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WEDGE
01-16-2013, 02:52 AM
This may be a morbid topic but as we get older you have to think in these terms. What will happen to your prized and cherished PRS guitars after you have passed on from this life?

I have a few and my wife knows the value of them and how to liquidate them if I was not around. Neither she or my daughter play so unless they keep one for sentimental reasons I would hope they are able to move them on and get the value from them.

I loved the movie The Red Violin about the history of a famous violin and all the people that played it and its life. It would be fun to be able see what happens with my guitars generations from now.

What do you envision happening to yours after your gone, and have you made arrangements for them?

Twinfan
01-16-2013, 03:22 AM
Similar to you, I have them documented for my wife if something happens to me.

I'm hoping my nephew will pick up the guitar as he gets older so he can have them.

CantankerousCarl
01-16-2013, 04:55 AM
I was stupid enough to rid myself of many great guitars in my youth (PRS, Gibson, Martin) so I am starting early with my son (6) on taking good care of his guitar, it's artistic and monetary value, etc. I' 'll do the same with my daughter when she's older.

Hopefully they will respect me, and the guitars enough to refer to the database I have created logging every detail for all the guitars I have - including price paid and replacement value.

Hopefully that will be enough of a foundation that they won't get sold off for beer money ;)

vchizzle
01-16-2013, 04:56 AM
I'm asking that the one with most sentimental value be kept in the family and given to my step-son(he plays bass). I will ask that one be donated to somewhere/someone who can't afford a nice guitar(haven't figured out the details on that yet). The others will be listed and can be sold or whatever she wants to do with them.

Albrecht Smuten
01-16-2013, 04:58 AM
I'll have to take my guitar to my grave. My future wife plays classical (and refuses to buy "herself" the SE Angelus) :)

No, really, I plan to have a pompous tomb, in recording studio style, where I'll be surrounded by my gear. Like the ancient guitar heroes.

Chris528
01-16-2013, 07:56 AM
Similar to you, I have them documented for my wife if something happens to me.

I'm hoping my nephew will pick up the guitar as he gets older so he can have them.

My 9 year old nephew lives with me and has picked up guitar over the past 6 months and loves it. Was using an older one of mine until I bought him a smaller scale one for Christmas. He will be getting all of my gear if anything happens to me.

Steve59
01-16-2013, 08:00 AM
I'm old enough that those thoughts have crossed my mind. I have a son who plays almost as much as I do. He already gets my hand-me-downs. Eventually it will all be his.

kukumba
01-16-2013, 08:30 AM
I hope my guitars find a good home but I think I would like one in the box with me. Just in case I need it in the next world. I heard a story a while back that EVH put his black and yellow in the coffin with Dimebag. Not sure if its true or not but it makes perfect sense to me. I play these guitars every single second I can. I estimate I have had a PRS in my hands for at least 2 hours a night for the past 3 years. God knows how many hours I've spent playing before that. I would guess I play more than anything else except maybe my job. I even have a guitar in my office so that time would have to factored.

Hopefully none of us will have to worry about this for a long time!

markie
01-16-2013, 08:52 AM
I have an agreement with my buddy Steve. If I die first, He is to sell all my Guitars for my wife. In return, He gets his choice of one of my Guitars. The agreement is reciprocal. Steve is a few years older than I am, but I am hoping he lives to be 100 & has to sell all my sh*t.

I have no intentions of leaving my gear for my kids/grandkids to fight over, as that always turns into a fugg'in nightmare!

LSchefman
01-16-2013, 09:31 AM
Ha! Of far greater concern is what happens to them while I'm alive!

Rango
01-16-2013, 09:54 AM
I wanted an R9 and I bought one from my yougest Daughters Birth year, that's hers someday. One will go to my older daughter to do with what she wants. My Bass and one of the "nice" guitars and the rest of the gear will go to my step SON. He plays and has recorded and been in a signed band as a Vocialist. I know he will use it.... ;)

sergiodeblanc
01-16-2013, 12:15 PM
They will be hung in the Disco Hall of Fame, what? There's no Disco hall of Fame? screw it, I'll be dead.

docbennett
01-16-2013, 12:32 PM
"Serenity" (PS #3340) goes to my son Jeremy.
"Darlene" (HML #20) goes to my daugter Kimberly

As of now, these are the only two I've created from scratch. As soon as I get the go-ahead (Shawn..are you reading this) my last Private stock (to end all Private Stocks) will be commissioned. I am just waiting for formal permission to go ahead with the specs I have determined to be used for this one. I'll leave that one to Ginger, knowing that she will immediately put it on Ebay for sale. So..read the obits, you guys...gonna be a hell of a fire sale when that happens.

