Epiphone Casino Revolution - Headstock repair = Dealbreaker?

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  1. Wiz-ski

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    Local dealer has a used Epiphone Casino Revolution at a great price - $1395.00 - but the kicker is it has had headstock repair. Here is the item description:

    "2002 Epiphone Casino Revolution in the natural finish. Guitar features medium frets, a white PG, a RW fretboard, 3-way switch, flat C-shaped neck profile, 2 P90 pickups, and is in excellent condition. Guitar has a new bridge. This guitar has had a headstock repair, but you could never tell that. Guitar is missing part of the serial and has some marks near the lower end of the neck."

    Just want to pick some TGP'ers brains. Is this a good deal, or is the headstock repair a dealbreaker? I'm looking at the various options for a Casino out there, between MIK w/ aftermarket upgrades, Elitist, Revolution, etc. Not sure if I should jump all over this, or keep looking.

    Thanks for looking,
    Henry
     
  2. dharmafool

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    Not such a good deal. Walk away from it.
     
  3. snarkle

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    Based on price alone, that's no bargain.

    And the headstock repair would kill it for me, although I have to admit that broken headstocks are almost a personal phobia, thanks to an incident long ago with a Gretsch and a gig bag...
     
  4. Wiz-ski

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    That's exactly what I was needing - it just took 30 minutes on TGP to hear "the voice of reason"

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  5. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    Who did the headstock repair? If it's was done well it can actually be stronger than original. I have no idea what used Revolution Casinos are going for so I can't comment on the deal, but if a competent luthier did the repair it would not be a deal breaker for me.
     
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    IT would not be a deal breaker to me, but I think that price is high. generally a head break equals half of the normal price for the guitar. If it is repaired really well, and the guitar is desirable, then maybe 75% but that is the highest you should go really. I believe those casinos are going right wround 2k, so I would be looking for a fair price of 1000 to 1200. I dont think you are getting a deal, and definitely not a steal. Those are sweet guitars though!
     
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    The headstock would not be an issue to me, if I were buying the guitar to use and play.

    It would be an issue if you were a "collector."

    The primary thing is the price- that's a lot of money for a repaired headstock instrument. It may be collectable sometime down the road regardless of the headstock break- not so much now.
     
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    A headstock issue should knock off 1/2 the new price right off the bat, and then there's the replaced bridge and heel issue and so on - and why is part of the serial number scratched off? Possibly hot? I'd try to take the price down to at least $1100 before sealing the deal.
     
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    OK, so I send an inquiry to ask if he's willing to negotiate the price. Says that the serial number inside on the label is still there so not to worry about that part. Says he's had it for some time, it's a real player, and if I made a serious offer, he'd consider it.

    SOooooooooo - What should my offer be? Give me some thoughts
     
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    I guess I wonder it's so important to have a Revolution. Don't the Elitist Casinos go for about $1200 brand-new, with full warranty and case? I'm not asserting that one would be as good or collectible as a Revolution, but I bet it'd be as good as broken one with serial# issues and "marks near the lower end of the neck."
     
  12. FloridaSam

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    Exactly what I was thinking. My local GC just had a mint Gretsch Tennesee Rose.... except for a nearly invisible headstock repair. It was priced at $875.00 and sold FAST.
     
  13. Austinrocks

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    really depends $1400 for the Epi Revolution with a headstock repair, if the repair was well done, might not be so bad, if the rest of the guitar is in good shape. I would feel better about the deal if the guitar was $1200 though.
     

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