Doog -> RE: Antonio Marin Montero? (Nov. 14 2007 9:10:21)
So my friend has this flamenco guitar, kind of beat up but plays good, sounds great. I know he is well renowned for classical guitars, and the new ones look expensive. This old flamenco guitar has a very faded lable looks like 1970. Super light, peg head blanca, with a wood golpeador on treb side, clear plastic up top. Here is the weird thing...18 frets! The high note is Bb!![&:] Intonation is perfect though.
Any ideas of what it is worth? Not really anxious to sell just curious.
I have a 1990 Antonio Marin Montero blanca that I acquired about 3 years ago for $5.5K. It was kind of musty and dusty when I first got it. Allegedly it was owned by someone who did not play flamenco and he just decided to sell it because it was just laying around and not getting played. I think that he may have kept it under his bed because inside were a few dust bunnies and it had a musty fragrance. I vacuumed it out and gave it a couple of shots of Febreeze [for real!]. This allowed the fragrance of the wood to come out and as I played it, it opened up very nicely and has an excellent tone. It looks a little used, but it is not banged up or scarred and there are no cracks or repairs. It is light weight and very comfortable to hold and play [It is definitely one of my favorites]. It has machine tuners.
I am not an expert at pricing guitars, but I have bought, traded, and sold a whole bunch of them [I am not a dealer]. My best guess is that the A.M. Montero that you described would be worth between $4K and $5K depending on the market and the level of interest a buyer would have in a vintage flamenco guitar.
It sounds like a sweet little guitar.