Broken circular part of headstock, with buying?

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  1. Shockmaster

    Shockmaster Strat-Talk Member Silver Member

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    a local guy is selling a USA strat. Apparently the guitar was dropped and the circular part of the headstock broke off, and as you can tell it’s been poorly glued back together. Would this affect the playability of the guitar? It’s a 2003 standard USA. He says it has some chips and scratches on the body but nothing major. What would be the most worth offering for the guitar? Is it even worth buying? Thanks!
     

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    How much?
     
  3. Shockmaster

    Shockmaster Strat-Talk Member Silver Member

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    He’s asking $600.
     
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    No way in hell. You can find a mint one for 650-700 all day.

    More like $350 if he’s lucky
     
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    Even if the rest of the guitar is mint and it includes the hard case and candy I would say that asking price is a bit optimistic. The seller should jump for joy if he/she gets ~$450 for it.
     
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    I was thinking of offering him $300. Would you say that’s worth it if he accepts?
     
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    I was thinking of offering him $350. Would that be worth it if he accepts?
     
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    Playability? Do you touch that part of the guitar a lot when you're playing?
     
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    That’s not a load bearing part of the guitar, I would say it will have little or no effect on tone, life or playability.

    It’s just cosmetic, if everything else about it is cool then maybe -$100 off going price. It could be improved cosmetically with a little filler.
     
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    Get some cash off and get it repaired. Will involve breaking it off again, cleaning out the joint, and gluing up again -- tighter.

    Playability and 'tones' .. no effect there. All cosmetic. Unless there are other cracks in the neck/body/etc.

    Only thing you have to really worry about is when you try to resell, you'll get the same comments as listed in this thread against it and whatever price you try to get for it.

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    I agree with others it’s value is around $350. +/-. IMHO!
     
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    i wouldn't make that offer in person.................... :sneaky:
     
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    Haha definitely not.
     
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    Depends on your local market. The loaded body alone could easily be worth $350, so I think some of the other price suggestions are a bit too low. And the headstock can easily be repaired. HOWEVER, make sure you check the two point trem posts - remove the pick guard. Those can commonly get pushed forward toward the neck and crack the body when dropped. Like someone else said, I'd be more worried about what other damage may have been caused during the drop that damaged the headstock.
     
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    Call me suspicious- but I'm concerned that the part that broke off contains the serial number. Wierd break- maybe common but I've never seen one broken there...and while there may be some splinters / pieces lost during damage, they just don't look like they fit together well at all (the pieces).

    I think I'd want to see the neck pocket and several other things. Just my opinion.

    Best wishes and BE CAREFUL...

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    I would only offer $250 and expect to put a new neck on it. Should be ok to play though.
     
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    I agree. I've never seen a break like that. I think I would walk away from this one.
     
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    I wouldn't want it at all, but that's just me.
     
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    Yeah, what others have said. plus has the rest of the neck and body been cared for? That guitar is going to sit for awhile. You should really want it in the first place so gotta play it. really with all you mentioned, including PUs, it should be price to sell, 6 bills is out of line, to me.
     
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    I agree. $600 is what you would pay, or at least not much less, than you can find one for in good condition if you are patient and wait for the right deal.

    Granted, it is below the average going price for a good one, but not by much, and a $600 American Standard is not completely unheard of. If, like I said, you shop for the right deal, and are not in a hurry.