Trade Blacktop for Melody Maker?

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  1. Stringbanger

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    no. for a junior yes
     
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    That's good point. I usually have all the details worked out before I meet someone, and I haven't considered that before. Discovering an undisclosed problem before the deal is done would definitely lower the value of it, and the price would have to be renegotiated to reflect that.
     
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    Yes! Drive is a bit too much, but otherwise provided that it's a good player, I would do it in a heartbeat.
     
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    No.

    MM has a weak headstock.

    My favorite Tele is a Blacktop converted to an Esquire-H with a 4-way switch. Black 'n Tort. Chunky neck on the Blacktops.

    So no way.

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    Your guitar is worth about $50 to $100 more, and you have to drive at least 2.5 hours. I value my time at no less than $25 per hour. I'd value that drive at $100, myself.

    I wouldn't even consider the trade. But I would consider just buying the Melody Maker if it is one of the white ones.
     
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    No, but I traded an SG Faded for my Blacktop. I don’t know how the value aspect worked out but I never dig the SG and I really like the Blacktop sooo....
     
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    I wouldn't drive 200 miles for anything. 20 miles is about my limit. IMO those kind of deals can end up being disappointing.
     
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    I would simply because I had a Blacktop Tele and never bonded with it. OTOH, over the years I've owned a few of those MM's from the 2000's that came in the retro orange cardboard boxes. The ones with duel pups were only made for a short while. Not saying they are rare and/or collectible...but I did find a similar '07 duel pup vintage sunbust MM that I still have and like. I say go for it. I'd pass on the SD Hot Rail.
     
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    The MM D is a great flavor to have. It’s definitely it’s own beast. I’d make the trade if it were local or I was going to be 200 miles away anyway.

    But I wouldn’t go to Austin for just about any deal and it’s lesss that a third of the distance away than you’re driving. To be fair I have considered it. But the is no way I’d be able to convince my wife or be able to skip out on about a half day of work for any guitar.

    If I were single, college age and lived in a small town — I could see the appeal of a road trip.

    BTW I have nothing against HH Teles. A Deluxe is my first love.
     
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    I would do the trade, but would mail the guitars
     
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    No, not for a MM, but maybe for a LP TV Model.
     
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    Really appreciate ALL of the responses. Thanks er’body.

    The Blacktop is the only Tele here that I never really bonded with (I’ve tried and tried again… and again). But given the recent “pleasant surprise” performance of an inexpensive SG here ('57 Classic pups) thought I’d give the Melody Maker a shot. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a dyed-in-the-wool, devout Tele-evangelist… even shunning Strats all of my life (until this year).

    Now an old retired Grump... the drive will still be a PITA (but there’s an air museum there that I’ve always intended to visit). AND it’s likely that I’ll eventually go with the P-90 pickup / router-mod-path later, IF the MM does come home with me. (Taking a portable amp along.)

    Still, a Tele in hand is worth two Gibbys in the bush?
    Anyway, the recent SG is now ranked #2 (alongside the Roadhouse Strat). I know, sacrilege!

    And there's a “sentimental family-aspect” to the MM / as it reminds me of a once highly-coveted LP Junior that my brother had. Its’ finished stripped and never redone, it always looked as if someone had drug it around the yard in the dirt. Fugly. I always wanted it but he lost it in a pawn shop before his passing many years ago.

    So I drug my feet here yesterday and unintentionally stalled the decision - but now, will make that drive tomorrow.

    Well, don’t we all need just-one-more guitar project?
    Maybe I’ll strip all of the finish off and just leave it that way.;)

    Thanks again y’all.
     
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  16. PixMix

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    Have a safe drive! If you like Melody Makers and P90, 2011 is your year. They pop up every now and then for not much money. Amazing players with great sounding pickups, fairly large necks, and super resonant thin bodies. And a full-sized headstock!

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    It's not the destination that matters ... It's the journey ... And the fuel cost ... And the food costs ... And lodging ... And your time maybe better spent elsewhere ... I prefer online orders... Either way ... Your rolling the dice ...
     
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    The air museum is the kicker! Go for it. I have both Teles and MMs; different sounds, different feeling, but each are good platforms. Sounds like a good road trip to me.
     
  19. PixMix

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    Did you do trade?
     
  20. Flaneur

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    I'd have no problem doing that deal. My 2008 two-pickup MM has been to every gig and jam I've played or organised, for the last eight or nine years. I have it set up for slide, with 52-12s. It weighs nothing, has a chunky 50s neck, mini Grovers and doesn't get babied- gets banged around in a gig bag. Pickups are Broadcastery- juicy but without the P90 bark.

    Mine has been a Memory Maker- and I'm keeping it. Along with favourite Tele and my National, it's one of the three all-time best workhorse instruments to cross my path.
     
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