Longest time between guitar purchases

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  1. NewKid

    NewKid Tele-Meister

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    What’s the longest time you’ve gone between guitar purchases?

    I went 6 years between Tele purchases from 2012 - 2018. Then I bought a Road Worn 50s in December and a Jazzmaster in February.
     
  2. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

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    Purchases I made - which excludes the guitar my wife bought for me.

    Acoustic - around 1991.
    My Tele - 2015.

    So, about 24 years.

    If you count the guitar my wife got me, that was in 1992, so 23 years.
     
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  3. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Friend of Leo's

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    1975, Kasuga Strat Copy;

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    1994, Gordon Smith GS1;

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    2001, Yamaha LL11e;

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    2004, James Burton Signature Telecaster;

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    Since then never more than a few months until this Baja arrived in March 2018, since then there have been no more;

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  4. EddieLocrian

    EddieLocrian Tele-Afflicted

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    1983 - Westone Thunder 1
    2011 - Telecaster Am Deluxe
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    28 years.

    well worth the wait.
     
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  5. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    Y’all got me beat.
    I started selling off my collection in 1994, and cleared out 80% of it by 1998...

    I didn’t buy a new guitar to keep (I did flip a few along the way—buying cheap, selling at a profit) until 1999, and I got one of them at a yard sale for $1.00 (an Airline archtop acoustic) and another in 2001 on clearance for $99 (a Danelectro DC-3 Pro).

    So 5 years.
     
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  6. cc50fralin

    cc50fralin Tele-Meister

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    I bought my first good bass, a Fender Preceision in 1976, then bought a bass almost every year until about 1985.

    Then, no purchases until 1999, a fretless Jazz Bass, then the lunacy began again.

    About 10 more guitars and basses between 1999 and 2007, then nothing until 2010, 1 guitar.

    Then, in 2016, an acoustic bass, and two more guitars and 1 bass since then.

    My most recent purchase was my Michael Kelly Telecaster in September, 2018.

    Longest dry period was almost 15 years.

    I'm itching to get something right now.

    I'm looking at either a Breedlove Pursuit bass, or an Epiphone Johnny A.

    Have you checked them out? They're gorgeous, and sound really good.

    Lord, help me! :eek:

    Mike ;)
     
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  7. Marcus M B

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    I can claim 25 years (from birth to buying my first steel strung acoustic).

    Or, in adult life, I can claim 19 years (from buying the steel strung until now).

    My apparent restraint obscures the fact that I have had the benefit of several free guitars. A nylon strung from my mother at age 8, an electric from my father at age 13, the Tele from my father at age 40, and the Strat I found on the street two years back.
     
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    Things must have changed for the better, when I lived in London (79-85) the streets were certainly not paved with Strats.
     
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    Must be 20 years, during the era of getting married young kids, losing a daughter. I finally found my way back to music via my love for painting and the arts in general.
     
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  10. Random1643

    Random1643 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    22 years
     
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  11. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Bought my Gallagher G-45 in 1986. I traded (something, I don't remember what) for a Gibson 175D in 1990 (long gone, but not forgotten). Technically, I did not buy another guitar until 2018 (a 1915 Gibson L-1). So, approx. 28 yrs.

    I started building partscasters when I joined both here and Strat-talk. I've never purchased a complete "off the shelf" solid-body electric guitar.

    To be sure, I have bought over 30 banjos and a half-dozen mandolins since 1978...so it ain't like I've been wandering in the desert for 40 yrs.
     
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    1958/1973,,, lets keep it that way;)
     
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    Probably 1974, when I bought my second acoustic, to 1986, when I bought my first electric, about 12 years.
     
  14. LGOberean

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    17 years! :eek:

    When I was a younger man, I was raising my family and what little disposable income we had, I wasn't spending it on guitars and gear. I didn't play out, didn't gig, so I just had one guitar. Early in 1983, the guitar I had was accidentally destroyed. So in the spring (around April, I think) of 1983, I bought my Japanese vintage Hohner G-940 acoustic steel string, and that served me well for the next 17 years, until the year 2000. By then, we had an empty nest, and I bought an acoustic/electric guitar and started playing out/gigging.
     
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    I bought a bunch of guitars in the early 80's, and then spent the next 24 years selling them off. I didn't buy another until 2006. So, about 24 or 25 years.
     
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    I had a superstrat and a Chiquita Travel Guitar in mid-late 80s. Call it 1987, not to exaggerate. After that, the next purchase was my TeleStrat partscaster in 2017. That's 30 years, or so.
     
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    Bought one for my 21st birthday. Was given a few over the next few years. Passed most of them on.

    Bought my next for my 10th wedding anniversary, 24 years after my 21st.

    24 years.

    Not married any more.

    Got 9 guitars now.
     
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    There have been times I went 5 or more years. Just this past year, I sold a guitar I probably should have kept, bought another with the money, but I didn't bond with it, the case was very large, and I needed some money, so that one is gone.
    Doing the math, it's about a new guitar every five years since I was 8 years old.
    I keep two teles, two gretsches, a gibson, a BC Rich, and the old Martin.... and a couple of cheap basses. And a drum set. And a Synth.


    I have a Traveler guitar too. But I've only ever played it once.
     
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  19. ReverendRevolver

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    2005/6 I bought my tele,
    2014ish I bought my mustang.

    8years.
     
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  20. NewKid

    NewKid Tele-Meister

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    If I could go the next 10 years without buying another guitar, I would like to do it. I’m happy with the three I acquired over the last 8 months. I feel like I’m set for the long term now.

    The last set of golf clubs I bought was 14 years ago. So maybe I can do the same with guitars.
     
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