Crazy to trade in Gibson ES-335 for Midtown Std?

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  1. still.ill

    still.ill Member

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    A blue 2015 Midtown Std has caught my eye and I was informed if I traded in my 2013 ES-335 for it I would get some cash back as well. I know there is a huge dollar amount difference, but what I liked about the midtown (I a/bed both guitars) was that it seemed a bit more focused on the bridge pickup with gain, and brighter on the neck pickup, but still had a semi-hollow character.
     
  2. 1radicalron

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    Sell the 335
    Bargain hard for the Midtown
    Pocket the difference, and you might even have enough to buy another Guitar.
     
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  3. Stratobuc

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    If that's what you want.

    I would sell the 335, buy an Eastman t486, and look for a used Midtown.
     
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  4. nightbird

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    which 335 do you have? Pic? Depends on how much money your getting.
     
  5. rummy

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    If that's what you want, go for it.
    I personally wouldn't trade in my 335 for a Midtown.
     
  6. halcyon

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    I would not, unless you *really* needed the cash and still wanted a guitar.
     
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  7. Steve Hotra

    Steve Hotra Silver Supporting Member

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    Looking at the guitars you have, I would make the swap.
    Unless you had an older 335 ( mine is a 1983 dot with Shaw pickups) I wouldn't do the trade.
     
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  8. still.ill

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    its a 2013 standard dot that sold for $2699 back then. In good condition, but not mint.

    I initially was going to sell it on craigslist but was wary about receiving $1700 in cash, I like the assurance I get when trading in with a local Sam Ash I'm on good terms with.
     
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    Out of curiosity, how much is the difference? What are the Midtowns going for new on American Musical right now, a thou? Man... That should be a pretty hefty difference. What assurance do you get from Sam Ash that you dont get from cash? Heck, sell it on Reverb... Sell it on eBay... I dont know what Sam Ash is giving you though...
     
  10. sg13

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    If they give you at least $800 plus a midtown, nothing less.
     
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  11. LordByron

    LordByron The Dude abides!

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    My Midtown Custom with Lollar P-90s kicked my 335 Studio out of my stable. I really liked the 335, but I love the Midtown. YMMV.
     
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    Or check the imported 335-oids in the shop you want to trade with, and if they have one that speaks to you, trade the 335 for it plus the Midtown.
     
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    I've owned them both and while the Midtown is a great guitar for the money IMO it can't compare to a 335. I flipped the Midtown after about 6 -7 months. I just liked the array of tones available on the 335 better. The Midtowns were going for $999 brand new if that helps.
     
  14. blacknblues

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    I think it is important to understand the differences between the two models. From what I'm hearing, the Midtown has more of an LP sound than a 335 sound. If you're OK with that then I would go ahead trade.
     
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    tell us how much they've offered you and a little bit more about your 335. color etc.

    the blue midtowns are going for around 800 on ebay right now. so unless SA is handing you a stack of cash, which i'm quite sure is not the case, DO NOT go through with this deal.
     
  16. MattC

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    Save up, keep the 335, and buy the MT. I love my Midtown Std., but I can't imagine a big box store giving you enough cash on top to make this a fair deal.
     
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    Can you refret richlite?
     
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    I've got a Midtown Standard in Pelham Blue. I love it. Love the tone, the way it feels, the way it plays, etc. Fantastic guitar for the money. Definitely sounds more like a Les Paul than an ES-335, if that matters any. That said, if I owned an ES-335 there is no way I'd consider trading it for a Midtown Standard.

    A brand new Midtown Standard can be bought for a grand at Zzounds or AMS (less if you find one used). You can even buy one brand spanking new interest free for 12 monthly payments of just a few bucks and still keep your ES-335.

    Granted, it's your guitar and you can do what you want with it and if you're bored with your ES-335 and don't mind taking a loss in the trade, then go for it, but whenever you trade in gear at a guitar store, you rarely get a fair deal.
     
  19. swiveltung

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    THIS^^^^^ otherwise you are going to get screwed. The Mid Town is not a 335. Don't get the blue one. The back and sides are ugly as sin. The burst may be ok. I bought a "blem" Midtown for $749. I couldnt find anything wrong with it.
     
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  20. lostpoet2

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    Yes, you are crazy. I'd keep the 335 and buy an SG in addition to it.
     

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