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    Sell my Gibson or not?

    Calling all guitarists. I'm looking for some advice. I play guitar just for my own self-enjoyment. I don't and have never gigged. I only own one guitar which is the second one I bought (back in late 80's). It is a Gibson SG '62 Re-Issue. I played it quite a bit when I was younger. Recently I hadn't really played it for about 15 years, though I always knew I would again at some point. That time is now. My son is taking guitar lessons which rekindled my own joy of playing. My son? Well he'd quit if we let him. If I willed this guitar to him I doubt he'd value it. I value it of course, but I've been looking around the interwebs and on YouTube and I'm fast falling in love with the idea of selling my SG and buying a PRS S2 Singlecut.

    I'm new to the website reverb.com, but reading their condition guidelines I know mine is at least a "very good" and possibly an "excellent". Based on past sales of the same model/year guitar it would sell from a low of $1500 to ~$2500 Canadian. Whether I could sell it for that low end or higher, I'd take that and add whatever was necessary to get the PRS S2 vice the cheaper SE line. Why am I attracted to the PRS? It's new. My SG is in great shape but it is modeled after a guitar made in 1962. I could "upgrade" it with new locking tuners, pickups etc, but I would never bubba it like that. Whereas the PRS already has all that and well as design improvements (subjective I suppose).

    So I guess what I'm asking for are opinions on whether or not I would regret doing this. A hard thing to know for sure.
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    Here's the PRS:

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    and here's what my SG looks like (not my actual one):

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    Not sure about the price difference, and I’m not a musician. But safe queen versus useable item.

    And given the late 80s vintage of the Gibson, I don’t think it’ll appreciate in value into the $10k range. Due to volume likely still available, it’s not going to be a “rare” Gibson for decades at least, and it’s initial offering in their overall lineup at that time.

    And there’s a chance it’ll go the way the pre muscle cars are going now. There’s a dropping demand for them as the current “memory” buyers are mostly of muscle car or even entering “tuner” vintages.

    Maybe a trade for someone looking for an old guitar for their new tour bus?

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    Doug what year is your SG? Is everything in it original (pickups, wiring, pots, finish, hardware)? SG's typically go for 800-1200 used but those are usually post 2000 models. 90's era I believe are comparable in price to the 2000's ones. Norlin era guitars probably sell for a bit more and vintage ones will be the most valuable.

    Do you have some pictures of your guitar or can you take some? pics would help .

    Is the PRS a USA or a Korean model? I would personally not sell an American made guitar to get a Korean one, but that's just me. You don't need stupid sh*t like locking tuners, just lock your strings when you wind them and they won't slip out of tune (if you don't know how to do this I'll give you a link). Nothing wrong with changing pickups, though if its vintage you may not want to do it (or if you do, keep the original pickups).

    I am a Gibson guy so ill say F*ck the PRS. Keep the SG (you can't only have one guitar, you WILL succumb to the GAS eventually) and then go buy an Historic Les Paul. Thank me later. If you don't care about the flametop and don't mind the bigger neck (though you can find ones with thinner necks, especially more recent years), used R8's, R6s and R7s can be had for a decent price.

    Just look how purdy they are together. 2000 SG Standard (just picked it up in November) and a 1999 R9. Plug 'em into a Marshall and you'll be in Heaven.

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    The Lester with the Marshalls. I still have to do a family photo. Sorry, I can't resist an opportunity to hijack your thread and post guitar pics.

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    If you don't want the SG I'm happy to take it off your hands free of charge .
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    I've always thought the sg was one of the sexiest guitars in existence.
    Don't sell it.
    Would Angus young switch to a prs?
    Why does the rest of the country get first dibbs on half my income?

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    Never sell it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve MKII View Post
    Doug what year is your SG? Is everything in it original (pickups, wiring, pots, finish, hardware)? SG's typically go for 800-1200 used but those are usually post 2000 models. 90's era I believe are comparable in price to the 2000's ones. Norlin era guitars probably sell for a bit more and vintage ones will be the most valuable.

    Do you have some pictures of your guitar or can you take some? pics would help .

    Is the PRS a USA or a Korean model? I would personally not sell an American made guitar to get a Korean one, but that's just me.
    It’s a 1988, all original. And you won’t find one for less than $1500. Since I posted this I had a closer look at the pictures of the ones that have sold on reverb.com and mine is definitely in the “excellent” condition category. Those sell for $2000 and up.

    Don’t have any pictures. I’m going to clean and polish it up and when the weather warms up take some high quality hi-res photos outside in the bright daylight. But as for how does it look, it is identical the the photo in post #2.

    The PRS S2’s are made in Maryland with American necks and bodies. The tuners and pickups are Korean, the bridge is American.

    The SE line is all Korean and no, I would get that one.

    You have some nice Gibson’s there. I had a Marshall half stack in my early 20’s. Can’t remember the specific model but it was 80’s, 50 watt head I believe. Loved it.

    There won’t be a “keep the SG and buy another guitar” scenario. That’s just not in my budget. Which is why I’ve got the itch to sell the SG for the PRS (sacrilege to Gibson fans I know lol).


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    I'm pretty sure you're going to sell it, so I voted to sell it.
    Someone else can appreciate it sitting in a corner, while you can enjoy playing something the way/style you want to play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_M View Post
    It’s a 1988, all original. And you won’t find one for less than $1500. Since I posted this I had a closer look at the pictures of the ones that have sold on reverb.com and mine is definitely in the “excellent” condition category. Those sell for $2000 and up.

