Re: Help me price this R9
5300 is an average ask price for a really nice top, bordering on outstanding I would say.
Remember, asking isnt selling price.
For this guitar in question, without any of the mods, I would probably start out asking 4k as a private seller, as a shop I'd probably put it on my wall @ 4299 and the first guy with 4k cash would definitely be taking it home. Private sale, I'd be happy with 3800 I'd say..not much lower, but definitely no more than 4k.
Its very nice, but not 5k nice. There are a ton of used R9's out there, and while I personally would lean to a 2009 or later model, not everyone does. Depending on the seller and area of the country (or what country) they are in a fair price could be hard to determine.
Ranges I would say for a R9 are between 3600-5k for a basic (not a murphy aged, not a BRW model and just a good clean R9).
Myself I would bring up to the seller that the worming and wear, while not extreme, is going to be something every potential buyer is going to knit pick with them. Its a funny market out there for luxury items (which a 4k guitar is). Some areas of the country where you think these would be slow sales actually do well with them (supply and demand...if there is no supply, then the price will be higher even with a demand of just 1). Areas where you'd think quality guitars would sell quickly sometimes tend to be at the low end (again, ample supply with a ton of shops-and fewer cash buyers).
Hope this helps and BOL in your search.