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    Here's one you don't see every day! For sale in my home country:

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Lis...?id=3096506571

    Looks nice. 1 x $NZ = 1.5 $US

    Can't seem to find any info on line about this model. Is it all solid wood?

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    One of the members here has the Ibanez catalogues, so he may be able to answer your question.

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    Doubt it’s all that rare although maybe in NZ. If that’s the original case, it’s probably late 70s. If you’ve the time to wade through tha catalogues (dogalogues?) you’ll find them here - http://s93105080.onlinehome.us/Ibanez-Catalogs/

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    Yes, a 525. Found the same catalogue image online.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    Doubt it’s all that rare although maybe in NZ.

    It certainly is rare if you're googling Ibanez model 525! Not a bean of a review or any sort of opinion. I had to search hard (just by searching for 70s Ibanez catalogues) to find that one image.

    Try and find another image of a 525. Apart from that one catalogue image. There's nothing out there... Maybe super unpopular??

    My friend is looking for a nice mando, and lives locally to the seller. I think it might be worth $US1000? All solid carved...

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    Just because you consider it to be “rare” doesn’t mean that it’s worth a small fortune. I have a 524 - you’ll find it in the same 1976 catalogue - they weren’t particularly cheap in their day - I think, with a bit of trading, it cost me something like £300 and, for comparison, a couple of years earlier I’d paid £190 for a new Martin guitar. They were heavily built and finished although their sound was probably not much worse than the eqivalent Gibson models of the time. Today, the Gibsons from that period are probably the most unpopular and seem to sell based purely on the name on the headstock rather than for their sound.

    “F” models of any period tend to make more money that the equivalent “A” models and I certainly wouldn’t expect to get more than £700 or £800 for mine. The simple fact is that you can probably get a better sounding and new mandolin for much the same price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    Just because you consider it to be “rare” doesn’t mean that it’s worth a small fortune. I have a 524 - you’ll find it in the same 1976 catalogue - they weren’t particularly cheap in their day - I think, with a bit of trading, it cost me something like £300 and, for comparison, a couple of years earlier I’d paid £190 for a new Martin guitar. They were heavily built and finished although their sound was probably not much worse than the eqivalent Gibson models of the time. Today, the Gibsons from that period are probably the most unpopular and seem to sell based purely on the name on the headstock rather than for their sound.

    “F” models of any period tend to make more money that the equivalent “A” models and I certainly wouldn’t expect to get more than £700 or £800 for mine. The simple fact is that you can probably get a better sounding and new mandolin for much the same price.
    Good advice. Will be good to pass all this on to my friend. In reality, here in New Zealand we are limited to one or two low-end F mandolins at best (never all solid), so it's not much fun shopping. My friend is very musical, and will be trying the mandolin this week. He won't buy it if it's terrible I'm sure.

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    Not many oval-hole F-model mandolins being made in the recent past, so I would consider this one somewhat "rare." If you're right about the exchange rate, though, I'd hesitate to pay $1350 US for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Not many oval-hole F-model mandolins being made in the recent past, so I would consider this one somewhat "rare." If you're right about the exchange rate, though, I'd hesitate to pay $1350 US for it.
    I think it's likely to sell for around $US800.

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    Bazz wrote:
    "I think it's likely to sell for around $US800."

    That would be way overpriced for what one receives in return.
    These really weren't that good...

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    I keep looking at the prices for this and thinking they are really generous but I don't live in the country where it's located.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I keep looking at the prices for this and thinking they are really generous but I don't live in the country where it's located.
    You honestly don't get much in New Zealand for $US800. There are better things by far for $US800 located in the USA.

    BUT, last mandolin I had shipped from the USA cost $400 in shipping alone.

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    I think it is in fact rare. Very few of the F4 style were kicking around then. Yes they were in the catalogs but certainly in the UK I doubt I ever saw an oval hole F style. $800 would not seem out of place, even if it was a pressed top etc. I never found the Ibanez Fs very loud at all but they looked pretty and many a one was bought on their looks.

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    I bought my 524 because it was the best instrument I could find at the time - there wasn’t that much around back in those days. A few people seemed to share my view. A couple of people I knew had them; even Dave Pegg turned up with one. Given the choice, I wouldn’t buy one today, there are better options. I haven’t played mine for nearly 20 years.

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    Rare doesn't automatically equate to more valuable unfortunately. There's generally a reason they didn't make or sell more of them.
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    Rare doesn't automatically equate to more valuable unfortunately. There's generally a reason they didn't make or sell more of them.
    I completely agree that anything’s rarity is in direct relativity to its desire and prospective audience. If there were ten gazillion of these things out there and five gazillion people wanted one the rarity is nil. Since there are (maybe) 2000 of them and they are apparently in the hands of folks that like them consequently not coming to market very often there is a certain amount of rarity there. Whether that makes them really valuable is another story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post

    I completely agree that anything’s rarity is in direct relativity to its desire and prospective audience.
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