Hi, I have the opportunity to purchase a 2001 MD-50B that was previously owned by Neil Andersson and Josh Hegg. The current owner is my old instructor and he was kind enough to let me take it home and play it for a while before deciding to purchase it. There are old discussions from the mid-2000s here on this forum about this guitar selling in 2009 and people apparently loving it:
However, it has definitely seen better days, with a 2 inch surface-level crack in the top on the lower left bout, and a large pick gouge below the soundhole that was filled. Judging from old listings of the guitar, the crack has been there for years and is stable. My old instructor glued it just in case. The bridge also seems a little strange and seems to have some intonation issues. Here are some pictures of it. The crack is more noticeable in person.
Admittedly, it is the only GJ guitar I have ever played, so I am not exactly sure how these things are "supposed" to sound, and how common minor intonation issues are. I primarily play a newer Gibson ES-335 and a 50's ES-175. However the way this guitar feels and sounds impressed me immediately, even without having other quality GJ guitars to compare it to. It is just so feather light and responsive.
It is offered to me for $4200, but with the considerable wear and worry of future issues with the top, I am wondering if I should instead look into a new Dupont MD-50 (not "B") for a similar cost. My fear with this is that the guitar will not be as light, responsive, and have the same woody/punchy tone that this one has.
What are your thoughts?