I am a bass player, I play bass in bands yet I have these 2 guitars and a 1976 stratocaster posted here as well. Its time to admit I only need one nice guitar for basement fiddling.
1.) Fender Musicmaster-
All original electronics, custom British Racing Green color; professionally refinished by Specimen Products which wasn't cheap.
Some wear and tear, a few chips in the finish, small ding in neck that doesn't affect play-ability but I photographed it. The body was drilled at one point for a bigsby bridge. This was taken off and the original bridge installed. It left holes in the body so I filled them and block sanded the body. I sent it off to paint and they told me my prep work on the holes was going to leave them a little shallow looking unless they spent another $100 tweaking it, I said spray it as I was already getting deep into this project money wise. As you can see if you look closely you can see the holes, big deal in my opinion I had to get close and use flash to display them. The nut was recently replaced and the whole guitar set up. It is a nicely cut nut and was done because the guitar was strung left, there is a extra strap pin on the lower horn other then that no weird stuff was done when it was played left just those 2 mods, the original nut had been flipped when it was used lefty but it was so worn out I just replaced it.
Its a sweet guitar and I really have enjoyed having it. The neck is fantastic and very clean as you can see.
This isn't a 60s fender strat so there is no value destroyed with a refinish , if anything it makes it worth more but I priced it at what a plain jane black one goes for, which this use to be. This is a vintage guitar you can tweak and not worry about slashing the resale value as musicmasters are not collectibles.
This a players guitar, but it was never abused. I doubt there is a better playing musicmaster out there, this plays effortlessly The original cases on these are extremely hard to find,most have been destroyed and its a shortscale guitar so strat cases done work. One in this shape is worth over $150 its clean and has the fender logo still intact.
This is who refinished it http://www.specimenproducts.com/stringed-instruments/
This is a total bass players guitar because it has a thick neck that makes it not feel so foreign to my hands.
$725 Shipped CONUS
001 "goth" gibson les paul-
It is 100% original. It was played a lot over many years. This caused the wood to be exposed in various places. Lots of paint loss, lots of wood showing here and there and buckle rash but it looks totally sweet to me. There is a difference to me between a heavily used guitar and an abused one. This wasnt abused, there are no cracks, there are no chunks of wood missing, its not sporting old strings and a poor setup. This was used and loved. The paint loss came from it being a great guitar and thus used a lot. The areas where wood exposed is smooth from friction of skin to paint, just like any relic guitar. Its not jagged as if it chipped. In the photos behind the bridge i removed a sticker and the sticky adhesive is still there in the photos , I am going to work on getting that cleaned off.
It has fresh strings and a nice set up. Its ready to do decades more of work.Since this is nitro you can actually get paint thinner and wipe the paint off these. Its not that hard to remove the finish, no sanding is involved. SO if you didnt like the worn look you could wipe it down to the bare brown mahogany, but its only original once.
The guitar has 1 knob that the plastic is broken off, the actual pot is fine , i didnt bother getting a new knob as well the chipped one fits the guitars look, if you want a new one there literally a couple bucks. The D string tuner is slightly bent as well, a replacement grover isnt much but I think it can be bent back, it tunes fine as is but I can see about bending it back prior to shipping.
The guitar has a dimarizio strip lock strap on it and a gibson USA hardshell case. The case is thrashed, its coming apart I cant really describe how bad it is but a latch is also missing. Its going to help protect the guitar in shipping and storage thats about it,t, the main thing is the sides are wood and so is the back flat piece, the sides and the back are held in place by leather well this leather has ripped open all along this seem in areas,and the side wood has cracked at the bottom. Its at the point to where cosmetics dont matter you may have some old wood, some wood screws or maybe scrap metal that would be a free repair to hold the thing together a few more years of gigging, might as well try to milk some more use out of it. I value this case st $20, its basically worth that to store it , ship it and the hardware thats how thrashed it is.
Here are a few that actually SOLD on ebay, they were not just posted but sold for these prices.
Poor photo but the whole arm rest area edge of the body is exposing rich mahogany
Worn to the wood and the transition between the wood and paint is smooth, the photo is stock and a picture of Mr.Gibson.
This is on the back bottom the biggest spot of paint loss about a nickel in size, this came from wrapping the cable through the strap and then into the input jack.
You can see a square below the bridge, this is where a sticker was it was removed, that is residue I will remove before shipping
Here you can see the d string tuner is slightly bent, also is the ratty hardcase in the background