Found 1979 Strat... need help please!

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  1. Anchorage42

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    What's up guys, my friend has found a 1979 strat left by his old guitarist. It's been at his place for a few years and has repeatedly tried to call to get him to come pick it up. No such luck for him. Now my friend wants to sell this puppy (why not give it to me?) and I'm just after a few questions....

    It's red, maple neck, a lot of ware (a real live actual relic?) and swapped pickups. There's a SD bucker in the bridge, based on the way he described it. Said there's a chrome pickguard, black knobs and some wear on the back of the neck.

    Any clue how much something like this would go for??

    Thanks for your help :drink
     
  2. HurricaneJesus

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    Well, he's your friend and it's all profit for him. I say give him 500-750 otherwise you don't really need a beat-up non-original 79 strat that badly.
     
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    I'm not trying to buy it from him.... he's just looking at selling it and we're looking for ball park guesses...
    still the same number?
     
  4. GregoryL

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    From what I've seen recently, late 70's strats tend to go for around $1500 - $1600. This one sounds like it's a bit of a 'player' though given the replacement parts and the wear description.

    $1100 - 1200 maybe?
     
  5. guitarman_1

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    1k to 1.2k is right assuming all else is correct.
    Pics would help, as prices are all over the place.
     
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    I'm just waiting on him to send pics; i knew y'all would want to see them.
    i'll post them as soon as they come in.

    jfyi - the original parts that aren't there, we don't have.
     
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    Good lord.... what a way to wreck a guitar.

    Your in the ballpark at the 1k to 1.2 k. Might even be lower. Not good.
     
  9. RDM

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    $800 in that condition. The market is slow right now.
     
  10. Austinrocks

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    I would not sell it, until you know the guitarist does not want it any more, the guitarist may consider it still his and selling it would make it stolen property.

    I have given friends a guitar, and they have called to ask if they could sell it, and usually its a guitar I did not want, so I say fine, I had one acoustic that I gave a friend, his wife smashed it against a wall, breaking the guitar and the wall, she soon became his ex-wife.
     
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    i really can't see anyone paying more than $800 for this but even that is high.

    If it just had a refinish, or just a humbucker route, that would be one thing.

    But the locking trem kills it.

    That combined with everything else- sorry to be blunt but...
     
  12. TwinandTwang

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    hacked up 79?
    are you hoping to win the lottery?
    not trying to be a dick but ....
     
  13. kingsxman

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    He's just asking. No need for that.

    Good luck with your sale. I had a 79 silver anniversary edition strat. Awful guitar to be honest. But at least it looked cool.

    One thing your freind may want to consider is putting a different pickguard on it. If you could put a normal white (or mint) guard on it...the whole axe would look much better. Old guitars, even hacked up can have a charm to them. But that pickguard is just bad and makes the whole guitar look really hacked up.
     
  14. burner

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    1-1.2K?
    Geeez....
    Let's stop the insanity here, people, and quit helping the vintage market flourish with those turds.
    When you take away the 'vintage' factor...of which a '79 Strat should have exactly ZERO....it's a $400 guitar.
     
  15. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Austinrocks is right. Do NOT sell this guitar. Get it back to the owner or give it to somebody, but do NOT sell it.

    And you'll be lucky, imho, to even get 500 for it. It's been wrecked. It's not a vintage guitar. It's a failed project guitar.
     
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    if you wanted to part it out (which im sure you dont), i would be interested in the neck for a project guitar i am working on.
     
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    Here's a reasonable comparison. I recently sold a 77 Strat that had a not-so-great refinish, Schaller tuners, and had been routed for a non-locking trem for ~$725 on eBay. My guess is the '79 would be around that. Mine had one Bill Lawrence single-coil and two original pickups. Also had no case.
    The case was a late 60's case that I sold last year for $325. An original case and the neck could be worth ~$500.
    I have no idea if it's yours to sell though.
     
  18. rogue.guineapig

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    If I had a fair amount of cash sitting around, I'd buy it...

    not that I'd GIVE you a fair amount of cash for it...
    I'd NEED a fair amount of cash to undo that...that...
    whatever that is that got done to that poor guitar.
    +1 more on the "don't sell". Get him to give it to you.
    Keep original parts, restore it, play it, enjoy it. If the guy
    ever comes back, give him the pile and say "peace out". :)
    RGP
     

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