Just picked this up as a garage sale. Model 1448 guitar and amp case... guitar almost virgin with just a few stains. Case has a couple of nicks, a cigarette burn and a hinge to be repaired. Amp powers up, but just hums.....
So, what's it work and is it worth taking to someone to fix the amp? Oh, btw, I get it for $ 15.
WOW Sam, what a steal. I have no idea what it's worth, but I'd definitely fix the amp.
Ted, thanks, I fired up the guitar last night, running it through a vintage (St. Louis) 70's Crate (three tube) amp. It sounded sweet, like butter. It is seriously the one of the best sounding guitars that I have ever owned.... I see why some many pro's have used this git.
That's a pretty collectable combo. I know some people hate eBay, but it is a good place to get an idea of what the (bidding) public will pay for something. I was curious, so looked up your combo under Completed Listings (since new listings are somewhere between lowballs to get bidding going and pipe-dreams). Some examples sold for: $335, $460, $500, $536, and $695 - maybe because it was a sunburst, some pipe-dreams were: $650, $795, and $1200.
But like Ted said, if you plan on selling it - you'll want to see if you can find an old guy in your town that used to work on tube radios and TVs. I know a guy in Casper....
Good luck, cool find!
Thanks, those are the numbers I'm seeing... It will be all checked out by a tech that works on old stuff all the time. I wish I could keep it, but retired to a house 1/2 the size I'm used to. I'll probably post it starting @ $400 and see where it goes... Hopefully a couple collectors get busy and it gets a good home...
Best of Luck, Sam
I actually refinished one of those in high school ('73, maybe '74) for a friend. I was amazed when I took the vinyl strip off the edge and stripped the paint. It was semi-hollow (ad says "solid center body") with a pine frame (not sure what the center block is, I didn't go that deep) and the top and bottom were Homasote Fiberboard! But like you said, plugged into a tube amp... it's got mojo!!! Put a good reserve on it, and if you try to sell it soon, remember - Summer just started... don't be discouraged, people are more interested in cook-outs and vacation... you might get an extra $100 if you can wait till November (leading up to Christmas shopping). Hope this info helps you!
Guido, excellent information and thoughts. I'll probably test the market soon, might try a silvertone/danelectro speciality site first. I read somewhere that the center block was poplar.... wish I could keep it, but just can't...