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Vintage guitar experts...

 

I've known a few "vintage guitar experts" for the last 40 years, and know all too well how the industry works. I would REALLY be interested in how much he paid the 92 year old original owner for the guitar. The article states the "retail" value of the instrument as $25,000, and that the guitar sold in 1941 for $35.

 

So Mark Stutman, 'fess up, what did you pay the man for the guitar that you're trying to FLIP for $25G's? Do you sleep well at night, or do you have to keep one eye open?

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So Mark Stutman, 'fess up, what did you pay the man for the guitar that you're trying to FLIP for $25G's?

 

That's a very good question. I read a post on another forum awhile ago where someone bragged about paying an old lady $100 for a 1960 J-50 they found in her closet.

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Folkway seems to be on the level. They specialize in super vintage gibson stuff, so while this is a "holy grail", they repair similarly priced pieces often. I would guess that they either paid a good amount of cash for it, or if the grandchildren didnt want to lose a red cent, they would consign it to them.

 

I know from my craigslist and ebay encounters that seller's arent just rolling over and getting hosed anymore. quite the opposite.

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I spoke with Mark about this guitar and am excited for him to bring it to market. The gentleman was actually very well informed to be an original owner of a J-35. Mark went through a lot of trouble to secure the guitar and provide a proper buying environment for a prospective owner. I don't consider it a flip when he has the kind of overhead and selling infrastructure that takes years to develop.

 

But I also think that my guitar is even more special! I just don't have good friends at the Times.

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I've known a few "vintage guitar experts" for the last 40 years, and know all too well how the industry works. I would REALLY be interested in how much he paid the 92 year old original owner for the guitar. The article states the "retail" value of the instrument as $25,000, and that the guitar sold in 1941 for $35.

 

So Mark Stutman, 'fess up, what did you pay the man for the guitar that you're trying to FLIP for $25G's? Do you sleep well at night, or do you have to keep one eye open?

 

I work at Folkway on Saturdays.

This most definitely was NOT a "quick-screw-the-original-owner-and-flip-it-fast" deal, as you imply.

 

The original owner and his family were QUITE aware of the value and netted far more than what any other J-35 has sold for in the past.

They did VERY well, but I am NOT going to disclose details of private sales on a public forum.

Rest assured Mark Stutman sleeps like a baby at night with a completely clear conscience.

 

Mark has actually owned this guitar for a number of years and only a select few have known about it.

I have played it a lot and it is bar none THE best Gibson I have EVER played.

I actually tried to convince him to keep it for a few more years (mostly so I could keep playing it on Saturdays.

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I spoke with Mark about this guitar and am excited for him to bring it to market. The gentleman was actually very well informed to be an original owner of a J-35. Mark went through a lot of trouble to secure the guitar and provide a proper buying environment for a prospective owner. I don't consider it a flip when he has the kind of overhead and selling infrastructure that takes years to develop.

 

But I also think that my guitar is even more special! I just don't have good friends at the Times.

 

 

I played TVguit's Brazilian L-2 today, and it is a stunner! Spectacular condition, and extraordinary sound. Not sure what I was expecting from a rosewood L-body, but this was something else. Very, very different from a mahogany L. Really nice-feeling neck, too. Wide board, excellent neck set, and all-around great guitar for any vintage.

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I played TVguit's Brazilian L-2 today, and it is a stunner! Spectacular condition, and extraordinary sound. Not sure what I was expecting from a rosewood L-body, but this was something else. Very, very different from a mahogany L. Really nice-feeling neck, too. Wide board, excellent neck set, and all-around great guitar for any vintage.

 

 

Yes, L2s do rule when it comes to Small body Rosewoods.. :)

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I work at Folkway on Saturdays.

This most definitely was NOT a "quick-screw-the-original-owner-and-flip-it-fast" deal, as you imply.

 

The original owner and his family were QUITE aware of the value and netted far more than what any other J-35 has sold for in the past.

They did VERY well, but I am NOT going to disclose details of private sales on a public forum.

Rest assured Mark Stutman sleeps like a baby at night with a completely clear conscience.

 

Mark has actually owned this guitar for a number of years and only a select few have known about it.

I have played it a lot and it is bar none THE best Gibson I have EVER played.

I actually tried to convince him to keep it for a few more years (mostly so I could keep playing it on Saturdays.

 

Well said: There may be sharks out there but there are also a handful of great dealers in the vintage market who I wouldn't hesitate to put my trust in whether buyer or seller and Folkway deserve their place on that list. Mark finds some truly exceptional guitars and it's always a pleasure seeing them, however out of my price range they may usually be.

 

Getting to play them at 'work'? That's a job I could get used to!

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I played TVguit's Brazilian L-2 today, and it is a stunner! Spectacular condition, and extraordinary sound. Not sure what I was expecting from a rosewood L-body, but this was something else. Very, very different from a mahogany L. Really nice-feeling neck, too. Wide board, excellent neck set, and all-around great guitar for any vintage.

 

one of these?? :)

 

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this one is a 34..

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