Trade/resale value on modded Dot

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  1. musicmand

    musicmand Senior Member

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    I'm a sucker for trades. I often take cool guitars even when I don't need them and they overlap with my "main" guitars.

    Case in point: I've been offered a modded Dot for my Hayden Mofo 15 amp (hand wired in England). The axe looks great in description and pictures- standard Dot with Gibson 57 Classic HBs, Bigsby, bone nut, locking tuners, upgraded wiring and pots... just about every upgrade you can do.

    Unfortunately, my Gibson LP also has a 57 Classic in the neck, and even the BB3 in the bridge would be pretty close. I'm concerned there will be too much overlap between the Dot and the Gibson for me to ever choose the Dot over the LP. The only intrigue is that the Dot has covered pickups, which means it should be a little darker than my Paul's uncovered pickups.

    With that said, I'm pondering resale or trade value if I decide I'm not using it enough to keep it. He has it listed at $500, but he only listed it after he asked me for a trade (my amp is also listed at $500). I'm not sure it's actually worth that much, nor that I could actually get that much out of it if I flipped it.

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Al Walker

    Al Walker Senior Member

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    A brand new Dot sells for $350 to $450 on line. Used looks like they start around $200. So, I'd say his is overpriced.
     
  3. musicmand

    musicmand Senior Member

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    Maybe I misread Reverb. I thought used ones were going for $350 stock.
     
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    If you want to trade , go for it. Most on here would say the seller shouldn't expect to get much extra for upgrades. I'd suggest some extra cash on his part.
     
  5. Matt_Krush

    Matt_Krush Senior Member

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    There will be no overlap.

    That Dot will likely sound bigger and better.

    I have a Dot and with the same pickups as some of my Jacksons...the Dot destroys them in terms of tone.
    (Dimarzio X2N bridge and Air Norton Neck* I think that's whats there...been a while, hell could be a Super Distortion 2)
     
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    dennis g Senior Member

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    See my avatar. After owning my Dot for a year or so I did all the same upgrades as the OP mentioned, only difference is that I used SD Classic p/u's instead of the Gibby's. It is a Totally Different guitar after the mod's. As mentioned above, it sounds much brighter, and yes, "bigger". I never intended to sell this guitar, but if your seller is asking $500, it's a steal. The p/u's alone are worth about half that amount. The way I see it, I have a Gibby ES335 minus a little bling and a nitro finish. My 2 cents, and YMMV. (Then again, if you can find a used Epi 335 pro...)

    Edit: Just re read your original post. I also have a Gibby LP Std and I much prefer the Dot. Sounds approx the same, but the Dot has better upper fret access if that's an issue for you.
     
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    musicmand Senior Member

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    Interesting perspective. I really want to pick up this guitar; I just want to make sure it will get used, and I want to make sure it would at least make me my money back if I should need to sell or trade it.

    He's now offering me the Dot plus $50.
     
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    dennis g Senior Member

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    Can't say whether or not you'd get your money back (don't know of too many that have, depends a lot on the buyer's knowledge) but I will guarantee that the guitar would get "used". My Dot and Casino are my "go to's".
     

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