Mike Sharp knew he had something valuable. He just didn't know exactly how valuable it was. His mother always told him, the old guitar in the closet that had belonged to his father was his. Just so happens that dirty old guitar was a 1953 Fender Esquire, a piece of music history.
This little piece of guitar history sat in a closet for 50 some years, gathering dust, but aging gracefully. Mike Sharp's father bought the guitar new in 1953. Sharp says, "He died in an explosion in Bethlehem ship yard in 1956. my dad was a preacher and he loved music."
So Sharp brought the 1953 Fender Esquire to another music lover, Caylan Daughrity at A and S Music in Nederland to begin the process of discovering how much this classic electric guitar was worth.
Daughrity told 12 News HD, "Judging by the case, we knew it was an old piece. He opened it up and I was like oh man look at this. This is something special"
But this special piece of music history didn't give up all her secrets right away. Daughrity says they had to take the guitar apart to confirm it's age, "On these older guitars like this, the serial numbers were not put on the back of the neck plate or the back of the head stock or the front like they are now. They were written in side the body cavity and it's also signed and dated by the people who made them. It's really neat to be holding a piece of history like this."
Sharp says, "I knew it was gonna be worth some money as old as it is. It was built the year I was born."
After a bit of research Daughrity determined that the guitar could be worth as much as 24-thousand dollars, but the trick would be striking the right chord in the right buyer.
Daughrity says, "You'll see it in a museum or it'll be on stage. Somebody big. So it's going places." And when it does, Sharp plans to retire on a high note.
He says he will, "Enjoy my motorcycles and enjoy life a little bit, not have to worry so much.">
Daughrity says that new the guitar would have cost around $200. So far they have reached out to collectors in the US and internationally and even Fender has shown some interest in the guitar for their museum. Anyone who is interested in buying the guitar, needs to contact Caylan Daughrity at A and S music in Nederland.