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How much work should i put in on a 89 MIJ to sell?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Soap_Strat, Nov 10, 2019 at 6:22 PM.

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  1. Soap_Strat

    Soap_Strat New Member!

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    I pulled this '88-'89 (H serial) out of a closet to put up for sale. I'm not 100% sure which model I have here and how to value it. I only have one of the original pickups, the other two are a Fender Lace Sensor (blue) and a Dimarzio respectively. Body is in decent shape with two dings on the front and one chip on the back
    • There's a little rust on the saddles and the bridge
    • Frets have a little rust.
    • Output jack has a little rust
    • Neck looks good.
    • Posts and pegs look fine
    Does removing the light rust change the value tremendously? Does having replaced two pickups hurt the value? Is there much of a market for non-perfect models?

    Happy for any advice/suggestions.

    Cheers,
    m

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    Welcome to the forum! This is an ST-357 from 88/89......

    I would clean the rust and polish the frets or people will not pay higher values or what it's potentially worth....

    The 2 pickups you have would be considered upgrades and the value would stay the same - which is about $400 or so US....

    But if you just sell it all rusty and with missing strings you won't get more than 250-300....
     
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    I appreciate the advice, Doc. I didn't want to leave unstrung or restring it until I knew what to do about the rust.
    Many thanks for your thoughts.

    -m
     
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    and take good photos..

    it pays to photograph it with good lighting, and I mean sunlight.. doesnt have to be outdoors, but put it where the sunlight is and photograph good angles like Wildwood does.. if I photography nicely, everything I sell takes no longer than 3-5 days.. except the Epiphone Casino I sold, took me 2 weeks.. LOL
     
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    Great advice. Thank you.
     
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    Outdoor lighting is indeed best. I bought this Tele at lunchtime today and had it sold and paid for before I got off work.

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