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Hopeful Sinner
02-10-2013, 11:17 AM
I have a guitar that I think about selling or trading all the time. Every time I decide to go ahead and put it on the market I plug in and play just to be sure and without fail I decide not to sell. However, I never grab that guitar any other time. So, that's what I'm wondering, have you ever had one that you can't seem to 100% bond with but at the same time, just can't part with?

AaeCee
02-10-2013, 11:22 AM
Of course, nearly every one I've sold or traded has been like that. So my rule is that once I 'mostly' decide to part with one, I don't even open the case. If I pick it up and plug it in, I'm bound to reconsider.

markie
02-10-2013, 11:24 AM
Yup.................

LSchefman
02-10-2013, 11:27 AM
Me, too.

The flip side is that I've had a couple of guitars that I rediscovered when they sounded amazing with a new amp, and wondered why I'd ever thought about selling.

jfb
02-10-2013, 11:33 AM
ME I's.

Want to sell cause of satin. Don't want to sell cause of tone and Braz.

I should clear coat them.

WEDGE
02-10-2013, 11:36 AM
I have a new 40MT with a rosewood neck that is a dilemma like this. LOVE the neck and guitar but not bonding with the 409 pups. I hesitate because it looks and plays great, but don't grab it because of the pups.

Funny too because I love the sound of them in
Demos but not when I play them.

LSchefman
02-10-2013, 11:46 AM
I have a new 40MT with a rosewood neck that is a dilemma like this. LOVE the neck and guitar but not bonding with the 409 pups. I hesitate because it looks and plays great, but don't grab it because of the pups.

Funny too because I love the sound of them in
Demos but not when I play them.

I had this happen when I first got my SC58 with 53/10s. Different kind of sound than I was used to, especially with the ebony board I got.

So I spent a couple of weeks only playing it, and nothing else. I figured at the end of that time, I'd either love it, or not use it much.

Meantime, as time goes on, the amp naturally gets tweaked, you get used to what the controls can do, heck I even tried a variety of different picks to see what sounded best with it and wound up with new favorite picks! By the end of the 2 weeks or so, I was in love with the guitar, and couldn't imagine life without it.

In fact, it's now the instrument I feel most comfortable playing, physically and sonically. As I said in a different thread, for some reason it now cuts to my innermost being.

What happens is you get to really know the instrument, and suddenly it's an old friend. Or you know it isn't for you.

Stick with it, Wedge, the 408s can be very rewarding to work with, even if there's a learning curve with them. I bonded with the 408s right away, but I can see how someone else might need to spend some time with 'em.

Incidentally, I set my amp up for a crunch with the volume and tone controls on 5-6 with the 408s. That way I can clean it up beautifully rolling down to 3-4, or go to gainy stuff with the volume as low as 8. I find that the pickups work very well with my HX/DA at these settings. Of course, I can go over the top just taking the volume all the way up. It's an awesome way to work!

The cool thing is that the electronics don't lose all their sparkle when rolled off, so you can really use the controls and still get a nice sound at lower settings. I think the pickups are brilliant, actually. They're what electric guitar pickups really should be - useful at a variety of settings.

Hopeful Sinner
02-10-2013, 12:14 PM
So I spent a couple of weeks only playing it, and nothing else. I figured at the end of that time, I'd either love it, or not use it much.

This is precisely what I need to do. It should either push the lack of connection over the edge or solidify a bond.. Good call Schefman!!!

Shawn@PRS
02-10-2013, 01:02 PM
ME I's.

I should clear coat them.
I know a guy, who knows a guy, who can help you with that

veinbuster
02-10-2013, 01:11 PM
ME I's.

Want to sell cause of satin. Don't want to sell cause of tone and Braz.

I should clear coat them.


I know a guy, who knows a guy, who can help you with that

Yeah, have Brent hook you up for a gloss job with Shawn - they look great.
Or just send it to me and I'll keep it satin.

LSchefman
02-10-2013, 01:18 PM
This is precisely what I need to do. It should either push the lack of connection over the edge or solidify a bond.. Good call Schefman!!!

It's slowly been dawning on me that I need to get out of my own way.

