As I often do, I’ve been browsing on various selling websites to see if any Super Flighters are moving around and I came across some interesting ones. I found 3 different guitars, two SF500s and one SF1000, both being sold the same guy – “jaysgrocker2000”. Firstly, he seems to be a genuine seller, not someone selling photos found on Google. Secondly, his sales posts demonstrate exactly what to avoid when looking for a Super Flighter!
In this particular eBay listing, he’s advertising an SF500 with a stunningly generic description (probably taken from a catalogue or other website) and added no information specific to this guitar. No serial number, no mention of case (present or otherwise) and he actually used the exact same description for both SF500s and the SF1000, only varying the model number where appropriate. That’s alarm bell number one…
I was even more disturbed to see that there is absolutely no mention in the title, subtitle, condition overview, or main description, of the obviously replaced pickups and missing scratch plate! Plead ignorance if you like, however as he’s had two other models (which were original and complete by all appearances) for sale, you’d expect these rather significant factors to be noticed and commented on.
There is also absolutely no mention of any fretwear, drastic or unnoticeable, and there’s no close up photograph of any section of the fretboard to give the buyer any indication whatsoever as to the condition of the frets. Considering these guitars are over 30 years old, you have to expect there to be fretwear. However you cannot possibly make a decision on the price if there’s the possibility of having to recrown or even replace the frets.
The combination of these things alone clearly identifies either a scam, a misinformed seller, or someone who just doesn’t really care. If I were buying, any of those possibilities would push me away very, very quickly!
The cherry on the cake is the price… Considering an original SF500 with similar scratch patterns and no case can sell for as little as £250 in the last year or so, I’d expect to see an optimistic “Buy It Now” price of up to £300. Maybe a bid starting at £250 if he was brave. But £485?! No chance. The only case in which this would be acceptable based on recent sales history, would be if this was the first one seen on eBay in at least a year, if it was all original, and in better cosmetic condition (note the nasty dents on the rear of the neck, photograph #4). With the case would be nice, but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to sell one like that for over £500.
I’d personally value this guitar at an optimistic £250, assuming the replacement pickups (notice there is no mention of what pickups they are) were of a reasonable quality when compared to the originals.
If jaysgrocker2000 happens to read this, please take note of some of these points. Not only will it make you more likely to get a sale, but some sucker is going to get well and truly ripped off if they buy at that price!