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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. poirier

    poirier Tele-Meister

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    ‘bout an hour?
     
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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Waco is about 100 miles from Austin.
    I live a little southwest of town.
    About 2 hours to Waco.
    I sometimes find stuff in San Antonio.
    It's about 50 miles, so it's about an hour away.
     
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  3. BobbyZ

    BobbyZ Doctor of Teleocity

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    When I bought this '65 ES-330 about 7-8 years ago a friend calls and asks what I'm doing, so I said, "on my way to Virginia to buy a guitar".
    Next day I phone him and he's surprised I'm back already. Big difference in drive time between Virginia Minnesota and the state of Virginia.
    Loved the beat up old thing unfortunately it's gone now and prices have gone crazy on them. 20200718_105538.jpg
     
  4. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

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    Like the US , Australia is a big place, I'd drive a couple of days if I knew the instrument was good.
     
  5. BobbyZ

    BobbyZ Doctor of Teleocity

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    Had to look at Google Maps, it's 2 hours 45 minutes or 145 miles from Park Rapids Mn to Virginia MN. One way.
    If I found another '65 ES-330 like the one I had for what I paid then. I'd drive a whole lot further to get it.
     
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  6. El Marin

    El Marin Friend of Leo's

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    I drove 400Km to get a Gretsch 6120 in goldtop... Seller said he wasn't packing and in two days another buyer was coming, he showed me his mails, so I took the plunge.

    I had some free days and did a nice roadtrip
     
  7. naveed211

    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    Typically not more than 3-4 hours max for run of the mill stuff.

    If it was ever something super valuable like some vintage piece, I’d make a weekend trip out of it. Or take a plane.
     
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  8. perttime

    perttime Tele-Afflicted

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    I HAVE gone 2 hours to pick up a partscaster that was pretty much what I'd been thinking of for some time. The price was good.
     
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  9. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

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    Depends entirely on the guitar, if it's a beater forget about it, if it's the best guitar in the world then how long does it take to get to the other side of the earth? (Or the moon?)
     
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  10. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Friend of Leo's

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    I drove 3+ (Each way) hours to Nazareth Pa to pick out a Martin. Twice.
     
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  11. Torren61

    Torren61 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I'd walk a mile for a camel toe.
     
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  12. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Went from Houston to Webster, about an hour to get a 98' Am. Std. Tele in 2002. It was a great buy. I bought a St. Blues Bluesmaster in Memphis. Didn't go there to buy it but I wasn't going to leave without it.
     
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  13. Rockinvet

    Rockinvet Tele-Afflicted

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    You are right, I should have added over another amount of hours. Thank you for pointing that out.
     
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  14. Torren61

    Torren61 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Have you done a thread on importing from Japan? I’d like to know the ins and outs of what to expect.
     
  15. Pcs264

    Pcs264 TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    I drove 5+ hours to Chuck Levin's in Wheaton, MD for a Gibson L-5 Wes Montgomery; had a fine dinner in DC, stayed overnight, then back home the next day. Just a fun road trip that included a guitar reward.
    Also, my wife & I once flew to Spain for 10 days, and I spent an entire afternoon in the Jose Ramirez shop auditioning classical guitars and then purchasing one. In fairness, it was an overall vacation trip, but the Ramirez was part of the trip plan from the beginning.
     
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  16. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

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    Last year I drove 165 miles (round trip), for my Eastman. Trip took about 3 hours (a lot of surface roads).

    I don't do it anymore, but I've come home from the Philadelphia Vintage Guitar Expo with a guitar a couple times, that's 525 miles round trip.

    Totally worth it.
     
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  17. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Back in the pre-internet days I drove for an hour in a blizzard to buy my MSA pedal Steel. Got it for $250 in a road case! Didn't get stuck, thankfully.

    - D
     
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  18. Phrygian77

    Phrygian77 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I'm more likely to go out of my way for an amp.

    I immediately drove from my home to Panama City one afternoon for this...

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    It needed some TLC, and I wasn't going to let it go on like that!

    After a lot of work, I ended up with this...

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  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

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    I voted 3 hours for 2 reasons. I’d drive 3 hours to try a great barbecue place and I like guitars about as much as brisket. And I’m within 3 hours of Anyplace in DFW or Houston or San Antonio. And I live in the dead center of the universe anyway.
     
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  20. Rustbucket

    Rustbucket Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    2 hrs 15 min each way to Green Valley AZ to get my AV58 for a good price. I brought my kids along and enjoyed a nice rainy spring drive through the desert. The guitar was super light and worth it, plus the seller ended up being a member here.
     
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