1989 vs 1981

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I have an 89 ebony standard and came across an 81 natural standard. The natural is my favorite finish. Do you think I should replace my 89 for the 81 if I like the feel and sound?
 

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What I'm trying to say is, is the 81 more desirable than the 89 or vice versa or equal
 

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It's a crap shoot.

But in terms of spec - 1981 is still true solid body: no weight relief.

Another difference is neck construction. 1981 is three piece maple - stable as hell.
 

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I personally think you are looking at it the wrong way. Who cares which year is more desired? You should only be conerned with how they feel, play, and sound to YOU.
 

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I have a new 2015 Classic that sounds and plays better than any LP I've owned.
I don't care what the year is.
 

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You have to play them both to see, but really, if I had to bet, I'd bet the build quality is better on the 89.
 

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I've played some glorious looking turds from very "desirable" years. If resale is your concern, I can't help you, but if you plan on making some sweet noise, stick with the one that plays like butter.
 

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1981 I was carefree and in a band having a blast, in 1989 I was full time employed with no time to play...
 

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Play both through your rig if possible

Which sounds better?
 

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different years and different finish... If you can afford buying the natural without selling the ebony go for it... otherwise, it is all about playability rather than years !
 

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What I'm trying to say is, is the 81 more desirable than the 89 or vice versa or equal
No.


You have to play them both to see, but really, if I had to bet, I'd bet the build quality is better on the 89.
I agree. The 81 is probably a lot heavier. And it has the maple neck. Depending on your music style might or might not fit your needs. If you're happy with the 89 I'd keep it.
 

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It's what works for you. If it's original, the '81 should have Tim Shaw pickups which are quite sought after. I have an 1980 Custom in Natural and that's one heavy guitar with a three-piece maple neck, but I wouldn't swap it.
 


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