I am thinking to sell my 1990 Gibson Granada tuning pegs with large pearloid buttons in favour of Rickards. They are gold with no writing or inscription on them. All work. What do you think would be a fair price to sell? Thanks.
Edited by - Waltraud on 10/29/2023 15:53:24
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
Find out what similar new ones sell for in your area. Reduce that by, say 20%, and go with that. Since there is nothing unique about the pegs, you should be able to find reference prices.
Do they have the "bands" on the casing?
And a slightly "offset" shaft (to which the buttons attach)?
If so, they are probably gold-plated Waverly's.
Find out what these sell for new.
Ask about 50% of that.
Thanks, they don't have bands and not offset, I'm curious as to what they are.
Unless you need the money, I'd suggest holding on to the old tuners. Banjo people are sticklers for originality, and if you decide to sell at some point, the value of a Rich era Granada will be enhanced by having all the original parts. Likewise hold on to the original case, even if it's beat up.
What you get by selling a set of used Waverlys will be peanuts in comparison to what you will lose in value when you sell the Granada without the original tuners.
Just my opinion, of course.
Edited by - waystation on 11/05/2023 19:08:35
Thanks Rich, I have had this in mind and follow the values, condition etc. I was mostly curious but also frustrated by the tuners. This evening I made some leather washers and fitted them under the tuning buttons, feel and hold tune a bit better now. I won't sell them. I've replaced the original tailpiece with a brass Prucha and keep the original and the original armrest separately. Instead it has a very comfortable Banjolit maple armrest.
Excellent strategy, Tim. I've changed many parts on my 1988 Granada but I could put it back to original configuration if I wanted to. Tuners are a tough thing to keep going on older banjos, which I shudder to think my one-owner Granada is. I've had four or five sets of tuners on it over the years,and the originals are probably the ones I'm least satisfied with. But people want that Gibson name on the tuner can.
Waystation, I'm curious now about what you've changed and why? I'm finding the Banjolit maple armrest really comfortable and planning on some Rickards as the originals are not up to gigging.
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