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    Default Masterfully Relic'd Gibson snakehead

    perhaps a bit overboard in the heel section ..but gotta hand it to em ..classic....right ?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Old-An...oAAOSwySlZ~gEO

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    Default Re: Masterfully Relic'd Gibson snakehead

    I've had my eye on that one. I kinda fantasized about it but there are just too many potential problems beyond what the seller shows in the photos -- so I decided to pass. I'd love to pull thing out with the tape and the holes and scrapes and scratches play a really rousing version of whatever (at this stage of my development "rousing version" of anything is pretty much a fantasy, too).

    I put a watch on it, but just out of curiosity to see what it finally sells for.
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    It won't stay anywhere near that price.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Wonder what the sort-of-neatly drilled holes on either side of the soundhole are. Maybe somebody tried mounting a pickup at some point?

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    Default Re: Masterfully Relic'd Gibson snakehead

    That was to hold the cereal spoon pickup. Ref the cereal number.
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    I didn't even catch that the first time I read it. That's GRRRRREEEEAAAAAAT!

    That's actually the kind of snakehead I have been looking for. I just don't want to pay a fortune for it. That would be a fun restore project as it isn't ever going to be original.
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    Default Re: Masterfully Relic'd Gibson snakehead

    Serial (cereal) number is around 1907.
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    The cereal number must be wrong. There were no 1907 snakes.
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    Default Re: Masterfully Relic'd Gibson snakehead

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    The cereal number must be wrong. There were no 1907 snakes.
    Obviously missing a digit. From the photos it does not look terrible, unless, of course, the to has considerable sinkage. It could be a worthwhile project if it goes for a lowish price. If it were me, I might even refinish it blond, like a fake A2Z.
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    We have our first bidder....god speed to you sir whoever you are...
    my hats off to whoever rescues this noble beast.....
    I guess im a little xtra sympathetic at the moment..Im in the middle of a rescue case myself....Ive got a Shutt/Harmony mandolin thats undergoing surgery at Retrofret this very moment...
    I'll be upside down on the deal but its too good of a mandolin to leave in disrepair..
    whadaya gonna do ?

    look at that funky snake...just aint right to be left like that..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandotool View Post
    We have our first bidder....god speed to you sir whoever you are...
    You have three bidders now and it is at $470.
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    Default Re: Masterfully Relic'd Gibson snakehead

    Okay, I could see myself owning that one. Reminds me of a J-45 a friend owns. Looks like it had been dragged behind a truck. But sounds and plays great.

    While it probably needs more work that I'd want to put into it, should be a fun project for someone.
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    It ended up at $635 plus $40 shipping. Not so bad unless it is a basket case inside.
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    Did anybody here snag it? Would love to get the rest of the story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    It ended up at $635 plus $40 shipping. Not so bad unless it is a basket case inside.
    sounds like the right price for an over haul gibby. what could go wrong??? er....??? well ya hope nothing goes too far wrong.

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    Other than the tape and blisters, my A3 was similar when I got it. 32 years later, I still love it!

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    It seems like it has a lot of potential.

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