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    Default Should I trade in to buy something else

    I have a Larrivee L01 acoustic guitar that is about 8 years old. I bought it in hopes of really learning how to play guitar. I had a little success but it was a very on off, more off, type of effort. It did lead me to the uke 6 months ago and I am a 10X better uke player than I ever was on guitar, course all the time on the Larrivee helped my jump to the uke.

    Here is the dilemma I am feeling like trading it in for credit towards a nice tenor, possibly a Koaloha. I loved that guitar, the look, the feel, the sound and the fact it was made by a Canadian in Canada. Solid spruce top, solid mahogany sides and back and all of it has some beautiful grain and a little flaming on the hog. But I never got to the point of playing proficiently and never will because it is all about the uke for me.

    Might be nice to keep it and pass it down to a grandchild, if that ever happens. I am torn so tell me what you would do and or if you have done something like this before.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Trade it. You can always pass one of your 'ukuleles down to a grandchild (if that ever happens).
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    Dave,
    I recently sold my guitar, just because I wanted more room for ukes. I wasn't prgressing well on it, and well, I just like the sound of my ukes so much better. Maybe somone else will play your guitar and get more use out of it!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Yep, trade it for an upgraded uke. You won't regret it. I have the first Breedlove CM guitar built languishing in my closet once I found the uke. I'd like to sell it but not sure where to take it because of it's uniqueness.

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    I have a no-name brand nylon string guitar that my dad bought with S&H Green Stamps in the late 1960s and gave to me when I went off to college. It has followed me everywhere I've been, and I recently had it cleaned and restrung. It has little monetary value but a lot of sentimental value, so I've been reluctant to get rid of it, even though I never really played it and recently bought a much nicer steel string dreadnaught guitar. Now I'm thinking of donating it to Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto, which has been collecting guitars as part of a local program to teach veterans with PTSD to play the guitar as part of their treatment. I guess my bottom line is that I'd rather see the guitar get played and bring joy to someone who will use it than to have it languish in my apartment because I'm attached to it.

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    Or hang onto it as the house guitar for guitar players to play if they come over and didn't bring their own.

    And why not get a uke made in Canada if that is important to you? There are a lot of really good luthiers up there in the cold north, eh. Too bad Larrivee ukes aren't made in Canada anymore. Not that they're made anymore anyway!

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    If it's a private party trade, then you can recoup fair value. If it's a deal with a commercial vendor, then whatever the "commercial used retail sale" price is, odds are the trader is only going to get no more than 2/3rds of that price. Under those conditions, a "trade-in" may not be worth it.
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    Rule of thumb: A retailer isn't going to give you more than the wholesale value of a recent vintage factory instrument. Why should they? They may tie you up in shell game-like number crunching, but in the end they need to make their margins to keep the store alive, and the margins are going to come from selling a used guitar or on selling you a uke or both. The exception may be working with the dealer from which you bought it in the first place IF it's in nearly brand new condition. You might want to check the Bluebook value or Vintage Guitar Magazine's used guitar value pages.

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    I'm ok with letting things go if they are not being used, but from my personal experience, I have regretted some trade-ups and should have held on to what I had ( I know sometimes you might not be able to afford to). There's an old Fender bass on the list, for sure. My guitar doesn't get played much, except by my son, but it's great to have when the spirit moves me or when a guitar player comes over and we can jam. I'd say keep it, especially since you like it.

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    My Son kind of "switched from guitar to uke, except that he was somewhat proficient at playing guitar. He does periodically get the urge to play guitar and has a favorite or two that he'll never get rid of. Sounds like your Larrivee is one of those "keepers." In addition, Rick gave you an additional reason to keep it (now you have two)!!! Lots of great tenor ukes just calling your name...............Dave...........oh Dave...........pick me!

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