    Don’t have any pictures. I’m going to clean and polish it up and when the weather warms up take some high quality hi-res photos outside in the bright daylight. But as for how does it look, it is identical the the photo in post #2.
    The attachment doesn't work but I know what the 62 reissues look like. I was just trying to get a sense of your guitar specifically (and I love guitar porn). It sounds like it might be a prehistoric, in which case DON'T sell it. If you do I will be tempted to buy it from you and I don't have the money for that right now so please don't put me in that position smiley_abused.gif.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_M View Post
    The PRS S2’s are made in Maryland with American necks and bodies. The tuners and pickups are Korean, the bridge is American.

    The SE line is all Korean and no, I would get that one.
    To be honest I would bet the SG you have sounds at least as good if not better than any PRS. I would not sell the SG without playing the PRS first and deciding for yourself which one you think sounds better. Post Norlin 80's and 90's Gibsons are known for being some pretty good guitars.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_M View Post
    You have some nice Gibson’s there. I had a Marshall half stack in my early 20’s. Can’t remember the specific model but it was 80’s, 50 watt head I believe. Loved it.
    Thanks. They are pretty sweet guitars. I wanna sell the R9 and find another one with a thinner neck though, but otherwise i love em. Sounds like you had a JCM800 head, great amps. What amp are you running it through now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_M View Post
    There won’t be a “keep the SG and buy another guitar” scenario. That’s just not in my budget. Which is why I’ve got the itch to sell the SG for the PRS (sacrilege to Gibson fans I know lol).
    Have you considered saving up until you can get the PRS so you don't have to sell the SG? It might take a while but sometimes it's worth it. Or financing the new one?

    Are you hellbent on the PRS or do you just want a single cut guitar? If you just want a single cut i would say go with a Les Paul but as you can tell I am biased.

    But honestly if it comes down to sell the SG and get the PRS or keep the SG and don't get the PRS, I would say keep the SG. Those prehistorics are killer guitars and fairly sought after as well. I think you would regret selling it. PRS guitars are a dime a dozen in comparison to your SG. People tend to hang on to Gibsons from those years.

    And yes it is sacrilege to sell your SG for a PRSsmiley_abused.gif.





    Also in regards to your son, if he sticks with it and becomes a life player then I think he will ultimately appreciate the guitar (unless he becomes an Ibanez fan or something) so I wouldn't worry too much about that.

    Also don't just assume that new=better, that's not always the case with guitars. I'd take a 50's or 60's Gibson over a new one any day of the week even if they weren't 100x as expensive (And I would take a DJ '59 replica or a Jaydee SG over anything Gibson currently produces). There is a reason vintage Gibsons are so f*cking expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve MKII View Post
    The attachment doesn't work but I know what the 62 reissues look like. I was just trying to get a sense of your guitar specifically (and I love guitar porn). It sounds like it might be a prehistoric, in which case DON'T sell it. If you do I will be tempted to buy it from you and I don't have the money for that right now so please don't put me in that position.
    It's definitely a prehistoric. I'm nearly prehistoric and I bought it new so... In seriousness it's an '88 which is prehistoric. If the sun cooperates tomorrow afternoon I can try to produce some guitar porn. And if I do sell it, it won't be until the Spring so you'll have time to save up!

    To be honest I would bet the SG you have sounds at least as good if not better than any PRS. I would not sell the SG without playing the PRS first and deciding for yourself which one you think sounds better. Post Norlin 80's and 90's Gibsons are known for being some pretty good guitars.
    Definitely, I wouldn't just buy a PRS off the rack without trying it. I live in a rural area but there is a Long and McQuade 30 minutes away. So over the next few months I'll try to get there and check it out a few times to make sure I actually like it and aren't just drooling over photos online lol. Speaking of which, the custom 22 (double-cutaway) is starting to speak to me now. Damn guitars! They're like guns.

    Sounds like you had a JCM800 head, great amps. What amp are you running it through now?
    Yup, that sounds like it. When I sold that all I had was a shitty little Fender practice amp. Sold that too and had nothing for a while then bought another not quite as shitty but still shitty Fender practice amp. Gave that to my son lol, and I bought a like new Fender Mustang I v2 modeling amp for $80. It was a steal at that price. So far I'm pretty happy with it. The owner sold it because he wanted a 12" (think he bought the Mustang II) and I can see myself upgrading to a 1x12 down the road too.

    Have you considered saving up until you can get the PRS so you don't have to sell the SG? It might take a while but sometimes it's worth it. Or financing the new one?
    Just not an option.

    Are you hellbent on the PRS or do you just want a single cut guitar? If you just want a single cut i would say go with a Les Paul but as you can tell I am biased.

    But honestly if it comes down to sell the SG and get the PRS or keep the SG and don't get the PRS, I would say keep the SG. Those prehistorics are killer guitars and fairly sought after as well. I think you would regret selling it. PRS guitars are a dime a dozen in comparison to your SG. People tend to hang on to Gibsons from those years.
    Well it'll come down to how I feel once I actually try out a PRS. It'll either be "hell yeah" or "hmm, think I'll keep the SG".

    Also don't just assume that new=better, that's not always the case with guitars. I'd take a 50's or 60's Gibson over a new one any day of the week even if they weren't 100x as expensive (And I would take a DJ '59 replica or a Jaydee SG over anything Gibson currently produces). There is a reason vintage Gibsons are so f*cking expensive.
    Yeah. There is a big difference between 15-20 years ago and today when it comes to the availability of info. In other words the Internet. Since the guitar bug has hit me again I've been doing a lot of reading, watching videos online etc and yeah the quality isn't there from what I gather. Or you have to pay an exorbitant amount for it. Still, I don't think an 80's reissue is going to get the same valuation as a 50's or 60's original. They might in fact be at the sweet spot in value right now. But the bug is there and I have to go down this road at least as far as testing the waters with the PRS. Who knows, I may just be a sinner after all...
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