A colleague of mine called me and wants to take care of a Gibson that's been in the family since his father purchased it new. It's been hanging on a relative's wall for decades, and he now has the chance to ensure it is better cared for and remains in the family. He sent me the serial number, and it's a 1924 A4 snakehead.
I can think of lots of possible things to do--get it to Elderly or Mandolin Bros. for an evaluation, get it on the Gibson archive, see a good luthier, insure it, humidify it in winter months, let me play it, etc. but I don't know if I'm missing something or if certain options are more crucial than others. What do you think I should tell him to do? Is there a priority on what should be done? Besides telling him it isn't worth much and offer to take it off his hands, what would your advice be?