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    How important is the hang tag?

    I bought a P22 from the GC blowout sale and it came with the wrong case (numbers are different on guitar and case) and no hang tag. I have the warranty card and the other case candy, but just no card. If they can't find it, is it a big deal? I know PRS won't replace them.

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    It really isn't a problem. It doesn't hurt the value any for all but the most OCD or @nal retentive.

    It particularly doesn't matter if you bond with the guitar and keep it.
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    what the last guy said!!!!
    I like surprises!!!

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    Thanks, dog! Your check is in the mail!
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    Wouldn't bother me in the least as a buyer.
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    Most used ones for sale don't have the tag anyway. I don't know why, how hard is it to leave it in the case?

    And, I've seen GC mix up cases before. I think the genius that gets lucky enough to ring you up doesn't even know that they come with exact cases. I know of one case where they sold a CU24AP without the case! They just left it in the stockroom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerpc View Post
    Thanks, dog! Your check is in the mail!
    WOOHOO, now i can get that MC%* a the local GC!!!. Wait how much am I getting

    The only time I check GC on a case is when it is a special run, say like artist. 25th anniversary. IF you know you case is a special one for the model, go back and have them find the right case!!!!! It still may not have hang tag in it. My p22 did, just saying!!!
    Last edited by wardog; 05-07-2014 at 08:58 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wardog View Post
    WOOHOO, now i can get that MC%* a the local GC!!!. Wait how much am I getting
    Oh, I forgot a word... Your rice check is in the mail....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerpc View Post
    Oh, I forgot a word... Your rice check is in the mail....
    OK, laugh at me, but what is a rice check?
    I like surprises!!!

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    You're on your own for the milk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerpc View Post
    I like surprises!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AP515 View Post
    Most used ones for sale don't have the tag anyway. I don't know why, how hard is it to leave it in the case?
    Take heart!

    Studies have shown that with the right therapy, it is possible to lead a full and rewarding life without a hang tag.
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    Talk about a thread derail. :lol: Thanks guys. I guess I shouldn't worry about it too much then. Hopefully they find it, but I guess if they don't it's not a big deal.

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    Imzadi - don't be fooled by these posers. They're just jealous of other people. The hang tag may be THE single most important part of owning a PRS. While you'll definitely take a hit on resale value if you don't have a hang tag, what you're not being told is that some guitars have gained value primarily because of their hang tag. There was a particularly gorgeous tag posted on BAM from a 1998 CU24 that nearly doubled the value of the guitar because it was considered to be the most pristine and desirable hang tag ever produced by PRS. It was the old eagle shape, but what made it so valued was the way it was filled out - all of the fields were in perfect handwriting. All of the spaces were even, the lettering was all the same size, no misspellings, very legible signatures, and most rare of all, it was determined that all of the fields were filled out not only in the same color, but with the same pen. Which doesn't sound like much, but when you consider the physical difference between the various stations where sign offs occurred, it's rather amazing that the pen traveled to each at the same time the guitar was there. So far, this is the only confirmed instance of this.

    And even though you're somewhat new here, don't fall for these guys' hazing and jokes. They tell you it doesn't mean anything, but I can tell you that there is a definite class hierarchy based solely on the condition of hang tags. I personally saw a grown man, a grown tattooed man, reduced to tears by the taunting he received in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn at Experience PRS 2013, simply because the string gauge on the hang tag of his limited run was smudged. This is a guy who didn't even flinch when someone knocked over his two $12 import beers! I'm somewhat ashamed to admit I participated in the early stages, when it was good-natured, but as alcohol and hang tags mixed, things turned very uncomfortable, then crossed the line (at least in my opinion). As a result, there was an empty chair at the post-Experience breakfast that Sunday, and I've heard unconfirmed talk that the incident played a part in the cancellation of this year's event.

    And lest you think this is all a joke, think about this - how often have you seen anyone here brag about their G***** or F***** hang tags here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alantig View Post
    Imzadi - don't be fooled by these posers. They're just jealous of other people.
    OK, I confess. I once - just once - saved a hang tag. I couldn't toss it in the trash like I usually do. It was...too perfect. It was as though the hang tag begged to stay when it looked up at me dolefully from the bottom of the wastebasket after I'd tossed it in there casually, without thinking. Then it started to weep.

    What could I do? I picked it up, and put it in a drawer.

    I forgot all about it, but one day as I was looking for a wire clipper when I was changing strings, I saw the hang tag. It was all grown up, had a family, a wife and three little hang tags. I was happy for it.

    I closed the drawer, knowing that I did an accidental good deed.

    Then a few days later, my wife cleaned out the drawer and threw the little hang tag family into the trash. I don't know what happened to them.

    So I'm jealous, you bet I'm jealous. The rest of you have your little happy hangtag families to look at, and all I have is a clean drawer. Every so often my wife gives me that smug, "I killed your hang tag family, so what" look, and I want to say something, but I almost didn't survive our last pitchfork duel. Yeah, she got in a lucky impalement right where it hurts, and I was in too much pain to strike back. She's small, but she's very fast.

    When I was released from the hospital I vowed to get a lock for that drawer and to save my very next hang tag.

    And I'm sharpening my pitchfork. And waiting.
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    Alan, must you always divulge the family secrets?
    You earned the nick name "Crazy Uncle Alan" for a reason! And how did you get out of your straight jacket anyway? When your Grampy Les gets home, there's gonna be some hell to pay.

    And you even left out the best part about the pen being presented to David Gilmour in an attempt to woo him. Oh, I shouldn't have written that last part.... Uh, scratch that!
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    I guess I am the only freak (posting) so far who likes 'em. Then again, I still buy CDs, and when I was collecting import video games years ago I would pay extra for ones with the OBI spine card.

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    I know I'm one of the more inexperienced people lurking on this board, but I would caution you not to underestimate the effect that a good hang tag has on tone. Mine adds a warmth and fullness to the tone of my CU22 that is hard to describe but definitely there. Of course, as has been pointed out, not all hangtags are the same, so ymmv.

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    The hang tag has certainly mattered to a few people that were interested in guitars I was selling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strat63 View Post
    The hang tag has certainly mattered to a few people that were interested in guitars I was selling.
    Yeah, some folks really seem to need them.

    Maybe they think it makes the guitar more "mint" or somehow easier to sell down the road; or maybe that way they figure it is authentic (although if someone's going to fake a guitar, they can certainly fake a hangtag).

    For collectors, of course, it has become more or less a "thing," but it doesn't seem to stop someone from buying, say, a '59 Lester...
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