Here's how I came to this idea:

I had gotten a Stripped 58 for my ad work, and thought, "This thing is the shizzle, so of course I need two." Why not be twice as happy, right? Purely emotional decision, though of course I rationalized it.

"Wait, I shouldn't get two of the exact same thing, so I'll order one with different fingerboard and pickups to cover slightly different territory."

Due to circumstances having nothing to do with intelligence or planning, I sold the Stripper before the SC58 came in. And I rationalized it, "Well, I have the SC58 coming anyway."

Then the SC58 came in, and of course, it was indeed different. Meantime I already missed the Stripper and realized selling it was a foolish mistake, as I needed it for my work, which is why I got it in the first place! And here I was thinking of repeating that mistake!

Plus, I'd have lost my rear end - again (!) - selling something I'd barely had the opportunity to work with.

So this time I decided, "I am not going to screw myself over yet again." So I concentrated on the SC. I decided, "This is going to be my only guitar for a few weeks."

In fact, I cut tracks with it, and used it for everything I did in that period of time, from jazzy stuff clean to rock to whatever came in the door. I made it work. Got to know it. And of course, it's a phenomenal instrument, and I'm so glad I did this. I fell in love with it.

So I dunno. Remember when you had your very first guitar? And you played everything with it. It was so much fun.

Then, I don't know about you, but at some point I needed different guitars for different things, and after a while I became a "taste fairy" where every little thing had to be perfect for this or that. I finally realized, sure, it's great to have a few different brushes to paint with, and various colors to choose from, but it's still about the painter and not the brush. I somehow became aware that searching for perfection was a losing proposition.

So my final realization was that good music isn't made on perfect tools - it's made with imperfect tools that we adapt to our own creative needs.

And these imperfect tools include our own hands, that we have to train into becoming fingerboard acrobats in order to accomplish anything. One day a zillion years from now, creative communication will be transmitted solely via telepathy. But until then...

It's great to have awesome guitars like PRSes around, though. the adapting is a lot easier! ;)

sergiodeblanc
02-10-2013, 01:32 PM
Women and guitars are two things that you should never have to "try" to like, it will never really work out in the end, so just move on to something else so happiness can come quicker.

jfb
02-10-2013, 01:46 PM
I know a guy, who knows a guy, who can help you with that

:beer:


Yeah, have Brent hook you up for a gloss job with Shawn - they look great.
Or just send it to me and I'll keep it satin.

<3

Mikegarveyblues
02-10-2013, 01:51 PM
I've got a couple of cheapos that I never play. Pretty substandard guitars but they have some sentimental value such as the Squier that my GF bought me. I just want to get shot and make some room but i'd be in the dog house!

LSchefman
02-10-2013, 04:27 PM
Women and guitars are two things that you should never have to "try" to like, it will never really work out in the end, so just move on to something else so happiness can come quicker.

I dunno, Serge...I tried as many women as I could and liked them all! LOL

Goldtop
02-10-2013, 05:01 PM
I've never been faced with this dilemma. Anytime I ever had to part with a guitar, it was because I was in dire need of money - usually for meds. that weren't covered by insurance or something equally trivial. I also had two PRS guitars (one a goldtop!) stolen by my then-wife while I was in the hospital. By the time I found out it was too late, and the law was useless to help. But I've never sold one voluntarily. I hang on to mine forever if I have any choice.

Goldtop Lloyd

KazJY
02-10-2013, 05:05 PM
I had an electric and an acoustic that this happened to.

I sold both, never regretted it, and they were the two pieces that got me out of my college debt.

sergiodeblanc
02-10-2013, 05:11 PM
I dunno, Serge...I tried as many women as I could and liked them all! LOL

:laugh:

Chris528
02-11-2013, 05:22 PM
I've got a couple of cheapos that I never play. Pretty substandard guitars but they have some sentimental value such as the Squier that my GF bought me. I just want to get shot and make some room but i'd be in the dog house!


Yeah I have the same issue. I mentioned selling the cheap ESP she bought me for Christmas years ago and she looked at me like I told her I just slept with her sister.