Re: Opinions on 1946 L7
Hmmm. Interesting. That's a bummer on the fretboard for sure. It seems like that should make a huge amount of difference on it's value. Anything non original hurts a vintage Gibson's value, and with a fretboard, that's a pretty big aspect of the guitar to have replaced. On a vintage 335 if you add a bigsby it's like 30% of the guitars value goes, same with a non original stoptail (if it was a trapeze), and for a headstock repair take half off. So I would put it somewhere between the 2, it's not structurally impeding the guitar like a headstock repair, but it's more extensive than a Bigsby or a stoptail. I would offer the guy 40% off of what the guitar would normally get in the market for it's condition. You might get one hell of a deal on an otherwise great player's guitar. For me, I don't collect, I just play, so those are the kind of deals I would gravitate towards, as long the work on it is sound and aesthetically good, but if you're looking to ever resell this or as an investment, run for the hills, sir!