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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. Chester P Squier

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    I voted for 2 hours, but actually only if I'm in that part of the country anyway.
     
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    I drive that far for ham an egg breakfast:)
     
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    I would walk 500 miles...
     
  4. Bob M

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    Last week I drove 45 minutes to deliver my sold White Falcon. It was great money and the only lead that I had to sell.
     
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    Have been in Guitar Riot?
    I purchased my Nash from them on line have thought about driving up from Massillon for a in person visit
     
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  6. scooteraz

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    This.

    Last year I drove about 1.5 hours each way for a nice Suhr that was listed on Reverb. I wanted to feel it in my hands before I bought it. I might go further if I could combine the trip for something else...does that count? Say I go skiing with a buddy, and I find a nice guitar on the trip....not that that would ever happen...(really honey, it just followed me home from the mountain).

    But, both Flagstaff and Tucson are about 2 hours away, and I’d go to either one for the right instrument (guitar, bass, amp).
     
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    I once drove from the Palm Springs area to the San Diego region for a guitar. Maybe 175 miles.
     
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  8. bender66

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    I did the same, cept my guitar wasnt doing it for me. I drove the 1.5-2hrs home in the late evening content that my money was still in my pocket. I was only out $20? in gas. The night drive was awesome.
     
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    I drive farther than that every Memorial day just to decorate graves.
     
  10. eclecticsynergy

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    I answered three hours since that's about as far as I'd drive today. My last buying trip was a couple of years ago, about a two-hour drive for a very unusual custom color Les Paul.

    Though I'd still make an exception today for an extraordinary guitar.

    I used to go farther afield when I was younger. Back in the 70s I lived in Northern NJ near NYC, and I used to make regular once-yearly trips to Veneman Music in Maryland for guitars. As I remember it, was about five hours each way.

    Veneman's had a lot of stock and they knew who I was. And they knew when I came, I was there to buy. So they let me play all their Les Pauls (or Strats, etc, whatever I was there for that year - I hadn't turned on to Teles yet back then), every one they had on hand, even unboxing the ones that hadn't come out for display yet. I'd play two dozen or so and find maybe three or four that were extra lively or responsive. Then I took my pick from those.
    Got some great guitars that way.

    I don't think that sort of thing would be possible today. Well, maybe for a VIP at one of the really big dealers. Honestly, I don't think anybody stocks 25 of one model anymore.
     
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    I have driven 8 hours one-way which included four states and one time zone away. Just think of it as a fun drive with a potential reward along the way.
     
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    I don't remember how long it took, but several years ago I drove from Charlotte, NC up to Gruhn's guitars in Nashville, Tenn. to see a vintage Les Paul that they had listed.
    It was gone before I got there.
     
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    I haven’t made it by there. I really need to. I just really haven’t gone anywhere much in the last year. They get really high marks from everyone I know.
     
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    I have driven about 250-ish miles.
    I have bought guitars at the Dallas and Arlington Guitar Shows.
    I've also driven to Houston (Fullers).
    I'm lazier now, 100 miles (Waco) is about all I'll do anymore.
     
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    You ain't left yet?
     
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    OMG, that's no fun.
     
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    Just got back. The seller met me half way so only an hour or so drive. I didn't buy! The neck just didn't give me a good vibe. There was zero relief, buzzes etc. Even though it is rare I just didn't feel it. I didn't want to bother with putting work into it and flipping it either, so we talked guitars for a while and he understood. It was a nice day for a drive and we met in Williamsburg Va. Beautiful area.
     
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    I drove for two hours to pick up a new Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion in 1996....the last hour was in a heavy snow squall.
     
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    I’ve happily driven to Brooklyn and Queens for something special. It’s 90 min or more to get there but often as much as 3 hours to get home.
     
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    I was in the market for a deal on an LP. I saw pics of a Traditional that looked like it was in very good condition, and the description said it was in "good" condition, a "player's guitar," for $1000. I drove for right at 2 hours, and it turned out to be beat to hell. I wouldn't have taken it if it was given to me. What I'm finding out about pictures of items for sale is that you can't trust them.
     
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