Both pickup rings on my '02 were busted like that. From what I've been told it's a common affliction on Elitists. I replaced mine, but kept the originals to preserve authenticity if I ever need to sell. I agree the price is a tad high, but I've noticed that the Elitists coming on the market right now have higher asking prices. Don't know if that's the "2015 Gibson effect," people thinking they'll sell as Christmas gifts, or more people realizing how good they are.
I do recall a piccy you posted along the lines of "pretty little goldtops, all in a row".
You think current value is about 900 in said condition? I just dont see it going any lower.
I did! My Classic was in that line up too jam
I wish I had a photo of all the Gold Tops I've done all in one group shot... but then again, eight of them might be too much to take
No, I don't either. I'd probably grab it at $900. The ones I've seen lately are listed between $1000 and $1400! And that's not for goldtops either. That bunged up rim could probably be repaired pretty satisfactorily by someone who knew what he was doing.
I had a 10 lb wine red elitist studio w/burstbuckers - one of the best LPs i ever owned. Flipped it. Wish i didnt. Then i found a wine red elitist LPC - awesome player but the electronics were hosed. That guitar sold whilst i was thinking about buying it.
Lessons learned here - i should just buy that goldtop, but the big chip on the body and the warped pickup surround do not seem right @ that price.
Do the LP Specials, & LP 100's not have an arched top? It's been so long since I've touched a Special, and I was so naieve when it came to guitars back then I never paid any attention...lol