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    Hey all: I left my 1918 A4 for some work - fret dressing, set up, bridge fitting, hairline crack filled with glue. I've been thinking of selling it. One of the luthiers would like to buy it, but wants me to suggest a price.

    It's missing the pickguard and hardware for it, and the top has levelled off some. It's not collapsed, it's fine, and a Gibson luthier has told me it's nothing to worry about. Otherwise, it's in nice condition, with the scratches and scuffs you would expect from an instrument of this age. It also sounds good. It has the tailpiece cover, which is relatively untarnished.

    Anyone have a ballpark price for me? Thanks in advance.

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    With no original hardware, and a small issue with the top, it's going to be hurt substantially.
    Probably 45% to 50% off an original example, since they are very abundant, and can be had any day of the week.

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    Thanks for the input. Ken, the tuners and tailpiece cover are original - just the pickguard and mounting hardware are gone. I'm not sure what "an original example" would go for - I see them for $1650 and I see them for $2400. Shane, thanks also to you for responding. I did look at eBay but those are so all over the map it's hard to judge.

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    I don't follow the vintage market- I sometimes follow the ebay market and the classifeds market.
    I have a 1917 A4 - great sounding, bit of a beater, small cracks, scuffs, binding has cracks no gaps, fingerboard has divots etc.
    I would take no less than $1500 rock bottom, and I'd like $1800 to sell it.
    Not that I am selling it now, that's just my take on pricing.



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    Wow, I got my A4, '21 for $1350, locally, a consignment.
    then I brought it to the friendly local tavern jam, and met up with the 2nd owner, who gave it up as he wasnt grasping the chord change thing on it too well, after 20 years. 1st owner got it after returning from WW1. came loose in the estate sale.
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    Good deal, mandroid, if that was recently! #I purchased a '20 A4 in EXC condition with all the original parts from Elderly about 10-11 years ago for $1250 and I would think that prices have just about doubled since then for good ones. #Mine's a keeper and not for sale, though!
    Too many instruments...too little time

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    A nice, clean example might go for about 100 gallons of unleaded regular.

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    Whoops ... add a zero. You do the math. obviously I can't.

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    Thanks for the input. Ken, the tuners and tailpiece cover are original - just the pickguard and mounting hardware are gone. I'm not sure what "an original example" would go for - I see them for $1650 and I see them for $2400. Shane, thanks also to you for responding. I did look at eBay but those are so all over the map it's hard to judge.


    Sorry, when I read it, I read as though the pickguard was gone.. and all the hardware.
    Just the p/g missing, only hurt a little, and some wouldn't even care.
    $2100.00??

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    Thanks everyone for your input! I do appreciate it.

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    Eric-- I had a 1921 A4 in great condition (case was pretty beaten up but the mando was good) with original appointments and the only notable repair need was a little bit of binding separation around the back of the heel. I got $2k for it from a vintage instrument dealer who must've thought he'd be selling it for a bit more.

    I might have been able to get more for it if I'd been more savvy to the mando market, but I wasn't at the time. 's ok... I bought it for $350 in the late '80's, so I figure I still came out way ahead... and selling it (ironically) is what brought me back into mando world.
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    A 1920 A3 just sold on ebay for $2,500.00, I'd bet the $2,100.00 figure is right - sometimes ebay can get going too high.

    I noticed this auction as I'm considering selling my 1920 white-face a3 and I was thinking/hoping it'd go for $2,000.00. Sometimes this mandolin market is hard to figure. . . .

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    I recently bought a 1915 gibson A4 (black face) in somewhat worn but very playable condition (a few nicks in addition to the usual playing wear, no cracks) for about $1700.00.
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