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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:32 PM

Donald Trump Presidential Guitar Fetching $2K at Auction

Donald Trump Presidential Guitar Fetching $2K at Auction



Over on eBay, there’s a listing for a guitar that’s been customized by Axe Warrior Guitars to commemorate the inauguration of President Trump. The body features a painting of Trump wearing George Washington’s Revolutionary War uniform and holding a high-powered weapon with out-stretched fist and a bald eagle perched on his shoulder as he stands over some wreckage. A U.S. flag is in the background.

According to the listing, the double-cutaway “lightweight and relatively balanced” guitar was made in 1961 by Decca, with a tobacco sunburst finish, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It has one pickup that is described as “age-appropriate” and gives off a “rockabilly tone,” with knobs for volume and tone control. Even though there’s some wear on the 20 frets, they are considered to still be in excellent condition. The electronics are functioning, claims the listing, but the guitar needs to be set up.

The starting price for the guitar was $249.95, but has since jumped to $1,805. Bidding ends tomorrow morning at 10:12AM ET. Another Trump-designed guitar listed last month sold for $350.

Axe Warriors’ Facebook page says they are a “U.S.-based charity offering support to veterans and personnel who serve our country.” Other guitars they currently have for sale include tributes to the Fire Department of New York and the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, as well as instruments with zombies and Asian tattoos on them.

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/donald-trump-guitar-auction/

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Reply Donald Trump Presidential Guitar Fetching $2K at Auction (Original post)
Miles Archer Mar 2017 OP
Historic NY Mar 2017 #1
rzemanfl Mar 2017 #2
KewlKat Mar 2017 #3
rzemanfl Mar 2017 #6
madamesilverspurs Mar 2017 #4
regnaD kciN Mar 2017 #9
oasis Mar 2017 #5
gratuitous Mar 2017 #7
RoadhogRidesAgain Mar 2017 #8
guillaumeb Mar 2017 #10
Denzil_DC Mar 2017 #11

Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:34 PM

1. Gen. Benedict A. Trump

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:37 PM

2. Is it set up for tiny hands? n/t

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:39 PM

3. You'd have to special order the "miniature" model

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Response to KewlKat (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:44 PM

6. I thought it was a Donald Trump guitar. Fake guitaring. Sad. n/t

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:40 PM

4. Ye gods, that's awful.

I love guitar, started playing way back around 1961. If someone gave this thing to me -- well, I won't embarrass myself by describing what I'd do to it.

Bleccchhhh.


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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:55 PM

9. Give it to Pete Townshend...

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:42 PM

5. Hold all bidding until after the impeachment results have been posted.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:48 PM

7. "Charity offering support to veterans . . ."

Uh huh, I'll bet. The name Axe Warriors produces no hits on Charity Navigators, and nothing on Google.

I'll bet out of the winning bid of $1,805, veterans can look forward to the princely sum of thirty-six cents.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:53 PM

8. Imagine the kind of dork you have to be to actually buy that

 

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:59 PM

10. A cheap Japanese imitation.

Appropriate in this case.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 06:39 PM

11. It'd probably be worth more without the atrocious paintjob.

A light fisking:

the double-cutaway “lightweight and relatively balanced” guitar


"Relatively" is the key word here. If you bung a pound weight on the tailpiece, it'll hang straight.

was made in 1961 by Decca


DECCA

Instruments previously produced in Japan during the 1960s.

The Decca trademark is a brand name used by U.S. importers Decca Records. Used electric solidbody models are typically found priced between $100 and $200.

http://www.bluebookofguitarvalues.com/Electric_Guitar_Values/Guitar_Manufacturer.aspx?id=DECCA


IOW, they were cheap imported guitars mass-produced by Teisco before Japan got good at this stuff, available from the likes of Sears Roebuck by mail order, suitable for beginners who didn't live near a music store and had nobody to give them better advice, sold by a company trying to cash in on the Decca record label brand.

with a tobacco sunburst finish,


Once upon a time it had a tobacco sunburst finish. Those days are now firmly behind it, unless you like looking at its unmarred back.

maple neck and rosewood fingerboard


We won't mention the body wood because youdonwannaknow.

It has one pickup that is described as “age-appropriate” and gives off a “rockabilly tone,"


It was a cheap and nasty pickup even when new, and age hasn't been at all kind to it.

with knobs for volume and tone control


If you get fed up trying to get guitar sounds out of it, you can use it to scratch, yo.

there’s some wear on the 20 frets, they are considered to still be in excellent condition


It's a beater.

The electronics are functioning


If you plug it into an amp, it makes a noise.

but the guitar needs to be set up


The action is an inch high at the 12th fret. It has to be, otherwise it buzzes like a sitar.

If you're going to buy it, plan on hanging it on your wall. Describing it as "a guitar" is like describing a decorative cheese slicer as "a harp."

But hey, it's for a good cause.

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