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#1
My neighbor is an older man and I help him a lot with computer issues and other around the house stuff. I was over there today and he asked me if I wanted to teach him a few guitar chords. I said sure and asked if he wanted to borrow an acoustic of mine...

So uh, he walked into his closet and pulled out this old ugly guitar case. I opened it and he has what I THINK is a Gibson ES-135 (had two P90s) in mint condition. He said he has played it upwards of 5 times since he bought it somewhere around 1960s. I could tell it hasn't been played lately because the strings almost made my fingers bleed (although only the G string was out of tune -- Gibsons never change). He said he paid $200 for it 40 years ago and the average value he was getting offered from local guitar shops is $1200.

In a perfect world, he'd give it to me for an insanely low price because I help him and his wife out all the time, but I was seriously debating walking over with $500 and taking it off his hands. I didn't get to play it through an amp but how bad can a vintage Gibson with two P90s sound, right? What do you think?
#2
Get it, then get it set up.
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#4
I'd go ahead and grab it. That's how I got my PRS. Even if it isn't drop dead amazing, you're still gonna get a fine guitar. Much better than ANYTHING else you could get for $500

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#5
Get it.

Regardless of how collectible it is, if it's in good condition, it'll be one awesome guitar.

Also, 200 dollars 40 years ago is the equivalent of 1161.91 dollars today. That explains the price he's been offered in music stores.

EDIT: Here's a similar guitar in some good-but-obviously-worn condition, for about 3000 dollars
http://www.frettedamericana.com/gibson_es125cd_1968-d-498-8.html
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#6
DO IT! Except give him a fair price for it, don't try to rip him off. Its certainly worth more than $500, probably more like upwards of a couple thousand if its in mint condition.
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#7
buy it for 500 then sell it to those shops u mentioned for 1200, new amp?
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#8
i would get it but not pay so little because then your just ripping them off, but if they'll give it to you for a low price i would take it and set it up
#9
Seems very odd to me that a 60s Gibson is only valued at $1200. I suggest you take it off his hands because I daresay those guitar centers might be getting the value wrong - god knows they aren't the most clued in of guitar salesmen! It could be worth a fair bit more.
That said, it's a 60s Gibson so it's probably a great guitar when properly set up.
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DO IT! Except give him a fair price for it, don't try to rip him off. Its certainly worth more than $500, probably more like upwards of a couple thousand if its in mint condition.



I think you should simply make him aware of how much it's worth and see if he is still willing to sell it. I got my champ a lot cheaper than it was worth. The guy offered to sell it to me for 150 and I told him it was worth much more and he said he didn't mind as long as it went into good hands
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#13
Buy it. If you like it then hell yeah. If not then you can sell it for a huge profit.
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#15
There's no way I'd turn around and re-sell it. I'd feel like a total douche if I did that. And I don't feel offering him $500 would be ripping him off, he knows it's worth $1200 to a guitar shop (who would probably turn around and sell it for $2k) so it's completely up to him what to sell it for.
#16
obviously the guitar shop was trying to rip him off,

buy it, play it, if its not what u want sell it for profit

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Do it.. Do It NOW!
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#21
Buy it, play it, if not turn it back to him....My dad has like a 70's vintage Hagstrom model...its worht like 3000 dollars or something
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#23
vintage schmintage...... over priced antiques.


do right by the ol' dog. teach him to enjoy it again and maybe he will leave it behind for you.
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#27
Buy it from him if you actually want it. It would be pretty slimy of you to buy it and then flip it.
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#28
I think that guitar would be worth a little more than $1200. id buy it and keep it forever.
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There's no way I'd turn around and re-sell it. I'd feel like a total douche if I did that.

Sounds like you're a good guy, then. Thats probably part of why he has no problem letting go of it for so little -- he knows you'll take care of it. They're amazing guitars, and unless there's something seriously wrong with it or you feel you'd never use that sort of guitar (I don't know what kind of music you play) then I would definitely go for it and thank the guy to death. I don't know how many people wouldn't want a guitar like that, even if it was just to collect. I'd go for it if I were you.
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#33
get itttt its a classic
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#35
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Can't be an ES-135 sorry....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_ES-135



**** wikipedia. Honestly.

Gibson Es 135 ( 1956 to 1958 )

The Gibson es 135 was introduced officially in 1956 and was discontinued in 1958 , the guitar was very similar to the es 130 .

from: http://vintage-guitars.blogspot.com/2005/11/gibson-es-135.html

ES-130 introducted in late 1954.
Renamed ES-135 introducted in mid-1956.

from: http://www.provide.net/~cfh/gibson3.html

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ALSO, this was on top of the page.


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#37
Buy it, keep it forever. Get an awesome display case for it and play it proudly.

At the very least restring and set up the guitar. Give the fretboard a nice lemon oil treatment too.
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#38
offer it. at the worst you keep your $500 and he'll know you're definitely interested in case he thinks about selling / giving it away later. at best you walk out with a guitar. seems like a win win to me
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#39
Just bear in mind that offering him $500 dollars for it when he's already been offered $1200 is pretty much like asking him to give you $700. If you are both comfortable with that and he doesn't appear to need the money then great - go for it
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