Originally Posted by Lance
I'm not sure you have a realistic expectation. Forgetting that the market value is the market value....(because that's the price, like it or not)
A '59 bassman is going to need fixing. Parts will be shot...the speakers would be in tatters by now. Getting a completely original one is bound to be unplayable. Anything that's made it this long without significant work is bound to be a fortune.
For $3K....just get a Victoria bassman and maybe another guitar! You'll have an amp that'll be 1000 times more dependable and you won't panic every time you take it out of the house.
That's the irony. The highest valued stuff, from a "collector's" viewpoint is "all-original". That same quality would make it useless to a real player. That's why I just picked up a SFDR (with pull-boost at that!). All the classic Fender tone, properly tuned up (new caps etc.) at a fraction of the cost of a "collector's" amp, and less than a new "boutique" reproduction too.
Yeah, I plan to use it, not just look at it!