refinish question

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  1. splatter

    splatter Senior Member

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    I posted this in the luthiers corner as well . How much would an R0 depreciate due to a refinished top?
     
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    It depends.... why is it getting refinished?

    Will the refin get it back to factory look, or is it a new color?

    Anything else non-original?

    Example, say you have a broken headstock repaired, and the guitar body is all scratched up. The value is already lower. Refinishing this one to look original doesn't lower the value much at all, because you're taking a hit from the damage. The refin increases the value, but not much.

    On the other hand, take a mint guitar worth $4k, refinish it to a new color, subtract $1000, unless you find a buyer who loves the work.


    Why are you looking at refinishing AND resale value? If finishing, get it done in a way that makes you happy. If selling, just sell it.
     
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    I'm looking at buying one thats been refinished.Suppose to be origional other than that .refin was to change color of top
     
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    I think that puts YOU in the driver's seat.

    He refinished it, now he's selling it, you're an interested buyer..... offer no more than you think you could flip it for in under 3 weeks (which I think is decent advice when buying any used guitar).


    Many refinishes are EXCELLENT work, and cost a decent amount, yet they can really affect resale if for no other reason than it shrinks your potential buyers by quite a bit.
     
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    If you buy it right, at this time, you shouldn't have to take a hit on re-sale later.
     
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    Just got pics , refine looks horrible , wouldn’t buy it with your money
     
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    Thanks for the reply’s
     
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    I'll buy it for $800.
     
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    :photos: sight unseen i bid $900


    :rofl:
     
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    Are we even sure that it’s a real R0? We definitely need pics.
     
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    I'd agree -- that's decent buying advice.
    The whole thing about, "It's my guitar and I'll do whatever I like to it" works really well right up to the point where you're now trying to make it someone ELSE's guitar. He's narrowed his audience for that guitar down considerably and if you're standing there with cash in hand, he's a lucky seller and probably needs to drop that price quite a bit compared to an all-original guitar.
     
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    Unless it's a superior pro refin done for a reason, it's a major detriment. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a refin at an appropriately low price, as I would then do a proper finish to my liking, and bank the savings. It is often pretty easy to do a better finish job that Gibson did originally, so I'm all for it myself -- but the market is not.
     
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    Thats the irony of refinish causing such a drop in resale value.

    Plenty of folks can beat a factory finish. At a price of time and materials.
     
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    Where's the pic and the seller?? We all want to get our lowball offers in!! (seriously.)
     
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