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Ok, here it goes. A few years ago I went temporarily insane and sold my early 60's SG Jr. (I believe it was a '62) to a local guitar shop. I needed money pretty badly and let the thing go for a song. Idiot! I got the guitar from my Dad, who never played it. Frankly, I didn't play it very much - it needed a set up and had a bizarre tremolo installed. Anyway, I've been an acoustic junkie for years, so I didn't really think things through when I let the SG go. Now my Dad has passed and I'm really kicking myself for making this stupid decision. Of course the local shop sold the thing on Ebay (that's what I was told at least) shortly after they bought it from me. So now I'm trying to track it down in hopes that the current owner might consider selling it back to me. I have no idea where the guitar went. So, I thought I might start looking here. The guitar would have been purchased from a Tallahassee, Florida guitar shop called Andy's Guitars. Most likely the guy who sold it was named Rob. Would have been sometime in 2005. The non-standard tremolo had been removed, so it only had a stop-tail piece for a bridge. There would have been either two or four small holes behind the tail piece where the non-standard bridge had been mounted. The headstock had the Les Paul Jr. script, although it was an SG jr. It had a cherry finish.

 

Any thoughts or advice? Thanks.

 

Frank

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I would bug the hell out of the shop man. Even offer them money to help you out. If it was paid for through PayPal they can get the contact info of the buyer even if they can't get it through ebay. If the records aren't available online and they didn't keep good books they can still call PayPal's customer service and they can look it up by approximate date. There is definately record out there but you are going to need the help of the shop that sold it to find it.

 

Good luck

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Wow.

You understand what the price is gonna look like if you do find it. right?

The owner - who probably payed a tidy sum for it - will likely not part with it easily.

After all, it IS collectable....

 

Yeah, going to church might not be a bad idea.

 

Good luck with it, I hope it works out.

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Thanks for the replies. I know what I'm up against. The price is going to be ridiculous. The tremolo that was on it was an early generation Maestro by the way. It's possible that it was a '61, not a '62. Damn I feel like an idiot. It looked exactly like this: http://www.mainstreetvintageco.com/catalog/item/4827275/6175271.htm

 

I called this shop, but they didn't have the serial number recorded. They sold it to a private collection. Can't help but wonder if that's my old guitar. The more I think about it, the more I feel like I did reinstall the Maestro before selling it. Of course the damn serial number is recorded on an old hard drive that I don't currently have hooked to a computer, and I can't recall the last three digits. Anyway, this is probably a lost cause, but I'm going to keep looking. I sent an e-mail to the guy who bought it from me - he no longer works for the guitar shop. I'm waiting to hear back from him as to whether he recalls anything about when and how it was sold. Like I said, I've been told it was sold via E-bay, but I'm not so sure that's what happened.

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I've been there Santacruzom! Had the same thing happen, with my Gretsch Country Gent! '

Have been looking for it, for years, now... My Mom bought it for me, when I was a kid (16),

and I sold it some years later, for "next to nothing," too! Been kicking myself ever since.

But, there's just no way to really track it! So, I've pretty much "moved on," and think of it,

as a Lesson Learned! But, I do wish you good luck, in your attempts to find your SG. I know

how you feel! At least your's is a fairly recent sale, compared to mine...that's one thing, in

your favor! Good Luck!

 

CB

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its not the one your looking for' date=' but is a mighty fine sounding and playing guitar

http://used.guitarcenter.com/usedgear/details.cfm?listId=103879717

 

 

kenny go check it out[/quote']

 

 

I actually saw that last weekend, looked cool; like an old pair of levis. I dont think they'd be willing to hand a 14 year old a $5,000 guitar though.

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Thanks again guys. That's a beautiful Junior at GC. I figured I would be looking at a minimum of $5K - frankly, I don't have that kind of cash right now. Depressing. I'm afraid that I too will have to chalk this up to a lesson learned.

 

Someone recently told me that some of the early SG's had "patent pending" P-90s. Apparently the pickups are worth more than the guitar! I had no idea. It would be just my luck that mine had a patent pending pickup.

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Might I humbly suggest that you write LOSER in lipstick on every mirror in your house and record the Beatles I'm A Loser and set it to play on a loop. You should also consider a personalised t-shirt.

After a few years or so, it might occur to you that moving on might be the best option and spending $ 5000 on a replacement might not seem such an expensive alternative to living a desolate, miserable, self-recriminating, empty and worthless existence.

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Might I humbly suggest that you write LOSER in lipstick on every mirror in your house and record the Beatles I'm A Loser and set it to play on a loop. You should also consider a personalised t-shirt.

After a few years or so' date=' it might occur to you that moving on might be the best option and spending $ 5000 on a replacement might not seem such an expensive alternative to living a desolate, miserable, self-recriminating, empty and worthless existence.[/quote']

 

That was uncalled for [-o< . Sorry about your SG, I really hope you find it, but the chances are pretty slim.

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Wow - okay. Well, I've been fooling around on guitar boards for years and as a result I've learned to take posts like apillock's with a grain of salt. Give some people a key board and the anonymity of the Internet and they just lose all sense of decorum or common courtesy. Immaturity - so be it.

 

In truth, I think many of us have been forced to make decisions to sell instruments when faced with financial hardship. I'm sure many of us have regretted those decisions later. But often times, they were the only options. Wish I hadn't let the Junior go. It was foolish, but unfortunately necessary at the time. So, I'll keep looking for my old guitar - you never know what might happen.

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I'll take a guess at what "might happen." If you find it, you'd whine that you couldn't afford to buy it at that price and go home, sit in a corner and cry your eyes out. Then you'd whine that it's new owner was overcharging and mean to boot. Then you'd complain to God that the world was unfair and why weren't you as rich as other guitar owners etc.

I'm only guessing, of course. In five or ten years time you might grow up to be a man and think manly, grown up thoughts. I wouldn't put any money on this happening, though.

Why not post again in 5 years time and tell how you are getting on with overcoming your rash decision? I can't wait.

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Santacruzom

 

Sorry to hear about your bad choice. Most people have done something like that at one time or another. Myself included, but not with such a vintage piece as yours. I don't know if you plan on sticking around, or you were just here looking for some help this one time, but don't let one nasty, personal attack color your opinion of this forum. Most of the regulars here are more than willing to give you thier best advise if it's a legitamate question and even if you do get scolded for something, it's rarely a personal , mean spirited attack. Good luck with the search.

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:D Okay, I get it now - you're just a prick. Probably a young one too. Nope, no whining or crying for me. Just interested in trying to find a guitar I wish I hadn't sold. Pretty common I think. Why you persist in trying to goad me into a war of words is beyond me, but keep it up, it's kinda funny to read. Don't worry Saturn, I've seen this stuff so much that it doesn't faze me - I think the majority of people here are decent and helpful. But there's always one idiot in every crowd....

 

Apillcock, whatever has made you this way will probably wear off in time. Maybe you'll grow out of it. See, the thing is, a "man" doesn't snipe at people from the safety of his livingroom. Keep hiding behind that keyboard and firing off your pathetic little insults - I'm sure it'll get you where you want to go. If you're a day older than 18 I'd be surprised...of course if you're a day over 18, you're even more ridiculous and immature that I first thought. Go get laid man, maybe it'll give you a new perspective.

 

Looking forward to your next little installment of intellectual discourse...I have to admit, I didn't count on the entertainment value this post would yield! It's like getting a bonus!!

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