OVEC Fire Sale! Hot! Hot! Hot!

Update: All guitars are sold! Thanks to our donor and the purchasers. Happy pickin’!

OVEC is having a fire sale. Seriously. It’s a guitar sale that resulted from an unfortunate house fire. Thankfully the homeowners escaped injury, but most of their possessions did not—except for some beautiful handmade guitars.

Thanks to Paul Epstein and Rita Ray you can hear how each one sounds here.

If you make us a reasonable offer (see original and now the asking price below), you will not only have a beautiful musical instrument, but also help support OVEC’s anti-fracking efforts. Here’s how we came to own these:

Last spring, an OVEC supporter, who really hates what fracking is doing to our state’s beautiful rural areas and the quality of life, offered us a number of guitars that survived the fire. Here’s what he wrote to us:

We had a house fire on November 13, 2013. A number of guitars I had stored in the basement (in closed cases on metal shelving) were damaged, but repairable. The cases were badly damaged and discarded.  None of the guitars were burned, but all experienced some damage due to heat, humidity and temperature changes.

Since our original blog May, 2014, all the guitars have been repaired and reconditioned. They were taken to Fretwell Bass in Staunton, VA, and repaired by the luthiers at that business. We know that they are not worth their pre-fire value, but they all sound really great and are beautiful! OVEC’s Tonya Adkins (a bluegrass musician herself) played each one of them, the day we picked them up. Feel free to call Jerry at Fretwell Bass if you have any questions about their refurbished condition.

All the proceeds for the sale of these guitars will be used in OVEC’s anti-fracking work. These guitars would be a bargain at the asking price, but we will accept any reasonable offer. Here’s your chance to get a great guitar while supporting a worthy cause—and just in time for that special someone for the Holidays.

All photos were taken by OVEC member, Debra McDanald.  Thanks, Debra!

The table below lists these guitars. E-mail vivian@ohvec.org for a version of this table with hotlinks to photographs of similar guitars or to the webpage of the guitar maker.

Fylde Single Malt

Fylde Single Malt

Fylde back

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Barbarossa

Barbarossa

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David Haxton

David Haxton

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Guitar Description           Pre-fire value      Repair estimate        Reconditioned price & new case
Santa Cruz 12-Fret  SOLD!    $3,649                               $306                                       $1,750
Fylde Single Malt                    $5,632                               $551                                       $2,750
Beardsell  A-4      SOLD!        $6, 318                              $1,100                                    $2,650
David Haxton SOLD!              $3,422                               $656                                       $1,400
Barbarossa    SOLD!               $1,900                               $211                                       $800

Anyone interested in buying one (or more) of these guitars, please e-mail vivian@ohvec.org and or call the OVEC office at 304-522-0246. Other photographs of each guitar are available upon request.  If you would like to see and play one or more of these guitars, we will try to make arrangements. The price does not include any shipping costs which would be added to the overall cost of the instrument(s).

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

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  1. I’m just wondering what the least is y’all would take for the Barbarossa. I love it. And I would love to help the cause. But, I’m pretty poor. So, idk if I’ll even have enough to get close. Just thought I’d ask.

    1. Hi. I will ask the boss and see what she says. We are a non-profit, so trying to fund raise with these, as you know…

  2. Hello, I’m interested in both the Barabarossa and the Santa Cruz. I left a message on your answering machine with my info. Thanks!
    Best regards,
    Dave

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