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Price check: 57 LP Jr, with issues....

Discussion in '"Vintage" Instruments' started by jiml, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. jiml

    jiml Supporting Member

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    Any guesses on the value of a 57 Les Paul Jr with a headstock repair, replaced tuners (Grovers), replaced bridge?
     
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    opiate Silver Supporting Member

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    The $2,500.00 ballpark is spot on. There was a huge bubble in the Junior market, then it went down and now its been steadily moving slowly upwards.. ever so slowly.

    But that headstock repair is the value killer.

    But lets keep one thing in mind, every single Junior is a different beast on its own and if you feel a particularly good vibe from this one, spot something unique or special in it that attracts you, well you wouldn't be crazy if you paid in the high $2k range. Anything above that and you may as well drop some more coin on a far cleaner one.

    Good luck.
     
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  4. jiml

    jiml Supporting Member

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    I have just seen one front on picture, hoping to see it this weekend.

    A non playing friend of the bass player in a band I'm playing with has it, casually mentioned it last jam. He is not sure if he wants to part with it though..
     
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    Tough to give you an accurate price without pics OP. Is it a refin? How bad is the neck break, has it been pro repaired or glued up in a back shed? What else is not original, does it still have the original wiring?

    These are all things you'll have to find out which will seriously affect selling price. If you can get LOTS of pics to us we can try to help answer these questions. I researched and watched Juniors for a good year before I finally found mine and I couldn't be happier!
     
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    By the time you deduct value for the headstock repair (up to 50%) the only other thing that matters much is the finish. If I were buying a repaired neck, I'm not really looking at the wiring, pots and pickups. Hell . . . It's a "player" grade instrument even the finish doesn't count for much.
     
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    I'll snap pix when I get it in my hands...
     
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    Curious to see pics. A 50s Junior is a bucket list guitar for me.

    W.
     
  9. jiml

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    This dude. Someone told him that the guitar is from the "golden age" and is very expensive. He is turning a blind eye towards all of the issues and wants maximum $$$$ out of it.

    Might not be worth the bother to pursue.
     
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    Walk away. Too many of them out there to pay full price considering the issues.
     
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    ^^^This. the good news is there are enough of them out there for you to be a bit picky
     
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    Lol, I'm not sure if I even want it yet. Would be cool to have one around though...
     
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    So what's he asking for this Junior? Love when sellers think their guitar is the only ones around, if he won't budge on a crazy price it will sit and eventually he will figure it out..
     
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    Don't think it matters at this point, but replaced bridge can mean anything from a high-end historically accurate repro, to an added tuneamatic, to a Floyd Rose, and each one of those carries its own baggage.
     
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    He saw one online for $7000, so he is starting there. :bong

    Leo Quann Badass!
     
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    Mark Ray We're Jammin' Gold Supporting Member

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    There are lots of Juniors out there, in better shape, for less $$$$$ my friend.
     
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    If he's starting at $7000 for this guitar, why are we even talking about it? The BEST headstock repair is a 50% cut in value.
     
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    I may actually show him this thread, if I ever get to see the guitar. He is a bit of a quack, from my brief meetings with him. He is also a bit of a "wannabee", and this guitar gives him some cred.
     
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    Wow OP! He's asking 7k for this headstock repair guitar and you say he won't move one price! :eek:

    Brother, quit wasting your time! I studied Juniors for a good year watching prices and researching originality so I knew what to look for when I found mine. From my research, a nice not beat up non neck break original Junior 1954-1960 would usually actually sell on Reverb for around $5200. All the others priced higher or other with issues would sit for months and not move. Everyone seems to be asking 6-8k on Reverb but the ones that would be around 5k with no issues would be the ones to actually move.

    Obviously this guy is out to lunch and won't come to his senses..run man! o_O
     
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    You're going to show him this thread, after making those comments? Bold.
     
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