The goal is to not have any more left by the time I am ready to pass these on. Currently selling about 9 from my private collection (on VR and TGP) and am refining my "wants" to be much more selective as I move to a more selective niche of guitar collecting. I want to thin out the herd, as I am tired of "rediscorvering the sweet spots" each time I rotate through the collection...or adjusting to a different neck carve, pickup tone...etc, etc.

docbennett
01-16-2013, 12:33 PM
I heard a story a while back that EVH put his black and yellow in the coffin with Dimebag. Not sure if its true or not but it makes perfect sense to me.

This is absolutely true. The black and yellow striped model resides with Dimebag in his final resting place. Apparantly EVH knew how badly Darrell coveted it while he was alive.

LSchefman
01-16-2013, 12:38 PM
Currently selling about 9 from my private collection (on VR and TGP) and am refining my "wants" to be much more selective as I move to a more selective niche of guitar collecting. I want to thin out the herd, as I am tired of "rediscorvering the sweet spots" each time I rotate through the collection...or adjusting to a different neck carve, pickup tone...etc, etc.

Makes sense to have a few great ones that you play a lot, as opposed to a lot you rarely play.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
01-16-2013, 12:41 PM
Makes sense to have a few great ones that you play a lot, as opposed to a lot you rarely play.

That's just crazy talk. :p

Mikegarveyblues
01-16-2013, 01:23 PM
They're coming with me!!!

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
01-16-2013, 01:34 PM
They're coming with me!!!
How many guitars does it take to make a functional funeral pyre?

LSchefman
01-16-2013, 01:54 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;41720']How many guitars does it take to make a functional funeral pyre?

You mean you don't want them all with you in a ship like the Sutton Hoo burial?

Dirty Bob
01-16-2013, 01:55 PM
My boys get them...although they are 5 and 2.5 the process of dibs has indeed begun!!!!

LSchefman
01-16-2013, 01:56 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;41687']That's just crazy talk. :p

I was being supportive.

iahawk36
01-16-2013, 02:05 PM
I have two back plates that I had PRSh sign to each of my boys. When they get old enough, they'll each get to pick a guitar and the back plate will go on that guitar for them. The rest will be up the my wife to referee! :D

Mikegarveyblues
01-16-2013, 02:26 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;41720']How many guitars does it take to make a functional funeral pyre?

I'll just have them strap some C4 to a few of the guitars...

There's probably some rediculous health & safety law preventing such a grand funeral!

Mikegarveyblues
01-16-2013, 02:28 PM
On a serious note...

I have no kids at the moment, but if / when I do then i'll probably pass my guitars on to them.

I would like to be buried with my most treasured one but i'm not sure it's allowed.

Dirty Bob
01-16-2013, 03:10 PM
On a serious note...

I have no kids at the moment, but if / when I do then i'll probably pass my guitars on to them.

I would like to be buried with my most treasured one but i'm not sure it's allowed.

I thought about this...then decided its best for my kids to get them all...if they want to put a new one in with me at the time that's their decision!

Actually I think I want them to have them well before I kick the bucket...so I get the chance to watch them enjoy something that has meant so much to me....They in turn get to play those instruments with their Dad...IMHO that's a heck of a better gift than just getting stuff when I move on!

Dirty Bob
01-16-2013, 03:11 PM
I have two back plates that I had PRSh sign to each of my boys. When they get old enough, they'll each get to pick a guitar and the back plate will go on that guitar for them. The rest will be up the my wife to referee! :D

Now the back plate idea signed to the kids from Paul and letting them pick one now is a great idea!

docbennett
01-16-2013, 03:26 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;41720']How many guitars does it take to make a functional funeral pyre?

