Value of a Hill Player with cracks

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amy3000
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Value of a Hill Player with cracks

Post by amy3000 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:09 pm

I'm going to sell my Kenny Hill New World Player 628mm cedar now that I have 615mm. I bought it for a great price on the auction site in 2010. Due to my stupidity it had a drop and has 2 cracks through the top. The bridge pulled off at some point too. Everything was repaired by a skilled luthier but none the less it is not in pristine condition. I'll probably try to sell it locally. I'm reluctant to ship a guitar in general and more so when it's not in perfect shape. I think the usual street price for a new Player is between $1200-1400 US.

Any thoughts on what price I should realistically ask for this guitar?
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Re: Value of a Hill Player with cracks

Post by Lovemyguitar » Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:27 pm

Realistically, used mid-range guitars (even in mint condition) generally go for about half of brand new, so, perhaps start with ~$700, but be willing to accept less if somebody makes an offer. Good luck!

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Re: Value of a Hill Player with cracks

Post by amy3000 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:48 pm

That's actually right where I was at to begin with in terms of pricing. People often like to bargain so I'll always ask for more than I'm willing to take on the local selling website.

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Re: Value of a Hill Player with cracks

Post by souldier » Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:07 pm

700 sounds about right as long as the repairs are professionally done and completely stable. If the damage is visually apparent, then you might have to settle for less.
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Re: Value of a Hill Player with cracks

Post by hesson11 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:10 am

Actually, I don't think I've seen a new Player listed for less than about $1,500 to $1,600. In fact, I believe the official list price is now $1,695.
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Re: Value of a Hill Player with cracks

Post by amy3000 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:32 pm

Bob,
Actually about $1200+. That's what I thought too until a friend of mine who got one locally told me that's about what she paid. But they list the higher price online.

The repairs are stable and only the longer crack is apparent if you are looking very closely. Thanks for the input. I feel comfortable with my starting asking price.

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Re: Value of a Hill Player with cracks

Post by eadiaz » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:51 pm

The lowest new price for a Kenny Hill New Player offered by a reputable dealer looks to be $1525 before tax and shipping. It looks to me like used guitar sell in average condition for about 50% of a new identical (or comparable) model.

Now, the cracks will decrease the value of the used guitar as they may decrease the cosmetic appearance and buyer's enjoyment of the guitar and increase the difficulty of reselling the guitar later on.

My experience is that a used guitar with repaired cracks may have to be sold at 30-35% of the price of a new comparable guitar. So if I were selling this item, I might list at $650-700, gradually drop the price in increments of $50 if there are no viewings, and sell on any offers above $475.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Re: Value of a Hill Player with cracks

Post by soltirefa » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:16 pm

Unless you need the money you might consider just keeping it. When I bought a shorter scale guitar (in my case a 630mm), I found I actually appreciated and enjoyed playing my longer scale guitars occasionally. There are some aspects of a longer scale that make playing easier. Each size has its advantages.

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Re: Value of a Hill Player with cracks

Post by amy3000 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:57 pm

I don't have to sell it but I really just play one guitar at a time and I'm very happy with my 615 mm Player. I wasn't sure I'd like the narrower neck on the 615 but having just taken the larger one out to take some photos I find I actually like it better as well as the smaller body. It took a while for me to sell my Almansa short scale and I went back and forth about keeping or selling in that time. It takes the waiting for the right person to come along.

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