Reading through the Flea Market 1952 tele thread (which is incredible & awesome by the way) it struck me how everyone is treating it like this incredibly valuable and rare instrument. Setting aside the story of how he got it, focus on the instrument itself. Obviously it's been refinished and altered, so it's not "pristine," and looking at reverb for non-pristine 50s teles you can buy these all day for $15,000 and sometimes for $10,000. That's really not a lot of money. It's the cost (in the US at least) of a used sedan, or a slightly busted up F-150. Yet people in that thread are telling OP to fly down to Nashville to have it inspected and valued. Imagine telling someone they have to go halfway across the country for an evaluation of their 2013 Toyota Camry. They would think you were absolutely mad. I realize that cars are "necessary" in a way that guitars aren't, and I'm not trying to start some debate on the relative value/worth of a used car vs. a vintage guitar. The point is that almost everyone reading this thread owns something costing at least that much (and in some cases, more than one such items, and in some cases they own ones costing multiples of the value of the guitar) and we don't really give it a second thought.