Help me pay my father a fair price for this one?

Hi everyone,

I have borrowed this guitar from my father for some time and I'm thinking about not giving it back to him. ;)

What do you think would be a fair price?

Thank you very much in advance for your advice! If you need more info, I'll try to come up with it.

Thanks and kind regards,
David
 

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Bonneville88

Senior Member
F30, 1979-ish by the Guild serial # pdf, if neck angle is good, saddle height reasonable, and no breaks / cracks, if
I were listing that guitar on Reverb or ebay, I'd probably start out with an
asking price in the range of $900 - $1000. If I were selling to a family member, I'd probably
ask substantially less ;)

Edit - the "02" on the label I believe indicates a factory 2nd - that should be taken into
account as it would likely affect the overall value, although not by a huge amount.

 
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Cougar

Senior Member
I have borrowed this guitar from my father for some time and I'm thinking about not giving it back to him. ;)

What do you think would be a fair price?
Welcome to the boards! Man, after a modicum of research, that seems to be a tough question for this model! Prices are all over the place. (I check "sold listings" on reverb.com, which has many more examples than ebay.) And I'm not like a lot of the guys here who can look at your serial number and tell what year it was made. Obviously it was made in Westerly, RI, so it's pretty old, but lots of guys think that's a good thing.

In my own experience with my dad, he had a beat up 1939 Epiphone Zenith that he played forever, even though its action was nearly unplayable and it sounded like crap. A few years ago I bought him a Gibson Les Paul Studio, my brother bought him an amp, and he's now in hog heaven (currently at 98 years old!) Meanwhile I absconded with his old Zenith, had it fixed up a bit, it still sounded awful. The Zenith is NOT a collector's guitar ("D-" collector rating), and I sold it on ebay for, like, 900 bucks, which I was very happy about. I kept the money. :sneaky: (I see now some guy is trying to sell a 1939 Zenith for $2400. He'll be lucky to get HALF that!)

Anyway, somebody will be along to give you a good idea of your guitar's value. I can see why you want to keep it! Best of luck with your dad!
 

Bonneville88

Senior Member
Expanding on what Cougar wrote - depending on how good or not good your relationship is,
if it's the latter, get a super cheapie Epiphone Les Paul, carefully replace the Epiphone logo with a fake Gibson
logo, and offer to trade for the Guild 😆
 

Rayk

Senior Member
Oh what a cruel world this is .😑 This one's shape/ guitar has been on my list now this is the second one to show up . Tease me not oh cruel world ! Lol

Looks a nice one sweet , hope dad don't get mad .lol
 
Hey everyone,

wow, thank you so much for all the useful answers and advice!

750 seemed a bit low at first thought -- I think he payed something like 1.000 Euro, so more like 1.100 $. But I guess my dad simply doesn't know Guild really well. He's more of a continental-built, small workshop-guitars guy.

I'll go ahead now and check ebay and reverb and bear in mind what you told me.

Also, thanks for sharing some of your stories, I really enjoyed that. You know, my mother used to play a lot of Folk music before she had me and my two brothers and my father still listens to a lot of that 60s era Folk revival stuff. He's very sentimental about some models because they symbolize something from that time (I think). For him, a guitar has to be more than playable, it needs to "look the part". I find this guitar to be an unusual choice for him, because it's so big and "straightforward" -- except for the very slim neck.

I like the way it sits on my lap, the slim neck and the sound. 750 to me seems like a very reasonable price for an instrument like that.

Again, thank you for all the good input!
 
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dapmdave

Senior Member
The new LTG format doesn't show us (or at least not me) where you are located, but since you refer to the Euro in a follow-up post I assume you are in the EU. That being the case, $750 is probably a bit low. I'd offer him what you know he paid for it and perhaps he'll also do the right thing and make a gift of it.
 

kakerlak

Senior Member
Hey everyone,

wow, thank you so much for all the useful answers and advice!

750 seemed a bit low at first thought -- I think he payed something like 1.000 Euro, so more like 1.100 $. But I guess my dad simply doesn't know Guild really well. He's more of a continental-built, small workshop-guitars guy.

I'll go ahead now and check ebay and reverb and bear in mind what you told me.

Also, thanks for sharing some of your stories, I really enjoyed that. You know, my mother used to play a lot of Folk music before she had me and my two brothers and my father still listens to a lot of that 60s era Folk revival stuff. He's very sentimental about some models because they symbolize something from that time (I think). For him, a guitar has to be more than playable, it needs to "look the part". I find this guitar to be an unusual choice for him, because it's so big and "straightforward" -- except for the very slim neck.

I like the way it sits on my lap, the slim neck and the sound. 750 to me seems like a very reasonable price for an instrument like that.

Again, thank you for all the good input!
If you're in Europe, throw my $750 US market value estimate out the window. We have members all over the globe, though, and I'm sure some of them will have a better feel for the EU market value of something like this.
 

fronobulax

Backup bassist, Frono and the Mod Squad
My kids will get all my guitars eventually anyway.
So will mine but they really don't want them and have made sure they have contact info for a couple friends at LTG who might help them get rid of them :-( Incentive to thin the herd sooner rather than later.
 

adorshki

Reverential Member
Also, thanks for sharing some of your stories, I really enjoyed that. You know, my mother used to play a lot of Folk music before she had me and my two brothers and my father still listens to a lot of that 60s era Folk revival stuff. He's very sentimental about some models because they symbolize something from that time (I think).
Welcome aboard "Laziest".
Actually it's very fitting your father should have an F30 because it was a darling of the '60's folk players.
Both Paul Simon and Mississippi John Hurt played 'em extensively.
For him, a guitar has to be more than playable, it needs to "look the part". I find this guitar to be an unusual choice for him, because it's so big and "straightforward" -- except for the very slim neck.
And now you know why....
I like the way it sits on my lap, the slim neck and the sound. 750 to me seems like a very reasonable price for an instrument like that.

Again, thank you for all the good input!
At least if he actually turns you down you'll know why.
I'd appeal to his sense of wanting to hand down the tradition, otherwise, rest assured nice used examples shouldn't be too hard to find if the playing comfort is your primary attraction.
 

Kitarkus

Member
I can only give you my limited real world experience:
(a) I purchased an 1974 Guild F-30 back in 11/2017 for $900 cash via craigslist including hard shell case.
(b) I sold same guitar on 12/2018 for $841 via Reverb.
The Guitar was not mint....but good/excellent and clean...needed nothing....not damaged.....good setup.

Obviously the father/son relationship thing....etc. But these were real market sales from willing Buyers/Sellers without atypical motivations. The F-30 is imo a great guitar....but in terms of marketability and demand...not among the most sought after acoustics....and certainly not marketable like many Martins, a tele, strat, or LP. Additionally...imo the used guitar market has been VERY soft in recent year....and I don't see it getting much better in the coming year frankly. Bargains to be had.

I hope this data helps you.
 
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