Your response is 16 & 1/2 years after the question. Do you think he will see your answer? :hmm
If you collect guitars you will usually buy at retail and sell closer to wholesale. It depends on how much time you are willing to spend marketing to get the best price.
There may be a few current models that will be worth more in the future but the hope for that is not an advisable investment strategy.
I do not buy at retail. I am a small business dealing in vintage, and I would explain what I do further, but I think that is unnecessary, and it would probably incite irrational rage followed by slurs and insults from these grumpy older folks.
Ya'll grumpy people are funny. I just breeze past the nonsense and look for where people stay on topic. I don't care how old any of you are, and I never asked. My math is just fine.
I just care how old you act.
Thanks for the history lesson; however with respect to the Les Paul Classic guitars, I used the term "prehistoric" in the context of those instruments that were marketed and sold in the early '90s before the launch of the Historic Reissue models. I didn't suggest that the early Les Paul Classics were "prehistoric" reissue models like those from 1983 onward.
For sure. I just like to make things clear since a lot of folks that are trying to learn will search these keywords on google, and this page will certainly pop up. I have seen models advertised as from a ''prehistoric'' era, and that's not very helpful in the market for folks that are looking for a Prehistoric Les Paul.
Personally I call it the early henry j era, or pre custom shop, as many others do.