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Saw a 20k strat at my local gc

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  1. CephasG

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    Sometimes ugly guitars are cool, like how nasty messed up mangy looking old dogs can be cool, just maybe not 20K cool.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ok, I swallowed my pride and asked to play the darn thing.

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    What year is it?
     
  6. amstratnut

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  7. Nokie

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    Thanks for the further investigation and pix! GC nowadays sends the vintage guitars of that quality straight to the vintage wall at the Hollywierd store. It's great to see they kept one in your local store. It looks like a legit '61 to me. What was your impression of it's feel and play-ability?
     
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    How does gc even do authentication? Is it in person or do they just send pics? Anybody know who their authentication is? I've been tempted by some stuff but idk if I can trust gc to do the legwork
     
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    I bought my 60 from GC. All authentication is done by the vintage room in Hollywood (or was when I bought mine). The store taking the item in will have to communicate directly w/ Hollywood and share whatever photo's are requested to authenticate the guitar.

    Once the guitar is sold, the buyer has a 72 hour return policy from the time of receipt to their local store with no questions asked. It is expected that the buyer either authenticate prior to purchase or during the return window.

    Their return policy makes it a low risk purchase. Some vintage dealers are very difficult to honor returns once the item is sold.
     
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    That was my experience as well. I bought my '55 from GC Hollywood. They knew every detail and offered to take it apart - I did that at home and confirmed that it was all original.
     
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    I was sure it would be marginal at best but, aside from slightly high action it played and sounded very very good.

    I thought the 3 ply mint guard was after market but upon closer inspection, it could have been faded white. The store people said it was all original except frets and back plate. So, they thing pg is original. Pup covers were not as faded or dirty. Pup poles looked un rusted. They sounded great but, I have trouble with the good condition of pickups and pg vs the tuners, neck, body, all being aged.

    I could and probably am wrong but, I dont trust gc to get much right. They did say they authenticated it with Hollywood store and took it apart.

    There was also a 63 Deluxe there. Brown tolex in almost new condition. They said they got it from the same guy.

    I played the guitar through a weird 70s bass amp they had. It sounded really really good.

    A sliver face musicmaster. 400 bux. Sounded great but not very loud.
     
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    Ask @guitar1981 , I think he can share some insight on how GC works. They can be trusted but everybody can make mistakes and a second opinion is never a bad thing.
     
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    The short answer is: We have a team of people who’s sole job is to verify and price vintage items.

    If any vintage item walks into a GC across the country an email is sent to our team to evaluate. The verification process can range from a few basic photos to as many as it takes for us to feel comfortable with the acquisition.

    We offer a 72 hour inspection period on all vintage items and will sometimes extend it if a customer requests.

    I’m more than happy to answer any specific questions that anyone has. You can ask here, or PM me.
     
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    Oh man, I bet it had that good 1950's paper tape on the pickups.
     
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    Why did guitar center quit putting their vintage inventory on the website?
     
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    The day I hand over 20k to Guitar Center is the day I end my own life :)
     
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    Very true! This makes theoretical sense, but there is also something about holding a top of the line guitar in your hand, the craftsmanship the materials used and the extras like case and stickers etc and the most cutting edge electronic and attention to detail
    The more you pay the more rare the guitar is and you know no one else has one like yours also, this in Itself has an almost limitless value to it
     
  18. guitar1981

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    We haven’t. It’s all listed online with the exception of items that are on a state or city police hold. Once the hold is up they’ll appear on the site. There’s a tab on the top of the page just for vintage items.
     
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    Sorry to hear. Any specific reason why?
     
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    Hey now. Lets not make predictions like that. This guitar was very very nice to play.
     
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