Koll Jr Glide. 1 of 1

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  1. kshea

    kshea Member

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    A quick question to forum users. I have a 1 or 1 Koll Jr. Glide made of Korina (African Limba) that I bought probably 5 years ago. As the story goes Saul had ordered a bunch of Limba and it was too heavy to make guitars from save this one piece, hence it being 1 of 1.

    It's an amazing guitar, but I was curious as to whether or not it holds value like the other Jr Glides since it is really a niche/rare guitar.

    I would really appreciate any help/suggestions you could offer. Currently it's being setup at my local guitar shop and I'm either going to stash it or sell it and want to know if selling it would be a huge mistake (I think I only paid $900 for it used from someone who didn't know what it was, actually neither did I at the time).

    ~K
     
  2. Nick Greer

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    I have no clue on the value or anything, but would like to see some pics! Pics are always good to put up!

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  3. showman(tx)

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    I think you're probably right about the value, since it's a one off it's won't ever really be worth the same as a production model. In fact I feel bad for you getting stuck with it an all, so I'll give you $900 for it right now so you can at least break even.

    Just the kind of guy I am I guess ...

    ;) :Devil
     
  4. decay-o-caster

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    My view is that all Kolls are unique, even when he is making one of his standard models. So rather than pushing the 1/1 idea, I'd just say it's a Korina Jr Glide. It'll be as valuable as any other Jr Glide in comparable condition, just a little different because of the wood. That'll turn some people on and others off, like anything else. But I don't think you'll get too far with the idea of uniqueness, given the maker in question.

    But that's just IMHO, YMMV, etc.
     
  5. kshea

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    I'll dig around and see if I can find some pics. Otherwise I'll have to wait a week to put it up.

    I did however find an email from Saul in which he mentions it was the first Korina guitar he ever made.

    For what its worth.

    ~K
     
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  7. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans Compliance Officer Gold Supporting Member

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    Well put. The Koll Klub buys you into some wonderfully unique guitar making. I remember wichita's horseshoe equipped Glide, and man-o-man was it special. Wow. But maybe in your case you have something Mr. Koll hasn't done before. Tough call, IMO.

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  8. Dave Orban

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    I'd run it by Saul...

    But yeah, this thread is WORTHLESS without pictures...! LOL!
     
  9. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans Compliance Officer Gold Supporting Member

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    Great advice. Better to get it from the horse's mouth than from a bunch of horse's asses on TGP.

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  10. kshea

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    Here is the email exchange I had w/ Saul Koll.

    I'll try to drive over to the guitar shop that has it and see if I can snap a few pics so this isn't a waste of everyones time.

    ~K

    > no binding, all gold hardware...from what I was told when I bought the
    > guitar its 1 of 1. The numbers stamped on the back of the headstock look
    > like 9991.
    >
    > Kevin

    ------------------------------------
    > >> Hi Kevin,
    >>
    >> I think I remember that guitar!
    >>
    >> I still make Jr's with humbuckers. Does that one have any binding
    >> anywhere?
    >> In any case, you can spec it out how you want it.
    >>
    >> Cheers,
    >>
    >> Saul
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    >> --
    >> Saul Koll
    >> saul@kollguitars.com
    >> Koll Guitar Company
    >> 2402 SE Belmont St.
    >> Portland, OR 97214
    >> 503.286.8938
    >>
    >
    That is the first korina guitar I made. It was made in 1999 and is the 91st
    Glide.

    Does it have string through body?

    Cheers,

    saul
     
  11. kshea

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    katuna Silver Supporting Member

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    Wow, my jr. glide was made in 99 also. I don't remember the number exactly, but it should be pretty close to yours.
     
  13. kshea

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    So if I decide sell/trade it, any suggestions on what I should value it at?
     
  14. ~el gringo loco

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    I think I know that guitar -- if it's what I'm thinking it was ordered by a wonderful player/amp builder/nice guy who posts here under the name "Moods".

    I remember it as Moods really dug a korina guitar a cat in PA made for me, and he ordered one from Saul that was a lot like it. Don't remember why he sold it, but it was a fine guitar for sure.

    Do a search on "Moods" and point him to the link -- he might be able to help you with the provenance.

    ~j
     
  15. Patch

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    Really nice guitar!
    I'd say 2000$???
     
  16. kshea

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    Thanks for all of the help and suggestions. I really appreciate the time everyone has taken to assist me.

    ~K
     
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    I now own that guitar. Received it with an undisclosed broken truss rod. Saul fixed the truss rod gratis. He also tuned it up. Again, gratis. Completely above and beyond the call of duty, and more than I asked for.

    It is a great-playing, nasty-sounding guitar. And from a top-notch artisan.
     
  18. hank57

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    That is a Beautiful guitar! To order a JR Glide now is $3000? And it would take six plus months. The order for a Korina guitar would a special order putting more time for getting a vendor for the wood and time for the research etc. I'd guess someone would pay up to $2500 depending on condition.
     
  19. kshea

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    Thanks,

    I think I may try it out on ebay to see if there is any real interest in it once I get it back from the shop where it's being setup.

    I'll post the auction here so people can follow if they want.

    ~K
     

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