Ballpark value of your gear collection

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  1. NewKid

    NewKid Tele-Meister

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    I added up what I’ve spent over the last 10 years on my current gear (not every instrument I’ve ever owned) and it came to just under $16K.

    Almost $10K of that (65%) are for four acoustics that include a guitar, two mandolins, and a ukulele. And I probably play these instruments 10% of the time now.

    80% - 90% of the time is just my Tele into a Pro Junior or 10% of the cost of all my current gear.

    I still love my acoustic instruments but I just always reach for the Tele.

    How about you?
     
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  2. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

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    Invested near $17,000 in the last 7 years (didn't buy much before that) which means probably less than $8,000 could be recovered if sold off. It is not a very good return on investment, but it has provided a whole lot of entertainment and stress reduction over that time frame so still a great value. I took up guitar as a replacement for marathon running which cost me about $2500 per year in shoes and travel costs for just a single race so this hobby is probably cheaper.
     
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  3. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I don't even want to think about it.
     
  4. philpm

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    What I have probably comes up to about $1500-1600 dollars actual value wise, and a third of that is in one amp.
     
  5. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Between all the gear i have bought and all the gear given to me plus all the stuff i built to get it up and running I would say mega lots , too much I have a small fortune in the cables I built let alone the cables I replaced them with
     
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  6. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    If I had to replace everything in my present herd, at current market value, I would be out around $10k...of course, I didn’t pay anywhere near that amount.

    If I were to calculate my full lifetime investment (at current market value), it’d be closer to $25k-30k...

    This is with 30 years of playing under my belt.
     
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  7. Mexitele Blues

    Mexitele Blues Tele-Holic

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    $1800 worth of amps, $500 in guitars, $1k pedalboard, 10k worth of cables and straps

    Sounds about right.
     
  8. Torren61

    Torren61 Tele-Afflicted

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    Hard to say. I know what I gave but that's not what I'm going to get. Plus, I've made some guitars and music related things that probably wouldn't get what I think they're worth. Now, if you're talking about someone liquidating my gear upon my death, I'd say that someone trying in earnest to get top dollar might get somewhere around $30k-$40k, maybe more. Probably $20k if they don't feel like working for it.
     
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  9. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    Not much, maybe $4-5K tops?

    I only keep stuff used for gigs.
    ( sort of collected in younger years, then needed $$...)
    all good, cheap, ' player' stuff. Nothing of value ( except to me!)
    A $700 1993 Martin D-1 is my most expensive guitar, and 26 years of gigs
     
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  10. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I could get 4-5k if I sold it all right now. I feel like that's enough capital that I can wheel and deal and have no more net guitar expenses for the foreseeable future. Unless the GAS strikes me down....
    I have no idea how much I've spent on gear.
     
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  11. opdev1

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    "hangs head in greedy shame"
     
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  12. 985plowboy

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    What I currently own???
    Got around $6,500 tied up in everything.
    If I had to sell it all I'd come close to breaking even.
    I buy used and seek out good deals.
    25+ years of being a bargain Hunter.
     
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  13. raito

    raito Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    The guitars, amps and pedals aren't worth as much as the synths and recording gear.
     
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  14. RodeoTex

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    Paid lots.
    Actual value probably much less, but that would include tons of tools along the way.
     
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  15. igor5

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    That's it all about.
     
  16. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    What I currently own ?

    Less than a grand.

    That includes

    a ‘66 Ampeg Gemini 1

    a 50’s Champ in beat though serviced condition

    one very nice Telecaster

    a super Gretsch,

    a great 60’s gut string

    a beater but functional 50’s archtop.



    Wait - are you guys buying “new” ?

    I told you that’s not the way to go...and all the polishing cloths ? Yeesh...
     
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  17. 57fenderstrat

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    At first I thought I wasn’t doing bad but then I started to think about the pedals , the cables, the accessories, the nos tubes, a few synths for fun. Things got ugly
     
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  18. brookdalebill

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    Mine fluctuates a lot.
    My favorite instruments are not my most valuable.
    Anyways, I’m pretty small time.
    My whole arsenal is worth roughly $15,000, IMO.
    I don’t collect, I just like, want and need good instruments/tools.
    I’m blessed with great, simple, fully functional guitars, basses, and amps.
    I need nothing, and don’t covet much.
     
  19. dwh100

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    Do you want me to include my address and my work hours too?
     
  20. Chief101

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    In case my wife reads this, I only have about $500 in guitar gear.
     
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