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NYC resident here buying first LP. Hunt one in person or buy online?

LPplayerNYC

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Just as the title says. I am looking to purchase my first Les Paul standard after loving a Tribute model I used to own but sold when I needed the money (stupidest decision I ever made I LOVED that guitar).

I basically want to start playing open mics in NYC I am a blues player and need a guitar as I currently don’t own one.

I know all guitars are different especially Les Paul’s. If you were me, living in Manhattan, would you hunt one down in a shop new or used, or would you just order a brand new one on Sweetwater. I want to keep my budget right around the $3000 mark.

I am open to hearing opinions of certain used years to look for, or where to purchase, any info would be greatly appreciated. Recently I played a Les Paul Faded in a GC that I really liked that reminded me of my Tribute due to the finish. I’m open to the gloss ones as well.

Thanks!
 

LPplayerNYC

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Also, would you feel comfortable toting a Les Paul standard around NYC via subway/cabs or should I maybe just buy a used Tribute for fear of theft or damage? It’s a little rough in NYC these days a person tried to fight me in Popeyes today just because I apparently glanced at them the wrong way :(
 

Subliminal lanimilbuS

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Lots of guitars in NYC. It is definitely the better route to be able to check out a guitar in person first to see how it plays and sounds. Plus to check for any issues.
 

LPplayerNYC

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Lots of guitars in NYC. It is definitely the better route to be able to check out a guitar in person first to see how it plays and sounds. Plus to check for any issues.
That’s exactly what I was thinking, so many guitars here, why not hunt one down. I could care less about a ding or a bruise here or there as long as the playability and tone stand out. Plus maybe be able to strike a deal. Thanks for the reply.
 

jb_abides

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Hunt one down. Try out many, save one a great used one.

I don't know which of the classic stores are still open, but Sam Ash announced some store closures so maybe they are willing to deal aggressively.

Invest in a sturdy nondescript gig bag, maybe a used and abused one, for the subway, with backpack or cross-body straps to make yourself less of a target.

Think about Uber, or moving...?

Be safe, be careful... Good luck out there.
 

LPplayerNYC

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Hunt one down. Try out many, save one a great used one.

I don't know which of the classic stores are still open, but Sam Ash announced some store closures so maybe they are willing to deal aggressively.

Invest in a sturdy nondescript gig bag, maybe a used and abused one, for the subway, with backpack or cross-body straps to make yourself less of a target.

Think about Uber, or moving...?

Be safe, be careful... Good luck out there.
Can’t move, I’m a chef here in the city for good now it’s the best place for my career and I’d like to open a small blues bar within the next few years, don’t see many in NYC. But you are right sir, Uber or Cab with the guitar in hand :)
 

JASON510

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I like what I've read so far. Use a gig bag or case that doesn't say "Gibson" on it. Play guitars in stores and try to support the little guy. I recently purchased a LP Studio from Sweetwater and had a very disappointing experience.
 

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My Generation Guitars in Syosset Long Island..John is the man
 

jb_abides

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Small Blues Bar with vintage back line amps, and great from scratch bar food, strong drinks. That’s my plan.

I miss the Lone Star Cafe, that was one of the best venues and hangs in NYC... maybe a smaller scale version if the draw isn't there...

 

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I miss the Lone Star Cafe, that was one of the best venues and hangs in NYC... maybe a smaller scale version if the draw isn't there...
So many shows at the Lone Star.
So long ago, I don't remember.
Burrito Bros, Jorma...I saw a lot of the Blues guys during those years, but don't remember the venues...some were undoubtedly at the Lone Star. Gatemouth, Otis Rush, Fenton Robinson, Luther Allison...
I wonder what happened to that iguana...
 

LPplayerNYC

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I like what I've read so far. Use a gig bag or case that doesn't say "Gibson" on it. Play guitars in stores and try to support the little guy. I recently purchased a LP Studio from Sweetwater and had a very disappointing experience.
Can you elaborate on your disappointment I’m very curious?
 

mthrunn

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Just as the title says. I am looking to purchase my first Les Paul standard after loving a Tribute model I used to own but sold when I needed the money (stupidest decision I ever made I LOVED that guitar).

I basically want to start playing open mics in NYC I am a blues player and need a guitar as I currently don’t own one.

I know all guitars are different especially Les Paul’s. If you were me, living in Manhattan, would you hunt one down in a shop new or used, or would you just order a brand new one on Sweetwater. I want to keep my budget right around the $3000 mark.

I am open to hearing opinions of certain used years to look for, or where to purchase, any info would be greatly appreciated. Recently I played a Les Paul Faded in a GC that I really liked that reminded me of my Tribute due to the finish. I’m open to the gloss ones as well.

Thanks!
I would do whatever suits you, man. I too live in Manhattan, have > 10 LP’s, take the subway all the time with them, and have never ever had a problem
 
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