Well boys here is what I got - First I am the proud new owner.
Guitar was listed for around $1799. After playing it for 30 minutes then inspecting it thoroughly the action was not bad but a bit too high but comfortable enough and she sounds great…exactly like it is supposed to. To get lower action the there is not much room for shaving but instead a neck reset will need to be done ( I may be wrong on this, but it could be shaved and be OK…is really close)…which it is gonna be close but that’s at least going to be $500.00 so we agreed on that (although they can get it for cheaper and I would pay more). I also split a bit off of the “profit” and basically agreed that this is a $1100 guitar and an $1800 guitar with a neck reset. So we agreed but I wanted not to spend maybe $600 on a neck reset but instead I wanted a neck reset at their cost verses what i would pay for it from a well known Luthier in town (we have 3 well known ones around town Nashville). With this I get a neck reset for no more than $350.00 and I get their receipt for the work and it will be done by one of the “top” guys in town. So with that I will be into her for $1450 once I get the neck reset.
Birth year Martin for me, is worth a few extra bucks, but damn she is in good shape. IN all honestly the guitar after neck reset would max out at $2000 price tag and realistically be a $1600-$1800 guitar, so I am fairly happy with her. I guess teh “birth year” for me is worth a few hundred bucks to me also, which you can’t put a price on that.
So I am the new owner.
Now while I was in there I got to play the 1949 D28 (they want $13K), if you did not see it, go to their sight and look at it. Talk about a guitar. John Prine was in yesterday to look at it and they think he is coming back. I told them in me buying the D18 and if John Prine would call to come back in and get it then they had to let me know so I could magically stumble into the shop while he was there and they agreed - I am really a big John Prine fan and have been for years, seen him in concert 2 years ago.
So that’s the story. She plays perfectly fine the way she is and sounds great but to be “perfect” she will need a neck reset.