Trade advice: My 2001 AIM Strat for a 2009 LP Faded Mahogany?

giogolf

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Need some advice..

I never play my like new 2001 American Standard Strat (its can literally pass for new) I kinda want another Gibson, even though I play my Teles 90% of the time.

Would trading my Strat for an almost new 2009 LP Studio Worn or Faded Mahogany (solid mahogany, no maple top) be a stupid deal? No cases, just guitar for guitar

TIA
 

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A guitar you don't play for one you just might? With similar condition and relatively comparable values?

Not stupid, imho.
Being a bit older and hopefully wiser these days, I want to limit poor purchase/ trade decisions.. I find it hard to value LP Studios.. Most like'em, but the prices are all over the place.. I know my Strat is in the $850-$1050 range based on whats "sold" on Reverb

The LP Studios are in the $650-$950 "sold" range on Reverb.. My fear is, if I dont like it in a month or a year and wanna move it..
 

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Have you any experience with a Les Paul, especially the worn ones?
I had a DC worn Special. I hated the feel of the neck.
Do you know the person who wants to trade well enough to get together and “try it before you buy it”?

Sell the Strat, get you a Tele and be done.
 

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Sounds like a fair trade to me. If you don't use the strat, you might as well trade it for something that you like better.

In my mind, I can replace the strat with a less expensive version a lot cheaper than I can buy a Les Paul.
 

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Being a bit older and hopefully wiser these days, I want to limit poor purchase/ trade decisions.. I find it hard to value LP Studios.. Most like'em, but the prices are all over the place.. I know my Strat is in the $850-$1050 range based on whats "sold" on Reverb

The LP Studios are in the $650-$950 "sold" range on Reverb.. My fear is, if I dont like it in a month or a year and wanna move it..
I hear you, and if the LP is a bust in your arsenal it would be hard to make up the potential difference in theoretical resale value - plus you'd need a case to flip it. As long as I'm spending someone else's money, I was sort of thinking of it as a maybe $200 investment in converting a dormant asset into something you might play and enjoy - on the theory that the Strat is sort of water under the bridge that you haven't bonded with in twenty years (if you're the original owner). Depends what itch, if any, you want to scratch, too: somewhat entry-level Gibson humbuckered LP? Something that contrasts with your tele?

Or just a change from something that doesn't inspire you to something that might? Heck, playing the Strat for a while to give it another chance at winning you over might do that. :)
 

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Is the trade partner a friend? Maybe you can agree to a trial period where either party can back out if they aren't happy with their new guitar.
 

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Have you any experience with a Les Paul, especially the worn ones?
I had a DC worn Special. I hated the feel of the neck.
Do you know the person who wants to trade well enough to get together and “try it before you buy it”?

Sell the Strat, get you a Tele and be done.

I have 2 Teles and AO 60s and a HWY1 Maple Board.. I could use a Ash Blonde 50's lol.. But im okay on Teles for now..

I had LP Tribute 2020 for a month, it played beautifully, but never got along with the 490T/498R PUs.. I much prefer lower output Hums, or P90s for that matter.. The BurstBuckers that come with the Pre 2011 LP Studios sound pretty sweet to my ears
 

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Off hand the faded Les Pauls were inexpensive. I would say the value of your Stratocaster is higher than the Les Paul.
 

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Did the opposite about 6 years ago: Straight up traded a nice 2005 LP Studio I wasn’t using much for a 2012 Jade Pearl Am Std Tele. It’s still arguably my #1. No regrets. Everyone was happy.
 

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Need some advice..

I never play my like new 2001 American Standard Strat (its can literally pass for new) I kinda want another Gibson, even though I play my Teles 90% of the time.

Would trading my Strat for an almost new 2009 LP Studio Worn or Faded Mahogany (solid mahogany, no maple top) be a stupid deal? No cases, just guitar for guitar

TIA

I've sold and traded a lot of guitars and amps in the last 20 or so years. Even if you don't play your strat much, it is worth more than the worn or faded mahogany LP. In our area, American standard strats are going for about $1100 or up, some people are asking more than $1500; probably won't sell for that. The LP studios in the cheaper faded mahogany models are starting around $750-$800.

If you do trade, I would ask for some cash from the other guy. Or, I would sell the strat and get what I wanted.

good luck
 

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I've sold and traded a lot of guitars and amps in the last 20 or so years. Even if you don't play your strat much, it is worth more than the worn or faded mahogany LP. In our area, American standard strats are going for about $1100 or up, some people are asking more than $1500; probably won't sell for that. The LP studios in the cheaper faded mahogany models are starting around $750-$800.

If you do trade, I would ask for some cash from the other guy. Or, I would sell the strat and get what I wanted.

good luck
Yeah, I agree with you.. And this is why I asked here.. I knew my Strats worth more.. was just wondering if there was some mojo in the LP Studio Worn mahogany that I wasn’t privy too.. but alas, its just a cheaper LP.. Even if it plays and sounds good, the value isn’t there

My Strat is pristine :)
 

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Chiogtr4x

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Lol, yeah my Tele gets all the action.. Ive tried locking my Tele in a case and leaving the Strat out in front of the amp, but after 30min… my ears say nope and upstairs I go :)

It's OK, you play what you like!

I had guitars ( years ago, nothing expensive) that I kept around for years, just never bonded/not really played.
Over years, I needed the $$, so they all got sold.

Fewer guitars now, and we are all friends
 

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I’d guess your Strat is worth at least 100 or 200 more than the Gibson.but it depends on who’s buying.

But there are other factors, like the condition of the guitars, how much you like the Gibson.
 




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