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Gear Vault #3 – The one that got away… and then came back.

Gear Vault #3 – The one that got away… and then came back.

Jun 4, 2012

How many of you have had a change in musical style or whatever, sold your guitar, only to eventually want it back so badly that you bought it again? Not the same type of guitar, but the exact same guitar?

I know it sounds stupid, but I’ve totally done it, haha. Twice now.

The first one was a 19XX (I want to say ’97?? I’m not sure right at this moment) Ibanez RG770. Pimped out older brother of the classic RG550, it had a bound neck and sharktooth inlays, which I was really big on at the time. However, what I failed to realize was, at that stage in my musical life, I couldn’t play Strats or superstrats at all. Couldn’t use them worth a damn. I’d been playing Les Pauls and pointy “shape” guitars a lot, and although I convinced myself that I should own a superstrat, they just wouldn’t work for me.

So I sold it.

To be honest, my life was fine without it. I didn’t actually think about it for another 5 or 6 years. Then one day, as I was idly browsing the guitars on our local auction site TradeMe (that’s like eBay, but eBay never took off in New Zealand) I spotted a black 770, which had a suspiciously similar scratch in the finish just behind the trem. I checked the serial number and BAM! It was the exact same guitar I’d sold!!

So I bought it.

Don’t ask me why. I just felt like I should, like it was fate or something.

I was wrong.

The second time around was no better, really. I basically picked it up because it was cheap, and I was more into Strat-types by then, but… nyeh. As RGs go, it was a perfectly functional, decent sounding RG, but there just wasn’t actually anything all that special about it for me personally.

So I sold it. Again.

I, of course, never learned my lesson – and have just bought back a guitar that I previously traded off. However, at least this time, it’s a really good guitar, that I really wanted to get back, and have wanted to ever since I stupidly let it go.

… I hope it’s as good as I remember. More on that next time.

Have you ever done the same thing?


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