So today I did something that I never thought I would do, I got rid of my Les Paul Traditional. Well, I didn't get rid of it, I traded it for something else; a beautiful PRS DGT. My attachment to the Les Paul was based on a couple of factors. First, it was the first "expensive" guitar that I had ever purchased. When you spend over a grand on a guitar, it makes an impression. Second, the Les Paul was the guitar of so many of my guitar heroes (I could make a list but you probably already know who they are). How could I not have one in my collection? And there it sat, this beautiful Les Paul Traditional with a great flame, hanging on my wall. I would pull it down from time to time to play but there was always one thing that kept it from being my favorite playing guitar and that was the weight. It has no weight relief and it's one heavy sucker.
Having so many guitars at my disposal to play, I usually opted for a more comfortable model whenever I was going to be playing for any length of time. Still, I always thought it would always be part of my collection. That is until I saw a guitar that a friend had for sale. He has no emotional attachments to most all of his gear and buys and sells on a daily basis. I saw the PRS DGT over at his house yesterday and he was going to be listing it on CraigsList later that day. Well, I instantly fell in love with it, with its sexy curves, super playable neck, and amazing tones. It just seemed to fit me. From a pure musical perspective, the DGT is so much more versatile than the Les Paul. The Traditional was just two 57 Classic humbuckers and it just knew one speed, all out balls to the walls rockin. There were times when I wished it was a little more versatile but hey, it's a Les Paul.
I knew I didn't have the cash to buy it but then it occurred to me, why not make a trade. Seeing the DGT had broken my emotional bonds with the Les Paul and I was ready to let it go. Later that evening I asked my buddy if he would be interested in a trade and after a little haggling, we made it happen. Now I have a beautiful DGT that I know will get lots of play time and less guilt from lack of use. That being said, I still need to work on the guilt from the other 20 or so I have hanging around. Oh, and as a side note, I traded the Les Paul back to the guy I bought it from so it was like it was going home. Of course he probably already has it listed on CraigsList :-)