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Injam

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Hello,
I have a chance to buy a parts Paul for $2400. It started out as a deluxe, but the neck has been repaired (headstock break) and gold hardware has replaced the stock. It has Gold Grover tuners and the mini humbuckers were replaced with Lollar P-90s. A refret and setup was also done. Sounds and plays amazing. Is it worth $2400? 7EE79B53-0D9C-4B54-8AE8-4A97528571EA.jpeg
 
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AA00475Bassman

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Yes I have been down the vintage neck repair guitar road - would not pay the up charge for celebrity guitar .
 

jb_abides

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Given a 2018 Les Paul Classics with P-90s can be had used for $1500 or so...

what's the allure of a Deluxe husk with repair and mods?

Mid 70s wood on a non-pristine model doesn't account for that much dosh.
 

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It’s not that overpriced. In today’s market, any decent 70s Deluxe is going to be listed at over $2,000. Lots of great deals can be had if you’re open to considering a guitar with a good headstock repair. It just needs to be done well and some breaks are worse than others. Some people won’t even consider it (see above, LOL). But I wouldn’t pay $2,400 for a Deluxe with a headstock break. But the refret and pickup change are probably a good thing unless done poorly/crappy pickups. 70s Gibsons have stupidly low flat frets. The set up shouldn’t be a factor in price (set up by who/for who?) as that’s a matter of personal preference and you can do that yourself. Is the rest of it in good shape? Without seeing pictures, I’d say if you really dig it, offer $1,800 and see if they bite.
 

Injam

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It’s not that overpriced. In today’s market, any decent 70s Deluxe is going to be listed at over $2,000. Lots of great deals can be had if you’re open to considering a guitar with a good headstock repair. It just needs to be done well and some breaks are worse than others. Some people won’t even consider it (see above, LOL). But I wouldn’t pay $2,400 for a Deluxe with a headstock break. But the refret and pickup change are probably a good thing unless done poorly/crappy pickups. 70s Gibsons have stupidly low flat frets. The set up shouldn’t be a factor in price (set up by who/for who?) as that’s a matter of personal preference and you can do that yourself. Is the rest of it in good shape? Without seeing pictures, I’d say if you really dig it, offer $1,800 and see if they bite.
Thanks. Here is a photo. The setup on the guitar is perfect for me. I kind fell for this guitar, but I’m going to use my head and stay logical.
 

Injam

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Given a 2018 Les Paul Classics with P-90s can be had used for $1500 or so...

what's the allure of a Deluxe husk with repair and mods?

Mid 70s wood on a non-pristine model doesn't account for that much dosh.
Thanks for replying. To answer your question, because the way it played and sounded. The setup was fantastic. Kind of fell for her a little bit. I played a 7k custom shop LP that didn’t play as good as this one did. And LPs always sound better after a neck repair.
 

Injam

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It’s not that overpriced. In today’s market, any decent 70s Deluxe is going to be listed at over $2,000. Lots of great deals can be had if you’re open to considering a guitar with a good headstock repair. It just needs to be done well and some breaks are worse than others. Some people won’t even consider it (see above, LOL). But I wouldn’t pay $2,400 for a Deluxe with a headstock break. But the refret and pickup change are probably a good thing unless done poorly/crappy pickups. 70s Gibsons have stupidly low flat frets. The set up shouldn’t be a factor in price (set up by who/for who?) as that’s a matter of personal preference and you can do that yourself. Is the rest of it in good shape? Without seeing pictures, I’d say if you really dig it, offer $1,800 and see if they bite.
Thanks for replying. The repair and setup looks solid to me, but I’m no expert. The pickups were Loller P-90s. They sounded great. The salesman had me playing thru a small Tone King tube amp.
 

Wilko

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setup is easily changed on any guitar. I never consider it at all, unless I see a warped neck. ANything else can be adjusted.

price seems a bit high, but I"m old and not sure where the market is on those. Mahogany neck, tenon visible in pickup route and no metal bushes on bridge posts are all premiums.
 

Injam

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Thanks for replying. The repair and setup looks solid to me, but I’m no expert. The pickups were Loller P-90s. They sounded great. The salesman had me playing thru a small Tone King tube amp.
I went back to see her again before I fly back home. I was playing through an old Music Man 130 amp from the seventies that looked similar to my Fender twin reverb.
 

gakees

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You're describing it as a "parts Paul" since it is no longer a deluxe and for good reason. Its value is only a guess.
 

AA00475Bassman

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But think of the resale
I never think of resale - when I buy a guitar .

Disclaimer : I bought a Deluxe Les Paul in 1975 new hideous cherry with a bleached looking top in my subjective opinion it was far from a great guitar - for $2400.00 I would by a Historic I fail to see any value in the guitar your looking at .
 

Big Al

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A well repaired headstock is going to be functional and will not adversely effect tone or playablity. It will have an affect on value. 70's Deluxe Les Pauls have shown a steady increase in value and can be remarkable instruments, I am fond of early 70's, 70-74, Kalamazoo models myself. Worth is for you to decide. Maybe a bit high but not unreasonable if repair is solid.
 

Injam

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I never think of resale - when I buy a guitar .

Disclaimer : I bought a Deluxe Les Paul in 1975 new hideous cherry with a bleached looking top in my subjective opinion it was far from a great guitar - for $2400.00 I would by a Historic I fail to see any value in the guitar your looking at .
If I bought Greeny. I would resale her within a month. For a million more than I paid. Laughing all the way to the bank.
 
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