I hope we are allowed to post questions about brands other than PRS here. I would like to "pick the collective brains" of the members of this forum who are remarkably knowledgable about vintage gear. Here goes....if the question is inappropriate, my apologies, and mods please feel free to delete the post.
Here is a question that I'd like to run past the forum.
I recently traded for a 1961 Gibson SG/LP....it was presented as 100% original, with the only "issue" being that the pickup covers were once off, and now are back on.
However...there is a 2nd issue that I am potentially concerned about. The guitar was represented as having 1 pickup with a PAF sticker, and the 2nd pickup having no trace of a sticker ever being there. All solder joints are 100% original. It has never had the electronics played around with, and all the pots are date-accurate.
The guitar was obtained from Charlie at "Groovy Guitars" in NJ...he does a lot of eBay sales, and the guitar was obtained via a private trade deal.
the case is 100% original, and the dealer included a letter in whch he personally attested to the above facts regarding the pickup sticker, etc.
I figured that since it was obtained as a future investment piece, I should have the pickups validated. so I contacted George Gruhn. Bottom line...to provide an accurate assessment of the condition, with associated appraisal, we are talking about a total fee of $420 including return shipping...not including the cost of sending him the guitar.
so...a fee of $500 to get a validation of the originality...I don't need the appraisal value...that changes year to year...I just want to get "proof of original" with regard to the 2nd PAF.
What would you guys do? Is a letter from a relatively obscure dealer with 500+ positive feedback on eBay and 15 years as a vintage dealer sufficient? Is evidence of unbroken solder joints in a guitar with a matching pickup that HAS the sticker sufficient evidence?
What do you guys suggest? Have you ever heard of a "non-stickered" PAF? Could it be anything else, given the fact that all solder is intact, all pots are date accurate and the other pickup has the sticker??
I really don't want to shell out that kind of dough just to get a letter stating what I have already been told...unless, it is sooo unusual to have a pickup like this that a George Gruhn appraisal would be necessary for any future sale.
Any advice would be appreciated. Please don't ask for photos at this point...I don't want to open it up again, and I can vouch for the fact that the solder is intact...the pots are all prior to mid1961....and that the other pickup has the sticker.
Thanks in advance for whatever the collective braintrust over here can provide.