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I'm in a bit of a dilema!  I just bought a Martin Macias Bajosexto without even seeing it.  I trust my dad and my uncle on their expertise saying that the bajo is in very good condition.  I heard it over the phone and it sounds great.  My question is???????????

 

How much would you pay for a Martin Macias Bajosexto?

 

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Macias, lucy you! I'm also in the market for one myself. As far as the price i'm sure what ever you decide to pay it will be worth it. If anyone has one for sell let me know. Silver  ( email silvero.y.razo@exxonmobil.com )


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A Macias Bajo Sexto is worth the money. About $2000 is an average price for a basic bajo. Of course it depends on the wood used and any extras. I am sure rosewood and walnut would cost more than mahagony. Trust yor dad and uncle, I have never heard of someone being disappointed with a Macias. Its like buying a Les Paul Custom from Gibson, no worries!

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I have never bought one myself, but I hear that used ones start at about $1500 if you get them from Macias.  If you find one third party you may get a better deal.  What did you pay for the one you got?


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well, this is a 1960's to 1970's but really don't know because I haven't seeing myself.  Once I get it i'll take it to Mr. A Macias to looked at it and also get a new set of strings from him.

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Be sure to post some photos and a sound demo for us if you do get it. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we would like to see it.
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I would have to say that $1500.00 to $2000.00 is not a bad price. I know a couple of month's back Ricky Munoz(Intocable) purchased a 1950's Martin Macias from Tony Garza(David Lee Garza's Dad) and he paid $8000.00 for it.

 

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Sounds good then, I'm paying $1500 for it.

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A new Alberto Macias bajo starts at $2200.  I know of an early 60s vintage Martin Macias with cutaway in mint condition that recently brought $3000.  Max Baca told me the early ones can bring $7000.

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I finally got it.  This bajo sounds really nice and LOUD even though it needs a new set of strings.  I'm gonna take it to the Macias shop and see if Mr. Albert can verify authenticity, estimate its age and clean it up a bit.  I'll see if he can replace the pick guards and lower the action a bit.  Here are some pics of it.

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Sorry bro, but that dont look like a macias too me.  Just my opinion
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Mine to carnal it does not look like a Macias but it could also be really really old to???? nice either way....
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hummm i dont know what a macias looks like... except for gilberts.. so.... is it or is it not a macias? it does look old!

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the design on the headstock and the pickguards look different than the few macias' i've seen but maybe it just is really old.
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Sorry, but I have to agree that it doesn't look like a Macias at all, and I've seen plenty of them; new and old. The only thing I could add is that maybe the original owner, custom ordered it with different headstock, pick guards, and bridge. Then again if the bajo has changed hands over the years, it is possible that its been altered to suit their individual tastes. Some people want to have something different to stand out from the crowd. It is however, a good idea to have Don Alberto take a good look at it. He'll be able to verify it's authenticity.

 

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Yeah, I've been trying to take it to the Macias shop but my wife decided to go into labor Sunday night.  We barely got home from the hospital with the little one.  I'll try and sneak out tomorrow and head to San Antonio.  I've been calling the number 210-923-7529 but sounds busy all the time.  Thanks!

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Congratulations on the birth of your child. Does the bajo have a sticker on the inside? Its possible that it was altered, but I don't think its a Martin Macias bajo. I hope it turns out to be, if not can you take it back to who you bought if from and get your money?

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Im no Expert but the bridge looks different than any Macias Ive seen or played, also the number of Frets seems too many for an Old Macias.

 

But It could be a really early model when Mr. Martin was still experimenting with looks and Finishes.


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Well, I finally got the verdict from George and Albert Macias.  This bajo has been modified. It is or was better said, a Martin Macias.  George found that the head stock, bridge and pick guards are not original and might have been replaced in an attempt to repair it.  Also, he said that the rope binding in the front side is not original.  He mentioned that it would take a significant amount of money to repair all these parts mentioned and to redo the fret board since the action is a little high. I'll see what I can do and talk to the guy who sold it. 

 

One a seperate note, George and Albert are 2 fine luthiers.  George was working on the rope binding on two bajos he had there.  I saw thier finished work and they let me try out some bajos he had their already finished.  I forgot to ask him about thier strings and how much they cost.

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My Dad Rudy Gallegos is selling his 1960's Martin Macias Walnut Bajo Quinto for 4,000 if anyone is interested you can contact him 2107054400. He also custom makes his own bajos n strings.
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