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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Rockinvet, Mar 7, 2021.
I've driven 8-12 hours to get a rhodes or hammond. They can't be delivered as easily
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a guitar I would go around the moons of Nibia and around the Antares Maelstrom and around perdition's flames...
An hour, that's 30 each way. Any longer no.
Just did 3 hours to Gruhn from Knoxville about a week ago.
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.
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.
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.
To Paracho, Michoacan, Mexico, from Wisconsin.
Funnily enough I drove About 45 mins each way yesterday to Look at a Yamaha Pac 120
didnt end up Buying it
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.
All the way.
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.
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!
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.