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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. tomnardozza

    tomnardozza Tele-Meister

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    I've driven 8-12 hours to get a rhodes or hammond. They can't be delivered as easily ;)
     
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  2. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    I live in NE Florida so I would drive as far as Miami or Atlanta for a killer guitar but it would have to be extremely special.
     
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  3. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    From my house, one hour will take me to Camas Valley, Elkton, Port Orford, or Florence. Have to go farther to improve on the local selection.

    Eugene's 2 hours, Medford is 3. Both can be "going anyway" trips for us, kids living there. Both lots bigger markets.
     
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  4. fasthand

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    I did about 7 hours round trip whe I bought my Collings D1a in 2005
    I have never spent any where near that kind of money on a guitar before so wanted to make an inhand purchase
     
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  5. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    There is a point where it's worth it just to find out, though. Generally, that's the price point at which it's worth buying solely to flip if it isn't a keeper.
     
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  6. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    It just depends. I drove 3hrs one way to pick up a telescope last year. Saved nearly $200 in shipping plus kept it from getting knocked around.

    I used to routinely drive 2+hrs up to Nashville and Gruhn's just to look at instruments (sometimes guitars, more often antique banjos). Now that I'm in retirement, road trips are much easier to do.
     
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  7. Oldsmobum

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    Lately I regularly drive 1000+ miles for work (not in one day) so I’m pretty desensitized to long drives. In theory I would drive extremely far for something I want, but fortunately I have taken a break from acquiring new crap.

    The farthest I have driven specifically to buy gear is 3 hours, so I picked that.
     
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  8. Old Plank

    Old Plank Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    I've driven to Boston area 4-5 times over the years specifically for a guitar I bought, that's 3 hours so I voted 3 but I'd go further if need be, no prob.
     
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  9. Kloun

    Kloun Tele-Holic

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    For a guitar I would go around the moons of Nibia and around the Antares Maelstrom and around perdition's flames...

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. Fendereedo

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    An hour, that's 30 each way. Any longer no.
     
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  11. vgallagher

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    Just did 3 hours to Gruhn from Knoxville about a week ago.
     
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  12. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Not enough choices in the survey. If I want to buy anything that isn't available in Boise, the minimum length drive is 6 hours each way. That's to Salt Lake. Add at least another hour to Portland or 3 more hours to Seattle.
     
  13. kingofdogs1950

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    I drove from College Station to Sugarland, 2++ hours to try out a J-50.
    I bought the J-50 and still have it 12 years later.
    The seller was a gentleman and a scholar who gave me the brother in law's deal which was/is much appreciated.
    I sometimes pass it on with deals for others.

    Mark
     
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  14. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Right!

    I'd drive 8 hours one way to get my first electric, a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Signature ( bought new, stolen in College 1980) it was a funky goldtop semi-hollow, I lost, just as I was starting to know something...

    But only IF someone were selling one for say, $500 or cheap, and not the 3K they seem to go for today.

    So my real answer is maybe 2 hours one way, for a cool guitar FS, for $300.
     
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  15. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    To Paracho, Michoacan, Mexico, from Wisconsin.
     
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  16. mally

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    Funnily enough I drove About 45 mins each way yesterday to Look at a Yamaha Pac 120
    didnt end up Buying it
    This one
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/guitar-instrument/yamaha-pacifica-telecaster/1398611031
     
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  17. northernguitar

    northernguitar Friend of Leo's

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    Usually, my purchases bring me down to Toronto, which is anywhere from 45-90 minutes, depending on where I need to get to. I did drive three hours to pickup my Tele (2013 MIJ '52RI). I did make it a combined trip and dropped my son at my in-laws on the way. Totally worth it.

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. ieatlions

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    All the way.
     
  19. telemnemonics

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    I'm not able to imagine how one would identify that POINT?

    Like maybe consult a psychic to decide which fairly priced LP to drive two hours to try out, when there are 1000 fairly priced LPs in a two hour drive radius of Boston or NY?

    A screaming deal sure, sorta, maybe, all fakes aside and no scammers need apply etc etc YMMV.

    I mean if there's a $3500 guitar priced at $300 and it's a two hour drive, is there a funny smell or am I just in need of a shower?
    If the $3500 guitar is priced at $1000, is that better?
    The better the deal appears, the more suspect the seller appears.
    Metaphysics!

    OTOH if I'm a guitar flipper, I guess that's what I do?
    So it has little or nothing to do with the deal, it's all about the operator!
     
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  20. JJLC

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    I import guitars directly from Japan, to the US so, I don't drive to the guitars. :)

    The guitars come right to my front door. :cool:


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