Magazine article Guitar Player

eBay Strategies

Magazine article Guitar Player

eBay Strategies

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AUCTION ITEM: GRETSCH ELECTROMATIC BO DIDDLEY GUITAR

WINNING BIO: $175

I've always secretly dug Bo Diddley's old rectangular guitar that Gretsch custom built for him in the '50s, and later made available to the public in limited numbers. I often wondered how a rectangular guitar would sound, but I never cared to "ante up" by shelling out big bucks for a vintage one. A few years ago, however, Gretsch unveiled their Electromatic import line, and when I saw they'd made a budget Bo Diddley model, it was onward to eBay for me.

Back then, eBay had just introduced its "Buy It Now" feature, so I bookmarked a Bo Diddley search to make the process easier. In addition to the automated daily search, I manually searched throughout the day whenever I was on the computer, just in case someone listed one with BIN at a good price.

I searched for several months before I got lucky at 6:30 am one morning (yes, I'm an early riser). …

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