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Have two Les Pauls. Which one to sell?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by AJBaker, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. Fretting out

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    We NEED to SEE these beauties!
     
  2. fenderchamp

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    sell them both
     
  3. AJBaker

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    Already there on that front!
    The telecaster (baja model) has always had a 4-way. I've just removed the phase switch and installed Klein pickups that are pretty musical.

    On my strat I tried the Armstrong mod, but I didn't like it at all. N+M or B+M in series didn't sound good, and the out of phase positions were useless. Instead, I installed a 4-way switch with these positions:
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    2. Middle
    3. Neck
    4. Bridge + Neck in series.

    Then, I made the third knob a blender for the middle pickup, so I still get the quack sounds.
     
  4. G.Rotten

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    Keep the one that is hardest to replace.
     
  5. Kloun

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    I don't think you should sell either. I have a suspicion that you may miss the one you sell. I think you should only sell if (1) you are extremely hard up for money (2) you already know you won't miss the guitar. It doesn't seem like you're broke, so (1) doesn't apply. Since you're struggling to figure out which one (2) doesn't apply. Like the guitars I sold, I knew I didn't want and it wasn't a debate. One extra guitar isn't going to clutter things up that much. I mean, it's not like you're collecting pianos or anything.
     
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    They look gorgeous. What I said above still applies. I wouldn't sell either. They are sufficiently different in their own way.
     
  8. AJBaker

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    I actually had my eye out for a Epiphone special, when I came across the goldtop at a good price (600$)!
     
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    Pretend you sold one. You put it in your car and go to meet someone from Craigslist or it goes to the music store or whatever and put it away for a week or 2.

    See how it feels.

    (The real answer is keep both and buy another.)
     
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  12. AJBaker

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    Plus, if I sell one, I'll have to decide which case to keep. Gator vs Kinsman. 15982534407677120332641797562130.jpg 15982534735624390602914313494282.jpg
     
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    My answer is keep the edwards and sell the gold top to me.

    Beautiful top, humbuckers, lawsuit guitar awesomeness.

    How far are you from Atlanta?
     
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    Switzerland! Well i wont be road tripping to you.

    Back to put one away for a week and see how it feels.
     
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    Visually a Goldtop with cream P90s can't be beat IMO, it's just a great look. I'm not personally a big fan of flamed tops either, although that said yours looks nicely understated.
    However, if one has to go, ignoring all of that, if it were me I think I would keep the Edwards. You've had it a long while and you're attached to it, and I suspect the regret would be with you a long while if it went.

    I'm possibly coming into a similar situation soon, my 2 main guitars are a relatively modern black Gordon Smith and a 2019 Gibson Les Paul Special in TV Yellow.
    One might have to go for reasons that aren't relevant here. They're both great guitars. The Gordon Smith gets the most playing time, it just feels like home. But I love the Gibson as well, I'd always wanted a TV Yellow Special, and when the 2019 with the 50s neck came out I had to have one., so in some respects it's the guitar I always wanted.

    The Gordon Smith is matte black, and when i bought it (used) had all black hardware and looked a bit too 'rock' for me. I've swapped all the hardware out for Chrome, changed the pickups and now it looks a lot better, but visually I still prefer the Gibson by a country mile.
    However, if it comes to the crunch i think the Gibson will have to go. The Gordon Smith I'm more attached to, and when it comes to it is actually a better guitar. It's tough though, either will cause regret.
    As others have said, if you don't *have* to sell either don't. I let an Epiphone Goldtop with p90s go and I still regret it a year later, I was trying to declutter and my thinking was "Well, it's only an Epiphone"....regardless it was a glorious guitar and I really should have kept it!
     
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    Other factors:
    The Tokai has nicer binding (painted amber on the other one), and the neck-headstock woodwork is beautiful. The natural mahogany is nicer to look at than the red stained mahogany.
    The headstock is also classier looking: sharper lines, and pretty inlays.

    The Edwards is lighter (same weight as my Fenders) and a bit more resonant. I've also noticed that it intonates better than the Tokai (where I had to reverse the D saddle).

    I can do just about everything with my tele, but for sheer rock it's hard to beat a Les Paul through a screaming tube amp... Not necessarily a very subtle sound, but it just about plays itself for the solos.

    Thanks for all the replies so far!

    (As for Atlanta, it might be a bit of a stretch... :)
     
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    keep the edwards. if you want a p90 guitar you can always swap the PAFs later. besides, i imagine the edwards would be harder to replace than a new new tokai if you ever change your mind.
     
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    If your choice is money related (I don't need to know), look up the new 2020 Epiphone TV Yellow Special. It is 95% of what your Gibson is at a fraction of the price.
     
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    Yep... They announced them literally a couple of weeks after I bought the Gibson...if I had known I would've waited and gone with the Epiphone.
    But you're right it's still an option if it comes to it. I got the Gibson new but it was a really good price, and I reckon I could recoup most of it if I had to
     
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    Sell the Lesser one, of course

    Based on looks alone, I'd sell the goldtop
    But I'm a fool for the flame and I have no shame
     
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