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Unread 02-10-2010, 07:38 PM   #31
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+1 to what Rainer said.

What a new player needs, more than new axes and pickup swaps, is to earn a serious set of finger callouses. Play until your fingers bleed.

And while you're doing that, $ave up $ome ca$h. A few months from now you'll be a better player, have a better idea what you want, and have the cash to get it.

Patience, lad.

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Unread 02-10-2010, 10:02 PM   #32
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3 months. No gear swapping. See what happens.
why do that?? your horrible man! lol

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+1 to what Rainer said.

What a new player needs, more than new axes and pickup swaps, is to earn a serious set of finger callouses. Play until your fingers bleed.

And while you're doing that, $ave up $ome ca$h. A few months from now you'll be a better player, have a better idea what you want, and have the cash to get it.

Patience, lad.
how do you know im a new player? lol

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Unread 02-11-2010, 02:07 AM   #33
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why do that?? your horrible man! lol
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Well, can you count the time you've been playing in terms of decades yet?
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Unread 02-11-2010, 06:29 AM   #34
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> how do you know im a new player?

You told us you're 15 years old. You're still new at everything.
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Unread 02-11-2010, 09:42 AM   #35
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Well, can you count the time you've been playing in terms of decades yet?
i cant count the time i've been living in decades yet
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Unread 02-11-2010, 12:05 PM   #36
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i cant count the time i've been living in decades yet
Then you are going to be fairly new at playing.

Gear swapping is one of the worst things a young player can get involved in. It is time consuming, and a lot of gear has a learning curve.

Personally, my suggestion would be to hold onto what you have got, maybe get a good, simple amp. (A 2 or 3 channel, channel switching tube amp would be my suggestion)

Use that for a while.

I have found that with either of my main amps, whether I am playing rock, soft stuff, praise and worship, punk or metal can be accomplished without touching a switch or knob, on the same guitar, on the same amp, based on attitude, pick attack, and how and what you play. That is far more influential than your pickups, or your guitar's style.

You will probably come and go on the high gain stuff. You will probably have fender days and gibson days in the future, and you may discover that your idiosyncrasies do not jive with a style of guitar. (Me and strats do not get along well.)

Most guys will want at least one fender style and one gibson style guitar if they can.

I have my days when a tele sounds exactly right, and I have days when I want to play a les paul, or a melody maker, or some other guitar.

Im a big fan of saving for the real thing.

*edit* Is this a highway one? I was looking at another thread, and something you said made me wonder. If it is, I think you would be nuts to make this trade. *edit*
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Unread 02-11-2010, 12:46 PM   #37
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Yes you can. One....
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If I were you I'd save the Strat and save up for a Les Paul. I was in exactly your position (I was thinking of selling my MIM Strat to help fund a Les Paul) when I was your age. Which was only two years ago, but it's amazing how much you can learn in two years... Anyway, I'm really happy I saved the Strat and saved up for a Les Paul in addition to it. My parent's helped me, and maybe you won't be so fortunate, but you can still save enough money on your own. Save every little thing you can, whether it's $5 or $50, and you'll have enough for an Epi Les Paul in no time. A Gibson would take longer, yes, but it would be well worth the wait.
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If I were you I'd save the Strat and save up for a Les Paul. I was in exactly your position (I was thinking of selling my MIM Strat to help fund a Les Paul) when I was your age. Which was only two years ago, but it's amazing how much you can learn in two years... Anyway, I'm really happy I saved the Strat and saved up for a Les Paul in addition to it. My parent's helped me, and maybe you won't be so fortunate, but you can still save enough money on your own. Save every little thing you can, whether it's $5 or $50, and you'll have enough for an Epi Les Paul in no time. A Gibson would take longer, yes, but it would be well worth the wait.
the reason im wanting to trade is, i generally see strats going for 200-250 used. i see epi lps going for 300 or so used. if i trade, then sell the les paul... thats just 50-100 more
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Even so, 50 or 100 bucks isn't really that great of a deal. Especially since you aren't planning on selling the Les Paul if you get it. The Fender is more likely the better quality guitar that will actually retain it's value just as well. Especially since Fender's recent price hikes put the MIM Strat at $450 or more new. The used prices will catch up over the next few years.
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Even so, 50 or 100 bucks isn't really that great of a deal. Especially since you aren't planning on selling the Les Paul if you get it. The Fender is more likely the better quality guitar that will actually retain it's value just as well. Especially since Fender's recent price hikes put the MIM Strat at $450 or more new. The used prices will catch up over the next few years.
uh i am planning on selling the les paul.

my plan was, trade, sell lp, sell my pickguard with pearly gates (already up on ebay), have 450 hopefully, save some cash and play my acoustic till i get near 550 or so, and then try and find a lp studio or something
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Unread 02-11-2010, 05:47 PM   #43
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Chups a lot of good wisdom has been spoken, I am a notorius gear swapper ...only to find myself wishing I could get it BACK! .... Epi's are cool but.... you need to spend time with an instrument you aren't used too playing....even if you swap and sell just to get an LP how do you know you really like it other than just tone preference....... go to your local dealer and spend time playing some LP's maybe a week or two and compare different LP's feel and sound different much like fenders...... be patient you'll work it out ..God Bless
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ok i've been playing lots of les pauls especially studios everytime i go to gc. i abosutely want a studio, but i dont have the money. i could sell my strat for 200-250 and sell my pickguard for like 15. then im at 350 to 400. or i could trade for les paul, sell it for 300, pickguard sell, then i have 450 or so. why not do that?

if i dont want the strat or epi in the end, why not trade fist
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for what it's worth, I think that headstock is genuine. I had a roomie who bought a epi LP from GC back in ~04 and it had the "GIBSON" TRC with 3 screws as well. orange one in the pic.

For what it's worth, I'd save up and figure out what you've got. I regret not keeping some guitars, and not selling others, and realistically until you know what you really like, that'll happen a lot.
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