What to sell, what to keep?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by SVTbird, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    I promised my wife I'd sell a few guitars after she gave the green light to me buying a Ric 4004, but giving them up is tougher than I thought.

    Keep in mind I don't really play guitar anymore, I just kind of like looking at them and messing around once in awhile, that being said, which would you guys let go, or all of them?

    '99 Gibson gothic explorer
    '02 Gibson gothic ii SG (factory EMGs)
    '06 Gibson SG Standard
    '12 Gibson government series 1 flying V

    Thanks guys
  2. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I pretty much don't allow guitars in my house. So I would get rid of everything that is not a bass.
  3. devinp17


    Jun 26, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    You just like to look at them? Ok... If I were you, I'd get rid of them all. The only reason I still own guitars (cheap but decent acoustic and electric + a combo amp), is because I actually play them every once in a while. But I would most definitely sell them and the amp if all I did was look at them.
  4. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    I don't JUST look at them lol. Like I said I mess around when the mood strikes, jam some sabbath something or go over chords, scales, and trips, but that's about it, and I'll admit it isn't really often. Idk I figure I'll keep one and let the rest go, just tough to pick the one that will stay. SGs are great players, but the explorer was my first decent guitar that I bought new, so it's got the memories I guess.
    Amp wise I just plug my D180 into a peavy cab I have.
    I sold the guitar head awhile ago.
  5. devinp17


    Jun 26, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    Well, you should've mentioned Sabbath in the first place! :) Keep one of the SGs. If it were me, I'd keep the Goth one!

    \m/ :bassist: \m/
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  6. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    I was kinda leaning that way myself. That gothic ii is probably the rarest instrument I'll ever own, and talk about hot pickups! Sadly not a big demand, so I doubt it would fetch a big price.
  7. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    Sell them and buy a Fender Bass VI ;)
  8. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    I'd keep the SG Standard and sell the rest...
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  9. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Well, you opened it up to the collective so I'd get rid of all the "goth" stuff. If you like SG's body style (I could never be comfortable with that design, I've tried to like them since 1970) keep it, but if they were MINE, and all I had to go on was the age and name, I'd keep the Explorer.

    But that's not really what you want to know. Here's what I suggest you do- play them all unplugged for while- get to really know what the inherent character of each guitars' sound is. Then start playing them amplified to see which one helps you translate what you sound like best. That's the keeper so get rid of the others.

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  10. I'd hang on to the Standard SG, the Rickenbacker should help you forget about the rest of the guitars.
  11. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    Well, I've already listed the V, now it's down to the 3.

    The "goth II" is basically a low gloss black SG with an unmarked ebony fretboard and no binding, and the factory EMGs.
    Nothing really "goth" about it. It's just a cool black sg.

    The explorer had the ebony board too, but has that funky moon and star on the 12th fret (reminds me of the turkish flag...its weird) and out of them all it has the most mojo lol. Been with me for 16 years.

    Standard is a standard. Was my go to for awhile. Nice fat neck. Has some battle scars, but that just makes it easier when I turn and bash something :) its truly the only one I really don't give a crap if it gets a little banged up. Thats the great thing about it. I can just play it and not worry about it.

    Explorer has the nicest neck, sgs are better sitting down. EMGs are great for metal, but I prefer the passives for anything else.
  12. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    4004 is a hell of a bass. I ordered a set of TI's, can wait to hear that bad boy on flats ;)
  13. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    That would be up to you really.
    You could sell them all and then get an Epiphone SG to noodle around on.
  14. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Just sell two, to keep your promise, and then you still have 2 for the next time you need to "promise in exchange".
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  15. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    If you're just selling one, and want some variety in your sound & you like the EMGs then sell the other SG.

    Me? for my tastes I'd keep the other SG , then the Explorer, but that may just be me.
  16. Kevan Campbell

    Kevan Campbell Bergantino Artist, Vibe9 IEM Artist Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I'm sure I'll catch hell for this but in my experience the mid to late 90's Gibsons are a cut above anything Gibson has made since. Call it better quality wood, the guitar "opening up" after being played for so many years, my imagination...whatever.

    I'd keep your Gothic Explorer since I feel that ebony fingerboards on all-mahogany Gibsons tend to give a nice high-end bite that isn't there with a rosewood board. I never liked the finish of the Government-Issue Gibsons though I love the idea of that series and maybe they will become somewhat desirable to collectors in the future? Two SG's seems kinda redundant but maybe they play and sounds totally different from each other, however it wouldn't be hard to pick up another Standard SG down the road.

    I should disclose that I sold off nearly all of my electric guitars (including Gibsons) to buy my Aguilar rig and the one I kept is a PRS Custom 24, so my tastes will likely differ greatly from yours. I'm still hunting for a 90's or earlier Gibson SG with a Maestro and great neck though...
  17. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Springtown, Texas
    List them all at top of the market prices and refuse to negotiate. Set a time limit. When the time expires, keep what didn't sell.
    You will have honored your commitment to your wife and you will likely still have some cool guitars.
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