Samick ES335 Copy

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Hello All!
So, in my search for a poor mans hollow body a local shop has a 2000 San450- 335 copy with original hard shell case, mint- literally brand new untouched for $371. Is this a good deal? He claims the resale value is $475?

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I mean, without seeing it, or having even a model number to go on, that's a tough question to objectively answer.

I can tell you that the Sammick factories have churned out some very competent instruments over the years, and under $400 for a decent semi-hollow with a HSC is likely a pretty good deal, provided there are no issues with the guitar, and you like the feel and sound.

Purely subjective at this point.
 

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I mean, without seeing it, or having even a model number to go on, that's a tough question to objectively answer.

I can tell you that the Sammick factories have churned out some very competent instruments over the years, and under $400 for a decent semi-hollow with a HSC is likely a pretty good deal, provided there are no issues with the guitar, and you like the feel and sound.

Purely subjective at this point.
Thank you- it’s a Samick San450, updated original post.... it still has plastic on pickguard, literally never touched. Sry, wasn’t able to get pics while I was there...my largest question is value, never like to lose money on a guitar....
 

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Thank you- it’s a Samick San450, updated original post.... it still has plastic on pickguard, literally never touched. Sry, wasn’t able to get pics while I was there...my largest question is value, never like to lose money on a guitar....
Here's one that sold for $250 on reverb...

 

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If I liked it, I would buy it for his asking price.

As far as value, it's probably already as low as it'll get, so I wouldn't worry about that. :)
 

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I can see why you liked it. If it's mint with a hardcase it would be hard to leave behind if it was a player. $371 is such an odd number too.
 

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I would look it over closer though. Anyone trying to sell me something for $371 that says its worth $475 to sell i'm a little leery of. Call me jaded.
 

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I would look it over closer though. Anyone trying to sell me something for $371 that says its worth $475 to sell i'm a little leery of. Call me jaded.
Understood, I’m the same way, which is why I’m trying to be cautious. I noticed no issues, the $371, came from a 25% discount Christmas sale he’s having...original price was $495...
 

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Here is mine (left side). Rare white San-450 from early nineties. Payed 170€ for it, no case. These do easily 300€ over here now (last 2 sold for way more than that, later models) getting original case is rare i think. Only saw 1 sell with case. Really nice guitar.
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Here is mine (left side). Rare white San-450 from early nineties. Payed 170€ for it, no case. These do easily 300€ over here now (last 2 sold for way more than that, later models) getting original case is rare i think. Only saw 1 sell with case. Really nice guitar.
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Thank You....Nice I’m new to Samick as I have always been told Gibson, Fender and Martin are the only ones that hold value. Guess that’s not true after seeing all these comments- very helpful...thank you...
 
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Yes and no.
There is love for the older Samick. But they don't hold value as those big names. Most know them for piano and epiphone i guess. I used to have several Samick guitar San - 450 and to-320 (telecaster) are the 2 i kept. Had a very good rl4 royale and a malibu strat wannabe, both greg Bennett and a Riboloff. All gone now. Riboloff also designed the Gibson M3 that i prefered over the Samick :laugh2:. Looks came close, for the rest... No were near the Gibson.
It is hit and miss with Samick. That kills value in my eyes. But the 2 i kept are really good for the money.
The higher end models they made were mostly pretty good.
 

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Yes and no.
There is love for the older Samick. But they don't hold value as those big names. Most know them for piano and epiphone i guess. I used to have several Samick guitar San - 450 and to-320 (telecaster) are the 2 i kept. Had a very good rl4 royale and a malibu strat wannabe, both greg Bennett and a Riboloff. All gone now. Riboloff also designed the Gibson M3 that i prefered over the Samick :laugh2:. Looks came close, for the rest... No were near the Gibson.
It is hit and miss with Samick. That kills value in my eyes. But the 2 i kept are really good for the money.
The higher end models they made were mostly pretty good.
Thank you- very helpful. So with what I explained about this deal- worth it? Or better to save for a Gibson?
 
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Did you get the chance to play it? That's really going to be your answer. I have plenty of "low end" guitars that rock! That Ibanez I showed you is super resonant! Notice I haven't put it for sale yet as I debate whether I should just keep it. I have so many guitars though!
 

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If you play it, and it's right for you, then get it. 371 is a fairish price with a case. Samick, in general, builds solid instruments. Bitch is, they have little resale value under their own name. A Samick made Epiphone? Slightly higher resale then a Chinese made one. A Samick made Epiphone Sheraton II will be near 3 times the price of the same Samick model. Go figure.
 

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