mustangs).

I'm not saying this is the best price he'll find, but certainly that he should expect to pay quite a bit more than someone Stateside will for a '70s Fender, the same way one would in the UK or EU (where, btw, Squier CVs cost like 5-6 hundred fuckin' bucks retail).
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so what you are saying is I should have bought it
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robroe wrote:
so buy american and have it shipped?

surely it wouldn't cost 600 bucks more to ship


I don't know about Korea, but if I was going to import that into the UK, then it would cost $100 or so for insured shipping I would imagine, plus $160 at least in taxes, possibly $200 including charges as well. That's half of the $600 dollar saving gone straight away, and that's for a guitar that I can't play before buying and that would cost a shitload to send back if it wasn't as described.

I bought my vintage guitars in the UK for that reason, even though I may have paid slightly more, I had the peace of mind.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HNB wrote:
Extra string tree. Does that look right to you guys? Looks like a newer one to me. Also shouldn't the tuners be the 70's metal ones, not the white ones for a Mustang that late? Is that the right decal for that year? My comp stands around that age have much smaller font.


My 76 musicmaster (now owned by Das Beef) had white tuners exactly like those, and I'm certain they were original. Also the decal was a similar size if memory serves correct.

I understand your doubts though... The guitar is in amazing condition for a 40 year old instrument.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Baekma, I don't know the Korean market for guitars, but I know that American guitars (especially vintage Fender) are very expensive in Taiwan and Japan. $1400 USD for a vintage mustang in Korea seems expensive but not insane. Can you meet the seller in person and try the guitar before buying? I would make an appointment with the seller and bring cash. If you like the guitar, offer a lower price and attempt to negotiate. $1000-$1250 seems more reasonable.

We have a well known Shortscale poster in Seoul. Ultratwin... where are you, good sir?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tuners and decal look legit for the period. i honestly don't know what guitar prices are in korea, but that would probably be a reasonable amount for this guitar in the uk. $1400 = 841. i sold a '76 mustang for 750 and a '72 for 900 a few years back, so it seems about right.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow- thanks all.

I'm meeting the guy this week.

You're right about prices being way above the US bench here.

Boss TU-2s go for $120! MXR delays for well over 250. It's rough!
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