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Jun 3, 2023 - 2:27:24 PM
53 posts since 8/14/2016

I just spent hours searching for information on an older Dobro I'm about to take a look at. I wonder if you experts can tell me a ballpark estimate of it's value. From what I researched, I believe the Decal is one that was used starting in 1967. Hopefully I can make out the serial number. I believe I will see a serial # in this range;
1967-1974 OMI Dobro:
101 - 401 1967-1970
402 - 712 1971
713 - 1427 1972
1428 - 2296 1973
2297 - 2372 early 1974
If my research is correct. If it is in reasonable condition, and if the serial number jives with this list, I'm thinking $700 - $900 is it's estimated value. There are a lot of "if's" in that statement. What do you experts have to say?

Jun 5, 2023 - 4:53:59 AM
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1336 posts since 8/4/2008

Without actual photos of the guitar, it's impossible to give a guesstimate. Is this a round neck or square neck?

Think if you were trying to get the value of a car based on its logo.

Edited by - Brad Bechtel on 06/05/2023 04:55:41

Jun 7, 2023 - 1:49:18 PM

53 posts since 8/14/2016

Thanks Brad,
I neglected to mention in the OP, it's a square neck.
After inspecting the instrument I found;
Serial # 222
It sounds great and is 100% functional
The finish shows it's been on the road for a few decades.

Jun 7, 2023 - 3:39:29 PM

4510 posts since 7/27/2008

That's a little more information than we had earlier, though with only the headstock as pointed out by Brad it'ds impossible to be very accurate. I would say it's on the low end $700 - maybe closer to $600.

I've seen a few '70s and '80s OMI squareneck Dobros for sale on line fairly recently, and a couple on the Steel Guitar Forum that looked pretty clean, and there were no takers at around $800 with extras thrown in.

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