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I'm shopping for another Les Paul. In the past, I've bought new. This time, I'm looking for a workhorse, yet nice, & clean. I simply can't afford another new one.

 

I'm looking Studio, to Standard, $800 - $1200. Ebay is my best option.

 

How do I avoid getting someone's lemon? What's the best advice?

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Try the following links, I just put Les Paul Studio in Guitar Centers search and found a few for you to choose from all below $1200. This way you get a new workhorse. If you're not worried about color then you can just go pick one up. Good luck.

 

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibson-Les-Paul-Studio-Electric-Guitar-with-BFG-Electronics-514556-i1322490.gc

 

http://www.guitarcenter.com/-i1328216.gc

 

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibson-Les-Paul-Swamp-Ash-Studio-Electric-Guitar-102089893-i1149451.gc

 

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibson-Les-Paul-Studio-Electric-Guitar-100161084-i1149146.gc

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Ebay's always a gamble, but imo still a convenient way to get a steal on a killer LP. You just have to trust your instincts on the listings, and that starts with the feedback scores. I agree about Craigslist too, but chances are you'll have to wait awhile before something good pops up. Shop around though.

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I've had pretty good experiences with ebay in the past but you just have to make sure that the seller has great feedback and has been around a while and deals primarily in guitars. I got a real nice '79 Standard off ebay a couple years ago for $1000 shipped and it was great so you should be able to find something in that range you're looking for. Also check out the Studio Premium Plus because those are great guitars but just don't have the binding.

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I'm shopping for another Les Paul. In the past' date=' I've bought new. This time, I'm looking for a workhorse, yet nice, & clean. I simply can't afford another new one.

 

I'm looking Studio, to Standard, $800 - $1200. Ebay is my best option.

 

How do I avoid getting someone's lemon? What's the best advice?[/quote']

 

Huh? Sorry, to busy looking at your avatar=d>

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My CPA has a nice studio for sale (if he hasn't sold it yet) for $500. Very clean. If you are interested then I'll give him a call tomorrow and get some pics of it. He's moved up into the "flametop zone" and there's no looking back for him. Likewise, his accounting rates have gone up for some reason?

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Regarding ebay:

I've bought six guitars (Gibsons, Fenders, and a Dean) and sold few more than that on ebay (hence the current stable of 2). If you're worried about the condition only bid on auctions with these three things:

1. The auctions covered by Paypal up to $2000 (not just the standard $200) so you can get your money back if the guy is scamming you with a guitar that's a POS.

2. Make sure they have a return policy for the same reason as above.

3. make sure they ship with a tracking number.

 

I bought a Fender Iron Maiden Strat and the pics all looked great, and it was listed in good condition, but when I received it the last three frets were lifting out of the neck. I was covered by paypal and the guy had a return policy so I got my money back after I shipped it back. It was a royal pain, but it all evened out.

-Clay

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