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Got any advice on this???? I am screwed.

#1 User is offline   Naradien 

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 12:53 PM

OK guys, I am officially screwed. Like in totally screwed. Basically, i got a new les paul '08 cherry burst standard, my dad got me. (Let me first state that I am only 14, I am not spoiled,-My dad got it, because all my classes are AP classes, and I got an A+ in all of em. No I am not a nerd, =D>)

I am a HUGE MetallicA fan, and i was recently watching James hetfield slinging that badass gibson white explorer (more beer) playing ride the lightning.

I now REALLY REALLY think that an explorer is what I want to get and that i wont regret it. The thing is that this guitar was purchased nearly 4 months ago, so I don't think I can return it. Got any suggestions? How do I explain this to my dad?

Also, before I got the les paul, I got an ibanez, which had the worst sustain on earth. It sustained for 2 seconds, with my super mega distortion. I returned that and got the les paul. Now what do i do? My dad would probably be so pissed if i told him.

Don't get me wrong, Les pauls are amazing. I just think that an explorer is probably the right one for me.

Screwed....
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#2 User is offline   Murph 

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:00 PM

Play the Les Paul. Love the Les Paul. Save and earn money and buy yourself the Explorer. Someday.

Never hurt your Dad's feelings. Ever. That is something you will regret later, to a degree I can't explain to a 14 year old.

Trust me. Someday................. You'll know what you just read.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:05 PM

i wouldn't say "screwed". i think in the long run you'd appreciate the les paul IMO. maybe you should watch some led zep or guns n roses videos to whip your mind back into les pauls haha
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:09 PM

Just wondering .. how did you get in ap classes at 14? that means your a freshmen right?
oh and uh keep the lester, you wont regret it! just work a lil bit for the explorer mr.AP , ( kidding)
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:24 PM

Maybe he'll get you the explorer when you get into an ivy league school
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:32 PM

yeah i was in the same boat as you for a while (with out the really smart part =D> ) i was really into lynyrd skynyrd and allen collins. i just had to have an explorer. but after my skynyrd obsetion died down and i was back into LP players i really like my les paul again. im pretty sure at our age (im 16) at least for me i want what ever my favorite musician is playing, would you agree? and there are alot more LP players out there than explorer players, so once you get into something else because im sure metallica wont be you favorite band forever (mine changes all the time) you wouldn't be as happy with the explorer anymore cause -insert guitarist name- doesn't play one.

now my personal preferance would be to have both xD i would say keep the paul and save your money and get an explorer later. thats my plan.
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#7 User is offline   Murph 

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:36 PM

And, since the '08 Standard was available 08-01-08 at only selected dealers, you must have one of the very first ones.

Gotta serial #?

Hmmmmmm.?

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:36 PM

14, and crying because you got a FREE LP Standard, and you don't think it's what you want.:-({|=

#-o Gimme a break kid. Do you have any idea what you have there?

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:40 PM

Dude, what are you thinking? For the love of god, keep the Les Paul. It is way cooler and more versatile than an Explorer. I would rather get waterboarded than play an Explorer.

Keep it. Love it. Love you Dad. Thank your Dad.

There is one thing I can guarantee...if you trade your LP for an explorer you will regret it within a year or two. In fact, you will go to your grave wishing you never got rid of your LP.
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:44 PM

the Explorer wouldn't have the sentimental value that this Les Paul has. Just because you can appreciate or want other guitars shouldn't diminish the place that this guitar has. It won't be your last, but there's only one first (Gibson, that is).
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 02:11 PM

I agree.

If you decide not to sell your LP and end up with both it and an Explorer, you can always change your mind and get rid of it later. But if you sell now... you'll never get it back. Ever.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 02:18 PM

Explorers Rock like no other...Posted Image

Keep the Paul....

Even though it' an inferior instrument...:-({|=
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 02:40 PM

keep the les paul, get a job and save for the explorer
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 02:44 PM

Keep the Les Paul.... I know you think you want the Explorer now but be patient you can get one later, earn it yourself and feel good about buying it... Dad will be proud of you too.
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 02:56 PM

Hey if you are scoring A+ in AP classes as a Freshmen, keep doing what you are doing. Sounds to me like you have your act together both musically and scholastically, I applaud your efforts. I'd bet when you get early admission to Stanford, your dad will get you the Explorer.
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 03:00 PM

Once you get the Explorer, you should talk to AXE about a custom "hello kitty" finish...

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 03:02 PM

finding a good explorer is much harder than finding a good LP- at least for me. but i found one. and i bought it for exactly the same reason that you want one....and i'm 27!!! i just always wanted an explorer b/c of het...thought about the ESP, but didnt want an LTD and i wasnt paying the cash for his old ESP sig. found this Gibbie at Sam Ash; they gave me 20% off and i brought her home.

she just freakin' screams. i HATED the ceramic PUs in my Classic, but I LOVE them in my Explorer. that being said, i would still keep the Lester. Dont forget, James and Kirk both play LPs, including vintage Bursts. i love Jame's 73-74 LP Custom with the custom-made T-Top EMGs.....badass!
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 03:07 PM

I happen to agree with alot of you guys... What the F@#$ are you thinking?! LPs may be popular but dude they got value! Keep the Paul, If you love it, it will love you. Save and get the Explorer later.
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 03:08 PM

I happen to agree with alot of you guys... What the F@#$ are you thinking?! LPs may be popular but dude they got value! Keep the Paul, If you love it, it will love you. Save and get the Explorer later.
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 03:15 PM

trust all these guys and me to bro. keep the paul. it is way more versatile and quite frankly...sexy too. as previously stated here, if you let it go you WILL regret it. let our combined if not individual experience help to guide you. keep it. you will look back and be glad you did i promise (i can make you this promise without knowing you at all :-k
oh and ftr...you are not screwed....you are fortunate, if you are ever going to trust a stranger, now is the time. do not let the LP go.
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