A guitar autographed by country singer Chris Cagle was traded for something of actual monetary value on Monday, boasts Toledo resident Jeff Scarborough.
“It’s one of those electric ones. Real sharp looking. The guy told me it doesn’t work great, but I’m betting Phil at the appliance store could fix it up,” said Scarborough of the fancy can opener he received in exchange for a Gibson L-5 Special. “After that, I might sell it or I might keep it. I can’t wait to try it out. I need to open a can of soup.”
Of the instrument his wife won in a radio station contest some years ago, Scarborough remarked: “Obviously, it used to be a pretty nice guitar. It might be worth something if not for all that writing on the front. What kind of person does that to a guitar, anyway?”
Buck Beall, who received the guitar in exchange for his can opener, thinks he got the better end of the trade. “I don’t know who the guy was that wrote on it, but the way he signed it, it looks kind of like it could say ‘Chris Gaines.’ Can you imagine what a guitar like that autographed by a bona fide country music star like Chris Gaines would be worth? I’m hoping someone with poor eyesight offers me a couple hundred dollars.”
He added: “When it’s all said and done, I just hope I don’t regret giving up that can opener.”
Should Beall fail to find a buyer, he might consider donating the guitar to the Columbus Museum of Country Memorabilia, an obscure tourist destination whose collection of more than 100 items autographed by stars like Jeff Carson, Lila McCann, and Ronnie McDowell is estimated to be worth approximately $13.62. “We’d love to add to our Cagle collection,” said curator Steve Polk when contacted for comment.
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