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Hi everyone,

This old Jazzmaster, which is believed to be a 1963 or 66 just landed in my shop. The owner wishes to get rid of it. I suggested to first make it playable and we would go from there. Good start, right?

It's been sitting in a case for 30 years after someone decided to give it an horrible paint job. The original finish was a Tobacco sunburst. Be ready for a shock when you look at it, it's a hand made sunburst with a huge brush. The frets are shut but I can refret her for the next owner, that's no big deal. Last but not the least, the headstock logo is almost gone.

Now the good news...when I first plugged her in, no sound came out, nothing at all. I cleaned up all the electronic components and it now works perfectly well over 50 years later.

So far, I've only put 50 bucks of work on it, cleaned up, restrung and it now playes wonderfully despite of the worned frets, just like it was meant to do. My client can now have someone try her and make an offer. BUT...I might very well be the one making an offer...

What would it be Worth if I refinished her, could I find the appropriate decal and stick it on?

What do you think?

Gilles













 

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Interesting. I'd leave the headstock alone if that is the original logo. As for the body, if that is the original finish in the brown part of the 'burst', I'd probably leave it alone. But if the original paint has been stripped on the body, then I'd have few concerns about repainting the body. I'd preserve any markings though and if the cavities are 'untouched', I'd leave them as is too. That's my 2 cents.
 

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Interesting. I'd leave the headstock alone if that is the original logo. As for the body, if that is the original finish in the brown part of the 'burst', I'd probably leave it alone. But if the original paint has been stripped on the body, then I'd have few concerns about repainting the body. I'd preserve any markings though and if the cavities are 'untouched', I'd leave them as is too. That's my 2 cents.
Apparently, it's been stripped
 

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Looks like the neck with those vintage tuners might be worth more than the body. That's a really tough call. But if the original paint is gone I would be tempted to have it refinished as a road worn. something like MJT does. Leave the neck as is. Match the body to the road worn neck.....
 

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Looks like the neck with those vintage tuners might be worth more than the body. That's a really tough call. But if the original paint is gone I would be tempted to have it refinished as a road worn. something like MJT does. Leave the neck as is. Match the body to the road worn neck.....
Tough call indeed, and we are almost sure that it was stripped to the bare wood before being repainted. I now know it is a 1963.

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Buy it if you have the opportunity. They question is "how much do you offer".

I like the idea of getting an appraisal which is what you are trying to do. Suggest you contact Capsule Music in Toronto, The 12th Fret in (Scarborough?), and Folkway Music in Kitchener. Perhaps they would be willing to give you an appraisal based on photos. Take the average of the 3 as your maximum that you would pay, and offer less.

Personally, I would try to remove only the non original paint (if possible) and then based on the results, decide on refinishing, and likely wouldn't.

The faded logo looks cool. Don't touch it.
 

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Just my opinion but, it looks good as is. Even with the bad paint job it still retains a great look. Re-fret, yes for sure. Value? It depends on who wants it.
A lot of players looking for this type of natural relic. Dont think it would appreciate much with a new re-finish. Best of luck.
 

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Looks like a great candidate for one of Alain's relic jobs. Might be worth the inquiry.
Leave the neck and have him redo the body to match. Since the original finish is gone, perhaps try a solid Pelham blue, or Gold. IMO, you would get the most return on your investment. My 2 cents.
 

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Looks like the neck with those vintage tuners might be worth more than the body. That's a really tough call. But if the original paint is gone I would be tempted to have it refinished as a road worn. something like MJT does. Leave the neck as is. Match the body to the road worn neck.....
thats exactly what i was going to suggest
 
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