Most of the guitars I see are not classic/retro guitars that are priceless. In fact, they are quite the opposite. Most guitars that I see are one that have low monetary value and are of entirely sentimental value. These guitars are usually not worth more than a couple hundred bucks originally, let alone when I get to see them, and yet these are the ones I enjoy working on the most.
Diamonds in the rough
I love working on these because they offer the best value return in that they go from unplayable when I get them to an instrument that the customer just can’t put down.
I have to be up front with the customer about the cost of the repairs to value of the guitar ratio, which is often lopsided in that the repair costs can be more than the instrument is worth. However, it just might mean that now the instrument is usable, and that’s where the value really is.