Alex Lifeson Axcess Limited Edition in Black - Pre-Raid question.

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  1. MajSlayer666

    MajSlayer666 Junior Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I've asked many luthiers in my area what my Alex Lifeson Axcess Limited Edition in black/ebony is worth and nobody knows. They just tell me, "Don't sell it.".

    I live in a very rural area, so I'm not sure the guitar stores and luthiers/repairmen are very experienced. (They don't even sell guitars in this price range)

    Does anyone have any idea what these guitars are worth? It's in mint condition, other than the case latches have a little bit of the brass coating that came off. (little specks)

    It has the original box, receipt from Musicians Friend Private Reserve, and all the paperwork. It still has the same set of 10's on it. (I played it maybe 10 hours.)

    Anyhow, I'm not trying to sell it, just interested in what it's worth, I plan on keeping it, I bought it as a possible investment. (Photo Attached) My Gibson Custom Shop Alex.png

    It seems all footage from YouTube was deleted, the only video I've found is of Alex playing one he owns live. (Going pretty far back) Serial # is in the 700 range. There are plenty of post-raid videos. I've done as much research "I" can on this guitar.

    There was a time that you would find one for sale on eBay or Reverb, now they are all new models with the metal cover on the back or are not limited editions.

    Would contacting Gibson be my best option?

    Thanks for your help,
    MajSlayer666
     
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  2. CCK

    CCK Senior Member

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    There's a 2014 model on Reverb.com for $4800, been listed over a year, started at $5999. Been reduced a few times since original listing. The price guide for 2012 models shows final sale prices at $2400 to $3700.
     
  3. MajSlayer666

    MajSlayer666 Junior Member

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    That would be a post-raid model and it's not a limited edition. I'll call Gibson thanks anyhow.
     
  4. guitarjoem

    guitarjoem Double Platinum Supporter MLP Vendor

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    Gibson won't give you an expected value. George Gruhn or some other specialist could get you an approximate value, but market prices are all over the place on more expensive and rare guitars. Keep in mind rare doesn't mean expensive or sought after. A bit more detail would be required to get you a ball park estimate - close detailed pictures, year of manufacture, case candy inclusion, etc.
     
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    MajSlayer666 Junior Member

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    Thanks for the information, I guess that's why the local luthiers had no idea on its value. I mind as well rock out on the guitar, being it is a nice sounding guitar. It would love to come out of its shipping box I'm sure. Thanks
     
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  6. moreles

    moreles Senior Member

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    That's a very specialized guitar and while rare and valuable to some, it does not have mass appeal. So you're stuck checking Reverb and Ebay and price guides for completed sales -- not posted values, not asking prices -- and even those will be few and far between, and maybe will vary widely. But that's about all there is. With odd pieces like this, a lot depends on whether or not you cross paths with an interested party -- or not. Good luck. It's a great guitar -- just not what general Les Paul players and collectors seek.
     
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    I do know the ebony ones were from a run of only 25 guitars done in that color so it's much more rare than the other two colors so in time it will be worth more than the regular ones. My theory on the black ones were they were the tobacco or red ones that had finish flaws that were saved by being painted black. I'd be interested to know if you ever have the covers off or pick ups out if you see any evidence of a flame top or other color paint anywhere? Just a guess I'm probably wrong but sure would like to know if they painted black over flamed maple
     
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    artis_xe Christopher

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    if it's a good guitar , maybe it's better that you don't know the monetary value ( unless you need that info for insurance purposes )
     
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    Monetarily speaking, something is only worth what you can sell it for, and you won't know until you try. Moreles's comment is probably the best one here "a lot depends on whether or not you cross paths with an interested party" - I'd argue that it all depends on that.
     
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    I'm under the impression that it's an ordinary Axcess with two exceptions: the body is solid (most Axcesses are weight relieved, a few are chambered) and there's a piezo. That sound right? I've seen them here in LA, but I'm not sure that they were valued all that highly. Play away.
     

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