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    Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Really a beauty but sooo clean!!! Anything stick out as an issue?

    It's $36K (max) in the 2108 VG guide and I've used VG as a good guide in all of my recent purchases.

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    its a shiney popsicle. 25k maybe 27. if it is 100 percent.
    if you pay 30 you are betting your retirement funds that the market will hold out.
    it could be a 50k guitar in 5 years. i think it will be but dont cut the check if you need to sell later for cans of catfood you call tuna

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by agogetr View Post
    its a shiney popsicle. 25k maybe 27. if it is 100 percent.
    if you pay 30 you are betting your retirement funds that the market will hold out.
    it could be a 50k guitar in 5 years. i think it will be but dont cut the check if you need to sell later for cans of catfood you call tuna
    You're underestimating its value, the seller is overestimating its value.

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Looks like it sold fast. Didn't even get to float my 36K offer.

    Next.....

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Mint is mint... after 9.5 condition all bets are off in my experience.
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    That dealer is Mike Long.

    He came along to an LPF meet a couple of years ago and hung out for the afternoon with us nerds.

    He's a nice guy and gets a lot of very nice and original guitars. I look at his online guitar site far too often than is healthy for me.

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by JBLPplayer View Post
    Mint is mint... after 9.5 condition all bets are off in my experience.
    Joe B
    That about sums it up.

    Condition is always a huge factor and to paraphrase many others in the biz, “go find another one”.
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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop



    This might be an issue. It looks like more than a finish check to me. It would need an in-hand look. Really nice guitar otherwise!

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by T.Allen View Post


    This might be an issue. It looks like more than a finish check to me. It would need an in-hand look. Really nice guitar otherwise!
    Interesting catch. Don't know what that is. Seems highly unlikely that this type of seller would not disclose a real problem, like a headstock repair. It also doesn't look like any break I've ever seen. At the same time, what are the odds of a single, isolated finish check? Maybe they're everywhere. Who knows? One thing's for sure: it's someone else's guitar now.

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by T.Allen View Post


    This might be an issue. It looks like more than a finish check to me. It would need an in-hand look. Really nice guitar otherwise!
    Not mint in my opinion ..

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Looks very fine and I think if is over priced about 10 k ? The checking at the neck/headstock is a concern and I'd have to have an inspection period for possible return. Very Fine!

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by T.Allen View Post


    This might be an issue. It looks like more than a finish check to me. It would need an in-hand look. Really nice guitar otherwise!
    I can say with certainty, it's a finish check. I just played said guitar.

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    I can say with certainty, it's a finish check. I just played said guitar.
    Well, that settles that. Thanks Scott!

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    I can say with certainty, it's a finish check. I just played said guitar.
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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by cds1951 View Post
    Not mint in my opinion ..
    remember on sienfeld when george as a gift bought elaine a cashmiere sweater with the little stain on it?

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by rob livesey View Post
    He's a nice guy and gets a lot of very nice and original guitars.

    And some not as original as they first appear.
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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    I can say with certainty, it's a finish check. I just played said guitar.
    Perhaps so, but still somewhat peculiar that the line appears exactly at the weakest point on the guitar's headstock. Why would the only "finish check" on the headstock appear at this location and not further up near the tuners, for example?

    Disregarding this apparent "blemish", the guitar is absolutely stunning! I like it. The tune-o-matic bridge on a 1955 model establishes pricing like a similar 1956 gold-top with a tune-o-matic. And you're not going to find a mint 1956 LP gold-top for less than $35K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marshall1987 View Post
    Perhaps so, but still somewhat peculiar that the line appears exactly at the weakest point on the guitar's headstock. Why would the only "finish check" on the headstock appear at this location and not further up near the tuners, for example?

    Disregarding this apparent "blemish", the guitar is absolutely stunning! I like it. The tune-o-matic bridge on a 1955 model establishes pricing like a similar 1956 gold-top with a tune-o-matic. And you're not going to find a mint 1956 LP gold-top for less than $35K.
    It's not the only finish check. In person, there are others that are visible. Hard to see in the photo, but if you look about the first or 2nd fret, towards the binding, you'll see several check marks. Those are far more obvious in person.

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    It's not the only finish check. In person, there are others that are visible. Hard to see in the photo, but if you look about the first or 2nd fret, towards the binding, you'll see several check marks. Those are far more obvious in person.
    Above post....I was just playing "devil's advocate" cause that's what buyers are going to do. The weakest point on the headstock, just above the nut, is where the potential for the slightest "movement" of the wood substrate (due to hygroscopic and mechanical factors) to induce a finish check line.

    Put another way...the wood at the neck/headstock transition can bend ever so slightly just above the nut, and may lead to cracking of the brittle lacquer finish. Think about it....trees bend all the time without breaking. That's the inherent nature of wood.
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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by marshall1987 View Post
    Above post....I was just playing "devil's advocate" cause that's what buyers are going to do. The weakest point on the headstock, just above the nut, is where the potential for the slightest "movement" of the wood substrate (due to hygroscopic and mechanical factors) to induce a finish check line.

    Put another way...the wood at the neck/headstock transition can bend ever so slightly just above the nut, and may lead to cracking of the brittle lacquer finish. Think about it....trees bend all the time without breaking. That's the inherent nature of wood.
    my 61 sg standard has a dark check just like that on the heel, i have never figured out if its a hairline crack or a finish check. it was however a bargaining chip when i bought the guitar.
    it will also be an advantage for the next buyer.
    its a good point that this goldtop has the tuneomatic bridge. my last 56 i got is real clean a few years back for 25k. would i sell it for 40? no. but i,m in it for the long haul

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by agogetr View Post
    my 61 sg standard has a dark check just like that on the heel, i have never figured out if its a hairline crack or a finish check. it was however a bargaining chip when i bought the guitar.
    it will also be an advantage for the next buyer.
    its a good point that this goldtop has the tuneomatic bridge. my last 56 i got is real clean a few years back for 25k. would i sell it for 40? no. but i,m in it for the long haul
    I suppose if the guitar gets sold via photos, there's that chance. If it's sold in person, it's pretty clear that it's not a crack. I'd likely take a lot of close up, macro photo from several angles to show it.

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Another 55 ... But stop tail.

    Seems this should be in 20's? This GT pricing is tricky. But Joe B says 9.5 all bets off.

    I finally got my minty 56 strat and now I'm negotiating the gold top mine field.

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    how many all gold 55's are even out there? and in this condition i,m thinkin its a really rare one. 39k might seem like a lot but its a rare piece . if you want the best....brake out the checkbook

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by agogetr View Post
    how many all gold 55's are even out there? and in this condition i,m thinkin its a really rare one. 39k might seem like a lot but its a rare piece . if you want the best....brake out the checkbook
    All Gold versions are less desirable that Goldtops, in the marketplace.
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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    I can say with certainty, it's a finish check. I just played said guitar.
    I was going to add, for future reference, a headstock break would follow the grain of the wood not cut across it as in the pic. It's for a sure a finish check.

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    Re: Opinions on this Mint '55 Goldtop

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    All Gold versions are less desirable that Goldtops, in the marketplace.
    of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder. i would take an all gold because i think they look cooler.
    as for rarity im thinking an all gold one in that condition would be rarer and harder to find than a regular one.
    how many near mint all gold ones like this one are out there? or total production of all golds in 55?
    is there a chance this could be the cleanest 55 tunomatic all gold lp in existence? its a really cool guitar for sure.

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