#1
Hey, everyone!

I posted a local Craigslist ad for my Gibson SG. It's one of the faded models, but the pickups have been upgraded to the chrome-covered ones, and the knobs were changed to the classic "top-hat" style. It's got the really nice walnut brown finish, and comes with a nice black Gator case. It sounds really nice and plays like a dream...nice low action.

I'm asking $600 obo, and I mentioned that I'd be open to a trade, because I'd really like to get a thinline hollow body or semi-hollow, like an Epi Sorrento (I'm in loooooove with those right now).

So a guy contacted me and offered to do a straight-up trade, my SG for his Epi Sheraton II (comes with a case). I told him I'd do a trade plus cash, and he said he'd only do a straight trade.

Now, am I asking too much for this, or would I be right in thinking that this dude would be getting the better end of the bargain?
#2
Quote by Gramby
Hey, everyone!

I posted a local Craigslist ad for my Gibson SG. It's one of the faded models, but the pickups have been upgraded to the chrome-covered ones, and the knobs were changed to the classic "top-hat" style. It's got the really nice walnut brown finish, and comes with a nice black Gator case. It sounds really nice and plays like a dream...nice low action.

I'm asking $600 obo, and I mentioned that I'd be open to a trade, because I'd really like to get a thinline hollow body or semi-hollow, like an Epi Sorrento (I'm in loooooove with those right now).

So a guy contacted me and offered to do a straight-up trade, my SG for his Epi Sheraton II (comes with a case). I told him I'd do a trade plus cash, and he said he'd only do a straight trade.

Now, am I asking too much for this, or would I be right in thinking that this dude would be getting the better end of the bargain?

Yeah you are asking too much, in good condition that model brings $350-$450 used. Unfortunately you almost never recoup any money spent on upgrades like pickups.
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#3
I honestly think that maybe the Sheraton II plus ~$50 would be a good trade for the SG. Also, depends on what pickups you put in rather than just the chrome covered ones. An SG like that can get $400 pretty easily. However, some people don't like the original guitar being "tampered with" or changed in any way even if it is an upgrade. And last point... sometimes it's best to just overlook trade value if it's a smaller amount of money. If you try out that guitar and click with it better than any guitar you've played before, you hop on that trade right away.
#4
Get the Sheraton if you like the way it plays. They are comparable in value within reason.
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#5
Where are you? Where I'm at (Cleveland), $600 (leaving negotiation room) is an upper end, fair deal, especially when trades enter the picture. I'm sure it's a lil more or less elsewhere. A couple weeks ago I came across a new Epi Sheraton II for $549 and there's been a used one posted on craigslist for a couple weeks that started at $500 and keeps going down, I think its at $350 now. I wouldn't do that trade anyways, but I think you'd be on the short end.
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#6
Thanks for the input, everyone. I lowered my expectations a bit, and sold it to a very happy guy for $450, which means I can now go buy that Epiphone Sorrento reissue for $475, although now my dilemma becomes "Sorrento or Casino?" But that's another topic for another thread.