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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Upper Limits

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juneau ak.

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May 28th, 2019 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a certain thresh hold when it comes to what I expect to pay for a guitar. I've seen some nice guitars but I'm unable to justify the cost.

For me, the most I'd ever consider is right in the $2,500 dollar range,maybe a little more for a worthy model, (335 or a certain Gretch,or vintage Jr) but nearly all of those are still over my limit.

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May 28th, 2019 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

These days it’s below $2k.

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
May 28th, 2019 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Twelve or so years ago I paid $3,500 for a Gibson Flametop R0 Lester. It was worth it. That's the most I've paid for a non-vintage guitar.

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This is my 2nd Rodeo

May 28th, 2019 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

So far, I seem to be staying under the $2K mark.


Mesa, AZ

Jun 1st, 2019 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

9 years ago $6k. Now? $500 or so. My latest new guitar, purchased this past week, was $183. Superb guitar. Will be played out later this month...along with its $198 amp counterpart.

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Jun 1st, 2019 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

$2k or just a bit over (and my purchases at this level are not frequent).

I worked on setting up my Squier Contemporary HSS Strat yesterday and now it's a shred machine (and it only cost $350 new).

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USA/Taos, NM

Jun 1st, 2019 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  


I like the guitars I have and have no interest in buying more.

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& hath no need of thee.
Jun 2nd, 2019 01:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a very hard time thinking that more money is going to buy more than I have already found at the around 2k range - if I go for features and what I want, the ones I have in the 1500-2k range (and not many, I'm not made of money) new...are..amazing.

I've played more expensive ones, but it turns into cosmetic features and the like I just don't care about.

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Jun 2nd, 2019 05:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

I say my UL is $2k. But that was really last year. This year is more like $1k and that is mostly builds well under that.

The truth is that there isn’t really much of anything on the market that I’m drawn to buying. I pretty-much have all I want.

That last bit did sound kinda funny, I know. :-P

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Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jun 2nd, 2019 06:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

$1000...and that's one I built. There are too many good guitars out there to pay more.

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Jun 2nd, 2019 06:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ Truth!

I don’t know that I could spend over a grand on a bolt neck - ever.

It’s the set necks that I’ve paid more for. But, even then, there’s nothing on my radar these days. The LP Trad I picked up, last year, pushed all my buttons. I’d only snag another if I found a stupid good deal on another. I’m not saying that won’t happen. (-;

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Jun 2nd, 2019 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think the most I ever paid for a guitar is around $1600 and that is my Martin acoustic. Unless I unexpectedly come into disposable income, my upper limit is around $1200 for a homebrewed with a pre-finished body.

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