Investment advice: '67 Rick or '67 Epiphone?

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Investment advice: '67 Rick or '67 Epiphone?

Postby Bigsbyman on Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:11 pm

I might have a chance to purchase either a 1967 Rickenbacker 360 or a '67 Epiphone Riviera. Both are priced well below dealer prices and even Ebay prices. So there's an investment opportunity (in my mind), that's how I'm approaching the purchase. I'm curious to know which guitar you'd recommend I purchase, solely from an investment perspective. In my mind, the Rick (mapleglo/natural) is a niche guitar with limited market appeal, but the niche is very strong. Alternatively, the Epiphone (cherry red with original Bigsby) is also a niche guitar with limited appeal, but the niche is not very strong (the Epi brand has limited appeal among vintage buyers). However, the Epiphone is really a Gibson Kalamazoo-built ES335 with mini humbuckers, which enhances the market appeal somewhat.

Opinions please?
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Re: Investment advice: '67 Rick or '67 Epiphone?

Postby Gooch on Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:24 pm

I say get both! :mrgreen: :laff: :cheers: :jam:
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Re: Investment advice: '67 Rick or '67 Epiphone?

Postby bigtomrodney on Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:48 pm

The way I see it...the Rickenbacker will be the more desirable one. If I was buying for myself it'd be the Riviera, even though I love the 360. I'd just stand in front of a mirror all day doing my best Otis Rush and Magic Sam impressions. Then again it'd be great to pretend I was a 19 year-old Paul Weller in the Jam...

I guess it comes down to whether it really is an investment or a player.
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Re: Investment advice: '67 Rick or '67 Epiphone?

Postby Bigsbyman on Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:31 pm

I see it the same way. Both guitars are listed for $3500-$4500 by dealers online, which seems way too high to me. But I think the Rick would be the better investment, the Rick niche market is stronger than the Riviera niche market. I happen to have two mid-1960's Ricks and a '68 335, so I don't need either guitar from a player standpoint. The Epi has a better chance of getting used more often than the Rick - considering how often I use my Ricks. Heck, I'd be more inclined to leave my 335 at home and play the Epi live.

I don't often buy a guitar without the intent of playing it. But this appears to be a rare opportunity to buy a real vintage axe for a screaming deal. Those are very hard to pass up.
'64 JMI Vox AC30 with original alnico blues, '72 JMP 50-watt w/4x12 Greenbacks, '76 Lead & Bass combo (tan 25-watt Celestions), '76 Superlead with TV 4x12 (greenbacks), '78 2204 with Marshall 2x12 cab (Greenbacks), '78 Hylight DR504/SA4123, '79 Fawn 2204 50-watt w/matching Fawn 4x12 (tan 25-watt Celestions), 1970's Marshall 1982AP cabinet (black back 30-watt Celestions), Matchless D/C-30, Traynor, Garnet, Leslie, Bacino, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Trussart, Dano, Dobro

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Re: Investment advice: '67 Rick or '67 Epiphone?

Postby gtone on Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:10 pm

My vote's with the Ricky. :jam:
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Re: Investment advice: '67 Rick or '67 Epiphone?

Postby George01 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:26 am

Investment advice refers to any recommendations regarding an investor's portfolio. Many professionals, including financial planners, bankers and brokers, can provide investors with investment advice that is specific to their financial situation and short- and long-term financial goals.
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