I still like your idea of the "death guitar" with the drill hole that's plugged until your ashes are poured into it. Wasn't so crazy about the "real" bone nut however.

I may steal your idea....my wife and friends are refusing to smoke me after I'm gone...they've not been very receptive to that idea. But...to play me? They played me often enough while I was alive, so why stop when I'm dead? :laugh:

veinbuster
01-16-2013, 03:41 PM
I plan to outlive everyone so I don't have to face the embarrassment of nobody showing up for the funeral.

But if my plans are foiled, my wife has reserved some that she wants to keep. I've also designated an acoustic and a PS that I know would be meaningful to each of my daughters. I've left a history of each of my guitars so there is background if they are to be sold.

LSchefman
01-16-2013, 03:42 PM
I still like your idea of the "death guitar" with the drill hole that's plugged until your ashes are poured into it. Wasn't so crazy about the "real" bone nut however.

I may steal your idea....my wife and friends are refusing to smoke me after I'm gone...they've not been very receptive to that idea. But...to play me? They played me often enough while I was alive, so why stop when I'm dead? :laugh:

My brother has offered to mix my ashes into paint and do a portrait that would, literally, be me.

For some reason, my wife wasn't real receptive that idea, either...

Shawn@PRS
01-16-2013, 03:48 PM
My brother has offered to mix my ashes into paint and do a portrait that would, literally, be me.

For some reason, my wife wasn't real receptive that idea, either...

Would that be a Fresco? :)

Hopeful Sinner
01-16-2013, 04:11 PM
Would that be a Fresco? :)

Or maybe a Schefco??? :P

vchizzle
01-16-2013, 04:40 PM
This got me thinking. When I'm all done, I think rather than a traditional funeral, I want my guitars and amps set up for people to play if they like. Maybe in a side room to not annoy the old people...nah screw it - deal with it.

ACE
01-16-2013, 04:51 PM
I actually put this in my estate plan. I assigned a special guitar to my son and two step children. This was based on sentimental value and coneecting memories of the specific guitar to the child. The rest will be sold and the proceeds will be put back into the trust estate.

LSchefman
01-16-2013, 05:30 PM
Would that be a Fresco? :)


Or maybe a Schefco??? :P

According to my wife it would be a "NotGonnaHappen-co." ;)

captdg
01-16-2013, 06:43 PM
Glad you brought this up.. I know the band director at PJC and he will find a good and deserving student for them..nuff said. The Homewrecker 5000 patent will go to my nephews.

If anyone wants their ashes scattered at sea, wil do free of charge.

Dancing Frog
01-16-2013, 06:51 PM
When I had to put together a will before undergoing surgery a couple of years ago, I left them all to my wife to pretty much do with them as she pleases. I did ask that if she chooses to sell them that she should offer them to those that called dibs first.

11top
01-16-2013, 07:14 PM
I promised them to my sister and brother in law:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/NAMM/BRYANSALEEBAPEACOCKHAIRGIRL.jpg

Dirty Bob
01-16-2013, 07:42 PM
I promised them to my sister and brother in law:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/NAMM/BRYANSALEEBAPEACOCKHAIRGIRL.jpg

ah yes...i remember pics of her....the rightful heiress of clown vomit!

QueenCityGuitars
01-16-2013, 07:51 PM
I promised them to my sister and brother in law:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/NAMM/BRYANSALEEBAPEACOCKHAIRGIRL.jpg

I married Steve's sister just to get close to his guitars...but he still won't let me play them! ;-)

11top
01-16-2013, 07:55 PM
I married Steve's sister just to get close to his guitars...but he still won't let me play them! ;-)

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/windmill.gif

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/newtownshend.jpg

QueenCityGuitars
01-16-2013, 08:06 PM
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/windmill.gif

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/newtownshend.jpg

Those were isolated incidents.

iahawk36
01-16-2013, 08:21 PM
I married Steve's sister just to get close to his guitars...but he still won't let me play them! ;-)

I guess you're doing it wrong....I've held/played several of his, and I didn't even have to marry in!!! :D

Artist
01-16-2013, 09:09 PM
Amazing, I was thinking this same thing last week as a good discussion point. Always curious of what is the fate of all the great collections I see here.

