As the owner of the guitar under discussion, it’s been fascinating being a “fly on the wall” for this discussion.
The OP and I were jamming recently when he expressed his admiration for my Wolf. I also recently received an unsolicited offer to buy, through The Gear Page, from someone who’s long admired it.
I currently own 3 Jerry-style axes. The others are a Philtone Tiger and a Philtone-modded Reverend Avenger. The Wolf is a beautiful and fine sounding guitar but, for various reasons, both of the others receive more playing time. So I thought, why not at least consider possibly selling the Wolf to someone who will play it more frequently.
I ordered mine c. June 2014 and received it July 2015. Including the case and shipping, I paid a little over $3K. Upon receipt, I put another $400 or so into it to address certain issues (I posted on that at the time in detail with pictures).
The last time I saw a price listed on the Scarlet Fire website for a fully tricked out Wolf, IIRC, it was a little over $6K. Then all prices disappeared from the site. According to the builder, "Due to demand and availability of materials (principally cocobolo and Gabon ebony), please call for current pricing."
My Wolf took 13 months from when I ordered it to arrive. Others have speculated it’s still about the same today. That assumption seems reasonable.
This Scarlet Fire Wolf was listed recently on reverb.com for $4,495 + $100 shipping. Its owner modded it in a number of ways, including removing the OBEL and changing the bridge. https://reverb.com/item/1578516-jerry-g ... arlet-fire
This thread’s now gotten nearly 400 views and replies that include microeconomic analysis and analogies to gold, but in the end, interestingly, no one's suggested a ballpark actual price for it. Were we instead discussing the original Ric frying pan guitar and folks were asked to guess its current market value, I’m guessing the responses would be more specific!
If I needed the cash immediately for an organ transplant I might take less, but based on what I know about my specific guitar, what a new one costs now (more or less), how long it takes to get one, and other relevant stuff, I’ll guess a cash sale value around what the one on reverb was listed for wouldn’t be unreasonable.
Too many of my Dead musician friends and acquaintances know I have this guitar and have dropped hints about it. I’m not sure I'm quite ready to sell it just yet. But should that occur in the future, I’d be looking to agree with the buyer on a price that’s fair both ways. If anyone wishes to explain why you believe the the number in the reverb.com ad I shared is too high or too, from my perspective, it's fine to do so.