Thought I'd join the forum and ask some pros for advice.
Bought my (then) 12 yr old his first electric after he started showing interest. It was a Yamaha Pacifica. Nice beginner electric, he's treated it pretty well.
Fast forward 4 years, many lessons and performances later, and it's time to buy him a real guitar. The Yamaha is fine, but he really deserves a nice electric to keep him going.
Bought him an Epiphone dr500mce last Christmas, and he loves it. It's been a great gigging acoustic, so naturally wanted to stick with Gibson.
Took him to guitar center last weekend to play some Les Paul's, told him to find the one he likes the best. Of course, he picked the new Gibson Les Paul 50s T in tobacco burst.
I have to say that it sounded and looked better than both studios he tried, and he said it just felt "right". Asked the salesman about getting a deal, but he wouldn't budge off the $2499 tag price. Talked about low interest financing, blah blah blah. I had a wad of cash in my pocket, but not quite that much, so we left with no guitar.
So after all that, my question is: can you get a deal on a new les Paul, or are you stuck paying "the" price? I've looked online and they're all the same, $2499.
Thanks for any suggestions/ tips.
This is a big purchase for me, and I'm not used to paying retail for stuff.
That’s interesting. I just left Sweetwater’s website and they have three new tobacco burst ‘50’s in stock right now.Update: just got home from a 6.5 hour trip to sweetwater. What a huge bummer. Guess I should have called ahead of time, all they had was a demo, and it was scratched and only marked down 250. My fault for not calling ahead. Sales guy was extremely unimpressive. Store was neat, but we didn't stay after finding out they didn't have any new guitars. Said they wouldn't get any more until January.
Not the end of the world, just out some gas money. Stopped at the GC right down the road from sweetwater, they didn't have ANY les Paul standards, only epiphones and studio LPs. Looks like I'm going to have to order one online and roll the dice. Now to find a vendor willing to cut a deal. The saga continues.
Interesting. My Traditional was priced at $2499. When I mentioned that was the price for a new Standard, and showed them on my phone, they said they would match that price. I think $2199? Anyway, got it for $1800, as the guy behind the counter was motivated.It is indeed a Traditional, but that was the price, because I walked away from it at first .
That was pretty much the same in my case, but you my brother got the better deal, I was happy with the 1.999.00 I paid for mine, it was still better than 2.199.00 I paid for the heritage Cherry burst I purchased a year before.Interesting. My Traditional was priced at $2499. When I mentioned that was the price for a new Standard, and showed them on my phone, they said they would match that price. I think $2199? Anyway, got it for $1800, as the guy behind the counter was motivated.
I'm wondering if this isn't some sort of 'ploy' by Sam Ash.That was pretty much the same in my case, but you my brother got the better deal, I was happy with the 1.999.00 I paid for mine, it was still better than 2.199.00 I paid for the heritage Cherry burst I purchased a year before.
It could very well be, I have purchased 5 new Gibsons from Sam Ash in the last 3 years, but the best deal I got was on the 2019 Traditional.I'm wondering if this isn't some sort of 'ploy' by Sam Ash.
Congratulations on getting what you set out to get. Keep us posted on your son’s progress !!! HNGDUpdate: Hate to bash sweetwater, but they really did suck. Only had 1 guitar(that's what the salesman said) and it was a dented display only marked down 250 for the dent. Also said they wouldn't be getting any more until mid January. No thanks. When we were walking out, a different sales guy talked to us for a minute who was actually very nice.
Again, I should have called first, my fault, but the vibe there was pretty much identical to guitar center.
This is where the story gets much better. Yesterday morning, I got ahold of David A. from Chicago Music Exchange. They had a display, and a brand new guitar. He gave me a great quote that I won't mention out of respect for him. My son and I jumped in the car and made the 3.5 hour drive to Chicago. The place was amazing, they treated my son like a rock star. Put him in a sound proof room full of high end tube amps and said have fun. Of course he loved the guitar, it is flawless. Was a fantastic experience. David's associate, Geoff, helped us out at the store. If you can believe it, David made this deal on his day off!! How cool was that? Definitely has a future customer.. Highly recommend @David A @ CME . Next time I'm in Chicago, I'm dropping by for sure. Coolest music store I've seen, by far. Thanks David and Geoff. My son is already putting together a song for the upcoming talent show.
If anyone is looking for a great instrument buying experience, David's your guy.
5 days ago, I did call sweetwater. Sales guy told me they had 4 plus the display.Of course you had a better experience. First you called. Then spoke to the right person at a great store who had the guitar your son wanted at a great price. congrats!
Yea pics please, am dying to see this magnificent instrument your son is never going to forget.You’re a good dad! He’s got an experience he’ll never forget. Congratulations and good for you for sticking to your guns and getting the guitar you wanted for the price you were willing to pay. Please post some pictures!