I stopped in at Cream City Music and asked for a rough estimate on what my Gibson SG special might be worth.
Since I didn’t have it with me, he couldn’t do a thorough examination of it to give an accurate estimate, but he did do the ball park figure thing.
For a 2000/01 in mint condition, he said you could expect to get $600-700 for it.
Mine is in mint condition except for a small paint chip on one of the horns — the left one, which is the one facing you when you play it.
I’ve been trying to get an estimate for repair, but most of the guitar stores only do minor repairs and they don’t have painting facilities. I did contact Gibson and they sent an email with instructions on how to pack it and ship it to them. Then they’d look at it and provide an estimate.
In other words, I’d pay for shipping, then if I didn’t like Gibson’s estimate, I’d still have to pay $80 for the privilege of having them look at it, and I assume, the cost of return shipping.
The estimate of $6-700 was right around what I was hoping, but then he said that’s what they’d expect to get when they sell it.
Oh. And what could I expect to get selling it to you? “Around $350.” Trade-in? A few percentage points more.
Much less than I was hoping for a trade-in for a Gretsch.
So for the time being, I’m keeping my Gibson, and looking for a guitar store or luthier that does paint repair. Then if I still want to sell it, I’ll have to do it myself, possibly on eBay or in the classified. Or, if I feel like dealing with creepy, scary people: Craigslist.
In the meantime, I’ll be refurbishing my Les Paul. Stay tuned.
Oh, and it looks like I’ll be keeping my Peavey Backstage Plus. The guy at Cream City Music said they’re a dime a dozen. I guess everyone owned one once and they’re all trying to sell them.