Talk Me Out of A Trade

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  1. thekaiser

    thekaiser Member

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    I recently played an Eastman T186MX at a local shop that absolutely blew me away. I've been thinking about it essentially non-stop since playing it. I've always wanted a 335 or Casino style guitar but many that I have played haven't wow'ed me as much as I'd like. This one has. The only thing stopping me from just buying it outright is I recently bought a new Strat and my wife would kill me if I came home with another new guitar so soon.

    I do however have a Gibson Les Paul Sig T, that while I love it, doesn't see a lot of playing time, mostly because of it's weight. I've always loved the LP shape and sustain, but tend to navigate back to Strats and my PRS S2. I'm thinking scale length might have something to do with it too.

    So my thought is work out a trade for the Eastman with the Gibson, but I have this fear that in a couple months I'm going to be sad I no longer have a Les Paul. Not because I'm missing the sound, but simply because as a kid I always wanted a Les Paul, which is why I probably bought it in the first place.

    Am I crazy to trade the LP? Or should I just save up and wait for another 335 style to wow me later down the road?
     
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  2. derekd

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    I'd say pull the trigger.

    The 335 is a pretty unique and versatile beast and Eastman does a great job with that model.

    Heck, it ain't like there won't be thousands of LPs for sale should you want to dive back into one again.

    By then, you might have hit the lotto or have a rich uncle die and leave you a ton of cash.
     
  3. jwguitar

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    I concur. Go for the Eastman. If you always wanted a 335 and this one fits you I’d do it.
     
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  4. customguitars87

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    You're right to be cautious about this, it's not like LPs are a dime a dozen and available everywhere all the time...oh wait, they are! :)

    Sounds like you want a Gibson LP just to have a Gibson LP (a pretty common sentiment) but it's not actually your kind of guitar or something that you bond well with, so there's no need to hang on to something that's collecting dust and you can easily rebuy again in the future if you want to. Get the guitar that inspires you to play, create, and enjoy music. If I felt the way you say you do about the Eastman about a guitar, I would do a trade in a heartbeat.
     
  5. Louiddur

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    A guitar that stay on a rack or in its case is pretty much useless. I don't know the value of these instruments in particular, but if it's roughly the same I'd say do it.

    Always keep guitars that inspire you to play and trade/sell the ones that don't
     
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  6. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    I say pass on the Eastman sell the LP sell the strat and get the ES-335 of your dreams. In a few months you are going to wish you went to the top with the type of guitar that you found speaks to you.

    I learned that lesson the hard way. Sold all my strats LPs and even an acoustic. And bought two ES-335. I love both, they really nail how I like to play.
     
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    let the LP go. i wanted a LP when i was a kid to. the only problem was that the reality is that i'm not a LP guy when it comes to playing. had to go with guitars that worked for me rather than were what i thought i should have. my BC Rich Eagle serves the same purpose as a LP and works way better for me.
     
  8. Sam Sherry

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    Here's the thing: You don't play the name, you don't play the model, you don't play the pic, you don't play the spec. You play THAT guitar.

    You don't want a Les Paul. You want a particular Les Paul that you really dig a lot.

    Eastman you really dig a lot and can't stop thinking about > some guitar you don't really dig.
     
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  9. customguitars87

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    Why would you suggest he pass on a guitar he loved and sell another he also mentions really enjoying for some hypothetical dream 335 versus just buying the one he already played that blew him away to the point where he can't stop thinking about it?
     
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  10. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Skipping a few steps down the GAS chain is something I always advise. Is he in love with that particular guitar, or that type of guitar? He should try an ES-335 to see at the very least. Then instead of taking 5 steps to get there he can avoid the hassle and maybe years of back and forth to get there. Speaking from personal experience YMMV.
     
  11. thekaiser

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    There was a 1963 ES-335 also hanging in the shop. It was an INCREDIBLE instrument. If that guitar (which I’ll never afford or be willing to drop that much money on) is a 10, this Eastman is a solid 9 in my rating.
     
  12. Goldie Glocks

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    I had a similar situation. I played a used Gibson Songwriter Deluxe off the wall at a small local store.

    I traded a Taylor dreadnought that I really didn't want to part with. But I just could not stop thinking about that Gibson. In the end, Taylor's are everywhere and consistently great so I went for the Gibson and have no regrets.

    Replaced the Taylor with a better one last year and all is well. I say get the Eastman and then replace the LP later on.

    edit - spelling
     
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    I think you need to lock down that Eastman ASAP bro.
    Lol is telling folks around here to ditch their LPs our new thing?
     
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    Not really, but that's two in a row who have said they aren't that crazy about them.

    Life is too short to not be playing the guitars you want.
     
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    I'd pass on the Eastman. Sell the LP (if you're not playing it). Then get yourself a Gibson ES-335.
     
  16. thekaiser

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    Why? Is the name on the headstock really that important?
     
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    Sell the Strat
     
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    IME, rarely - if any - have I felt regret buying the expensive guitars, but usually I regret buying the cheaper ones or ones that don’t go all the way. I end up wanting to get rid of them. Hey great guitars aren’t cheap... but as always, YMMV. Patience is a virtue. Life is short, but you got time to think it through
     
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  20. thekaiser

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    Not an option. I hunted for months for the right strat and I found it. And strats are home to me. I always need one in the arsenal.
     

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