Auction Item: 1999 Gibson Blueshawk
Winning Bid: $500
About six years ago, I tried to buy every P-90-equipped guitar out there. I remained curious about the semi-hollow Gibson Blueshawk, which sports a contoured, light body with f-holes, a Varitone switch—and P-90 pickups! From time to time, I’d do an eBay search for “completed listings” to see what Blueshawks were going for, and the ballpark was between $450 and $700.
The auction for this guitar ended at $475 without the reserve price being met—probably because the seller didn’t know how to post pictures and had only one positive feedback. But I was intrigued enough to call the seller, who said he’d lower the reserve to $500. I told him I’d love to buy his guitar, but that his low feedback made paying too risky. Because I had excellent feedback, he offered to ship the guitar first, and, if I was satisfied, I could send him a money order. I was impressed this guy was willing to ship a perfect stranger a $500 guitar and receive payment on the back end. I gave him my address before he came to his senses.
The guitar was almost brand new, and, after playing it for ten minutes, I knew it was going to be a keeper. I especially liked the dummy coil buried between the two P-90s, which keeps the guitar quiet while allowing the essence of the single-coils to come through. I really dig the Blueshawk. It’s like having a Les Paul, an ES-345, a Strat, a Tele, and an ASAT all rolled into one.
—Will Ray, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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