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theleveller 01 Sep 09 - 04:46 AM
skipy 01 Sep 09 - 05:46 PM
Melissa 01 Sep 09 - 05:57 PM
olddude 01 Sep 09 - 06:01 PM
Peace 01 Sep 09 - 06:31 PM
theleveller 02 Sep 09 - 04:35 AM
Melissa 02 Sep 09 - 04:50 AM
GUEST,Mike 26 Sep 09 - 10:45 AM
Art Thieme 26 Sep 09 - 11:45 PM
Luthier2b 27 Sep 09 - 11:20 PM
PoppaGator 28 Sep 09 - 04:07 PM
M.Ted 29 Sep 09 - 01:47 PM
GUEST,Chris B. 07 Oct 09 - 01:24 AM
GUEST,Chris B. 07 Oct 09 - 01:26 AM
theleveller 07 Oct 09 - 06:29 AM
MuddleC 07 Oct 09 - 03:43 PM
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MuddleC 07 Oct 09 - 04:59 PM
GUEST,Chrys 07 Oct 09 - 10:31 PM
theleveller 08 Oct 09 - 04:34 AM
GUEST,Simundo 02 Mar 10 - 08:12 PM
GUEST,paul!! 04 Mar 10 - 05:48 PM
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Subject: Valuing a Gibson Guitar
From: theleveller
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 04:46 AM

I'm thinking of selling my near-mint condition 1974 Gibson ES-325 that I inherited, as I never play it. Can anyone suggest how much it might be worth (UK£)or where I can get a valuation around the Yorkshire area?


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: skipy
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 05:46 PM

I know a Mike Gibson! Priceless!


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Melissa
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 05:57 PM

did you run a search to see if you could find Gibson Blue Book online so you could plug in the serial number?


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: olddude
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 06:01 PM

I would check ebay just to get an Idea of what others are running. Realistically they seem to indicate the real value vs what the blue book says based on the bidders


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Peace
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 06:31 PM

Check here.

Scroll down.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 04:35 AM

Thanks for the info. I've never seen an ES-325 on ebay but I'll try the blue book. I found a UK dealer who has just sold one for £2000 which is what I thought it would be.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Melissa
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 04:50 AM

I forgot that I've looked up various Gibsons for price estimates lately--when I do that, I just put the model/year in and the search brings me a list of places that have the same kind for sale.

searching 'Gibson ES-325, 1974' or something like that might give a fairly accurate idea of what they're currently running..


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 10:45 AM

If you are still thinking about selling it, please contact musicsoma@gmail.com


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Art Thieme
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 11:45 PM

The only thing that might devalue a Gibson is the fact that it is not a Martin.

Art


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Luthier2b
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 11:20 PM

Keep in mind that the price for seemingly like instrments in the U.K. and the U.S. can be very different. I would guess that the £2000 offer from a dealer is more (at the current exchange rate) than this guitar would retail for in mint condition in the U.S. It is certainly not a 2000 Euro guitar at present!

When data points are available from eBay; that is the most reliable and accurate indicator that I know of.

The $499 price (cited 3 years ago) on Harmony Central was a good price at that time. I bellieve that I have seen them listed for over $1000 (U.S.) since then; though I do not know that they sold at that price.

-E


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: PoppaGator
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 04:07 PM

Determing the value of an instrument that you have in hand (as a seller) is much easier than asking for the price of a hypothetical make-and-model that you'd like to buy.

When I was curious about the value of my well-worn 1969 Martin D-18, I took it to a reputable shop where the proprietor does valuations (or assessments, or whatever the term might be) for a fee. When I asked what he charged, he explained that his collected his fee when he provided his opinion in writing as documentation for insurance, divorce settlements, inheritance, etc. He'd give his expert opinion verbally for free, and in fact many customers decide that they'll pay for the document only after learning what price he would name for a given item.

Since I was only curious, and not in the market for an official evaluation, I was glad to get his opinion for free: $2400-2500 as of early 2006. A lot higher than the $300 it cost when new, but not at all higher than the price of a new D-18 (which surprised me ~ I had thought that a Martin of that vintage would be intrinsically more valuable than a comparable new one.)

