What's a Roadster Head Worth?

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What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by elvis » Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:55 pm

I see a lot of people trying to get $1600 for a Roadster head. What do they actually sell for? I have an opportunity to pick one up as a partial trade.

Any comments appreciated! Especially if they include info about versions or features that are not common knowledge for non-owners.
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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by guitarrhinoceros » Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:18 pm

elvis wrote:I see a lot of people trying to get $1600 for a Roadster head. What do they actually sell for? I have an opportunity to pick one up as a partial trade.

Any comments appreciated! Especially if they include info about versions or features that are not common knowledge for non-owners.
I think they average around $1400 for a head. Maybe $1450. That is for a head that is in pristine condition and a couple of years remaining under warranty.

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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by knotts » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:37 pm

I tried to snag one for $1,350 which I saw posted for 2 hours. Somebody beat me to the punch. That was with 3 years left on the warranty. I would say that's a great price and moved very quickly. A fair price on that would be around $1,500.
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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by screamingdaisy » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:29 am

$1600 seems on the high end of fair. $1400 on the low end.
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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by Mjj » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:33 am

I was recently considering buying a Roadster head and was tracking the sale prices on ebay from ~April to June. The prices below include shipping and I noted below if the seller was including the original receipt to transfer the warranty. I also saw one sell for just under $1250 in July but I wasn't watching it in ebay so I don't have any details on it.

Roadster (includes footswitch) $1,599.00
Roadster + footswitch (2.5yrs of warranty left) $1,300.00
Roadster + footswitch (4yrs of warranty left) $1,565.00
Roadster - custom grill - black diamond plate + footswitch - 2008 $1,325.00
Roadster + footswitch $1,250.00
Roadster + footswitch $1,460.00
Roadster + Footswitch - 2011, 4yrs of warranty, mint condition $1,395.00
Roadster + Footswitch - 2011, 4yrs of warranty, mint condition $1,305.00

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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by elvis » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:59 am

Thanks guys. Very helpful!
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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by thejay » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:33 pm

Blows my mind on the resale value because they are great amps
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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by elvis » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:56 pm

Yeah, but it's supply and demand, and there is little demand for such an amp.

Same for Swirl guitars. Expensive to build and buy, almost impossible to sell at a reasonable price.
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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by LareNgitis » Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:56 pm

I just bought a Roadster off eBay for $1170. It's near mint.

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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by thejay » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:13 pm

LareNgitis wrote:I just bought a Roadster off eBay for $1170. It's near mint.
:shock: NOW THATS A STEAL
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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by LareNgitis » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:16 pm

thejay wrote:
LareNgitis wrote:I just bought a Roadster off eBay for $1170. It's near mint.
:shock: NOW THATS A STEAL
Yeah, it is. Shipping was $60, so for a total of $1230 I have a great amp. Now I just need to find a decent cabinet to go under it.

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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by YellowJacket » Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:36 pm

Decent cabs?

Standard Rectocab (4 x 12) for wide saggy nu metal crunch tones!!

The Traditional Rectocab (ne Stiletto 4 x 12 [ne Traditional Rectocab]) is a fantastic sounding quad box. Definitely has that traditional midrange roar.

The 2 x 12 Rectocab OR a 2 x 12 Road King cab are both great options. The 2 x 12 Road King cab has a close back chamber with a v30 and an open back c90. It is a very even sounding cab. The 2 x 12 Rectocab sounds similar to a Standard Rectocab with a wider and more scooped sound.

Also, the Royal Atlantic [ne Electra Dyne] 2 x 12 and 27" 1 x 12 are both great sounding and attractive options if you want a smaller and lighter foot print with a huge bottom end. Crunchy vintage goodness with accentuated mids, similar to a Traditional Rectocab.

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Re: What's a Roadster Head Worth?

Post by LareNgitis » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:22 am

All I have currently is a Jet City 4x12 with stock speakers. It's fine for the JCA head, but not right for the Roadster. I'll try to sell that (along with the JCA 50 watt head) and use the $ for a Mesa cab. I'm thinking a traditional cab, as I play a lot of 80's style hardcore and punk. The oversized cab may be a little too heavy on the low end.

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