Advice on 1965 365 with bigsby

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Advice on 1965 365 with bigsby

Postby (holty) » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:28 pm

Looking for some advice on value of a 365 made in 1968 which has had a bigsby added, refretted, and at some time had different tuners(holes filled and showing. Rest of it is stated as original with pots dated 1967. Stated as aIt’s up for £3000 about $3900.

It’s come up for sale here in the UK and is on the register:
http://www.rickresource.com/register/vi ... lebrity%3D

Apologies if this is the wrong part of the forum to post this.
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Re: Advice on 1965 365 with bigsby

Postby (Ontario_RIC_fan) » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:19 pm

My advice is not to make permanent modifications into vintage guitars, if you want them to keep their resale value!!

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Re: Advice on 1965 365 with bigsby

Postby (collin) » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:21 am

Nice guitar, but that price is a bit high for a modified 6-string, in my humble opinion. These aren’t easy guitars to sell at the moment, 12-strings move a lot easier but 6-string models sit around at dealers for ages (unless it’s a rare model). Factor in the bigsby mod, and that price starts looking steep.

I’d put a value on it of closer to $2,800-$3,000 USD. Might be added value in it already being in the U.K., but I can’t say for sure.
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Re: Advice on 1965 365 with bigsby

Postby (cooperman) » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:05 pm

Hi all, I've just bought this guitar. It sure is a lovely player and the sound is sublime. I'm going to ditch the bigsby and replace it with an old R tailpiece of the right age. Question is how do i get the holes, that will be left when the bigsby is removed, filled in please? Thanks Dave
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Re: Advice on 1965 365 with bigsby

Postby (collin) » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:19 pm

cooperman wrote:Hi all, I've just bought this guitar. It sure is a lovely player and the sound is sublime. I'm going to ditch the bigsby and replace it with an old R tailpiece of the right age. Question is how do i get the holes, that will be left when the bigsby is removed, filled in please? Thanks Dave


You can't, really.

That's why the guitar needs to be heavily discounted, there is no simple quick fix for screw holes drilled into a guitar.

You can plug the holes with wood (I've heard toothpicks?) and touch-up, but really it's going to be clearly visible no matter what you do. I would just leave the holes alone.


Congrats on the guitar those, post a pic!
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Re: Advice on 1965 365 with bigsby

Postby (iiipopes) » Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:53 pm

Ontario_RIC_fan wrote:My advice is not to make permanent modifications into vintage guitars, if you want them to keep their resale value!!
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Hmmm. It does beg the question as to when the mods were done. If they were done in the late '60's, then the Bigsby is as vintage as the guitar and has a value in and of itself!
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Re: Advice on 1965 365 with bigsby

Postby (admin) » Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:50 pm

iiipopes wrote:
Ontario_RIC_fan wrote:My advice is not to make permanent modifications into vintage guitars, if you want them to keep their resale value!!
:lol: :lol:

Hmmm. It does beg the question as to when the mods were done. If they were done in the late '60's, then the Bigsby is as vintage as the guitar and has a value in and of itself!


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