Customs may be different in different areas, but it's probably worth a try ~ see if you can get an expert opinion for free in this manner. (Also, keep in mind that just as for cars or anything else, the wholesale value/price is always different from ~ lower than ~ the expected retail price.)

I can't remember the name of the gentleman or his shop, but I can pass along the info that this occurred in New Jersey while I was in Katrina exile four years ago. The shop is located in Westfield, NJ, just across South Avenue from the train station, and the owner had previously worked for many years at the very prominent stringed-instrument shop on Staten Island, NY. (I forget the name of that place, too, at the moment, but I'm sure that many US-East-Coast readers will know exactly what business I am referring to.)


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: M.Ted
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 01:47 PM

Mandolin Bros.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Chris B.
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 01:24 AM

Hey, if you're interested in selling the guitar, I've been looking for a good condit. ES-325 for awhile. I play in an original 60s style rock and roll band, and used to have a '74 ES-325 a few years ago, but it was stolen from me in Milwaukee. Man, if you're selling, I'm buying. Let me know, thanks.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Chris B.
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 01:26 AM

**Completely forgot to ask what finish it is? I'm looking for Walnut.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 06:29 AM

Chris, it is in Walnut. Problem is, I'm not sure how much it would cost to ship from the UK to the US.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: MuddleC
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 03:43 PM

Most species are threatened or endangered, most importantly from degradation or loss of their forest habitat. One unique aspect of gibbon physiology is that the wrist is composed of a ball-and-socket joint allow them unmatched speed and accuracy when playing and swinging.

Depending on species and gender, gibbons' fur coloration varies from dark to light brown shades, and anywhere in between black and white. It is rare to see a completely white gibbon.

Gibbon species include the Siamang, the White-handed or Lar Gibbon, and the hoolock gibbons. The Siamang, which is the largest of the 13 species, is distinguished by having two fingers on each hand stuck together, better for the blues perhaps......
.....wotsat?.........ohhhhhhh! -I thought you said GIBBON........!


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 03:51 PM

Well, it couldn't be that much. Idk, maybe $100-$200 Royal Mail shipping, I'm guessing. ?

Here's my email address -
Chrisabishop@hotmail.com

Try and take some pictures of the guitar if you can, as many as possible.
and also, email me what you're thinking price wise.

Thanks man.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 03:55 PM

Forgot something else important**

My friend who lives in Brighton, is coming to visit me the end of this month, around Halloween. I'm sure he'd probably be up for picking it up for me and carrying it on the plane.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibbon
From: MuddleC
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 04:59 PM

I wouldn't trust it to postie unless you want it to arrive in bits, it would be better to get your friend to carry it back unless he already has a load of goodies to bring in as hand luggage,


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Chrys
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 10:31 PM

I have a 1976 Gibson ES-325. From all the research I did prior to purchasing mine, the majority that I found (within the United States) were about $1200-$1600. The ones I have seen on sale in the UK have been about £2000 or more. So seeing how your in the UK i wouldn't go cheaper than £2000. Lucky your there, you wouldn't get $2000 for it in the US.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 04:34 AM

Chris, I'll email you with pics at the weekend. I would have to get it down to Brighton by courier (Brighton is the opposite end of the country to where I live), so I'll get some costs for doing that. I really don't feel comfortable sending it all the way to the US by courier - I've heard some real horror stories.

Be in touch.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Simundo
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 08:12 PM

Hi the leveller, are you still selling your 325? If so I live near Manchester and would be interested in buying it. My email is simon.johnson50@btinternet.com

Cheers

Simon


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,paul!!
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 05:48 PM

paul.cipi@hotmail.fr

i'm very very interested in buying your 325

please contact me!!!! :)


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 06:06 AM

Just seen this. Sorry guys, I've already sold it but thanks for the interest.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,njones42
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 04:27 AM

Hi theleveller, are you still wanting to sell your 325? Did you get it valued? How much are you wanting for it? Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 04:36 AM

As posted above - I've sold it. Thanks for the interest.


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