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5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Sep 15th, 2017 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

If I'd blown tons on money on vintage and high end guitars and amps during my 30-year legal career (working for private firms and large companies), I probably wouldn't have been able to retire at age 61 this past January.

If anyone is buying $$$$ gear using a credit card and is paying it of slowly with mondo interest added, they are not very intelligent (sorry bros, just being honest!).

To PLAY well, you don't have to PAY well! (:oD

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I detect the El Supremo
Sep 15th, 2017 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

My most expensive guitar is a 2007 LP R8 that I paid $3,045 for. It's more than I probably should have spent but I really wanted that guitar and more than meets my expectations. I am very happy with it and that's really what counts.

LP R8

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and meanwhile, I'm still thinkin' . . .
Sep 15th, 2017 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Some folks have more than one guitar, some have many. Someone else may rather have only one really nice guitar.

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It's all gravy from here on...
Sep 16th, 2017 04:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

"If anyone is buying $$$$ gear using a credit card and is paying it of slowly with mondo interest added, they are not very intelligent (sorry bros, just being honest!)."


If you have decent credit, there is no reason ever to pay a penny interest. All the major outlets have cards and promotions for up to 48 months without interest. I buy most of my stuff that way and pay it off way early of course. I could pay cash, but why should I?

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Clearwaterrrrr Revival
Sep 16th, 2017 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nobody needs to justify what they spend on anything. You knows the cost and you pays your bill, and you lives with your decision.

Griping about the high cost of a guitar is like griping about the high cost of a Rolls Royce or a Bentley: it's made of metal and plastic and it burns fuel and gets you to and from work just like a 1980s Chevy Geo. But with the Rolls or Bentley, you are paying for top-quality components, attention to detail and the brand name. That adds cost.

Same for guitars. However, guitars have an added nostalgic value: femous people famously played certain makes and models, and guitar players generally are into hero worship. Guitar companies take advantage of that too because they are in business to make money, and maximizing profits is how a business succeeds.

Nothing wrong with mucho-dinero guitars. If there were no market for them, they wouldn't exist.

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Sep 16th, 2017 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

jhawkr - That makes sense, considering you pay no interest if you make timely payments.

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Sep 16th, 2017 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, it's all relative. For some a high end guitar isn't any more extravagant than a cheapie for the rest of us.

Personally I'd never spend more than $2k for a bolt on, and that would be high end parts and paint.

If I had the funds I could see spending more for an acoustic, a R8 and a 335. Same goes for amps. I would like one boutique amp like a PR clone, but I reckon I'd sound just the same through a PRRI.






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About as ordinary as you can get.
Sep 16th, 2017 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Generally, I don't pay a lot for guitar. I think the most I have ever paid was $750 for a used '78 Tele that I rarely play.

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Can't complain but sometimes I still do
Sep 16th, 2017 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

To acquire the most expensive guitar I have I didn't buy a guitar ... I bought parts.

My green *Tele Paul* mentioned in another recent thread ran about $2,400.00.

I ended up with a very nice guitar, plus (by definition) I got exactly what I wanted. But more importantly I got the enjoyment and satisfaction of constructing it myself.

Granted this thread is more about buying high dollar instruments off the rack, but that's certainly not the only way to spend substantial $$$ on a guitar. ;)

Sadly, I'm afraid that if I were to ever try to sell *Tele Paul* responses would likely be, "It's a WHAT? ... How can that be worth anything?"

So goes life. :)

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Clearwaterrrrr Revival
Sep 16th, 2017 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Jeff Beck famously played a "Tele-Gib" assembled for him by Seymour Duncan (IIRC). Beck's guitar had a cut-off Tele bridge to allow room for the PAF pickup and ring.

Seymour's modern version uses a TOM-style bridge and a stop tailpiece.

This beast

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12,423 Mustangs passed and counting
Sep 16th, 2017 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got 2 high end guitars, my R8 that was just under 3 grand, and a Martin D-42 that was right around 4 grand. I don't regret either purchase, but I also didn't pay interest or have to give up other things in order to purchase them. I've been fortunate to make a decent living, and also have an expense account that just keeps growing, despite all the $$$ I've spent on equipment over the years. Judging others based upon your experiences or lifestyle just doesn't make sense, IMO.

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