Chance to buy a Les Paul Traditional

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  1. BruceVibrato

    BruceVibrato Member

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    I'm not sure if this would be best asked in a general forum but it does concern a Les Paul. I spotted a fairly good deal on a local 2017 Les Paul Traditional so I asked the guy why he's selling. He replied that he was a die hard Fender guy. He also mentioned that he got it from a Widow. I looked him up and he is fairly well known and truly is a Fender guy. And he probably was trying to help out a friend going through tough times. My question is, would you guy's be comfortable buying a deceased person's guitar? Some people might be freaked out by this and myself, I'm not really sure either way. Not trying to be disrespectful, I didn't ask him any details of the previous owners demise but that could certainly be a factor to weigh in on. And to some of us that may be getting past the half century mark, it might be considered a bad omen. I could see if it was a family member or a close friends guitar but a complete stranger....I don't know. So what do you guys think you would do. Thanks
     

  2. Side Burns

    Side Burns Senior Member

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    You may be thinking too much about it.

    Its a guitar, if it plays, feels and looks good at a good price pick it up. If you take care of the guitar it will eventually go to another guy.

    Would anyone feel bad about having a vintage 1959 les paul sold at an estate sale.......likely not.


    If it really bothers you then move on and forget it. I would like to think your hands ears and gut will lead you to make the right decision.

    How does it play & feel?
     

  3. BruceVibrato

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    good point. thanks
     
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  4. AlanBiker

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    Two cliches spring to mind,
    1. We all gotta go sometime.
    2. You can't take it with you.
    I think it's better if my guitars are sold or given to someone who will play them after me rather than see them thrown onto my funeral pyre.

    Alan
     

  5. lespaulfreak93

    lespaulfreak93 Senior Member

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    You will help that person's memory live on by creating more music on a beautiful instrument which was made just for that, not to be a sad reminder. Buy it and give it another chance to sing the stories it was meant to sing. Don't be so superstitious, it's just a guitar.
     

  6. Rotorhead

    Rotorhead Senior Member

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    I wouldn't have an issue with it at all and I doubt the person who has passed would, either. They'd probably be comforted knowing it went to a good home where it was being utilized.
     

  7. XJman

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    Nope, I’ll buy dead people stuff and put it to use. I highly doubt they would mind.
     
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  8. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Don’t hesitate to buy a guitar from someone who has passed on ,brother. Rust never sleeps......

     

  9. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Same here.
    That guitar is "in the world".
    Use it and make it resonate.
    :thumb:
     

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    slug_maine Senior Member

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    Most all vintage guitars belonged to someone that is dead.
     

  11. wmachine

    wmachine Senior Member

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    All previous owners of everything will eventually be dead.
    Now what are you asking about?
     
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  12. BruceVibrato

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    thank you all for your thoughtful answers and wisdom. Thinking about it, I've bought many a guitar used on ebay and elsewhere and have no clue of their past. Doesn't really matter. They sound great and when my time comes someone else will be the caretaker until their time is up. I never knew anyone to pass up an awesome deal on a car that was up for sale because the owner passed on. I sure wouldn't pass on a 69 Shelby or a Hemi Cuda if they were a great deal. So in the end I apperciate all of your comments and will check the guitar out this weekend. I'd say we can now let this post rest in peace.
     
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  13. lakeburst

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    If you get that Trad, its honored in the hands of a conscientious guitarist.

    ;)
     

  14. Duane_the_tub

    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    I asked my guitar, it says I suck so bad at playing it may as well be owned by a dead person.
     
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