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    Need some McCarty help

    Hello everyone. Being a grown-up has taken the time I used to devote to my PRS, so I'm going to sell my guitar. It's been in storage (coffin case w/ strings loosened) for 6 years now. I'm looking for help/direction on the following:

    1. What is a fair expectation of what I should ask or expect to receive for the guitar?
    2. I am bothered by some wear on the bridge and pickup covers. It seems like silver that's faded (if that makes sense). I hope the pics do it justice because I'm not sure how to treat it.
    3. What route should I use to ship the guitar to avoid damage? Anyone had success through a certain company that they could pass along?

    Thank for any info or time you can give me. I freely admit I don't know anything about this stuff.

    Pics at photobucket link:
    http://s1323.beta.photobucket.com/us...rpics/library/

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    Firstly, what can we do to talk you back into playing again? Playing guitar can be a rewarding hobby to help give you a break from the pressures of being a grown-up.

    If you absolutely insist on selling...

    1. I think price discussions are verboten on this forum, so don't expect to get any numbers here. My advice is the same anyway, and that's to watch eBay auctions on similar guitars for a while to see what the sellers are asking and, more importantly, what they're actually selling for.

    2. Looks typical based on the pics. The nickel finish tarnishes. Doesn't bother some people, but it can be polished out to make it shiny again.

    3. UPS, FedEx, USPS. They each have people (some very vocal) who love them and people who hate them. Truth is they're all pretty good (or bad), so just make sure it's packed well and insured.

    That's a nice looking older McCarty. I hope you change your mind and start enjoying it again.
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    +1 on Ebay.

    Also, Guitar Center's used web site can be a good gauge on used values.
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    Selling the guitar kills the dream. Keep it!

    That said, the advice (above) is solid.
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    i'd keep it.
    for your price request best look at some completed listing on ebay, like this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PRS-Paul-Ree...p2047675.l2557
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    I apologize for breaking forum rules. It's my fault I didn't read ahead on the pricing rule. I appreciate the feedback and help. The auctions go for around what I expected so thanks for the links.

    I would love to keep it, but time is short and I feel the money would be better in the kids college fund then in the guitar.

    Thanks again everyone!

    *one last question*

    How can I tell from the serial number what year it was made? I want to include this in the listing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragmeaway View Post
    How can I tell from the serial number what year it was made? I want to include this in the listing.
    Here you go.....from the PRS support site...

    Year Identification / Serial Numbers

    Excerpt from The PRS Guitars Book, written by Dave Burrluck

    Serial Number Year-Code Prefix

    All guitars and basses have serial numbers which start with a year prefix. The prefix is the last one or two digits of the production year, and it applies to all models below.
    Prefix Number Year or Years
    0 1990 2000
    1 1991 2001
    2 1992 2002
    3 1993 2003
    4 1994 2004
    5 1985 1995 2005
    6 1986 1996 2006
    7 1987 1997 2007
    8 1988 1998
    9 1989 1999
    08 2008
    09 2009
    10 2010
    11 2011
    Set-Neck Serial Numbers

    The serial number of a set-neck model is located on the back of the guitar’s headstock.

    After the year prefix, the remaining digits indicate the sequential order of set neck models built.
    Approximate Serial Numbers Year
    0001 - 0400 1985
    0401 - 1700 1986
    1701 - 3500 1987
    3501 - 5400 1988
    5401 - 7600 1989
    7601 - 10100 1990
    10101 - 12600 1991
    12601 - 15000 1992
    15001 - 17900 1993
    17901 - 20900 1994
    20901 - 24600 1995
    24601 - 29500 1996
    29501 - 34600 1997
    34601 - 39100 1998
    39101 - 44499 1999
    44500 - 52199 2000
    52200 - 62199 2001
    62200 - 72353 2002
    72354 - 82254 2003
    82255 - 92555 2004
    92556 - 103103 2005
    103104 - 114999 2006
    115000 - 128400 2007
    128401 - 143000 2008
    143001 - 157200 2009
    157201 - 169000 2010
    169001 - 2011
    CE Models

    Approximate Serial Numbers Year
    7 0001 – 0270 1988
    7 0271 – 1830 1989
    7 1831 – 3200 1990
    7 3201 – 4540 1991
    7 4541 – 7090 1992
    7 7091 – 8820 1993
    7 8821 – 10700 1994
    7 10701 – 13000 1995
    7 13001 – 14680 1996
    7 14681 – 17130 1997
    7 or CE 17131 – 19580 1998
    CE 19581 – 20749 1999
    CE 20750 – 21599 2000
    CE 21600 – 23199 2001
    CE 23200 – 25389 2002
    CE 25390 – 26399 2003
    CE 26400 – 27900 2004
    CE 27901 – 29377 2005
    CE 29378 - 31699 2006
    CE 31700 - 32799 2007
    CE 32800 - 33600 2008

