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#1
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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#2
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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#3
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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#5
I hope I manage to sell them by then. They're just hunks of wood with strings attached, not people.
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#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...
#8
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.
#9
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
#10
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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#11
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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#12
I want my guitar to be buried with me
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#13
When I die, I want to be buried with all of my valuable possessions.
#14
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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#15
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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#16
Play on their own to freak people out.
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#17
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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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#18
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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#19
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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#20
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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#21
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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.


This.
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#22
It depends.

If I grow to an old age I'll have some old guitars.

I'm sure my kids or Grandkids will play and I'll probably pass them on.
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#23
No kids, currently, nor any significant other. Because of this, I have no will: were I to die right now, everything would go to my parents. At some point, I will have a will, and probably a few other testamentary documents. I have told my mom what I would do with my instruments if I did have a will.

Assuming there is no one who I feel deserves them, I intend to have my instrument collection used in one or more school music programs, possibly as part of a scholarship program. The main question to me is how they would be held- IOW, would the instruments be donated to a particular school or programs, or would there be a trust that holds the instruments, and distributes them to worthy applicants to use as part of a scholarship.
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#24
Leave them to someone who appreciates and plays decent guitars.
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#25
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That's because you've been dead for 5 years already :p

I will probably just give them to one of my friends or something. It's up to them what they decide to do with it.
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#27
i would pass my guitars and amps down to my children someday,

but i will donate my brass instruments to my middle school all the way up in Minnesota.
some of my instruments are quite valuable but i would like to know that they would be appreciated, and where i was there it was a poorer area, where parents couldn't find the funds for their children's instruments, and have them be provided with them.

my most valuable trumpet would go back to the friend who gave it to me earlier this year. i was 1st chair the whole way and he was 2nd. and we grew up together from age five. it is probably worth $3k+ as it is vintage.
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#28
Has anyone else found the question asked by the TS kinda suspicious considering his name?
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#29
Either to my kids (if I have any) or..............


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#30
He kills axes, so what?

Wait..."axe" is slang for guitar...HE KILLS GUITARS!!!
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#32
Have never seen a U-Haul following a hearse. Can't take em with me, When I'm gone, I hope someone else enjoys playing them, or can help out a family member get some money.
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#33
This may be slightly off topic, but I once played a dead mans guitar. He had left it to his best friend, and it had sat collecting dust for years because he couldn't bear to play it. I was over one day and he had me string 'er up and plug it in. He wanted to hear it again, but couldn't bear to play it himself. Take what you will from this, but I swear that guitar had more mojo than anything I've ever played up until then, or since.
#34
I actually have this all written in my will. (it's a pretty short will since the only valuables I have are my guitars

My favorite strat that my grandpa gave me goes to my dad for safe keeping until someone wants it

My old acoustic because I don't trust her not to put it on hock

My new strat goes to my cousin because she's the only one who plays that's family

And my malibu ce goes to my nephew I hopes he'll be more likely to pick it up if it's something smaller
#35
Putting on my wills & estate hat for a minute- make sure you have some kind of conditional distribution plan in your will as well.

If a testamentary gift fails because the intended recipient predeceases the testator (or is treated as having done so for legal reasons), and there is no alternative disposition, that gift will be treated as passing by intestacy in many states.
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#36
use to wood to build a casket for me
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#38
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#39
Whoever would get best use out of them. If my kids would just let them lay in a closet, they can **** off.
#40
What do you want to happen to your guitar(s) when you die?
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I have given this question some thought for quite a while as I am getting closer to death with every day that live. Of my three children, the youngest has shown some interest in a guitar. He bought a $25 jewel some 30 years ago and I replaced it a few years later with a $112 Strat copy. He plays for his own enjoyment and still plays that guitar today.
I bought my 1959 Jazzmaster new thinking I might learn how to play. After about 4 years I realized that wasn’t going to happen so I put it under the bed. I let him play it an hour or so from time to time over the past several years thinking he might get an attachment to it. I have told him that it is his when I die if I don’t sell it first. He has always said “sell it”.
I bought a 2000 American Standard Strat new in 2000. I unpacked it, removed all the protective coverings, installed the whammy bar, strummed it a time or two to see if everything worked, put it back in the case with all the paper work, then back in the box it came in, then stored it in the back of my closet. I haven’t seen thet guitar since tucked away on 2000. There is a note on it giving it to him. One way or another, I will be leaving at least one, if not both, of “my” guitars along with amps & effects to him.
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