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    1977 SR with refinished body...what's it worth?

    I have a chance to snag this bass for a pretty fair price in my eyes, but I wanted to ask the experts their opinion. I know that all original '77 SR can go for around $2K, but I'm not sure how the refinish effects that price.

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    Oh and it doesn't come with the original case, so not sure how that effects the value.
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    if all the parts are correct (bridge, pickup, tuners, electronics) and it doesnt have the crack at the trussrod bullet it might be a good bass

    what it is worth is hard to say. for some it might be 2000, for others 1000

    i do see the string dampers are missing but you can buy those new today (from the classic series)

    if you like the bass and the price is right, go for it

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    Basically what MrM says.

    Do you have pics of the preamp, the pickup cavity, serial number and underneath the pickup itself? Make sure the pickup and preamp are not after market substitutes.
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    Not that I can calculate an "authentic" price, but years
    of browsing online says the price is competitive.

    As to any loss of value due to a refin, a good refin, it's
    not really an issue. While there is a following for early
    MM basses, it's not an absurdly inflated COLLECTOR
    situation where originality is at a premium. So even if
    there is some rule of the marketplace that says a refin
    drops the value, it drops so minimally that everything
    else about the bass is far more important. $2500 or
    so usually buys an early StingRay with natural finish,
    sometimes a bit less $$ depending on condition. Over
    $2500 is seldom seen.

    What if someone had put in a non-MM pre-amp years
    ago and a more recent owner has replaced that with a
    proper-for-the-era MM pre ? No harm, no foul with MM
    basses. But if it were in a collectible Fender, the visibly
    non-vintage new solder joint, and a marking on the pre
    showing it to be a year older or newer than the bass,
    would be the difference between a $10,000 bass and a
    a $5,000 bass [or worse]. Thaz the Fender thing.

    With early MM basses, 100% perfect originality is pretty
    much a side bar, a curiosity, and is worth a sort of token
    difference. With MM, if it IS what it IS ... has all its right
    elements and is in nice shape, nobody cares too much
    about a refin or "wrong" date on a pot or a neck. No one
    cared about any of that crap back when those collectible
    Fenders were new, or were just "used basses", either. In
    the MM world, Collector Insanity holds verrrry little sway
    concerning price.

    MM peeps are players, not curators :-) There's less than
    several historically significant individual MMs out there.
    Those are what they are. ALL the rest are for us players.

    So, buy the damnt thing if it has no functional troubles !
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    Thanks all for your input. I'm still on the fence if I'm going to pull the trigger on this trade. I'm not a 4 string player, but this bass would be more of a collector's item than a player for me.
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    It's a refin, you don't want it as a player, might I suggest Amazon, Apple, Nvidia,Walmart, or Google stock?
    If it's a good refin, original electronics, it has no issues, isn't hiding bondo from a hack job, and sounds good then $1500.

    If it's a bad refin, but otherwise ok maybe $1200.

    I mean, check eBay completed items and you'll get an idea that melting motherboards down to make a block of gold is a better use of your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlepre View Post
    .......... this bass would be more of a
    collector's item than a player for me.
    I'm feeling nawzious ...
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

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