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Valuing a Gibson

01 Sep 09 - 04:46 AM (#2713504)
Subject: Valuing a Gibson Guitar
From: theleveller

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?


01 Sep 09 - 05:46 PM (#2714035)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: skipy

I know a Mike Gibson! Priceless!


01 Sep 09 - 05:57 PM (#2714043)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Melissa

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


01 Sep 09 - 06:01 PM (#2714048)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: olddude

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


01 Sep 09 - 06:31 PM (#2714077)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Peace

Check here.

Scroll down.


02 Sep 09 - 04:35 AM (#2714360)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller

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.


02 Sep 09 - 04:50 AM (#2714371)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Melissa

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..


26 Sep 09 - 10:45 AM (#2731782)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Mike

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


26 Sep 09 - 11:45 PM (#2732221)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Art Thieme

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

Art


27 Sep 09 - 11:20 PM (#2732875)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: Luthier2b

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


28 Sep 09 - 04:07 PM (#2733453)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: PoppaGator

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.)


29 Sep 09 - 01:47 PM (#2734283)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: M.Ted

Mandolin Bros.


07 Oct 09 - 01:24 AM (#2740175)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Chris B.

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.


07 Oct 09 - 01:26 AM (#2740176)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Chris B.

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


07 Oct 09 - 06:29 AM (#2740275)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller

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


07 Oct 09 - 03:43 PM (#2740645)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: MuddleC

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07 Oct 09 - 03:51 PM (#2740654)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST

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.


07 Oct 09 - 03:55 PM (#2740655)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST

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.


07 Oct 09 - 04:59 PM (#2740718)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibbon
From: MuddleC

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,


07 Oct 09 - 10:31 PM (#2740910)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Chrys

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.


08 Oct 09 - 04:34 AM (#2741000)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller

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.


02 Mar 10 - 08:12 PM (#2854590)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,Simundo

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


04 Mar 10 - 05:48 PM (#2856233)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,paul!!

paul.cipi@hotmail.fr

i'm very very interested in buying your 325

please contact me!!!! :)


05 Mar 10 - 06:06 AM (#2856611)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller

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


23 Apr 10 - 04:27 AM (#2892587)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: GUEST,njones42

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


23 Apr 10 - 04:36 AM (#2892591)
Subject: RE: Valuing a Gibson
From: theleveller

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