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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. Audiowonderland

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    The correct answer is "why are you selling either one?"
     
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    Wall hooks are cheap;). I keep extras in my closet eliminating the need for such a decision :cool:.
     
  3. AJBaker

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    Decluttering, and getting cash together because I need a different car soon. I could get by without selling it, but with the goldtop especially I'm thinking that I could sell it before getting too attached, and possibly even sell it for more than I paid.

    I'm realising that my telecaster is just about the only electric guitar I NEED. Realistically, everything else is for fun and novelty, and for certain situations (like rocking out pretending I'm 60s era Eric Clapton:).
     
  4. TG

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    Personally I'd keep the P90 goldtop.

    You haven't got a heap of guitars (as TDORI members go).....so if you can keep both LPs I would.
     
  5. AJBaker

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    Here's my list of electric guitars:
    1. My baja tele (used for 90% of solo gigs [unless the gig is unamplified] and for most band gigs)

    2. The Edwards Les Paul (used for maybe 20% of band gigs)

    3. Classic Player 60s strat (once my main instrument, now only occasionally gigged)

    4. Ibanez AF75 (bought before I did many gigs, then saw countless gigs, including the one where I met my wife. Now only gigged occasionally)

    5. Epiphone Les Paul signature (semi acoustic, a very rare & strange bird, with low-impedence pickups and a phase switch. My dad [RIP] bought it for me when I was 16). Hasn't been gigged in 15 years.

    6. The Tokai Les Paul (still new to me und ungigged)


    Last year I sold a bunch of guitars:
    A PRS SE semi hollow (never used it much), a cheap Explorer copy (very cool looks, but hardly gigged), a Fender P-Bass, and the Epiphone Casino I somewhat regret selling.

    Otherwise, I still have three acoustic guitars (one of them actually belongs to my wife), a 12-string, a balalaika somewhere, and a cheap J-Bass copy.

    Also four valve amps: a Vox AC15 (go-to amp, even sounds ok for vocals at tiny gigs! ), a 1974 SF Vibrolux, a small Laney Cub10, and a 5e3 clone.

    Definitely more than I need, I would say, but they are such fun...
     
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  6. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

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    If you regret selling the Casino you'll probably regret it if you sell the Tokai goldtop.
    You should have a P90 guitar in that collection.

    My Tokai. I've a dozen guitars and this sounds the best...

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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    They are such different guitars!
    If you sell one, you will be limiting your ability to achieve certain sounds.
    If they were both humbucker guitars, you would have a redundancy issue.
    You need to keep both.
     
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    Sell both, clear the air, buy the Epiphone.
     
  9. Jakedog

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    Another vote for the Edwards with PAFs. I need all of my guitars to be hum canceling. Every one. They must be noiseless or I will not use them. It’s not negotiable.

    I understand not everybody feels that way, but everybody should have at least one that is noise canceling.
     
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  10. AJBaker

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    I think I agree with those saying I should keep the Edwards. I've used it a lot, it's a great instrument, and I think I would miss it.
    With the goldtop, I'm not as attached yet, and while I really like the idea of a p90 Les Paul, it's probably not something I will make huge use out of...

    I have a small gig Friday, I'll use the goldtop and see if I feel inspired to keep it. Otherwise, it might go (and maybe I'll get a different guitar someday. Maybe a 50s style strat, or another tele I can mod with a bigsby and humbucker neck).
     
  11. braveheart

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    No fan of P90s, but I would keep the Tokai...where are the pics?
     
  12. DrBGood

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    If you had read the whole post before answering, you would have seen them :twisted:
     
  13. bettyseldest

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    I think that you need to speak to Stephen Dowd, you'll find him on Facebook posting on the Gordon Smith Guitars page. He has a TV Yellow GS which is about to go on sale (picture below with of part of his Gordon Smith collection). You could sell both and buy the TV yellow Gordon Smith.

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    As for the OP, it sounds like head says "keep the Tokai" and the heart "keep the Edwards". Sounds like they are both nice guitars. Questions are do you really need to let one go? Do you need to keep either of them, or could both go? How about another Tele?
     
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    alright...still the Tokai...but WHY do you have to sell one? Keep both
     
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    ^^^ THIS ^^^ :)
     
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    Ha yeah I'm in the GS groups and have seen his posts. He got a bit obsessed for a while it's a nice idea and I've toyed with similar ideas before (I love the look of their new semi solids and seriously thought about selling off some guitars to fund one).

    The problem is... My GS Deluxe is the best guitar I've ever played, and despite it not being my favourite aesthetically I don't think I could ever part with it, and I know if I did I would seriously regret it
     
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    Whenever I can't make up my mind about whether or not to let a guitar go, I'll clean it up and put a fresh set of strings on it. Basically treat it as if it's already sold and I'm prepping it for it's new owner. Then I'll play it for about a half an hour.

    This usually makes the decision for me.
     
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    I spent some time this afternoon with an almost cranked 5e3 clone, my tele and the two Les Pauls. I think I'm getting an idea of what each can do.

    The tele does an amazing KERRANG with rough edges, loads of overtones, and a certain wildness, but also tight precision. The humbucker Les Paul is refined and polite, but with great punch and the inimitable grind of the bridge pickup.

    The goldtop, with its low output p90s sits between the two, but not always in a good way. It also does the wild KERRANG sound rather than the humbucker grind, but it's looser than the tele, with some prominent high mid frequencies. The sound is similar the the humbucker guitar, but without that typical smooth lead tone that I get with the humbuckers.

    It kind of seems to be between the tele and the humbucker Les Paul, but without outdoing either of them in anything particular.

    I'll still try it at my gig tomorrow, hopefully I can start figuring out what I want.
     
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    You could keep them both, and appreciate their differences.
    You could also experiment with different pickups with both, too.
    Mini humbuckers and Alnico V “staple” pickups fit P90 routes, and there’s tons of options for full size humbuckers
    Just sayin’.
     
  20. AJBaker

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    I also just noticed that the Tokai has linear volume pots. For my way of playing (amp turned up, guitar often turned down), that makes it very hard for me to dial in a decent sound without blowing people's heads off.
     
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