Picked this 1959 00-18 up last month. My first vintage guitar! One owner. The guitar was purchased from a small music store, but fairly reputable, and was advertised as having an Adirondack spruce top. Some back channel conversation with Buck (thanks again) and the serial number confirmed it is indeed Sitka. Oh, well. The sound is exactly what I'm looking for in a small body guitar. I have no idea what the average price is for this specific year. I'm wondering how much "extra" I spent due to it being advertised as Adirondack. I paid $3700. The condition is a bit scuffed up, but the action is low, saddle tall, minimal fret wear, cracks fixed, and of course, great tone.
There was a bit of a saddle lean to it. I figured since they are reputable that this was nothing to worry about and something they checked into. After purchasing, went home and changed the strings to find out there was a small un repaired crack in the bridge/saddle slot--but had it checked out by a local luthier and he made sure the saddle was at least sitting level to the bottom of the saddle slot. I've spent time reading up on old threads regarding this issue, and I will have it looked at by someone with expertise in the area sooner rather than later. I called them asking about it the day after I purchased it and he claimed they did not feel it was in bad enough shape to need fixing. But said if anything happened to it over the next 3 months, it would be covered. Great store. Great owner. I guess I am wondering if this price was fair considering it is not Adirondack and with the possible cracked bridge? Again, the tone is what matters mostly. It has it. I am just a little disappointed with the bridge crack as well as the false advertising of the top wood. I am assuming it was just an honest mistake. I am not too worried about it. I am the type of person that unless I was treated horribly unfairly, I would just rather let it go. I still think the price is fair considering the tone and the tall saddle. Just curious to what you guys all think.
Here are pictures. The following links are the same photos, but an enlarged version if you want a closer look:
Thanks for looking.