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I was wandering around the interwebs when I came across a WTB ad on another site. The guy was looking for an early 50's Gibson SJ and I had one. I sent him a note and some pics and he responded asking the price. While I had been actively looking to sell a few guitars, this one was on the back burner. I threw out a price I thought might scare him off and he wasn't scared. Especially after he saw the condition in a vid I made him. We made the deal and then I had to contend with the worst case of seller's remorse I have ever had.

 

I went round and round in my mind for 3 days alternately preparing to send back his check and writing the shipping label. I'm amazed at how difficult it was. When it came down to it, I let it go as it wasn't getting that much playing time; I have a very nice 1951 J45 so the SJ was a bit redundant; and it was a lot of money. It's gone and I don't regret it but it's been cause for some reflection on possessions and letting go. I don't want to be owned by my stuff, whatever it might be. Anyone able to relate?

 

 

 

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PS-Anyone have a late 50's D28 for sale?

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It's gone and I don't regret it............... I don't want to be owned by my stuff, whatever it might be. Anyone able to relate?

 

Absolutely. Stuff, for me at least, is just that........stuff. While I do cherish the "stuff" I've owned in the past, I have never been sentimental about much and generally won't hesitate to move "stuff" that's not serving my needs any longer, for whatever reason. I sold my J45TV and the D-18V is on consignment at the local shop. Both of them superior instruments but just not useful any longer.......let someone else enjoy them as I did. I can understand how some might think it heresy to have let those guitars go, as some folks get seriously attached to particular instruments, and that's a good thing..........for them. For me, it's all "stuff", and if I have stuff I'm not making good use of, it's via con dios, mi amigo........it was good to have known ya!

 

Yeah, I can relate.

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I haven't gotten to the "letting go" stage yet. Guess I'm just too much of a hoarder.

 

When I got home from a two-week business trip on Tuesday, I pulled out my three current favorites: my old J-45, and my (relatively) "new" L-OO Legend and Fuller's 1943 SJ. I was like a kid in a candy store, playing each for about a half hour the first night.

 

I had my little Composite Acoustics Cargo with me in SF, and it is a dramatic improvement over the Martin Backpacker I used to carry on trips, but it ain't one of my beloved Gibson flat tops.

 

By the way, I do think I could be talked out of the Backpacker if anyone is interested: one owner, original hang tags, perfect condition, and cheap.

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Eventually we have to let go of everything.....in the mean time there is nothing wrong with appreciating what we have.

Sometimes Ive heard people refering to those that want stuff as greedy..that's rediculous.

Hoarding money & being mean is greedy.

If I was attached to money I could not part with it.

If everyone was like that , there would be no work.

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Regardless of all the enthusiasm on here day after day, they're just guitars, another one will always come along.... A few years ago I would have been the same, but the last 2-3 years of selling off all but 2 of my electrics (over 20 guitars) it feels kinda nice... I'd love to be one of those blokes with one guitar they were totally thrilled with rather than half a dozen and reminding yourself to rotate etc...

 

Enjoy the cash, mate. It's better than having a guitar sat in a case in some room in your house not being played.

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Thanks for the heads up! Very kind of you. Hoping to find the one on this side of the pond........

 

No probs, I thought that might be the case but thought I would share it anyway. The one here in the UK seems VERY pricey to me. Is that what you would expect in the U.S. or are we paying a premium here?

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No probs, I thought that might be the case but thought I would share it anyway. The one here in the UK seems VERY pricey to me. Is that what you would expect in the U.S. or are we paying a premium here?

 

UK prices on vintage, Dave... not a premium, we're being bent over and gloved......

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UK prices on vintage, Dave... not a premium, we're being bent over and gloved......

 

+1 plus ludicrous markups[scared]

 

No real regrets in selling on. I think it's a perceived 'because it cost so much it should be so damn good' emotion thing. Get'em setup to their best and if ends up in the case never played then it's time to move'em on. If I should be a collecter, then different story. The only slight side effect is I've experienced is when you trade 2 for 1 and do miss one of the traded ones for a ever so slightly preferred suited one, but alas the market is what it is (especially when as a rule I have to feel them first). They all are emotional characters to choose from - what you don't need to what you think you want. Play'em all but PLAY the one you most feel...

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UK prices on vintage, Dave... not a premium, we're being bent over and gloved......

