I'm new to the forum and I don't play guitar but It has been a hankering and I dabbled a little several years ago - bought an older Yamaha FG-140 from a pawn shop and still own it but left it back on the east coast. I recently moved into a new apartment and one of my neighbors has been playing for years. It seems he is amenable to showing me a few things and I thought of picking up a "beater" to learn on.
On a recent pawn shop visit, I happend upon a Conn f20 built in Japan and they are asking $165 which I feel is a bit strong. After poking around online, it seems the going price is in the $50-$100 range and I was thinking of maybe offering $70-$75 for it. Overall, it doesn't seem abused but it I noticed that one of the tuner heads had been removed with the base rotated and screwed into a different position leaving the previous holes exposed. I'm assuming the old screw holes were stripped out. There are also a couple of prominent scuffs and one noticeable gouge on the body below the bridge which doesn't concern me much. Serial number suggests a 1973 build date.
I thought it had pretty bright tones, at least to my novice ears!! I'm assuming the guitar is likely of similar quality to the Yamaha FG series? In so far as the reviews online go, it seems some don't care for them and others adore them. Is it worth grabbing?
Thanks for the help!