Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

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Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:04 pm

I am present the lucky owner of this beautiful guitar.

She sounds increadible despite the strings looking like they haven't been changed in a decade. I can't really express enough how amazing she sounds.

I have exchanged emails with John about whether the split in the top seam needs addressing, and also re the crack in the side of the headstock. John concurred that the split does not seem to have separated, although I hasten to add he has only seen the photos. There is a repair to a crack in one of the sides that I am informed was done decades ago. John advised me to contact Chris Gilbert at the Spanish Guitar Centre (Bristol). This I have done, although he is off until Monday.

I am by no means certain I will sell, being of limited financial means it is very tempting to sell whils't at the same time I am unsure when I would ever be able to purchase an instrument of this standard again. Also were I to sell whether I should pay to have any repairs completed prior to sale.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for any replies,

Malcolm
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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:06 pm

Oh dear it seems I have surpassed even my own IT skills this time, 0 from 12 images uploaded..

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby Erik Zurcher » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:09 pm

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby Pat Dodson » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:15 pm

Hi. Are you sure it's a 79? John Ainsworth's website suggests he has not made guitars for that long. Or is this another John Ainsworth?

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:17 pm

Thank you, sorry I did do this first time round and tried again but all i get are yellow triangles

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:17 pm

Aye am certain, he had a 20yr break

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby Pat Dodson » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:24 pm

Apologies. Although his website itself suggests he's only been making for 25 years or so, an interview he gave to a journalist a year ago does, as you say, explain he had been making previously.

:desole:

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:26 pm

It's cool, thanks, I have discussed the guitar with him and sent him photos including one of his signed label

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:32 pm

Any ideas of a solution re photos please?

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby Lovemyguitar » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:37 pm

MalcolmB wrote:Any ideas of a solution re photos please?

They may be too large. Any image/photo resizer (many free ones online that you can download) can shrink them, if that is the problem.

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby Pat Dodson » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:42 pm

The usual problems re posting photos are that they are either in the wrong format or too large in data terms. Try putting one into an online programme like picresize and reduce the size to below 300kb, at the same time putting it into png format. Save and then try posting. That should do it. If it works you can do the rest likewise. Good luck.

P.S. I see @Lovemyguitar got there before me. :)

In respect of prices; most guitars of this age seem to cost between 40 and 60% of the price of the luthier's current similar models. Much depends on condition and desirability of course. Stafford Guitars has a new one for just short of £4,000 when vat is taken into account.

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:47 pm

HaHa.. umm.. they are jpegs and average maybe 1 to 1.5 MB

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:47 pm

Can i paste a link to photobucket here or this not allowed?

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:54 pm

Thank you Pat, sorry I didn't read the latter part of your post.. I was assuming that it would probably be reasonable considering it came from his prior period of constructing.. and yes John did say he sold new for circa 4k

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Re: Help Please: Valuation of a John Ainsworth 1979 guitar

Postby MalcolmB » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:00 pm

i seem to have taken more pictures of the split/crack/repair but here ya go:

http://s1070.photobucket.com/user/malsam2/library/


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