Re: How much would my modified RG370DX fetch?
It's pretty safe to say you would be better of selling the parts separately. I sold my set of EMG's for $150 in a couple minutes on ****, I'm sure you could get some bucks for the OFR too.
Anybody who knows how to shim the saddles of a floyd rose bridge to properly match the fretboard radius isn't going to be buying a used 370dx. Unless they are buying it for cheap and using it for parts.
Guitars are like cars in that any money you put into aftermarket parts will not be reflected in your resale value.
Nobody wants to buy something that somebody else customized. I see the same guitars on craiglist for months at a time because people think that their personal modifications increased the value. Usually the opposite is true...
I'd part it out or keep it as a backup guitar. I have several guitars that I've improved greatly by putting on better tuners, pickups, bridges, etc. but there is no way I'm going to come even close to getting my money back if I try to sell them.
The problem is compounded by the current market, everyone is selling and not many people are buying. Of course, that also means that you can find crazy awesome deals for $100-$200 on craiglist if you are patient.
If you want something to sell somewhat quickly you usually have to go for around half of what the new cost is. I'd say since new ones go for $300-$350 you'd be looking at $200 (including your improvements) if you were patient. I'd put the stock parts back on and try to get $150 - $175 or so and then see what you can get for the pickups and bridge separately. It would probably take some time to sell the guitar though, I don't think a whole lot of people want beginner to intermediate level guitars unless they are getting a really good deal or buying for their kid who wants to learn. Which is another reason why your improvements don't matter when you are re-selling. A beginner won't know the difference between your OFR and the stock bridge for example.
As for selling on here, I put my EMG's up for a couple weeks. As a whole this crowd doesn't like active pickups very much. After trying them out I agree... I put them up on E-vil bay for more money than I was asking here and they sold in minutes.
I don't think you'd have much luck selling a 370 on here either. It would probably cost more to ship it than it is worth to anyone on here.
On the other hand, when you get your money together to buy an awesome Ibanez I would pay attention to the classifieds here, as there are often sweet deals that I only wish I could afford. If you want a brand new guitar Rich from Ibanez Rules will get you the best deal you could hope for when the time comes. Also, checking craigslist locally. I see barely used Jems in the $1000-$1500 range all the time here in Seattle.
Last edited by knifehitz; 08-13-2010 at 05:16 PM.