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Selling Vintage Guitars

slimdave

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I have had 2 people via email offer me top retail value for both, however on the strat i have heard of it going for double. I guess that is the chance you take correct?

Anyone familiar with true vintage guitar in Alabama?
True vintage is a member here. He has the surprising ability to find good stuff. But I don’t know how well he pays the sellers.
 

diego

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FWIW:

 

Highnumbers

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Has anyone dealt with Gil lately? He was at the last guitar show I went to, pre-Covid. He seemed a bit eccentric wearing slippers and a bath robe. Maybe he’s always been that way? He had a couple 50’s Strats for sale that had a couple issues that were not reflected in the asking price…
Gil being known for dealing loads of guitars in the 1990s doesn’t exactly make him the best option in 2021. He doesn’t even have a website…

He’s a legend in this game and still has a lot of great gear. But vague listings on Gbase and cryptic Facebook posts aren’t exactly a marketing strategy for consigning high-dollar guitars in the modern era. Just my opinion.
 

bterry

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Two pieces of advice:

1) Don’t post pics of them on the internet, the new owner can do that if they desire

2) Work with a dealer like David at Well Strung Guitars who can get you absolute top dollar for your guitars
 

57gold

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Another good dealer is The Music Emporium in MA.

They bought two of my guitars - a 1956 Tele and 1964 FBV for great prices. So I consigned a 1957 Strat, 1958 LP BB and a 1959 335, owner didn't want to write big checks for those very high end instruments at the time. He might buy yours for @85% of what they are worth, but I know they want vintage consignments, offer good terms, do great photos and demo videos with known players, all posted on the best guitar shop site on the planet. You can see my instruments in sold listings. Here's one:

https://themusicemporium.com/products/gibson-les-paul-custom-used-1958

As honest and trustworthy as the day is long. Ask for Joe, the owner.
 

Black Squirrel

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Another good dealer is The Music Emporium in MA.

They bought two of my guitars - a 1956 Tele and 1964 FBV for great prices. So I consigned a 1957 Strat, 1958 LP BB and a 1959 335, owner didn't want to write big checks for those very high end instruments at the time. He might buy yours for @85% of what they are worth, but I know they want vintage consignments, offer good terms, do great photos and demo videos with known players, all posted on the best guitar shop site on the planet. You can see my instruments in sold listings. Here's one:

https://themusicemporium.com/products/gibson-les-paul-custom-used-1958

As honest and trustworthy as the day is long. Ask for Joe, the owner.
I do all of my Vintage and High-end stuff with The Music Emporium, Joe is a solid dude.
 

drbob1

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Selling things directly is a very hard road. You need to be able to confirm what's original and what's not, because a screw that someone forgot they changed out in 72, or a pick guard or, heaven forfend, a pickup makes a huge difference in price and salability. So, at the very least, get someone knowledgeable to do an autopsy and get all the bad news out of the way.

I've sold, traded and consigned guitars, and for high dollar stuff, consignment is the way to go. You lose from 15-25% depending who, but a dealer should be able to get top dollar. 10% to sell thru Reverb and end up low balled by 20% vs 20% off the top and someone else worries about shipping and insurance and returns? Yeah...
 
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Where are the best places to go and look to get the best price? Online, Auctions, specialty music places? Etc
If you're not experienced in shipping guitars I don't suggest starting with these two gems.

I'd consign the guitars with Rumbleseat Music in Nashville. Or, bring them to the Philly guitar show in November and sell 'em for cash.
 

JordanS0012

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id do it through emerald city they move a lot of custom color strats for big prices :)

well strung has done the songbirds stuff and is also a good option although a lot of their stuff has sat, presumably from being priced at absolute top
 

beatcomber

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Another good dealer is The Music Emporium in MA.

They bought two of my guitars - a 1956 Tele and 1964 FBV for great prices. So I consigned a 1957 Strat, 1958 LP BB and a 1959 335, owner didn't want to write big checks for those very high end instruments at the time. He might buy yours for @85% of what they are worth, but I know they want vintage consignments, offer good terms, do great photos and demo videos with known players, all posted on the best guitar shop site on the planet. You can see my instruments in sold listings. Here's one:

https://themusicemporium.com/products/gibson-les-paul-custom-used-1958

As honest and trustworthy as the day is long. Ask for Joe, the owner.
I do all of my Vintage and High-end stuff with The Music Emporium, Joe is a solid dude.
I live in the same town as TME and have also done business with them, and can confirm what the above posters are saying. The folks at that shop are friendly, knowledgeable and honest people.

I believe that Eliot Hunt is their electric guitar specialist.
 
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drbob1

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I hesitate to put this in here, but I have a friend I trust and respect a lot who consigned a guitar with Rumbleseat and, when the smoke cleared, was lied to about the amount the guitar sold for. So his percentage was significantly lower than it should have been. I'd stay with Carter or Gruhn if you're in Nashville. Or maybe even TNAG, since they've moved there and have a good outreach to those with deep pockets.
 
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I hesitate to put this in here, but I have a friend I trust and respect a lot who consigned a guitar with Rumbleseat and, when the smoke cleared, was lied to about the amount the guitar sold for. So his percentage was significantly lower than it should have been. I'd stay with Carter or Gruhn if you're in Nashville. Or maybe even TNAG, since they've moved there and have a good outreach to those with deep pockets.
Little fella? Wasn't ripped off at all? I know that story too.
 

The Music Emporium

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Another good dealer is The Music Emporium in MA.

They bought two of my guitars - a 1956 Tele and 1964 FBV for great prices. So I consigned a 1957 Strat, 1958 LP BB and a 1959 335, owner didn't want to write big checks for those very high end instruments at the time. He might buy yours for @85% of what they are worth, but I know they want vintage consignments, offer good terms, do great photos and demo videos with known players, all posted on the best guitar shop site on the planet. You can see my instruments in sold listings. Here's one:

https://themusicemporium.com/products/gibson-les-paul-custom-used-1958

As honest and trustworthy as the day is long. Ask for Joe, the owner.
I do all of my Vintage and High-end stuff with The Music Emporium, Joe is a solid dude.
I live in the same town as TME and have also done business with them, and can confirm what the above posters are saying. The folks at that shop are friendly, knowledgeable and honest people.

I believe that Eliot Hunt is their electric guitar specialist.
Thanks for all the love, guys!
 

Pinstripe

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Has anyone dealt with Gil lately? He was at the last guitar show I went to, pre-Covid. He seemed a bit eccentric wearing slippers and a bath robe. Maybe he’s always been that way? He had a couple 50’s Strats for sale that had a couple issues that were not reflected in the asking price…
Last time I talked to him, he was high on booze and pills by his own admission, called me at 3AM about how he was going to undercut me on a 'burst deal (which he didn't).

He's a weapons-grade asshole and I'd happily shove that piss-stained bath robe down his throat.
 




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