Virgin 1954 Strat

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  1. tjensen

    tjensen Gold Supporting Member

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    An uncle of one of my best friends died recently.

    Her cousin was cleaning out his late father's house when he found a 1954 Fender Stratocaster in the closet that dad had purchased new.

    Supposedly, it has a serial number in the 0300s, and the original strings to boot!

    The family wants me to sell the guitar for them. If it were you, how would you do it? Ebay? Consign with a real vintage dealer like Gruhn?

    I buy and sell some, but have never dealt with anything like this.

    Seriously, how would you approach it?


    Tom
     
  2. Funky Chicken

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    Call Stan Jay at Mandolin Brothers

    www.mandoweb.net

    They have had good success with the super high end. Not to say that George Gruhn couldn't help you either, but I have had positive dealings with Stan.
     
  3. Mark Kane

    Mark Kane Silver Supporting Member

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    Take it to the Texas show in April. I wouldn't start turning screws on it until I had someone standing in front of me with the money in his pocket! You're talking lots of money to make or lose here.
     
  4. matte

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    This is the answer. Mandolin Brothers has never been known for it's solidbody expertise. Remember that "60 Burst, Mark?
     
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    Guinness Lad Silver Supporting Member

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    All I can ask is, "Please don't sell it to Guitar Center!", they already own way too much vintage stuff and do not need to add another notch to their belt.
     
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    I feel ya. No love for the GC monster here, but at shows I've been too, they do seem to be the top buyers paying the top prices.:rolleyes:
     
  7. fatback

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    In the low 300's... woah.

    How 'bout a trip to Gruhn for verification and papers...

    and then off to Soetheby's or another top-level auction house.
     
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    Before you send or bring it anywhere, do us gearheads a favor and take a bunch of detailed photos for us, would you? Thanks!:AOK
     
  9. QuickDraw

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    don't forget to make sure that it works properly at loud volumes
     
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    Tom man .. with that post, you have me looking and checking if it is April 1st or something .. you prolly saw that one sell on ebay recently no?
    I'd say a nice verification and estimate by Gruhn can't hurt.
    Besides that .. buyers for these kinds of things lurk everywhere ...
     
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    And if yours is a true virgin, near mint, and all legit, it'll fetch more than the one on ebay. I like the Guhn's for verification, and Sothebys for sale recommendation.
     
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    Hire a known luthier to go through it--with you there taking digital pictures and keeping notes--and have him write a written description of what it is and its condition. Then...there are different ways to sell it. I would probably take it to a vintage guitar show or do it on ebay (very carefully).
     
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    And call the home owner's insurance provider and get the piece covered immediately, if not sooner!

    dave
     
  14. tjensen

    tjensen Gold Supporting Member

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    Absolutely. I'm going to be out of pocket for the next 1.5 weeks, but I'll take pics when it arrives.

    I have a great luthier around here and seriously, I might well let him go through it and videotape the process.

    Thanks for the feedback and the many good ideas — keep 'em coming!

    As I know more, I'll let you know what I find out.

    Tom
     
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    If your description is accurate, we're talking 40 to 50 Gs here at least, so any move has to be taken with care.

    I'd follow Mark Kane suggestion.
     
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    Figure out how to keep and play it, of course.
     
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    FWIW, I had Stan Jay at Mandolin Bros. sell my '58 Strat. They do a careful verification where they can tell where & when each pot was made, when the pickups were wound, who assembled it, & they check out the finish with UV. Don't know whether or not they're the 'best' place to use, but I do think you can at least relax that they're honest & trustworthy. However you do go about it, it's probably best to limit how many times you let anyone "go through" the guitar, just for the sake of its condition.
     
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