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Vintage guitar values - condition is paramount
Collectors care about condition. Not just whether a guitar works or whether it looks clean. If the original finish has been replaced, or the guitar has had repairs (which may not be apparent to the untrained eye, especially if you don't know where to look) or has any missing or exchanged parts or electronics (again not always obvious) the guitar goes down in value.
New old stock
The only really mint guitars out there are the new old stock or NOS guitars out there. Ones that never sold first time round; usually complete with hang tags, warranty cards, case and outer shipping box. These guitars, when they come up, are priced way above the typical values of these guitars. Most likely sold to long-term vintage guitar investors with no interest in playing the instrument.
But the fact is, guitars are meant to be played. And most have been and most are still every bit as playable as the day they were made. Theres nothing wrong with a well-loved guitar, fully functioning and all original, but with some minor play-wear; the small dings associated with general use. Weather checking maybe even adds a certain something.
But as the dings get greater in frequency and size, parts are lost, and maybe even a structural repair has been carried out, so the value decreases. But these guitars, especially if we are considering something with a small production run are still desireable, to players and collectors alike.
A players guitar
Some guitars of yesteryear are superb playing instruments, made from the fine, resonant pieces of tropical hardwood now impossible to get from the worlds rainforests. Whatever customisations are done to these instruments - refinishes, new components, extra pickup routes and so on - will not stop this guitar having a certain intrinsic value as a fine musical instrument.
Finally, some guitars are so poor sounding, badly made, and even a hinderance to play, that they will never even be worth fixing. These are no longer functioning musical instruments.
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