11top
01-16-2013, 09:35 PM
I guess you're doing it wrong....I've held/played several of his, and I didn't even have to marry in!!! :D

That was special Andy. During a sleep over! :o:five::dancing::flute::vroam:







And you thought I'd never tell.

iahawk36
01-16-2013, 09:41 PM
That was special Andy. During a sleep over! :o:five::dancing::flute::vroam:








And you thought I'd never tell.

Ha, ha, ha!! I forgot the "don't ask, don't tell" policy!!

alantig
01-16-2013, 10:09 PM
I guess you're doing it wrong....I've held/played several of his, and I didn't even have to marry in!!! :D

Maybe - just maybe - he let you play them so you wouldn't marry in... :vroam:

butterfly
01-17-2013, 07:51 AM
It's a good question. As I've gotten older I've become more aware of what I need in life, and what's important. Guitar-wise, I don't want my family to have to sell stuff on ebay when I'm gone. Separately, it should be interesting in the next decade or so as the current generation of collectors moves on and collections change hands.

Raven17
01-17-2013, 08:33 AM
I have 50 or so guitars at any given time. I love buying guitars, but tend to become bored with them after certain time. That being said there are a few exceptions, I cannot imagine selling any of my PRS, Gibson or Fenders. My son will get the vast majority of my gear, he plays and appreciates the quality and value of these masterpieces. There are two guitars in my collection that I play nearly everyday and they would go in the coffin with me like Eddies black and yellow went with brother Dime. My Tremonti custom color signature and my Custom 24 quilted 10 top.

watelessness
01-17-2013, 08:53 AM
First, someone must pry them out of my cold, dead hands. Then, my long-time friend will sell them and give the proceeds to my wife. He will get to keep one for his troubles. We call this the "death guitar". For some strange reason is always happy when i bring home new PRSi...: :D

jfb
01-17-2013, 09:09 AM
Cool topic. Can't say I have plans for them. I will have to figure something out. No plans to have kids so I guess they would go to fund my niece and nephews or a charity.

LSchefman
01-17-2013, 10:07 AM
I don't want my family to have to sell stuff on ebay when I'm gone

A human skeleton sells for 3-10K on ebay, depending on condition. I think it makes more sense to sell my remains, and have the family keep the guitars!

:)

WEDGE
01-17-2013, 10:26 AM
I wish I had a close friend with guitars to do the reciprical sell off with a guitar as payment, great idea and it assures the seller knows the value of them.

I dont understand the whole bury me with one thing though....if it is that special of an instrument I would want it to live on as a musical instrument and bring pleasure to someone, not rot in a box with me.

LSchefman
01-17-2013, 11:13 AM
I wish I had a close friend with guitars to do the reciprical sell off with a guitar as payment, great idea and it assures the seller knows the value of them.

I dont understand the whole bury me with one thing though....if it is that special of an instrument I would want it to live on as a musical instrument and bring pleasure to someone, not rot in a box with me.

Sell it on ebay with your skeleton! Package deal!

Rango
01-17-2013, 03:58 PM
I dont understand the whole bury me with one thing though....if it is that special of an instrument I would want it to live on as a musical instrument and bring pleasure to someone, not rot in a box with me.


I agree...seems like a waste of a fine guitar. To me is seems it would be better to have somebody play it and remember you? They say you die twice, once actually and once when the last person who remembers you goes... Handing off a guitar to play and share your story seems like a good thing to do. :D

Dancing Frog
01-18-2013, 12:34 AM
Sell it on ebay with your skeleton! Package deal!You could always get cremated and have a portion of your ashes encased in a small resin puck that is stuck in the control cavity. That way a portion of your dark soul continues on with the new owner unaware of your master plan from beyond the grave. Or you could just settle for the skin cells that are all already there hiding in the crevasses.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
01-18-2013, 12:37 AM
You could always get cremated and have a portion of your ashes encased in a small resin puck that is stuck in the control cavity. That way a portion of your dark soul continues on with the new owner unaware of your master plan from beyond the grave. Or you could just settle for the skin cells that are all already there hiding in the crevasses.

