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    The bad old days of American manufacturing

    CBS Fenders, particularly as you get into the mid to later 70's, have the reputation they have for a reason. Sure there are good ones, but there is no denying they are not the same guitars Fender was making before Leo sold the company. Thick-skin finishes, mediocre tuners, three-bolt neck...
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    Scored the best deal of my life on a 1958 Jr.

    I don't agree. I wouldn't trust my local GC to know anything about vintage gear and current market values. YMMV.
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    Scored the best deal of my life on a 1958 Jr.

    I don't know how GC goes about estimating value. Does each individual store do it themselves, or do they consult a vintage expert within the GC network? It could be that the local GC guy did not know what he was looking at and would have listed it at $5 or $600? Ok, I do see some people...
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    Scored the best deal of my life on a 1958 Jr.

    Would you rely on GC to give an accurate estimate of value for this?
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    Scored the best deal of my life on a 1958 Jr.

    Yeah, that's ridiculous. With Fenders, some people think refinished in a custom color means it's worth half the value of an equivalent all-original custom color. Sorry. A refin is a refin. It doesn't matter what the original color was, it's now worth about half the value of a refinished Sunburst...
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    Scored the best deal of my life on a 1958 Jr.

    Typically 50% when compared to an all-original example. But over the last three years during COVID, with the lack of guitar shows and lack of inventory at Vintage dealers, we have seen people paying more for refinished instruments. For this one, the replaced parts are also a minor hit in value...
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    Scored the best deal of my life on a 1958 Jr.

    It's already been very poorly refinished, or at least oversprayed. The front has been oversprayed around the edges as well, and looks terrible, IMO. I would try to remove the overspray and if that is not possilble, I would get a quality refinish with light aging. In its current condition, it has...
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    Scored the best deal of my life on a 1958 Jr.

    I’d get a proper refinish on that. As Hogy said, the front has been refinished too and looks bad, IMO.
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    Robert Berry

    Following up on this, I see there is an upcoming new release, SiX BY SiX. I just listened to the three tracks that are available on Apple Music. I like it, but I am a prog guy. @Volumneknobber thanks for bringing this up.
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    Any tips when looking for you first vintage guitar?

    You are diving into shark infested waters. Do your research, seek opinions and advice from trusted experts. I really like @Highnumbers advice to make a list of what is most important to you that it is original, and which parts you can accept replacements. And don't compromise thinking you can...
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    Robert Berry

    I liked the “3” album he did with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. The two follow up albums released after Emerson’s death are good too. I don’t really know anything about him outside of those three CDs.
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    Install Bigsby B7 on my '67 ES 335?

    No. Please don’t ruin that guitar with a horrible Bigsby. Those things are terrible.
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    These saddles repro?

    Yes, the font is wrong.
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    Cleaning the Finish a Vintage Gibson 335

    Local hardware stores, Home Depot, Lowes, etc., will cary naphtha.
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    Are there any Tweed style amps with reverb?

    Mesa California Tweed
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