 

Brilliant PM!! [lol]

 

I'll not be asking for a vintage Hummingbird anytime soon then haha.

 

On the matter of letting go, I only own one Gibson and like the idea of never selling it and passing it on to my kids... unless 1. they've no interest in guitars and will sell it once I'm gone lol, or 2. I fall into financial diffs and have to sell it. In saying that, I'd like to see what i'd do if offered a swop for a Hummingbird TV!

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I've another 3-4 guitars all in the 2-4k range that just sit in cases, but it's a buyers market over the last while... I'm not desperate for the money so no intentions of selling my hens on a wet day, so to speak...

 

All are decent guitars but I just don't play them much... it was all fine when I had a 'music room' but since that morphed into a spare bedroom, it's not quite so ideal space wise. The downside is being based in Luxembourg, it's small, so a touch & feel session is not an option for most buyers and at those prices it tends to attract a crowd who want a touch & feel beforehand. Last advert I had up, someone offered me 1700GBP on a just under 4k guitar in close-to-mint condition. An impulse buy....

 

On the birds, I'd rather have a new bozeman job than an original, with their skinny 60's necks et al... Wouldn't cross the road for one to be honest. Love the idea, just not the actuality. Best hummingbird I have played was an old one with the ceramic saddle, bit beat up, sounded absolutely amazing. But again, a 60's neck.

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.....why did you keep the Bird' ...?

 

The Hummingbird was the best player of the lot, was from the beginning, and I like to keep one around just in case I get the urge to play now and then. In acoustic guitars, playability is the number one consideration for me....the 'Bird is the one.

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The Hummingbird was the best player of the lot, was from the beginning, and I like to keep one around just in case I get the urge to play now and then. In acoustic guitars, playability is the number one consideration for me....the 'Bird is the one.

 

Sounds like you're moving on from the guitar a bit, Buc, is it all aboutthe fish these days?

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I like the idea of owning 2 or 3 guitars but it's not practical for me (small house - smaller bank balance lol). I'm not that great at playing either so it would be hard to justify another £2K purchase to my wife! I played my friends HB TV while he had one and I loved it - the fact I was playing a Gibson rather than an Epiphone, the looks blew me away and I loved the pink lining in the tan case haha.

 

I haven't tried and tested that many guitars (I could probably list every one I've played), so I don't really appreciate the difference between long scale, short scale, wide and narrow nuts etc.

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Sounds like you're moving on from the guitar a bit, Buc, is it all aboutthe fish these days?

 

Perhaps so. Haven't felt that musical bone vibrating of late. I've been through more than one heck-with-guitar-playing periods over the years. Used to shoot a lot of pool, used to drink a lot and abuse illegal substances of all description, used to ride a bike a lot.......used to do a lot of things I don't do anymore. Some of them I go back and do again for awhile, some not. Guitar playing is just one of those things that seems to come and go for me. And I'm with you, PM....."Regardless of all the enthusiasm on here day after day, they're just guitars, another one will always come along.." It's all good! [thumbup]

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No Martin but my favorite local Mom & Pop store is supposed to be getting a banner J-45 in (if they can come to a deal). Even with a "friend's discount" though I am afraid this one ain't in the cards for me.

 

About 6 or so years ago I sold a 1958 Telecaster that I had played in a band for decades. I was not playing it any more and needed the cash which was considerable especially since I had only paid $150 for the guitar way back when. So I ended up selling it. I had flippin' nightmares about it for weeks and could never get it out of my mind. I was always trying to come up with of ways I could try and buy it back. It was actually a relief when the guy I sold it to re-sold it because it out the guitar out of my reach.

 

At the moment I have to decide whether I want to sell my 1932 National Duolian. I have a good offer on it and can use the cash to throw in on a 1938 Gibson archtop I have been looking at for several months. But always in the back of my mind there is that is this going to be another Tele kinda thing.

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In over forty years & a lot of guitars, I can't recall simply selling a guitar outright for the money (fortunate to never have been forced into that position). I've done a ton of trades, always to move towards something that either was an upgrade, or seemed like an upgrade at the time. That would also include changes in direction, such as going from acoustics to a greater emphasis on electrics. Can honestly say I've had no remorse after any of these trades. When I'm ready to let something go, it goes, but always to get something else that pumps up the musical juices.

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