Please help my dad get a fair deal on a used Fender Telecaster.
July 9, 2011 9:34 AM Subscribe
What's a fair price for a second hand US made Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue and what's the market like? I'm hoping to prevent my dad from getting ripped off.
posted by peripathetic to Shopping (6 answers total)
My father (in Malaysia) contacted this guy (in California) to help him procure a used Fender Telecaster. I've read the e-mails between this broker and my father, and the tone of the e-mails written by the former is setting off alarm bells for me. The broker claims that market conditions are not "ideal" for second hand Telecasters without stating why, and recommended that my dad get a Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue. The language used by the broker's a bit too "used car salesman" to me--"I need to purchase it outside the shop and pay cash"; "I'm doing this personally for you in good faith"; "the value (of the Telecaster 52 Reissue) will only appreciate"; "timing is absolutely essential"; etc.
I know absolutely nothing about guitars, but I don't want my father to be taken for a ride. Dad is looking to spend about $1000, and the broker said that it would be possible to get one around that price. How easy is it for him to get a used Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue for about $1000? And where can I shop for one by myself?