Auction Block Will Ray's eBay Strategies: Auction Item: 1982 Gibson Moderne Winning Bid: $510

By Ray, Will | Guitar Player, January 2004 | Go to article overview

Auction Block Will Ray's eBay Strategies: Auction Item: 1982 Gibson Moderne Winning Bid: $510


Ray, Will, Guitar Player


This is one of the strangest guitars I ever purebased on strangest It's an early '80s Gibson reissue of the Moderne--a model originally designed hi tim 1950s by Ted McCarty's team at Gibson who also brought us the Flying V, Explorer, and Firebird. Legend has it that the original Gibson Moderne prototype (reportedly worth between $100,000 and $500,000) is still floating around somewhere like a ghost, occasionally, surfacing to excite collectors worldwide

As I'm fascinated by the Moderne's futuristic shape--which is a cross between a Flying V and a great white shark--I've always wanted to own one. Most reissue Modernes on e Bay go for $1,400 to $2,000, depending on the condition. This particular one was listed as a "player's guitar," which is always a sign of trouble.

The auction description said it had a Korina body that had been painted over with a refrigerator-white primer another sign of trouble), and the bridge, tailpiece, and neck pickup were taken from stone old, undisclosed 1969 Gibson guitar, More had news: a broken headstock (thai had been professionally repaired), a missing Gibson logo, various parts of the body "filled in with wood filler," [Figure 1] and "bullet holes" in tim upper neck that had been filled with rosewood dowels [Fig. 2]. The bridge pickup was a '58 Gibson PAP reissue, with new Gibson pols, tuners, and a selector switch thrown in. That was the good news.

[FIGURE 1-2 OMITTED]

Everything I read should have sent me packing, but there was something about the guitar that kept me hanging on. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Auction Block Will Ray's eBay Strategies: Auction Item: 1982 Gibson Moderne Winning Bid: $510
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.