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1953 Vintage Telecaster Marketing Suggestions

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by danh, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. danh

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    tele1.jpg I have a family heirloom Telecaster. 1953 vintage as best I can determine. One owner. All original. With poodle case. Only consider selling to meet medical expenses. Can someone suggest the best way to go about it. Consignment? Guitar show? Open to suggestions.
     
  2. RockerDuck

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    George Gruhn's music in Nashville is an expert. Give him a call. He's a nice guy. He sells these to major music stars and probably buy it too.
     
  3. Guitar1981

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    It all depends on how fast you need to sell it. All original in good condition these are worth $25k-$28k IMO.

    Selling it on your own will net you the most money, but can be very frustrating dealing with potential buyers.

    Consignment is an ok option if the shop is reputable and their fee isn't outrageous, but you'll still have to wait around for it to sell.

    Guitar shows most of the buyers will be dealers and you'll get wholesale offers for around $20k or less, but you'll walk out with cash that day. If you're going this route, you might as well wholesale it to a local shop in your area and save the travels expenses to attend a show.

    I'd stay away from eBay. Their fees are insane on a guitar this expensive and PayPal looks out for the buyers way more than the seller.
     
  4. Tommyboy

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    You could post it for sale in the classifieds section so a member of this forum could buy it or another option would be to take it the guitar show in Spartanburg, SC next weekend. Either one of those options would be easy to do and you would have your money in hand rather quickly.

    If you sell it on consignment through a vintage guitar dealer, it may be months before they find a buyer for it and you will have to pay them a commission for selling it.
     
  5. Teleguy61

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    Right call.
    Do not show this guitar to anyone who knows what it is unless you know they are legit.
    Do not just walk into a guitar show with it, you will be ripe for the picking.
    Bring an escort at all times, preferably armed.
     
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    First, I am sorry to hear you need to sell this to cover medical expenses. I wish you a complete and speedy recovery.

    Selling high-end guitars as a private individual is not so easy. The quickest route would be to sell it to a dealer but it will also leave you the least amount of money. At a guitar show, you might find dealers fighting over it and get a better price than if you shop it around to dealers.

    The second option would be to consign it, which can take quite a while to get it sold and you would not get much more out of it.

    Third option is you list it yourself on reverb.com or ebay or in the classifieds. This might leave you with the most cash but it would also involve a lot of hassle. If you choose that option and if you are a private individual with no track record of selling high-end guitars, it would probably help a lot if you get it appraised by gruhn’s.

    I'd love to see better pics of your guitar. It looks really nice.
     
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    Hi. If you're selling it on your own, I'd would suggest to get an appraisal done. Gruhn and other dealers can do this online. It has a cost of aprox. $50. An in-person in-depth appraisal is always better ($225), but with the online appraisal you don't have to move the guitar around. An appraisal (even one done online) will give the potential buyer a little more confidence.
     
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    Before going to dealers or shows and auctions, maybe you should try to sell it through publications like Vintage Guitar Magazine. If I had the money, it would over with...Best wishes for your or your love one health problem
     
  9. dan1952

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    Good advice here^^^^^^
     
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    I would contact Charlie at OK Guitars. He's a reputable dealer who might give you a fair price. He mostly specializes in 335's but he's got some nice Fenders as well. He would give you some good advice even if he didn't buy it.
     
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    What are those marks on the upper left shoulder? Someone's initials glued on with mailbox letters? Can they be removed without taking off the finish? Otherwise a very clean example, but while those may be of sentimental value, they would probably be a subtraction from the value.
     
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    Sadly, my relative's initials. He was the original owner. Not sure what he was thinking.
     
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    Contacted Charlie. Provided a lot of valuable info. Thank you for giving me his name as someone to contact.
     
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    Thank you. I plan to contact George.
     
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    He was thinking it was his damn guitar, he paid for it and he wanted to stick his initials on it!
    He probably bought it used for $75.
    Beautiful guitar!
    My dad left me a pair of cufflinks.
     
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    another almost white 53 like Vince Gills.
     
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    Many shops and catalogs sold those types of stick on letters to personalize guitars. It's very common to see going back to the 1930's and not a big problem. I would just leave them alone, don't try to take them off.
     
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    I LOVE the stick on letters...been on there for 60+ years at this point, very cool
     
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