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  1. 285ferrari

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    Back from a full authentication and appraisal from P.Scott Tucker at PST Guitars in VA. I have attached a few pics, I can provide any more pics you need. The appraisal came with a write up(attached) and 72 pics. Let me know if you have any questions. I am not a guitar guy, but will try to find any info you need. Asking $15K
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  3. vjd3

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    I'm not familiar with PST Guitars, but you might consider sending detailed photos to George Gruhn at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville ... it runs $75 for an online appraisal and would be a good second opinion for the detailed analysis you have there. It never hurts to have as much documentation as you can with an instrument like this, and if George agrees with Scott on the provenance, that will carry some extra weight with the collector set. There are plenty of guitar dealers who might be interested in the guitar but they will not want to pay retail. You might be able to consign it, however, and doing that with Gruhn would be a good way to go. I only sell left-handed guitars, and have handled a few very high-end vintage instruments (a lefty 57 Gibson goldtop among them). As with a vintage Ferrari, originality is king, but this is an interesting guitar and it should not be hard to find a home for it.

    https://guitars.com/appraisals
     
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  4. 285ferrari

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    It is on Reverb and I have a ton of offers, hope something there comes through--PST also used Gruhns vintage guitar guide to help appraise it
     
  5. phishgoldy

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    Special guitar. Wow!
     
  6. Cars_n_Guitars

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    My 2 cents is the more well known and respected the appraiser is the more valuable it becomes. I would use Norm's rare guitars now in Tarzana, Ca. I would not rely on online appraisals as the guitar needs to be taken apart to verify age of the wood, date markings, any resolders or work performed, I would also trace back ownership for a solid provenance and then get opinions from top auction businesses to see what it would bring. You may be surprised as auctions could bring much more than listing it for sale. It only takes two people to create a bidding war where winning becomes more important than price. It's an ego thing.

    I have a number of vintage guitars. though when I acquired them back in the 70's - early 80's I was 16 - 24 yrs. old and they were called used :).
     
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  8. 285ferrari

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    I did not have an online appraisal done. The guitar was dropped off to PST and he had it for 2 months. Guitar was essentially taken apart with pics showing everything. I would not ship the guitar across the country for a second opinion. Too much risk these days with shipping carriers. I've had offers within the appraised value already. Making an offer and showing me cash are two different things.
     
  9. cb2me

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    Has it sold yet? Is it still listed on Reverb? thanks -
     
  10. wahoowa

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    sorry...I have to jump in. I know the guitar, I know the luthier, I know Robbie. You guys talking about getting appraisals on an original wood/PUs/no neck breaks 5o's GT selling for under $20K are, I'm sorry, over the top. Yes, it has been repainted, but it's the proper "flaked" nitro. It will eventually green up nicely.
    On the S/N thing? No GT LPs got stamped until mid '53

    '52, as many of you know, was the 1st year of the iconic Les Paul. That's pretty cool. Not a fan of underwrap tailpiece? Mikey Glaser or Mojo can help with that.

    These things scream.....

     
  11. JohnsonsMedia

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    Man seeing this makes me want to get my les Paul apprised. It’s an original sunburst.
     
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  13. 285ferrari

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    Not yet, offers don't mean much without a deposit or payment. So it is still for sale
     
  14. Johdel

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    Like Cars_n_Guitars I bought my walnut finished 69 SG Custom used in 75. Now it is a totally original vintage and in near pristine condition. Years ago I considered refinishing the 3 gold Humbucker pickups and Vibrola tremolo and never did. It has the same transparent gold control buttons as this guitar. I would expect this guitar to easily attract the asking price given its place in history and fine condition. It does not cost anything to keep it until the right buyer comes along, and you could take a few guitar lessons while you are waiting! Good luck with the sale.
     
  15. one4torque

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    Vintage guitar market is hot now.

    egs.. I have a few silver burst lpc from late 70’s. These were 1800-2300$ 5 yrs ago. Now fetching 6$-12$k

    glws. Reverb is a good sellers site.
     
  16. vjd3

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    If they are offers on Reverb, you just have to accept one and Reverb handles the funds. For a 5 percent fee, of course ... although it's capped at $500. It does offer you some protection though. And then they charge 3 percent to handle the money, too ;) but you are somewhat protected there, too ... i.e., they tell you not to ship and won't give you the buyer's address until the payment has cleared, and so forth. You can also have them handle the shipping which will protect you from theft or damage -- but of course they charge extra for that too o_O gotta price all that in when you're selling on their site but it's very popular. It was started by Chicago Music Exchange as an eBay alternative. They charged a 3.5 percent seller's fee at the time, which prompted eBay to drop theirs from 10 percent down to 3.5 percent but the damage was done. CME was absolutely raking in the cash. Etsy bought Reverb last year and promptly raised the fee to 5 percent and I'm sure that trend will continue.

    Anyhow, very cool guitar, good luck with the sale, wish it was a lefty!
     
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    Is this still available?


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  18. 285ferrari

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    Yes it is
     
  19. mdrums

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    I’m a drummer… I wish old drums were worth this much! Beautiful guitar no doubt. Not sure if you follow Neal Schon but he’s on a roll buying vintage guitars recently
     
  20. Graz

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    So true. I’ve been playing for about 50 years and seeing this thread reminds me not only how old I am but brings back memories of all the guitars I’ve been through. I guess I always thought a “new” guitar would make me play better :) . I found out pretty quick it’s the Indian and not the bow. A lot like the game of golf ;) But the video above has definitely stimulated me to get my Les Paul out and get it warmed up. GLWS to the OP. It’s a beautiful guitar.
     
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  21. F12finally

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    Is this item still available? I have been dealing with someone who says they will sell it to me for $9K. Do you know George Buckminister?
     

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