So here's an eBay ad that made me cough and splutter:
$4,700 for a beat-up 1930 Martin 0-18T? Ah, but read the ad! It belonged to a famous musician! Who, you say? The seller ain't tellin'!
Um, no. Sorry, buddy, but when you add 2 or 3 G's to the blue book price because it belonged to some big shot you refuse to name, you are selling more than the instrument, and pretending otherwise is just downright infuriating. Oh, and there's nothing "custom" about this guitar; it's a perfectly ordinary stock tenor, unless millions of scratches and a chewed-up soundhole amount to customization.Who played the instrument may be important for some; but the instrument itself is what I am selling.
Larry "Leather Couch" Wexler, who sells high-end vintage to an exclusive clientele and prices his stuff accordingly, also has a 1930 0-18T for sale, in far better condition than this one. And Larry wants only $2,750 for his.
The eBay instrument has the name "Paul" scratched on the upper bass bout. Unless that stands for "McCartney," I'm thinking it will be a very lonely tenor until the seller decides to price it in accordance with its condition.