Magazine article Guitar Player

Will Ray's eBay Strategies

Magazine article Guitar Player

Will Ray's eBay Strategies

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AUCTION ITEM: 1950's KAY BARNEY KESSEL ARTIST

WINNING BID: $550

I love vintage instruments, but I hate paying exorbitant prices for them. So what I do is look for "damaged goods"--meaning guitars that have been modified, or have some minor defects that can be overlooked, while still retaining a classic sound and feel. This late-'50s Barney Kessel Artist is one of the most coveted Kay guitars ever made, and it has an undeniably cool vibe. At $510, I was lucky enough to be the high bidder for this guitar, but the auction ended without the reserve price being met. I don't give up easily, so I e-mailed the seller to see what he wanted for the guitar, and he said the reserve was $800. Well, the guitar bad huge belt-buckle scratches on the back, the finish was flaking off, there were two poorly repaired cracks near the lower f-hole, and the bridge and pickguard weren't original, so I said the price was way too high. …

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