Electromatics

So whats this 5120 really worth?

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Recently picked up this 2011 Orange 5120 in Excellent , like new condition. With the Gretsch case. Looks like hardly played at all...add to that..some major upgrades. Grover locking tuners and some TV Jones classics in the bridge and neck postion. From what I see on ebay...most 5120's with a case go around $500 in good condtion. The locking nut tuners are $70..and the TV Jones what ive looked up are around $200 or up. So, do I have a $870 guitar on my hands. Ive been offered $600, $625..but that just seems lowball to me.

2

Mods don't add incremental value to a guitar. The offer doesn't seem all that lowball to me. If you have the original parts swap them back in and sell the upgraded parts separately. That's the only way to maximize resale on a modded guitar.

3

I agree completely with what built4speed had to suggest to you. Take out those pickups for another guitar in your future, and sell this one. You won't likely get $620 if you have the old Gretschbuckers in it.

But, this particular model has somewhat been overtaken by the new Electromatics which are better looking, in my opinion, and have better stock pickups than the 5120s. Yours may be a lovely example of the 5120, but, given a choice, many, if not most, would select the 5420 that is being sold now with a brand new street price of only $175 more than what you were offered for your used 5120.

4

I would sell it for $625. I sold my 5120 to a friend for $300 which is also what I paid for it. The only reason I sold it was because I couldn't abide by the thin neck. If you like a thinner neck then I would keep it because they are great guitars, especially with your upgrades and they are not being made anymore. The new 5420s have a thicker neck which is better for me. I was shopping for a 5422 when I stumbled on a great 50th Anniversary Epiphone Casino. That guitar has one of the best feeling necks I've ever played but I digress.

5

I would sell it for $625. I sold my 5120 to a friend for $300 which is also what I paid for it. The only reason I sold it was because I couldn't abide by the thin neck. If you like a thinner neck then I would keep it because they are great guitars, especially with your upgrades and they are not being made anymore. The new 5420s have a thicker neck which is better for me. I was shopping for a 5422 when I stumbled on a great 50th Anniversary Epiphone Casino. That guitar has one of the best feeling necks I've ever played but I digress.

– BuddyHollywood

agree on the Casino!..i had one before I bought the Gretsch...nice neck! I liked the weight and sound of the P90's.

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Recently picked up this 2011 Orange 5120 in Excellent , like new condition. With the Gretsch case. Looks like hardly played at all...add to that..some major upgrades. Grover locking tuners and some TV Jones classics in the bridge and neck postion. From what I see on ebay...most 5120's with a case go around $500 in good condtion. The locking nut tuners are $70..and the TV Jones what ive looked up are around $200 or up. So, do I have a $870 guitar on my hands. Ive been offered $600, $625..but that just seems lowball to me.

– shakey6461

That's a cheeky guitar with those upgrades, I did much the same to my 5120, I sold mine as I got into the Japan 6120's, but the old 5120 was a great guitar. You might regret selling it, it looks in super condition. I'd keep the upgrade on it if you kept it.

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agree on the Casino!..i had one before I bought the Gretsch...nice neck! I liked the weight and sound of the P90's.

– shakey6461

You sold it? I hope you wanted to and didn't have to. It will be a sad day for me if I ever have to let it go. It was one of those guitars I knew immediately that I wanted as soon as I picked it up. That rarely happens to me.

I played my friend's new to him early 80s Gibson 335 Dot Reissue with Shaw Humbuckers last week and I honestly liked the way my Casino played and felt better. I didn't get a chance to hear his 335 plugged in but I'm sure I would like the P90s in the Casino better too.

8

Although I like single coils much better than humbuckers and all my other guitars are single coils but I love the looks and sound of electromatic's. I have no intentions of making any mods. I like it as it is.

9

That was about the retail price of a new one sans the TV Jones. I know, I have '07 5120 without the TV Jones.

Take the offer or keep it and know that you got a deal.


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