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What happens to the old ”axe” (guitar) when a new one is purchased?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26879points) July 11th, 2014

It may have changed over time, but when I seen Paul McCartney playing, be it with the Beatles, or Wings, he had the same bass. However, other musicians I see change up, they have a white guitar on this tour, a red one in footage of a different tour years later, etc. What do they do with the guitar they replaced? Do they auction it off for charity, keep it for nostalgia sake, give it to one of the roadies or friends, keep it as a trusty backup, etc.?

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ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Well, I still have almost all of them…and they still get played. Guitars become very sentimental. All of mine even have names. It’s hard to let them go. I build or at least heavily modify mine except for my acoustics. That makes them more personal. I swap parts around until one basically plays perfectly then it gets left alone.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I have an old friend from the 1960’s that has most of his guitars, all 20 or so of them. They’re in cases mostly but some are hanging on wall of his family room.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Some keep all of them, or at least the ones that are favourites. I’ve seen stages that have a wall of guitars for the headlining performer to choose from, all tuned and ready to go.

As for the amateurs, judging by the listings on my local Kijiji/Craigslist, they sell the old one cheap when it’s time for a new one.

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