My friend found out that "old guitar" he had was a '57 Strat!

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  1. T For Texas

    T For Texas Member

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    I've got a friend who is a film maker, but who worked on guitars back in the 60s - even built a couple. He was once Carlos Santana's tech and would set up his guitars in San Francisco back in the day.

    He was looking to raise some cash to help pay for his 95 year old father's care and thought, "I wonder if that old Fender is worth anything?" He took it to a vintage guitar specialist who determined it was an all original '57 Strat!

    The appraiser said he could sell it that day with a call or two to guitar collectors, but my friend is adamant that it go to a MUSICIAN and not a COLLECTOR. In his words, "This guitar came off the wall to save my dad's life and I can't bear the thought of it being locked in a vault - it needs to be played!"

    So he asked me to help find a picker who could afford it. I've got it in front of the big names in Nashville and we'll see if anyone bites. I'd sure love to have it, but dang, its a bit out of my price range. I'm not trying to sell it here on this forum - just telling the story....

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    He also has an old early '50s Fender Harvard amp. Glorious tone!

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  2. liquidswords

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    Gorgeous. Got anymore pictures? :)
     
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    :omg

    Pictures? I want to hear CLIPS! :)
     
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    That should raise $20K+. That will help.
     
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    Man oh man... what an awesome package!
     
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    Tip of the cap for your friend. Awesome he wants it to go to a player.
    Hope things work out for him and his Pop.
     
  9. Lublin

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    Best of luck to your awesome friend and a get well soon to his pops. It's very heartwarming to see love like that.
     
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    BTW, good luck with the whole "player" thing. From my experience, the only dudes that have the cash to put down on such an instrument are rich dudes that obviously don't play guitar for a living... or they wouldn't be rich! HA!
     
  11. IPLAYLOUD

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    Look at how that case and amp "match", as if they went everywhere together.
     
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    Someone get Eric Johnson's number and pass it along to this guy...

    I hope you sell them both and make a ton of money!
     
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    While it's a noble thought, I must agree. Owning vintage guitars and playing them (especially at gigs) brings up quite a few issues, everything from worry about theft and breakage to playability and resale value. I speak from experience as a player and vintage owner. Buying the guitar is only the first part of vintage ownership, especially if you want to gig with it.

    Good luck with the sale, and may he get top $$!!
     
  14. Nada

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    that's wild! best of luck with the sale and may the richest player win big!
     
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    Awesome. I'd play the **** out of it.
     
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  16. Jahn

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    The Harvard ain't somethin' to sneeze at either. They should DEFINITELY be sold as a matching set!
     
  17. Summa

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    I like the idea of a son letting this go to help care for his father. It seems like too many these days will shuffle their parents off to some nursing facility. I call it "Warehousing".

    I'm interested. I'm not monetarily rich but I will give it a good home if I can afford it.
     
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    If he so desperately wants it to go to a player, he shouldn't be asking $20K for it...
     
  19. T For Texas

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    I don't know what he is selling it for. I'm just helping him connect with some guys in Nashville who may be interested in it.
     
  20. soldersucker

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    :stir yep.Does he want to raise dough for his dad or is he worried this guitar he apperently forgot about for 20 years gets played?:confused:
    Nobody even wealthy rock stars brings pieces like that out to gigs.
    Sorry but my B.S. Meter is going off.
     

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