Used Gibsons hold their value better than Fenders on the second-hand market – but there’s good news for Player Tele and Strat owners

Fender Player Telecaster HH and Gibson Les Paul
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New research has confirmed what many guitar buyers have likely suspected for some time: Gibsons (just about) have the edge over Fender models when it comes to holding their value on the used market.

The study, conducted by German studio Wood and Fire, takes Reverb’s list of the US’ top 40 best-selling guitars and compares the average used sale prices for each entrant to new equivalents (using benchmark prices from Sweetwater, Guitar Center and European retailer Thomann).

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.