rookie with a mellencamp signed telecaster

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  1. grace27

    grace27 TDPRI Member

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    Good evening folks,

    I´d kindly ask for some expert opinions...
    For around 21 years I have a black telecaster, originally signed by John "Cougar" Mellencamp, in my posession. I used to work for a record company back then, but now it´s time to give few things up.
    I would be greatful if the experts could give me a rough price indication - or maybe there are some takers here? Thanks in advance!

     
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    Howdy and welcome!
    Usually a living artist’s signature is not worth much.
    I’d (gently) suggest you research the value of the guitar, and price it at that, and perhaps add a little ($100).
    I’m basing my opinion on decades of music store and pawn shop management.
    Good luck!
     
  3. Telecentric

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    Pictures are always required for this type of thing
     
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    [QUOTE="brookdalebill, post: 10174398, member: 38701"
    Usually a living artist’s signature is not worth much.[/QUOTE]
    OK, not to be ghoulish, but John was born with spina bifida, is a heavy smoker, 69 years old, and already had his first heart attack many years ago. Last I saw he looked healthy but we all know it's only a matter of time. I'd hang on...

    Love ya John!
     
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    Aww, man, that's cold! Imagine applying that logic to Keef.
     
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    He’s also had at least four wives and is dating Meg Ryan off and on, so those factors might add to your actuary/equation of longevity.
     
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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Is it one of these?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07776S91D/?tag=tdpri-20

    he's well-known artist - but can't say that when you think of him, that telecaster comes to mind. He did tour with a telecaster-shaped object, apparently for one of his tours.
    Mellencamp Australia Tour.jpg

    all that said - if your version is one of the "autograph" specials, not sure it's ever going to be worth more than the retail value, and likely to take a 50% reduction for being used, unless you happen upon a rare combination of Mellencamp rabid fan + collector of strange telecaster iterations, that may or may not be useful player.

    Just my 2cents.
     
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    stepvan Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    If Keef stops and tries clean living he surely will be 6 feet under in no time
     
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    Getting off subject here, but the people we've lost so far this year has given me a most irrational fear of
    losing very many more of those of us of a certain age (I'm in my mid sixties).

    Back on the subject: Sometimes, the best place for celebrity autographed instruments is donating it to a charity auction.
    Somebody who is a fan of the artist may be glad to own the instrument and help a charity while having no particular expectations about playing it.
    Well, think about it...
     
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    Pictures...imo it depends on the Telecaster entirely. His signature is subjectively worth under $100, if the Tele is documented to be used and signed by him, it's worth more. How much more? Start an auction at $1 with a proper reserve and you will find out.

    If it's a $100 Tele not used by him, it's worth under $200.
    If it's a USA Fender Tele or a hand made custom for him and signed..well then.
     
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    Keef is going to outlive us all.
     
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    basically, the price of the guitar, plus the price of the autograph. Mellencamp's autograph isn't likely to be very rare, so I'd be surprised if you get much more of a premium for it.
     
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    Provenance is key when it comes to items associated with famous people. A picture of the artist signing that particular guitar, along with a letter stating the circumstances of the signing, can increase the sale price when it comes to people that collect things associated with the guy.

    Otherwise, it's just a guitar with a signature that may or may not be genuine.
     
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    Do a search on Google and EBay. There are a few out there. Doesn't seem to add much value.
     
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    Any idea if Joe Bonamassa ever looked at or touched it? Now that might be worth something.
     
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    That Tele was probably worth more 35 years ago... when he still had airplay.
     
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    no pictures = it didn't happen
     
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    He's been seen playing quite a few telecaster-shaped objects. This one though is branded "Signature Series". Is that Fender's Custom-Custom Celebrity-Only Shop?
    I dunno, seeing that guitar makes me think somewhere there's a little crank sticking out of it that when turned plays "Pop Goes The Weasel".
    Also, there's a picture of him signing a notebook, not a guitar, and his hair is very short & neat. That kills 90% of any alleged value right there.
     
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    Thank you folks so far for your answers. For what its worth I´ve added pics (thoughtI did, but forgot to add it to the thread)
     
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    Since no one replied after you added the photos - it's a 1998-99 made in Mexico Standard Telecaster. Those are worth something like $250-$300 or so here in the USA. I think that the idea of adding $100 for Mellencamp's signature is reasonable - it's not a guitar that he played, just one that he signed for a giveaway. Being that you're in Germany I don't know how big his fan base is over there, but you never know - if you put it up on ebay or a some other auction site you might get a couple of fans into a bidding war to get you more than $350 USA for it.
     
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