wow great guitar. is this a retop?This is my 1952 Scott Lentz conversion. It was not my intention to get a '52 but it was cheap. All original with case. In the later 1990's there were very few '52's around that I saw. I did this guitar as a one time shot at a conversion. I can never do this again and this one came together in all the best ways possible. I paid $1265 for the guitar and sold the knobs, tuners, pickups, wiring harness, tailpiece and case for $1400. Over time with assistance from my good friend Randy Peterson all 50's parts completed the guitar. When I purchased them the double creme PAF's were $3000 for the pair. It was a non-issue guitar but it was done for myself and will never be for sale. If I ever do consider selling I have at least three buyers in line. I am confident one phone call and this would be gone. Been playing this for 20 years.
But the devil is in the details- is 100% the safety threshold for a Goldtop? What "issues" condemn it to conversion surgery? I'm not sure I'm on board with "the tuners aren't original, guess it's gonna be a Burst now."Since I haven't met anyone who paid punitive money for a conversion, I'm going to suggest that most people are doing it for themselves from guitars they bought at a reasonable price. They also purposefully LOOK for issues guitars.
I think the percentage heavily leans towards "issues" guitars.
If there was a REAL profit motive behind taking perfectly good Goldtops and hacking them up, we would know who was doing it...because they would be converting many guitars.
Can anyone even point to a Goldtop that was 100% legit that got hacked up? I'm not sure I can...