My $4 Gibson Les Paul Studio

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  1. shovelrider

    shovelrider Tele-Afflicted

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    I had this old pedal that I got for free in about 1992. It was a DOD 595 Phasor and sat unused in my closet pretty much since I got it. So I was cleaning out some old stuff when I came across it, and I was struck with an idea. Let's see what I can turn this old pedal into that I would actually use. How about a Les Paul?

    I was able to sell that pedal for $60. I took $50 of that and bought an almost unplayed 1983 Washburn on ebay. Then I flipped that for $180. Up to $190 now. Next I used $150 of that to buy an Ibanez Hollowbody. Great condition and didn't even know until I went to pick it up that it came with a hardshell case and Roland Microcube. Sweet! I flipped that one for $250, plus $100 for the case and $50 for the Roland. With the left over $40 from before, I am up to $440. I used $300 of that to buy an Epiphone Riviera P93 that I sold for $380. With the $140 in cash still, I'm up to $520.

    So I saw that there was a blowout sale on 2013 LP Studios for $599. I ordered one in Black. Well the next day I got an email saying that they were out of stock and unlikely to be getting anymore. I noticed though that they had a mint condition 2013 in Vintage Sunburst and asked if I could get that at the same price. No problem. Well it arrived and indeed it was in absolutely new condition. One thing though, it was actually a 2012. I called them up to see what they could do for me and they knocked off $75. So I am now the proud owner of a 2012 Gibson Les Paul Studio that cost me exactly $4.
     

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  2. bahko

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    Let me be the first to offer you $5 for it.

    Matched set almost!
     
  3. Duncas

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    $6!!:twisted:
     
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    Nice. You're just the wheeler dealer of music equipment.
     
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    I tip my hat to you, sir.
     
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    Great story. I have an old Ross compressor pedal around somewhere that I know I only paid $10 for....maybe I should try my luck...
     
  7. MrCairo46

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    That is really a great and inspiring story. I've got (for the moment) enough guitars, I'd like to venture into the Line6 Amplifi. I've got my Electro Harmonix Bad sone Phase shifter sitting at home. HHHmmmm it cost me $35.00 in 1979. See If I can turn it in $499.00 for the Amplifi.
     
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    Nice uptrade work shovel!
     
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    Now that was some serious wheeling, and dealing. Congrats on a nice guitar, at an awesome price.
     
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    you are seriously my hero! that is so awesome! I love it!
     
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    I follow the Guitar Player's First Rule of Finance: "Buy High, Sell Low".
     
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    why are you stopping? Don't slow the roll! Keep going!
     
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    sweet! great work. what was the actual timeline for the entire line of transactions?
     
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    Uhhhh.... yea
     
  15. shovelrider

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    It was around last July that I started. I wasn't in any hurry and just kept my eye out on things I knew I would make a few bucks on. Plus I enjoyed playing around with the trades that I got for awhile before passing them on.
     
  16. shovelrider

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    That used to be me! I like my new way better though. :lol:
     
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    Great work -
     
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    Impressive story. Congrats. I find great pleasure finding a super deal on eBay. I've also had this "pain in the butt", attitude about the effort to sell stuff. My question is, was it worth the time and effort?
     
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    very cool.

    Wonder what your hourly rate worked out to be on that deal, with all that trading and whatnot.

    :)
     
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    The time and effort wasn't really any big deal to me. Like I said I was in no hurry so I just worked on it when I felt like it. A lot of my free time is spent either playing guitar or checking out the forums. So this little project just gave me something to do. I like looking for guitars anyways even if I am not in the market. Plus this gave me a chance to check out some guitars that I probably would not have otherwise. Who knows, I may keep the ball rolling. I could definitely make a nice profit on this one but for right now I think it will stick around for a while. :)
     
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