I for one would like to know where on the net your friend bought his Kohno Special for $5000! I search the net almost everyday...especially for Kohnos. In any event, when I sold my 1998 Kohno Special for $4800 I was TOTALLY desperate. And, I'd say that whoever sold your friend the 2008 Kohno Special for a mere $5000 was desperate too. I don't think that $5000 for a brand new Kohno Special is a "fair" price...it's a steal. Kohnos are so underrated. It's interesting to note that Robert Ruck (in an interview) gave high praise to Kohno and considers him to have been one of the greatest guitar builders of our time...and, new Ruck guitars sell northward of $18,000!
Anyway, I'll reiterate that I think quixilver's asking price is a fair starting point for any final negotiations that may ensue...
Well, I agree my friend bought from a seller who was in urgent to sell for cash. But if you go to the popular auction today and see a new listing with item number : 130354561157, you can see a 2000 Special is asking for anything between US$4700 to US$ 5500 only. SoI still feel the $6750 is indeed high price.