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How far will you drive for a guitar?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Rockinvet, Mar 7, 2021.

How far will you drive one way to purchase a guitar

  1. Up to an hour

    20 vote(s)
    16.9%
  2. Up to 2 hours

    39 vote(s)
    33.1%
  3. Up to 3 hours

    20 vote(s)
    16.9%
  4. Up to 4 hours

    27 vote(s)
    22.9%
  5. Forget about it.

    12 vote(s)
    10.2%
  1. Rockinvet

    Rockinvet Tele-Afflicted

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    Recently I found a Yamaha 311MS tele style guitar about 2 hours away. In the past I’ve driven as much as 4 or 5 hours for a vintage Gibson arch top that I did not buy. I don’t know if I have the ambition anymore. So I’m putting feelers out there to see what the general consensus is. This model Yamaha Tele style guitar is pretty rare. I’ve only found this one model. Other than that the Mike Stern model is 3 times as much. It is very similar.
     
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  2. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I grabbed the wife and round-tripped Portland--200 miles each way--to buy my F-400S 12-string off a Craigslist ad.

    I called the guy at least 10 times on the way to make sure he still had it. When we got there I spent probably 30 seconds swapping my money for his guitar, and we headed back.

    I probably wouldn't recommend doing this just every day, but when it comes to buying guitars, I think you know when it's go-time.
     
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  3. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Tele-Meister

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    In theory I wouldn’t mind devoting an entire day driving to and from somewhere to buy a guitar, but in practice I always pay the FedEx guy to do it.
     
  4. RobRiggs

    RobRiggs Tele-Meister

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    I’d do the drive for a 311MS. You don’t see those very often.
     
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  5. Richie Cunningham

    Richie Cunningham Tele-Afflicted

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    I would do a decent drive, but I get these cramps in my hamstrings.
     
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  6. Dog Bite

    Dog Bite Tele-Meister

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    I'be been known to drive beyond the call of duty for something I think I gotta have.
     
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  7. AJBaker

    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

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    I recently drove 3.5 hours to Italy to buy a guitar, but I combined it with a Valentine's day trip and seeing a friend, so it wasn't 'just' for the guitar.

    Otherwise, I doubt I'd go much father than 2h unless it was something very special.
     
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  8. swervinbob

    swervinbob Tele-Afflicted

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    I’m single with no kids and don’t mind a road trip. I drove over 3 to buy my UAD Apollo interface because, at the time, it was the closest one. It probably would have taken me 3 days to get it if I ordered it, so I just jumped in the truck.
     
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  9. sax4blues

    sax4blues Friend of Leo's

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    My very first CL attempted purchase was a guitar 1-1/2 hour away. It was just the model I wanted at a reasonable price. I did ask several questions and felt good about it. When I got to the home a mom answered the door. The guitar is her sons who is away at college and here it is. It was dirty, broken strings, not damaged but not well loved. I declined and drove home.

    Ever since that experience any drive over about 30 minutes I require meet 1/2 way. That's both buying and selling.
     
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  10. Torren61

    Torren61 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I drove four hours one way to get this 1970 ES335

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    And I'd do it again.
     
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  11. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    Depends on the guitar, and the price.
     
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  12. dgregory

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    I'm sure there's a formula involved {(rarity + appearance) X unique sound quality/ coolness factor}, but after all these years, I'm still working it out.
     
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  13. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    in this day and age, forget about it

    the guitar fairys leave gifts on my porch regularly
     
  14. AlbertaGriff

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    Last year I drove 2.5 hours each way for a decent deal on a 1966 Vibrolux Reverb. I would definitely do it again.
     
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    So would I.
     
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    The drive would need to equal the money saved or value added.

    Fortunately I'm not hooked on hard to find guitars, and let go of the idea of vintage maybe five years into this Century.
    Oddly and logically also: IF a guitar is so uniquely special it's worth driving hours to buy, I can't know that until I play it.
    So it's a metaphysical impossibility that I would choose to go on a long trip to try a guitar out of curiosity.

    An exception would be a guitar I used to own, and could confirm that it was the same one.
    There are some guitars I lost in NYC pawn shops I'd drive six hours one way to get back.
    One for sure and maybe two.
     
  17. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    8 1/2 hours one way plus an overnight stay.
    Recently.

    Last month I found a brand new never been sold 2018 Martin HD-28V
    for sale at a music shop just outside of Nashville.

    I contacted the owner, worked out the price, and drove the 8 1/2 hours up there to buy it.
    Stayed at The Gaylord hotel that night, took the backstage tour of the Grand Old Opry the next morning.
    Was at the store for noon, bought the guitar and drove home. All that bad cold weather chased me back down South.

    Best road trip I’ve ever had.
     
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  18. MatchlessMan

    MatchlessMan Tele-Holic

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    I drove 3 hours each way to buy a Tele Deluxe FSR. MatchlessWoman and I made a weekend of it and visited my brother on the way back.

    I drove about the same to try a 1960s Mustang bass which I didn't buy. If the seller had bothered to put usable strings on it, it might have been different.
     
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  19. Dave Hicks

    Dave Hicks Friend of Leo's

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    I've driven up to Elderly to buy a couple - that's about 3 hrs.

    D.H.
     
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  20. drumtime

    drumtime Tele-Holic

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    2 hrs for an Agile les Paul, because of it was $125. Worth the drive. 3 1/2 for an original Roland BC60. Also $125, also worth it.
     
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