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1969 Gibson es-335

#1 User is offline   Itsthelawsonn 

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 03:06 PM

Hi

A friend of my dads has a 1969 Gibson es 335 that he is looking to sell. He said around 1000 which I heard and am freaking out but then I found out that it has had a refret as well as the trapeze tailpiece replaced by a stop tailpiece which is common for those years. Do you think that it would still have some collector value? Do you think 1000 bucks is a fair deal? Let me know your thoughts because it would help me out greatly.

Thanks guys

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 04:55 PM

I dont think you can buy a beatup one for a 1000.00... It might not be a bad deal... original pickups would be the plus..

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 07:41 PM

The guitar has no collector value, but it could be a good player. How have you identified it as a '69? Do you have the serial number?

If it's in good shape, with the orignal pickups, $1000 could be a good price. A very good all-original '69 ES 335 is probably worth about $3K in today's depressed market. The re-fret and converted tailpiece probably knock about $1K off the price.

You should be aware that a '69 will have the very narrow 1 9/16" nut width, which some people find too narrow to play comfortably. Try before you buy.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:39 AM

IMHO a re-fret doesn't hurt it's value as long as it was done properly. $1000 sounds like a very good deal to me.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:43 PM

View Postpfox14, on 13 February 2012 - 07:39 AM, said:

IMHO a re-fret doesn't hurt it's value as long as it was done properly. $1000 sounds like a very good deal to me.


It's all somewhat subjective (especially since this wouldn't be a "blue chip" collectible even if all original), but I tend to agree with Paul on this one. Not only that, but the conversion from a trapeze to a stop is one of the more valid/popular modifications one can do to this type of instrument. Most potential buyers will be pleased that it's already been done. Even without seeing photos, I would say $1000 sounds like a very good deal (IF, as Nick points out, the nut width is not an issue for the buyer/player).

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:57 PM

View PostItsthelawsonn, on 12 February 2012 - 03:06 PM, said:

Hi

A friend of my dads has a 1969 Gibson es 335 that he is looking to sell. He said around 1000 which I heard and am freaking out but then I found out that it has had a refret as well as the trapeze tailpiece replaced by a stop tailpiece which is common for those years. Do you think that it would still have some collector value? Do you think 1000 bucks is a fair deal? Let me know your thoughts because it would help me out greatly.

Thanks guys



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'58 LG-2 w/
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'60 ES-125T
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/ Bob Colosi Bone Bridge pins
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'82 Epi Sheraton (MIJ)
'97 Epi Sheraton II (USA)

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/ Bob Colosi Bone Bridge pins


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