Excerpt from email:
"I really need to sell a STW-230 YM. You can have it for [redacted]. It's a '95. Paperwork says Model #022/200. Not sure they made 200?"
Later in email:
"... but I really would like [redacted] because its [sic] excedeingly [sic] rare." (He then goes on to talk about the other two guitars I've purchased from him.)
For those that don't know, it's a 12 over 6, Malmsteen Edition Strat, with the scalloped necks. I already have a Fender Custom but it doesn't have the scalloped necks. If I wanted scalloped necks, I can order them and just chuck 'em on. They're the 4 bolt necks, as opposed to this one, which was made by Fender Japan and that means it's probably the 3 bolt system.
The low price is absurdly low - so he must need the money. The high price, the second one that they asked for, is really obscene - it's 5 figures. Knowing him, he probably paid the original Japanese prices and had a friend import it for him (they weren't made for export).
It is rare - I have to give him that. I'm not sure it's 5-figures rare and I don't want to rip him off - as the low price is a very low 4 figure amount. In the not-to-distant future, I could make use of it. He wants a bit less than what I can find the model for on a defective eBay listing.
I find another listed for about $3,500 USD. (About twice the low price.)
I have no fucking clue what this guitar is actually worth - which is kind of unusual. I've appraised and purchased a lot of guitars. It's a low model number, one of a very limited number, and I'm absolutely certain it's in fine condition - a higher condition than he'll have rated it himself. He said it was used and could use a good cleaning and electronics check. That means it's been played less than a few dozen times, probably.
(He's a bit of a collector but doesn't seem to play most of his collection.)
So, I'm wondering if any goats have any experience with this model? It's sometimes called a "YJM" instead of "YM." I've never seen this guitar in person. I've made three phone calls and everyone has basically said, "I have no idea what that'd be worth." Not even my luthier knows what it's worth - and it's not listed in any books that he has, nor any books that I have to hand.
Thoughts? Ideas of valuation? For once, I'm pretty stumped.