Help appraising a Stratocaster...

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  1. Jagan Seshadri

    Jagan Seshadri Supporting Actor

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    Hopefully someone on the forum might know something about ascertaining the resale value of a Fender Stratocaster guitar. I got it used from a Strat enthusiast, and it was in fantastic condition, and was improved by some aftermarket parts.

    It's a Mexican-made Strat (serial MN9.....), "Midnight Wine" burgundy color, two single coil, one humbucking (near the bridge), 5-way switch, maple neck, rosewood(?) fretboard, finished wood pickguard (oak), chrome knobs.

    I have no idea what this would be worth, apart from what I paid for it.

    Does anyone know how much this guitar is worth?

    -JNS
     
  2. Jeff Ulmer

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    These retail for around $450-500CAN new. The color and fretboard are standard issue. The aftermarket parts are probably another $50-80 new. There is not much special about the Mexis since there are hundreds of thousands of them (even though I personally prefer them to the US made ones), so resale value isn't that strong maybe $300-400?
     
  3. Jagan Seshadri

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    So, what price would you peg it at, $300 or $400?

    -JNS
     
  4. Jeff Ulmer

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    It really depends on the buyer. If they like the upgrades, it is worth more, if not, less. If it were stock, you might be able to get $350 for it, but with new ones being available for not a lot more, it is tough to say. A lot would depend on how well it is set up too. Does it have a case?

    I am also assuming this isn't a Squier.

    If I were buying it myself, I'd be looking at the build quality, the condition of the neck/frets, how the grain on the neck is, if there is any figure in the wood - all things that could add or detract from what I'd pay for it.
     
  5. Jagan Seshadri

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    It is not a Squier, and it is in fantastic shape. Looking at the wood, I see good grain and no discontinuities. There is not a scratch on it. Action is fine, no buzzing, intonation is good. Comes with a hard shell case that is also in great shape. Also comes with shoulder strap.

    I'll try to pass this whole package off at $449 CDN, or best offer. That ought to be fair. I just don't play it nearly enough.

    Hope the classified ads in the local paper yield some buyers [​IMG]

    -JNS
     
  6. Jeff Ulmer

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    With the case, $400-425 isn't unreasonable. Like I said, a new one can be bought for only $75 to $100 more without a case, so it will depend on how much added value your buyer sees in the upgrades.
     
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    Some people would say that putting a humbucker on a Strat is a disgraceful thing to do.

    Steve
     
  8. Jagan Seshadri

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    Thanks for your advice, Jeff. I'll see if $425 will do the trick!

    -JNS
     
  9. Jeff Ulmer

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    Strats routinely come with humbuckers these days (known as "Fat Strats"), so there's nothing disgraceful about it - in fact I prefer mine with a Floyd Rose which is even more of a sin, but I prefer a tremolo that stays in tune. [​IMG]

    I'd ask for $449 (no harm in asking), but be prepared to sell at $425.
     
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