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Old 04-19-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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What do you want to happen to your guitar(s) when you die?

Kind of an odd question, I know, but this is actually something I think about from time to time.

I'm not that great of a player, but I still LOVE guitars and I'm probably more of a collector at the moment than a player.

I love the mystique of old guitars. I think about all the time and effort I put into caring for them and playing them; theyre becoming extensions of me as a person. I believe that people can "impression" themselves on objects and items.
All that said, I have some decent guitars that I feel will only improve (to me at least) with age and become more sentimental etc. Once I'm dead and gone, I want to know what my guitars are doing! Yes, crazy, I know!

I have 2 boys that I'd love to pass these instuments on to provided they keep them in the family and DONT SELL THEM! Right now they have no interest in guitars. Maybe that will change one day? My wife said she would SELL THEM, but that just broke my heart. What if some jerk buys them and treats them like crap? At that point I told her to just bury the guitar with me (well cremate--I want to be burned).

Is that wrong??? LOL

I have:

-Awesome Roadworn Strat with upgrades. Its my best feeling guitar. Neck was hand rolled by a good friend and local luthier. Butter...

-Beautiful American Deluxe Strat. Its my best looking guitar.

-Drool worthy Sonic blue 59 AVRI Strat. This is the go to the grave guitar. This thing has it all. Looks, feel, sound. Great guitar that I would love to see live on with one of my kids, but if not, Im taking it to the grave!

Any thoughts?

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Old 04-19-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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I want my guitars to be passed down to my children.

I don't think there's anything wrong with owning a guitar that was once owned by someone who is dead. If it wasn't going to be owned by you, it might have been destroyed with the death of the person.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:28 PM   #3
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My kids will get every one, but I have played with the idea of being buried with my LP clone (it was my first guitar 1994)
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:31 PM   #4
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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I hope I manage to sell them by then. They're just hunks of wood with strings attached, not people.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:42 PM   #6
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Charity, if they can still be played.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:42 PM   #7
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I hope I manage to sell them by then. They're just hunks of wood with strings attached, not people.


True, but you dont think about the time you have spent "connected" (both literally and figuratively) to said hunks of wood and strings?

Most items are just items, and yet we have human sentiment for a reason...
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #8
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I would sell them to the local musicstore so some other people will love them just as much as i did, except for my favorite, i want us to be cremated.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:55 PM   #9
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pass down to my family

give them to people
i wouldnt want my guitars to go with me

thats selfish to the guitars they are meant to be played and its not their fault i have a shorter lifespan than they do
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #10
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If anyone within my family wants them, they can have them.

If not, they can sell them and get money for it. I like to think in that case they'd go to a good home, where someone will enjoy them as much as i do right now. But if not.. well, i'm not gonna care, am i? i'll be dead.

In fact if i get so old that i'm physically unable to play, therefore unable to enjoy them, i'll probably just get rid of them myself. Looking at it with foresight makes it seem like it'll be really hard to let them go, but i guess i'll cross that bridge when i come to it. Hopefully i've got at least another 60 years before i need to worry about it though

70 if i'm gonna be really optimistic and use les paul as an example
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:57 PM   #11
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The logical answer is to sell them, but for me that depends on a number of factors. If my wife and I have a kid, I would hope that he or she would take to music and make the most out of playing them. If we don't, and I pass away before my oldest brother, he'll get a couple of them (since he plays), and my wife can pick those that she wants. Should I die young and my parents are still around, they will be divided between my wife, parents, and oldest brother.

Sometimes the logical way is a bit cold. The memories that I have with these guitars die with me, but the memories my family has of me with these guitars can live on.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:06 PM   #12
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #13
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When I die, I want to be buried with all of my valuable possessions.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:12 PM   #14
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Hopefully one day, I will have kids and they will hopefully play so they can have them on the condition they dont sell them unless they fall on hard times.

I want to be buried with my Epiphone Les Paul though. That one stays with me always <3
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you guys are wasteful. you will rot when you die, needlessly desecrating a guitar that could have inspired somebody else to play.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:39 PM   #16
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you guys are wasteful. you will rot when you die, needlessly desecrating a guitar that could have inspired somebody else to play.


Its a spiritual thing. As much as I would love kids to play guitar and get inspired, my LP has been a part of my life for nearly 10 years and hopefully, until I snuff it. I couldnt trust anyone else with it.
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I'd love my daughter to keep them and play them but if she doesn't want them: sell them and but something she wants. Guitars are my thing - if the family don't want them I'd rather some kid bought them and had some fun than they sat and gathered dust.
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I don't really see the value of getting rid of such personal possessions just by selling them when I die. What's the point of money when I'm dead? It doesn't make much sense to me from that perspective. I'll just hand them down to my family and the instrument's life will carry on from there.

I think in that situation it can be more rewarding to follow what would make you happy, even if it won't necessarily be the most logical path to take.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:08 PM   #20
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I have a PoS Squier Affinity Strat that was my first electric.

I want to be buried with it. No matter how crappy and unable to hold tune it gets, it's still my first electric. It's useless to anyone who wants to learn, so nothing more of any musical value (other than me... not really, LOL) would be lost.

My baby that is my Spalted Telecaster should be passed to someone who will play it. It's been my main for longer than my Strat.
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