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Helping a friend sell a strat...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by tomnardozza, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. tomnardozza

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    ...any ideas besides the usual? Has anyone dealt with Norm?

    It's a 58 blonde in really nice shape. One owner
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    EDIT: thanks for all the responses, I think those who said let a heavy hitter dealer consign it make the most sense. (Some said it with less condescension than others, but I understand this is a forum so I'm asking for it)
     

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  2. AlbertaGriff

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    I'll give him $500. Probably a bit more than what it cost new.
     
  3. tomnardozza

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    Almost double what he paid ;)
     
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    I really botched up on reading the title. I thought is said, "help a friend skin a cat."
     
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  5. dented

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    Just me, first I would get it authenticated and appraised. Whatever you do don't sell it to the group that appraises the guitar. Now you have ammo and info. Any reseller is going to want it for less than the appraisal. Norm, Gruehn's whoever would be buying it to resell it and make a profit of course. I would also look for sales of comparable instruments over the last couple of years and see how the prices are increasing or decreasing. Myself I would try to private sell it first on Craigslist, Reverb just for a bit before dropping it off at a shop of any kind. But that is just me. Hopefully you'll get some good ideas from the others. Good luck on the deal!
     
  6. tomnardozza

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    Thanks! There's a similarly appraised one on Reverb right now (gruhns) for $50,000. I took this one apart and everything besides the volume knob is original. Frets need attention as does the neck pickup, but everything (even strap) is original. Maybe I will list it on CL just to get word out. Dreading the endless questions and rock bottom offers lol
     
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    Yeah we used to have a used/vintage store. My buddy Brian had a extremely good rapport with Norm and went on buying trips constantly for him. Of course he has to make a profit. I would suggest you know every aspect of your instrument and be very prepared to deal with a man who has done this, every day many times a day, for many many years and made it work extremely well for him. Hopefully your friend is not in a huge hurry.
     
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    I was in McKenzie River Music 25 years ago first thing in the morning trying to buy a Les Paul studio (my first real good guitar). The guys were all at the desk with some guy ignoring me, I was getting frustrated because I was all excited to buy the Les Paul. They're finally done and the guy says, sorry about that wait, I've been trying to buy this guitar for many years. He paid $25,000 for a stratocaster that morning. I was a young guy in college and didn't know much about guitars at the time. It blew my mind. I wish I would have paid more attention to what it was, they did show it to me but it just looked like a strat, lol.

    McKenzie River Music is across the US from you (Eugene, Oregon) but they might make an offer. They're good people.

    https://www.mckenzierivermusic.com/
     
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    That one at 23,950 has a humbucker route and a reissue pickguard, plus naturally the solder joints are at least partially redone I would presume. 24k with those changes.... :eek:

    Wait... The 33k one’s the same guitar... and the pickups aren’t all original... What do unmodded ones go for?!? :eek:
     
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    Like anything else you ask around here, there's more than one way to do that.
     
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    only a Silly Goose would put that thing on Craigslist.
     
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    Right time to be selling. Might want to consign that one. Let a dealer handle the money and the nonsense.
     
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    Don't take these crap lowball offers. I'll offer you double that!

     
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    If you don't know what you're doing (and if you're asking here you don't) you are just going to attract tyrekickers and carpetbaggers. Selling on consignment through a reputable vintage specialist dealer will get you as good a price as you'll get private, maybe more, because potential buyers have confidence in the appraisal. They won't be fussed by worn frets so much as misrepresented goods.
     
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    Craigslist?

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    More pics or you suck.
     
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    Definitely get it appraised before you do anything. Once you get an honest number from someone you're paying to get an honest number from, you'll have a better idea how good or bad the offers you'll get will be.

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    That's what I was thinking too. Same guitar and modded just a tad. The one in the OP is original owner without much besides the volume knob.
     
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