Enable me! Or not... (Vintage ES-175 content)

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  1. snarkle

    snarkle Member

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    I had an interesting trade offer today: my sunburst 1962 J-200 for a single-pickup, sunburst 1963 ES-175.

    The J-200 has a non-original pickguard, some wear, and the solid bridge with tune-o-matic set-up. It's a great rhythm guitar but needs to be hit hard to sound good; I'm mostly a fingerpicker and so it's never really worked for me.

    The ES-175 is very, very clean; has an early patent-number pickup; and sounds wonderful. The neck is a little smaller than I'd like, but it's very easy to play. It feels more like a circa-’64/’65 neck than a '59 full-carve or a ’61 wide-flat, but it's certainly not a pencil.

    I've had the J-200 on consignment at a local store here in Canada, looking to get $4K to me. It's been sitting a couple of months.

    Anyway, I'm on the fence: I like the ES-175 better than the J-200, and it would get a lot more use. But there's something that bothers me about trading old wood for plywood (even if it's old plywood). So I thought I'd poll the Gear Page to see if someone wants to push me one way or another.

    Your thoughts?
     
  2. esoteric pete

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    i would do it in a heartbeat.
     
  3. ProToneThinline

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    I'd take the trade. It seems like a fair deal. I think $4k clear to you is a bit on the high side for a non-original J-200 from the '60's.
     
  4. mark norwine

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    $4k is a stretch for the flat top....

    do the trade.

    I especially dig the fact that it's a 1 PU. After you own / play a 1 PU, you'll wonder why anyone would want a 2 PU.

    Here's my '54

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  5. Auriemma

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    Forget he wood vs plywood (old laminate). They are just different methods of construction.

    Its what you like and want... and that seems to be the ES-175 by your own word. Do it.
     
  6. james russell

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    Mark Norwine. . . your guitar is just so cool and so beautiful. Love the sunburst color, love the single P-90. Thanks for showing it too us.
     
  7. tsar nicholas

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    I'd do it without hesitation
     
  8. cratz2

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    I would SO do it but I'm looking for a nice jazz box WAY over a '$4,000' acoustic.
     
  9. Sweetfinger

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    You wouldn't be bothered if that plywood was on a '58 ES-295, '58 ES-335, '59 Byrdland, or a '62 Tal Farlow, I'll bet.....
     
  10. rjsc5

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    Since the J 200 isn't working for you, GO FOR IT!
     
  11. snarkle

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    I knew I could count on you all!

    I'm going to sleep on it...and most likely make the deal tomorrow.

    Stay tuned.
     
  12. Tubevalvemaniac

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    Do that and we wait for pics.
     
  13. vortexxxx

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    I'm probably wrong on this but weren't Byrdlands carved tops?
     
  14. snakestretcher

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    I'd do it. The Tune-o-matic J200s aren't as desirable as the regular bridge models but a single pickup ES175 from that era most certainly is. I also wouldn't consider solid v. laminate to be a deal-breaker.
     
  15. mark norwine

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    you're not wrong.

    Byrdlands are carved spruce.
     
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    me too
     
  18. Nada

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    i'd do it. those single PU 175s are classy as heck.
     
  19. mark norwine

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    Here it is...the dawn of a new day!

    Snarkle....how did you sleep? Whatcha gonna do? TGP awaits your "final answer"!!
     
  20. SPROING!

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    I'd do that in a minute.
     

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