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Bigfoot

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The floor is getting farther away...
Feb 5th, 2016 05:50 PM        

I have an opportunity to buy a 64 JM in very good and original condition. I haven't played it yet as its a bit of a drive to get there. I understand the original JM's have some issues and am looking for opinions on an old original one versus a newer, perhaps more refined model. Price is $3k. Anything I should look for when giving it a test drive? Would I be better just buying a newer model, like a Classic Player?



back breaker



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Feb 5th, 2016 06:15 PM        

for that kind of cash it should be all original (pickups, hardware, case, maybe even candy). if you are looking to get a jag or jm for the first time and are not sure i would hold off until you know enough to know if you are getting a good deal. or just save some cash and get a american reissue (there are a few options). <br /> <br /> some one else might be able to chime in better than me but their are several ways to frankenstein a few models together to get close and sell it for an awful lot if some one doesn't know what they are looking for. <br /> <br /> just my 2 cents



Bigfoot

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Feb 6th, 2016 07:24 AM        

BB: Thanks for the response. <br /> <br /> I am aware of the bridge anomalies and minimal string angle over the bridge, and the solutions. I have been told that the guitar and case are all original with the exception of the use of a Mustang bridge (original is in the case). I certainly will open her up and see for myself. I suppose the allure of this guitar is its collect-ability. Most of my guitars are older and that has become my buying habit (although most I bought new or near new!). I suppose I am trying to talk myself into buying this guitar but am in an argument with myself about the practical side of the decision. But practical decisions are usually not the fun way to go....



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eureka, usa

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Feb 6th, 2016 04:09 PM        

In that case, you can't go wrong having one in your collection. I am bias because I am down to one electric and it's a AV62 Thin Skin Jag. It's all I ever use now. <br /> <br />



reverendrob

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Feb 6th, 2016 05:37 PM        

$3k and knowing little about them in particular, I'd strongly suggest you walk away.<br /> <br /> You're buying at the high water mark for these, if the offset market hits a correction (and I strongly, strongly suspect it will after a decade of being in vogue), you're going to take a bit of a bath.<br /> <br /> That's assuming that everything with it is as it should be.



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eureka, usa

Kid! STOP! you're rockin' the forest!
Feb 6th, 2016 06:15 PM        

good point rr.



Doc Sarvis

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Feb 7th, 2016 11:11 AM        

"if the offset market hits a correction (and I strongly, strongly suspect it will after a decade of being in vogue), you're going to take a bit of a bath.<br /> <br /> The offset market corrected eight years ago with everything else. For a nice all original 1964 JM in good condition $3K is a fair price, especially for a custom color. Heck, even an all original sunburst may be worth that much. You'll grow old waiting to buy one at a 20th century price.



Bigfoot

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Feb 8th, 2016 07:21 AM        

After a discussion with the owner I have learned it does not have the original pickguard but allegedly has a '59. The case is not original either but a brown era. One foot is getting cold the other is hot to trot.....<br /> <br /> Reverb.com values the white JM (which this is) between $4700 and $6700, but that would be with the original case and pickguard. So I figure $3k is fair, but a lot of money. But I also expect it would hold up in value so in 10-20 years do quite well.



Doc Sarvis

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Feb 8th, 2016 08:19 PM        

I agree $3K for what you describe would hold its money Bigfoot.



Bigfoot

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The floor is getting farther away...
Feb 24th, 2016 06:50 AM        

Lost my opportunity to buy it. He sold it to someone the day before my scheduled appointment. Wish he would have told me someone else was coming to look at it as I'm retired and own my days.<br /> <br /> Oh well, many more guitar-fish in the sea....<br /> <br /> Maybe I'll make my own.



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