Newly discovered '60 burst at Bristol Guitar Show today - photos

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The current owner bought it for £50 after seeing Eric Clapton play one in 1967. It has been in storage for a long while now

The guitar has not been plugged in yet so it's not clear whether the pickups/electrics are functional. The fretboard is extremely dry. One of the bridge posts is snapped and needs to be extracted. It needs refretting. The Bigsby leaver is gone.

Structurally though it is sound with no breaks, and the finish is in excellent condition as you can see here

Mike at ATB will be vlogging the restoration process so if you're interested in this at all it is probably a good idea to subscribe to their channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ATBGuitars

Estimated value after restoration is £175k

I appreciate that the photos are not the best, it's a bit awkward to do when people are shuffling past and jostling for a view. I hope you enjoy them all the same

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oh man...that to my old eyes is a beautiful guitar...I am in love with....yep
 

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Nice, That top is crazy nice, new bridge posts and a clean up should be enough?
 

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Nice, That top is crazy nice, new bridge posts and a clean up should be enough?

Mike at ATB seemed to think it needed a refret. They're pretty gross. Maybe because it is player grade it is better to make it into a player? Or maybe they're corroded or maybe the fretboard needs serious attention. I'll be watching the video updates with interest for sure

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Mike at ATB seemed to think it needed a refret. They're pretty gross. Maybe because it is player grade it is better to make it into a player? Or maybe they're corroded or maybe the fretboard needs serious attention. I'll be watching the video updates with interest for sure

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It'd be worth a dressing and crowning to see if the original frets could be saved
 

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I know some people like them but it's a shame people destroyed the tops of these guitars with Bigsgys.

On the other hand if you do like Bigsbys you can get what you want at a devalued price :)
 

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So, I thought that the 1960 bursts didn't fade and I thought it needed a lot of sunlight to fade that much? How would it get that much uv light if the story of sitting under the bed for 50+ years is true?
 

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Somebody oil that board ... PLEASE!!
 

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