Magazine article Guitar Player

Will Ray's eBay Strategies

Magazine article Guitar Player

Will Ray's eBay Strategies

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AUCTION ITEM: '60S EPIPHONE OLYMPIC

WINNING BID: S190

When I was a kid, I had an Epiphone Olympic similar to this one, and I always regretted selling it. For some inexplicable reason, these now go for between $1,500 and $3,000--depending upon how nutty the collectors are. In my daily search for Epiphone guitars, I spotted this one with a BIN (Buy It Now) of $190. That seemed ridiculously cheap--even for a bottom feeder like myself--so I read the seller's description very carefully.

Sure enough, this Olympic had a badly repaired headstock, the original bridge and tremolo were MIA, it was pretty beat up, and the original pickups had been swapped out for Seymour Duncans. Lately, I've had pretty good luck finding excellent playing guitars with repaired headstocks, so after checking the seller's feedback, payment methods, and shipping costs ($30), I made a bold move and hit the BIN button. …

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