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  1. Depending on condition, $1400-1600 used. True collector grade examples, like NOS, or unplayed (other than setups) case-queens run around $2K. The signature models (signature inlaid fretboard) can run $2750 to $3K. Values fluctuate almost daily, but appreciation is the overall trend. Here's a link to today's Reverb site . . . https://reverb.com/marketplace?product_type=electric-guitars&query=Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Black Beauty Les Paul Custom Outfit
  2. Yeah, it was a limited edition (artist's model) to begin with. As it turns out, I'm not that fond of the third (middle) humbucker as it's just below the path of my typical strum pattern. I can't shake the nagging concern that any errant (or overly enthusiastic) picking might eventually contact and compromise that pickup's gold plating. So, it may be that it'll be relegated to semi-retirement "case-queen" status; that'll at least keep it pristine.
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    Car Battery

    That ought to work just fine. The voltmeter was showing the level of alternator charge going to the battery while you were driving. If you really want to test it (at rest & when running) a load tester would be the tool of choice. But I think for now you're gonna be okay.
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    Car Battery

    Installed it in the parking lot . . ? I'd recommend taking the time to disconnect and bench charge the new battery (remove it if necessary). The first charging cycle is important because it'll maximize the charge holding capability and its potential usable lifespan. Most stores carry batteries holding little more than a modest surface charge and don't bench charge their batteries, assuming the customer will do so--or worse, don't really care once the sale is made.
  5. Agree that vacuum lines are suspect--especially it they're the original at 20yrs old--find any raw fuel in one and your FPR merits replacement as well. Fortunately, these are relatively easy fixes.
  6. Carlos makes a valid point--there are a lot of variables, and you never know. However, nothing ventured--nothing gained. IMHO, if you advertised at a bit more that $7K in the venues mentioned you might realize close to $6.5-7K. I'd still recommend staying at $5.6K for site members--you never know.
  7. Very nice . . . May we assume the $5600 price is only for this site & its members? In today's secondary retail market you might be undervaluing it by 15-20%. Should you make it available elsewhere, I'd recommend reconsidering your asking price. Whatever you decide, best of luck with the sale!
  8. Ah, mystery solved . . . Taylor does not enjoy the lure/demand of the Martin brand; so, used values tend to be much lower. Condition matters, of course, but actual sales are modest and prices are typically commensurate. I wish her luck with the sale. https://www.usedprice.com/items/guitars-musical-instruments/taylor-guitars/?q=412&x=32&y=14 https://blog.taylorguitars.com/what-is-the-value-of-my-guitar https://bluebookofguitarvalues.com/#/FreeSearch/AcousticGuitar https://reverb.com/price-guide?query=Taylor+412 (keep in mind these are asking prices . . . and Reverb has considerable seller's fees)
  9. Yeah, you can post 'em here. I'm not always online, but I'll see them when I can.
  10. That model number is a concern; there should be a letter or more (D, HD, O, OO, OOO, etc.) followed by a number (typically two digits: D-18, D-28, D-45, etc.). If it's a 12-string model it would be followed by a -12 (HD-28-12). Here are some reference sites you may find useful . . . http://www.guitarhq.com/martin.html https://www.martinguitar.com/customer-service-2/support-serial-number-lookup.html http://onemanz.com/guitar/reviews/acoustic-guitars/martin/model-designation/
  11. Charles Berthoud is fairly well-known among bassists, really pretty awesome (kind of the poster-boy for 20,000+hours of practice). As an amateur bass player, I can tell you that all that slappin' & tappin' isn't as easy as he makes it look. Tell me about the GF's Martin, vintage or recent?
  12. Yeah, no problem. Sorry for not responding sooner. I've been dealing with some persistent pressure to participate in marketing publicity (public appearances. book signings, etc.) since one of my novels was just released as a hardback. Hopefully it's moot as the lawyers assure me I'm on sound ground to decline. I really don't like that marketing crap.
  13. Both guitars are essentially NIB/Mint (case queens) and have all the original case candy. The Ultra Luxe Strat has the rosewood fretboard option, but it does not have the Floyd Rose option (rather the 2-point standard Strat trem). Pm or email me for more details.
  14. I'll get some pics up later today. Sorry for the delay; unrelated book stuff came up that I have to deal with first.
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