Breedlove for a Rick Turner?

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  1. hey_day

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    im desperately trying to find some help. i have an offer on my 2002 rick turner model 1 featherweight with indian rosewood and cedar body. i have been offered a 1995 breedlove MJ/E (master class jumbo) made of macassar ebony and spruce with an active fishman in it. $$ wise is it a fair trade?
     
  2. edgarallanpoe

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    The Master Class Breedloves are absolutely amazing. I would think it would be a fair trade, but truth be told they are both items that appeal to a very small market. If you are looking for an acoustic, I would say do it...if you are looking for something to just roll over, then I would pass.
     
  3. hey_day

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    i wouldnt mind an acoustic but in time i wouldnt mind reselling, but you think there would be a buyer looking for a specific guitar of such. by the way what would your random guess of the breedlove's worth. it has gold tuners, its a 1995, no cutaway, active fishman, bloodwood binding, spruce top, macassar back and sides, about all i can remember. its so hard to get an idea of worth because it seems fairly rare and they renamed all their models.
     
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    Oh man. if it was me, i'd probably trade in a NY minute - the only thing that would hold me back is my personal preferance for smaller bodied acoustics. But master class macasser non-cutaway? i bet that thing just DRIPS tone. and macasser is visually my favorite wood also. I have a macasser-topped Koll coming around february in fact.

    Value wise, i'd think it's pretty fair if condition on both is about equal. Just took a look at completed listings on ebay and the only master class breedlove that had actually sold went for over 3k, which is what i recall seeing the Turners going for IIRC. I think it really does come down to the fact that neither will be quick movers on the used market.

    man, you just gave me gas for a macasser breedlove! (concert sized though. maybe even 12-fret slothead if they do that...). sweet dreams. i'm going to bed :)
     
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    I would expect the Breedlove to resell in the low $3000s if it's in mint to near mint condition, but as others have said, it might take a little while to find the right buyer. Master Class Breedloves are great, great guitars, but not as well known to the general guitar buying public.
     
  6. hey_day

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    i guess this specific masterclass is a 1995 and breedlove had some poor finish in 95/96 so they took the guitar and refinished it for free. anyone know anything about this? how does the master class guitars compare to current models? i figured its worth 2300-3000, seller feels close to 4000
     
  7. edgarallanpoe

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    No way you find anything like this for $2300. The regular Breedloves sell in that range. If it was refinished by Breedlove then it is a world class finish and really shouldn't effect the value all that much. There was nothing structurally wrong with the guitar, and it was taken care of by the factory. I would put the value at a minimum of 3k. Just look at the woods they use on these...3K is a steal for something like that. I have a Ed Gerheart model Breedlove and wouldn't let it go for less than 2k...and it is a simple mahogany with spruce model.
     
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    how would you put that compared to a 2002 featherweight with indian rosewood body with cedar core and full electronics package?
     
  9. edgarallanpoe

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    As I said before..it seems like an even trade to me. I would actually think you are a little bit ahead in the deal.

    No offense...but I don't see anyone beating down your door to buy your Turner. They are fantastic guitars, but appeal to a limited amount of players. I would think that the Breedlove would have a broader appeal, but only slightly.

    I would do the trade in a second, but you seem to be hesitant, so maybe the best thing to do would be to hold on to the Turner and see what offers come after Christmas.
     
  10. hey_day

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    well i just got a brand new McIlroy mini jumbo acoustic made for me. but dont need a $3000 electrc for as much as i play it in an apartment. the breedlove has a fishman active pickup installed on it does that hurt or help do you think? think i might go for it but the turner is so beautiful and unique, but i kinda feel i might have the better end of this deal. neither guitar is really made the way it stands now without special orders so we both have something to gain/lose
     
  11. Karmateria

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    Those Gerheart models are really nice. Simple and great sounding for fingerstyle. Don't care for the strumming sound, but that's not what it's made for.

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