Great minds think alike. See post #14. :)

http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthread.php?2255-Has-anyone-asked-the-Private-Stock-boys-for-something-amp-they-scratch-their-heads&highlight=memento

Buildermike
01-18-2013, 06:49 AM
I do own a fair number of guitars that my wife would have no idea what they are worth and thankfully she willnever know until I'm gone ;). After Chris T passing, I made a inventory list with approximate values and provided contact information on a couple dealers that I know would help in moving them for her.

sleary
01-18-2013, 04:15 PM
My daughter gets all my rig except my Marshall. That will be used for my coffin hehe...true story

LSchefman
01-18-2013, 05:43 PM
And in the spirit of this ghoulish thread, I present "Cemetery Worker Stole Guitar From Army Vet's Casket":

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/guitar-stolen-from-casket-764310

sergiodeblanc
01-18-2013, 05:58 PM
And in the spirit of this ghoulish thread, I present "Cememtary Worker Stole Guitar From Army Vet's Casket":

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/guitar-stolen-from-casket-764310

Hmm, time to start cross referencing "The Name Thread" and this one.

alantig
01-18-2013, 11:00 PM
With all due respect, if Jamie dies before me, I'm calling his wife to get some of his $800 guitars at a used price!

LSchefman
01-18-2013, 11:07 PM
With all due respect, if Jamie dies before me, I'm calling his wife to get some of his $800 guitars at a used price!

So you've done some thinking about this.... ;)

LindseyP
01-19-2013, 05:56 AM
This may be a morbid topic but as we get older you have to think in these terms. What will happen to your prized and cherished PRS guitars after you have passed on from this life?

...
All of my guitars are itemized and go to my daughter, according to my will. She knows what I've paid for them and how to contact forums and other 'net resources to check resale prices.

JMintzer
01-19-2013, 07:27 AM
With all due respect, if Jamie dies before me, I'm calling his wife to get some of his $800 guitars at a used price!

And people wonder why I support "Concealed Carry" here in MD....

Bastid!

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
01-19-2013, 07:29 AM
And people wonder why I support "Concealed Carry" here in MD....

Bastid!
Just in Maryland? Slacker.

JMintzer
01-19-2013, 07:34 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;42409']Just in Maryland? Slacker.

I'm licensed in 37 States, just not my home State...

Plus, I have my daughter to protect me...

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2270/702387/22883001/398025654.jpg


Jamie

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
01-19-2013, 07:35 AM
39 here! And two vicious Golden Retrievers who will lick you to death.

davec
01-19-2013, 08:00 AM
Not to sound morbid. I have a Rickenbacker 370/12, Fender Strat, and Ovation Legend. I'm in the process of getting a PRS 408. The other three guitars goes to the Grandsons, the 408 will go with me, when that day comes:biggrin:
Just saying.

dc

yankeebulldog
01-19-2013, 08:58 AM
I'm thinking of donating mine to Chad Kroeger then maybe he won't have to play all those G*&%$ns on stage anymore.

jfb
01-19-2013, 09:05 AM
I'm thinking of donating mine to Chad Kroeger then maybe he won't have to play all those G*&%$ns on stage anymore.

:rofl:

JMintzer
01-19-2013, 01:40 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;42412']39 here! And two vicious Golden Retrievers who will lick you to death.

Speaking of which... We haven't seen any recent pics of the dynamic duo!


Jamie

59Bassman
01-20-2013, 11:50 AM
...this worries me more than you think! Mainly cos if I live my natural time out I will be the last of my family and as of today not married or have anyone special towant to leave them to...

It also reminds me of my late Father. He died at 64 and his life long love was making model railway engines. He was expert and when he died intestate, there were claims on his estate from my divorced Mother (he owed her money) and a woman he had living with him. I had to auction this massive collection off at Christies in London so that those making claims stopped filing for a value they weren't. The lot sold for around 20k but they made claims basing them on 100k... It was also in the 90s recession and if I had had time maybe could have gotten more for them... So some fuckers got a massive deal... this is what I DON'T want to happen to my gear! I might set up a trust for aspiring musicians or summnk - seeing as I am allergic to cats and donkeys! OR - I could sell the lot when I can no longer play them and hire 2x Big-Boobed-Babes to sort attend to me and go out with a massive BANG!