Value of 1963 250k pots?

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  1. Nick-O

    Nick-O Senior Stratmaster

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    As the title says, could someone advise a fair price for good properly working 1963 pots? 500k and 250k if it makes a difference. Thanks for your help, as always!
     

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    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    $10-20. Why does it being made in 1963 matter? The ridiculous prices for old pots and capacitors is ridiculous.
     
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    I would buy new ones. Old and outdated. Worth something to some crackpot I guess.
     
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    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Shouldn’t you also use vintage solder?
     
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    MT Poteet Strat-Talker

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    Why do people think anything and everything old is "Vintage" and worth more money?

    I've been interested in hotrods and classic vehicles my entire life and it's the same thing, h#ll, everything I own is OLD.
     
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    not that bad.. def. a market for vintage pots if anyone want something period correct.
    Not as bad as Eddie Vegas who sells shims from 1969 for $125
     
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    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    Maybe Nick is selling. :)

    Come to think of it, maybe I should go through my boxes of pots from the '50s that my father collected and pick out the guitar values to sell. They're all in shiny, clean condition too... no corrosion like in the photos above.
     
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    About 8 grand to a fraudster, if it persuades the appraiser that your fake 63 guitar is real.

    To anyone else, if they work they're worth as much as a new one. About $3.75 if you buy one at a time. And if they don't work, they are not worth anything.
     
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    They would be worth a bit to someone who was restoring an older Fender who needed date correct pots. Fully functional, of course.
     
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    You guys are so cynical. These were going into a birth year body I wanted to keep right, and the prices appeared unfair so I held onto them.
     
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    The answer in this case will be, very seriously, the ubiquitous "Whatever someone will pay".

    Since they don't take up a lot of space and you don't "need" to sell them, troll them out on Ebay for a high price with a "Make Offer". Or maybe Reverb.com. You need to find that one guy who wants to restore the '63 as mentioned above. If he's out there, you'll get an offer. Might take a year or two, but again, they're small.
     
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    I agree. I'd even go so far as to say it's ridiculously ridiculous!
     
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    Yep.

    Old pots used to be found in the used parts bin at the local electronic supply store for about 50¢ each.
     
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    Okay..I been looking at this thread title for a week...and I'll be the dick.

    Value-250k?
     
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    And 500k :whistling:
     
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    A small fortune to a 63 owner with a bad pot, virtually nothing to everybody else.
     
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    I saw a similar listing on reverb a couple days ago. Guy had what he was calling original working pots from 1965. He had two 250k tone pots and was asking $8k for them.
     
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    Vintage Centralab pots have gotten mighty pricey on eBay these days.

    The cynic in me tends to think there are a lot of people rebuilding old guitars with vintage parts to try selling them as if they were all original. Still, I'm sure there are also purist collectors who aren't looking for a buck, but simply enjoy knowing their guitars have vintage correct wiring.

    I recently scored four NOS 1963 Centralab 250K pots for $25, but they're linear taper, not audio.
    Okay to use for tone controls though.

    It's the audio taper Centralabs that are in high demand - prices on those are ridiculous.
    And from here out they're just going to climb.
     
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    It's like Bitcoin - all you need is one more optimist...
     
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    And Stackpoles like Fender used are pricey.

    If you're restoring an old guitar, then they're worth whatever that person will pay.
     
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