Gibson Les Paul Used
Buying a Gibson Les Paul used can save you hundreds
of dollars if you know what to look for.
These guitars are timeless and, if taken care of, do not lose their playability over time.
The trick is to know what you’re looking for, and to not jump the gun and buy the first guitar you see.
There are a few different places to find a Gibson Les Paul used, or any other electric guitar.
You can search the classified ads, music stores, pawnshops, and online. The pawnshops and online auctions are where most musicians find the best deals.
Whether you flip to the back of the local newspaper, pick up a classified rag, or check out online ads (like craigslist.org), you need to be prepared to ask a lot of questions.
Don’t fall for scammers who are collecting email addy’s, if the seller won’t talk to you on the phone, move on.
Unless, of course, you like being mailed viruses and porn links that get you in hot water with the wife.
When you call about the guitar, ask all the questions you can think of about the condition of the guitar, and ask to see it in person.
Take an amp so you can try it out.
As far as finding a large selection and having available equipment for a test drive, music stores are awesome.
Their price tags tend to be a little higher than the others, though.
Although, buying a Gibson Les Paul used instead of new is still way cheaper, even in a music store.
Don’t let the salesman talk you into a guitar you’re not comfortable with…he’s just out to make a sale, and doesn’t give a rat’s rear whether you wind up liking the guitar in a month.
Another great venue for buying used Les Paul guitars is your local pawnshops.
The best thing about them is the haggling; almost no one has to pay a sticker price in a pawnshop.
Just be sure to really inspect the instrument before buying it.
Inspect all the hardware, look down the neck to make sure it’s straight, and check it over for cracks and warped wood.
Don’t worry too much about strings, those can be replaced easily.
Again, you might want to take along an amp, and see if the pawnshop peeps will let you give it a run.
Hey, it’s in their best interest if they want to make a sale, and if they refuse, I’d take it as a major red flag.
Sites like EBay are great for getting outstanding deals on used stuff.
The drawback here is that you won’t get to touch the guitar before you buy it.
Make sure you pick a seller that offers a lot of detailed photos, and a good description.
Ask questions, again it’s in the seller’s best interest to make you happy, so they won’t mind.
Some will even take extra photos from different angles for you.
Don’t forget to look at their feedback and make sure all their other customers were happy with their purchase.
However you decide to buy your Les Paul guitar, used instruments come in all stages of wear, so be careful, pay attention, and don’t buy the first one you see.
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