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    EG Models

    The year of manufacture is determined the same way for the EG models. Like the CE models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar. The following number determines the model: 5 or EG for the EG models, then the sequential number for that particular model.
    Approximate Serial Numbers Year
    5 0001 – 0920 1990
    5 0921 – 1290 1991
    5 1291 – 2070 1992
    5 2071 – 2870 1993
    5 2871 – 3190 1994
    5 3191 - 3300 1995
    Swamp Ash Special Models

    The year of manufacture is determined the same way for the Swamp Ash Special. Like the CE and EG models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar. The following number determines the model: 8 or SA for the Swamp Ash Special, then the sequential number for that particular model * the first 200 Swamp Ash Specials were given a CE serial number.
    Approximate Serial Numbers Year
    8 00001 – 00410 1997
    8 or SA 00411 – 00760 1998
    SA 00761 – 00969 1999
    SA 00970 – 01179 2000
    SA 01180 – 01399 2001
    SA 01400 – 01899 2002
    SA 01900 – 02099 2003
    SA 02100 – 02287 2004
    SA 02288 – 02700 2005
    SA 02701 – 02800 2006
    SA 02801 – 02900 2007
    SA 02901 – 03000 2008
    Bolt-On Bass: Sequential Serial Numbers

    After the year prefix, these models use a code digit of "4", indicating a bolt-on neck bass. This is followed by the sequential number for that particular model. The serial number will be located on the neck plate on the back of the bass.
    Approximate Serial Numbers Year
    4 0001 – 0030 1989
    4 0031 – 0140 1990
    4 0141 – 0200 1991
    Set-Neck Bass: Sequential Serial Numbers

    After the year prefix, these models us a code digit of "9", indicating a set-neck model bass. This is followed by the sequential number for that particular model. The serial number will be located on the back of the headstock.
    Approximate Serial Numbers Year
    9 0001 – 0230 1986/87
    9 0231 – 0350 1988
    9 0351 – 0680 1989
    9 0681 – 0730 1990
    9 0731 – 0800 1991
    Electric Bass: Sequential Serial Numbers

    After the year prefix, these models use a code of "EB", indicating Electric Bass. This is followed by the sequential number for that particular model. The serial number will be located on the back of the headstock.
    Approximate Serial Numbers Year
    EB 00007 – 00072 2000
    EB 00073 – 00199 2001
    EB 00200 – 00422 2002
    EB 00423 – 00501 2003
    EB 00502 – 00650 2004
    SE Model Serial Numbers

    The serial number on SE model guitars can be found on the back of the headstock.
    The year of manufacture for SE guitars can be determined by the letter prefix prior to the sequence of numbers that follow.
    Prefix Letter Year
    A 2000
    B 2001
    C 2002
    D 2003
    E 2004
    F 2005
    G 2006
    H 2007
    I 2008
    J 2009
    K 2010
    L 2011
    Acoustic Serial Numbers

    The serial number of an acoustic is located on the label inside the sound hole of the guitar.
    All acoustic serial numbers begin with the letter "A", and are followed by the two digit year prefix.
    Prefix Letter Year
    A09 2009
    A10 2010
    A11 2011
    The remaining digits indicate the sequential number of acoustics built to date.
    Approximate Serial Numbers Year
    0001 – 0190 2009
    0191 – 0517 2010
    0518 – 2011

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    And when the kids are done college then no guitar and a huge regret. I'd keep it. Time will become more.

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    my cu24 ap from 2008 has a 8 not 08.
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    last question. If I wanted to shine up the bridge/pickup covers what could I use to safely restore some finish?

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    A lot of people use a polish called Blue Magic on their nickel parts. Somebody else might have other suggestions, though. I personally don't bother with polishing the nickel.
    --Garrett--

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    One comment on the ebay pricing - Keep in mind you will lose about 15 Percent of that amount to fees. What I've done is take than number nock about 10% off (to leave you some barganing room) and list it on the Vintage Rocker Forums and the Gear Page Forums. Both are very active. I find them easier to deal with than Ebay. I use Ebay as a last resort....

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