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    Considering this 1959 LP Special

    http://www.marshallforum.com/threads...needed.113260/


    I attached a thread with photos of a guitar I’m considering. I couldn’t remember how to load the photos here.

    I appreciate anyone with an eye for detail giving me their opinion. I can’t try before I buy. Seller is a guitar shop with a good rep. He says all original except case. No breaks. Plays great.

    I have not decided anything yet. I’m just curious about this instrument and may extend an offer.



    Thanks!
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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    I may have owned and sold that one 10+ years ago ...whatís the serial #

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    I may have owned and sold that one 10+ years ago ...whatís the serial #

    910331

    let me know....

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Mine was 910631 ..there wasn’t too many made with the toggle switch in that location ..you sure on the # ?

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    Mine was 910631 ..there wasnít too many made with the toggle switch in that location ..you sure on the # ?
    it could be 631. The photo is not clear.

    lets assume it is. Did you like the guitar.....thoughts?

    i will ask seller for serial number.

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Ok ..I found the seller link of this guitar ..yes, it was mine ..youíll have to be careful as the seller stresses No Returns ..and to review the pics carefully ..note: in the description he doesnít state completely original but ďVintage OriginalĒ which could mean to some that itís not a Historic but a true original, which it is ..what it isnít is a completely original guitar ..I donít remember all the particulars but it has replacement pots ..in my mind it was fairly weighty and not the 7.4 weight mentioned ..my guess would be over 8lb. ..i think the strip tuners are mounted over top a previous Grover install ..it didnít have any breaks or weakness at the neck/heel joint like some of the early dc specials had due to the neck pup being a 1/4Ē or so from the fingerboard ..it did sound really good and had more of a beefy Ď58 round neck than the typical Ď59 ..lastly, I think it had a badass bridge when I got it and replaced it with a pigtail .studs may be replacements as well

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    Ok ..I found the seller link of this guitar ..yes, it was mine ..you’ll have to be careful as the seller stresses No Returns ..and to review the pics carefully ..note: in the description he doesn’t state completely original but “Vintage Original” which could mean to some that it’s not a Historic but a true original, which it is ..what it isn’t is a completely original guitar ..I don’t remember all the particulars but it has replacement pots ..in my mind it was fairly weighty and not the 7.4 weight mentioned ..my guess would be over 8lb. ..i think the strip tuners are mounted over top a previous Grover install ..it didn’t have any breaks or weakness at the neck/heel joint like some of the early dc specials had due to the neck pup being a 1/4” or so from the fingerboard ..it did sound really good and had more of a beefy ‘58 round neck than the typical ‘59 ..lastly, I think it had a badass bridge when I got it and replaced it with a pigtail .studs may be replacements as well
    Thanks. What do you recall of it as a player and his price point? I do like the beefy neck you describe. Pretty amazing that you actually owned that guitar. Thanks gain.

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    not much to add ..bought it for less than 2k and sold it for more than 3k ..kept it for maybe a year before selling it ..like I said this is going back 10-15 years ..I think it may have had a re-fret also ..seller claims very resonant ..from what I recall acoustically it wasnít, but sounded very good plugged in ..fwiw, I donít buy anything without being allowed an approval period ..offer what you will

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    not much to add ..bought it for less than 2k and sold it for more than 3k ..kept it for maybe a year before selling it ..like I said this is going back 10-15 years ..I think it may have had a re-fret also ..seller claims very resonant ..from what I recall acoustically it wasnít, but sounded very good plugged in ..fwiw, I donít buy anything without being allowed an approval period ..offer what you will

    Appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    youíre welcome, you gonna make an offer ? ..fwiw, I wish I had a close right side pic of the body from the jackplate to the horn tip showing the grain pattern..thereís a reason I ask

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    youíre welcome, you gonna make an offer ? ..fwiw, I wish I had a close right side pic of the body from the jackplate to the horn tip showing the grain pattern..thereís a reason I ask
    I asked the seller to allow a 72 hour return period and he declined. If he agreed I would have made a serious offer.

    im curious....can you reveal the issue?

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    the early dc specials with the toggle switch in that location are far and few between ..since Iíve owned it Iíve come across an old photo of a known rock star using one like it but would need the grain side shot to confirm ..and no I wonít say who but if it did turn out to have been his Iíd buy it back my own self

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    the early dc specials with the toggle switch in that location are far and few between ..since Iíve owned it Iíve come across an old photo of a known rock star using one like it but would need the grain side shot to confirm ..and no I wonít say who but if it did turn out to have been his Iíd buy it back my own self

    I decided not to make an offer on it.

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    still, I wouldnít have paid his asking price ..I no longer see it listed.

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    still, I wouldnít have paid his asking price ..I no longer see it listed.
    It does not show as sold on reverb. It shows as expired listing. I was going to offer 4500 with top end of 5k. I told him I was contemplating an offer if he gave me a 72 hour return window. He declined and with the obvious inconsistencies in the listing I passed. Thanks for your feedback!

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    you did the right thing ..even though it had no structural issues when I owned it I would have still wanted an approval period ..btw, what’s in your avatar..r9 ? ..looks pretty fine.

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    you did the right thing ..even though it had no structural issues when I owned it I would have still wanted an approval period ..btw, whatís in your avatar..r9 ? ..looks pretty fine.
    Thanks. Itís a Collectorís choice #26, Brad Whitford. Itís a great guitar.

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Purple Fan View Post
    I decided not to make an offer on it.
    I think without a return window you made the best choice . Life is all about choices and making wise ones .

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by El Gringo View Post
    I think without a return window you made the best choice . Life is all about choices and making wise ones .

    thanks. It was tempting but I agree. Too risky.

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    Re: Considering this 1959 LP Special

    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Purple Fan View Post
    Thanks. Itís a Collectorís choice #26, Brad Whitford. Itís a great guitar.

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