URGENT HELP NEEDED With PRS McCarty

VastHorizon

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I've got a line in on a 1995 PRS McCarty Model,
but it has a few dings, wear marks, a small ch
unk out
of the back, etc. How much is the fair price for it?

I need to get back to the seller by tonight, so I would
appreciate any and all your help on this.

This will be my first PRS - if ever the deal goes through.

I have added some pictures. Thank you.

http://www.dropbox.com/s/zfk2b25rhd8o7ia/2013-03-29 10.04.23.jpg

http://www.dropbox.com/s/435vvw6a92jowrv/2013-03-29 10.04.15.jpg

http://www.dropbox.com/s/9z457m5uwoyot40/2013-03-29 10.04.02.jpg

http://www.dropbox.com/s/c1t2n2yohsj6cco/2013-03-29 10.03.51.jpg

http://www.dropbox.com/s/kved9werlf2wpl7/2013-03-29 10.03.46.jpg
 

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In that condition, and I'm guessing its not a 10 top, perhaps $900-$1000?
 

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In that condition, and I'm guessing its not a 10 top, perhaps $900-$1000?
No, sir - it's not a 10 top. $900 - $1000? The seller had it priced
more than that. I was hoping to buy it, then see if I bond with
PRS's in general, but if I don't, then just sell it again.
It looks like I'll have trouble selling it at the price I will be paying for.

:(
 

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If you are unsure of the guitar, and its got some serious abuse to get those gouges then pass it up. While some folks like relics (and this is naturally beat up), you'd have a difficult time selling the guitar again if you didnt like it. A mccarty in good shape goes from a very low of 1500 on upwards. So ya about a G for that is fair. I'd pass and look at a good shape CE for that money.
 

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I would also agree with Farquad; re-selling with those gouges may be a problem. PRS people tend to not be big relic fans :)
 

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Thanks, guys. He sent me a price of $1200. His number was originally at $1300. I was thinking
exactly of the $1000 number when I went to his place to check it out.
I just didn't want to be offensive or for him to take it as an insult
as I do not know anything about PRS.

So if I countered with an offer of $1100, what do you think?
 

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Well if you can get it for $1100, and you love the way it plays, then sure, its your money and you'd be spending it on something that makes you happy. If you want it because you have gear lust, then run away from the deal. However, you'll know the answer to that after sitting with it and playing it. Some PRS's play like the wind, and others less so.
 

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Farquad, the guitar plays and sounds amazing!

I want it, but the only thing that's keeping me away is the price.
I tend to turn my guitars over quite a bit, so I'm just
Worried about taking a hit on it when it's time to sell.
 

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Maybe I'm a jerk, but lowballing never hurts as long as you can give your offer in a respectful manner and explain yourself.

Personally, I think you should offer him $900 and explain that the gouging is undesirable, it would take time and money to repair, and amongst most PRS fans, it will make the guitar difficult to sell again, should you not like it after a while. Tell him you're serious about buying it because you love the way it plays, but its aesthetic flaws are turning you off. After that, be prepared to spend $1050-$1100 (but hey, you may get lucky with your $900 offer...) if you counter with $1100, you're likely to pay $1150 for it.

Best of luck!
 

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Farquad, the guitar plays and sounds amazing!

I want it, but the only thing that's keeping me away is the price.
I tend to turn my guitars over quite a bit, so I'm just
Worried about taking a hit on it when it's time to sell.
Gotcha. Well since you like the way it plays, try Gibsonist's suggestion about a polite low ball. It's not being dishonest that PRS players tend to like pretty guitars (hell im one and I do). I wont buy a beat up guitar. So yes, your resale pool is much smaller and this guy probably already knows that, so you aren't fibbing. That's a concern to you. Offer $900 as you can't go down, so start at a place you can go up from. If you straight out offer $1100 you're stuck there and he'll counter most likely. Just be honest, and polite, and maybe we'll be saying HNGD tomorrow!
Fingers crossed for you.
 

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1000 is a good starting point. If you try to resell it, all that damage will need to be fixed. PRS fans DO NOT relic... far from it. BUT, if you already like the way it plays and plan to keep it, 1000-1200 is a solid price for a dinged up McCarty.
 

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I have a mint condition 97 McCarty that was appraised at 1400.

I say 1000 should take that one. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Thank you for all your help, guys.

Sadly, I have to walk away from it.
I made an offer for $1050 and he did not take it and was unable to make a counter offer.
He was firm on the price of $1200.

I guess it wasn't for me. I was really hoping to get one that I wouldn't mind banging around
As well, but if it didn't work out for me, I can try to resell at the price I paid for.

Ugh. Such is gear hunting, I guess. :(
 

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It sucks, but I would have walked away from the 1200 offer too - with those dings, 1000 is fair
 

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Yup, have to agree, $1k would be as high as I would go for that guitar. Sorry it didnt work out, but dont panic, PRS makes lots of guitars :)
 


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