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    Question Upgrading inexpensive guitar before selling - return worth investment?

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    OK, the title is somewhat misleading.

    I've got an Epi G-400 SG that I bought (used) recently. Well, I'm unfortunately going to have to sell it pretty quickly.

    It's in really good shape except that it's missing tuners and a bridge (it does have the posts in the body, though).

    I could just resell it as-is, slap some cheap tuners and bridge on it and sell it for more, or put Grovers and a Wilkinson bridge on it for $50 total.

    Do you think it would be worth the extra 25 bucks or so to put the upgraded hardware on it vs the generic? Pickups are stock.

    A part of me thinks that someone who would be inclined to spend a lot more for one that had the upgrades wouldn't be considering an Epi G-400 anyway.

    Weigh in, please.
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    First thought is it really depends on who you sell it too. If it's a kid off craigs list, he may not know the difference in tuners. Then again, I may not know the difference in tuners. As long as it stays in tune.

    Pics? How much?

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    Don"t forget to upgrade the strings. An upgrade might be what someone is looking for. It was upgrades that swayed me to one used guitar. Coil taps, speed knobs and a better looking pickgard

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    If you can estimate what it might sell for with and without the upgrades, you can figure out if it makes sense. It might sell quicker with the upgrades, slower with no tuners and bridge. If you go with the cheapies, you'll have to disclose that the hardware is a downgrade from original. Might take longer to sell.

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    If I was looking to buy a guitar, I'd be more inclined to buy one i could actually play over one that was missing parts.

    Then again there are those looking for for projects. But they generally go for less money.

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    YOu won't make 'more' profit with the upgraded hardware, but it will make it easier to sell.
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    Definitely dont spend money on it to sell it.
    Get it in working order or no one will probably buy it either, so hopefully you have the tuners and bridge laying around.

    If selling it as is with no tuners or bridge...$25..$50? and to a very small DIY crowd of buyers isnt probably going to sell quickly.

    I see by searching they sell working used for $169-$200 all over. I didnt see any non-working G400's.

    Definitely dont spend money on that thing if your going to sell it quickly.

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    I do pass over a lot of "offered as parts" offerings on eBait, but I do buy stuff. Never looked for guitars that way, but I bought the SG with the broken neck out of the barn used for practice and the Kramer missing a tuner knob from a friend of a friend. I was happy with those

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    Quote Originally Posted by garww View Post
    I do pass over a lot of "offered as parts" offerings on eBait, but I do buy stuff. Never looked for guitars that way, but I bought the SG with the broken neck out of the barn used for practice and the Kramer missing a tuner knob from a friend of a friend. I was happy with those
    recall what you paid?
    broken neck out of the barn..the beauty of bolt on necks.

    I'd at least get the SG working then it might be worth $150 to $200.
    I figured Guitar Center would probably offer $125-$155 for a good condition SG G4000 in good working condition, using their formula. Im not going to pay more than Guitar Center....others might.

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    I just tried to upload pics (.jpg), but it says that they're not a valid image format.

    What gives?
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