1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Sterling Ray35 for Epiphone T-Bird Classic iv pro, totally fair trade?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Minirehak 212, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Minirehak 212

    Minirehak 212

    Mar 7, 2015
    Hey guys,

    So I got an offer for my 2011 Sterling Ray35. He is putting up a 2015 Epiphone T-bird Classic iv pro, neck through and Gibson electronics. He is also throwing in a gig bag, padded strap and strap locks. I didn't find too many sales for these two basses so I thought I would ask you guys for your opinion. My Sterling is just coming with strap locks. I want to make sure one of us isnt getting a lesser value. Any input is welcome 456_1498100977863. c1ab97d178c64c31b6f627a2f01061cc.

    I have been trying to sell or trade the Sterling for a while and this is the only tempting offer I got.
  2. Minirehak 212

    Minirehak 212

    Mar 7, 2015
    Bump for advice! The guy wants to meet up later in the week so anything would be helpful, I need the TB knowledge
  3. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    I can't make out whether these are just reflections from the camera on the Bird, or it is really well-worn.

    Presuming the former, it's worth about $350. No clue on the value of your bass.

    Having said that, neck-through Epi Birds were a very pleasant surprise to me when I first played one. If you have any desire to play such a bass, and don't feel like shelling out the dough for the Gibson, I'd say go for it.

    My $0.02 only...
    Minirehak 212 likes this.
  4. Minirehak 212

    Minirehak 212

    Mar 7, 2015
    Those are reflections, the other pics in the ad check out just fine.
    I had a really hard time getting the value for my bass. I got it in a trade so I didn't even pay for it.
    Thunderbirds have always been really cool to me. I have had the bolt on version but I got rid of it. Looking back I was stupid because I really liked the bass. Thought about getting another T-bird for a while but I just wouldn't want this to be an unfair trade
  5. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    If you're happy, and he's happy, I'd say it's a fair trade. Monetarily, I believe both basses are worth about the same amount. I owned a Tbird like that, and it was an excellent bass. I still miss it. Throw a Hipshot Supertone bridge on, and it's a super solid bass.
    Rabidhamster likes this.
  6. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016

    I've done trades that left people scratching their heads, but they made sense for both the other party and myself at the time.

    It's not like either of you is trading an instrument that one could use as a retirement plan.

    My $0.02 only...
  7. I'd love one of those Epiphones if a trade came up. I think it's fair. The Ray might be worth a few bucks more but with no bag I'd say this is an even swap. Rock the bird!
  8. kat888

    kat888 Thunderbirds are GO Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2015
    Sydney NSW
    Get the Bird.
  9. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017
    Consider the Epi Tbird goes for $550 new, and the Sterling Ray35 goes for $800 new. If you really like the Epi Tbird, trade + $250 would be fair. I would hold off if you don't need to unload it fast. Eventually there will be someone that is looking for your specific bass.

    As for the finish of the bird, it looks like some kind of home made relic job. In which case I would ask for $350 with trade.
  10. Minirehak 212

    Minirehak 212

    Mar 7, 2015
    Here's a body pic to show that it is just the reflection. Capture+_2017-07-17-17-26-38. I'm not in a HUGE rush to move the Ray, but I never play it either. My Warwicks have been getting all of my play time. The closest thing to this that I can actually try out is a Gibson studio T-bird at a shop by my house. I think my Ray is worth more but with all the extras I think it might add out in the end. I don't mind taking a hit if it's for a bass I would want to play, and those birds have been on my eye for a while
  11. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    Just do it.

    You can thank us later.

    The bird is the word.

    Gluvhand and FloridaSam like this.
  12. I took a pretty big hit on a trade recently and don't regret it. The bass I traded away wasn't being played and just taking up space. The new, to me, bass gets played. A lot. I'd do it again.
    ajkula66 likes this.
  13. twc1313

    twc1313 Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    The Epi T-Bird Classic Pro is a great sounding bass and well built. However....

    Have you ever played a T-Bird, stood with one one on a strap, gigged with one? They are not for the feint of heart, they neck dive like crazy and are very hard beasts to control. I've never wrestled with a bass more at a gig than a T-Bird.