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How Often do you Buy New Guitars?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by guitarist232345, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. El Marin

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    I bought one in 1984 in Denmark Street in London and another in Madrid in 1998.

    Just keep the 98 and will keep it. Is still my #1


    Actually all my houses, cars and motorbikes were secondhand... even girls... :lol:

    I only bought new my actual Harley... in 2007
     
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  2. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    I take the thread title to mean "new to you", i.e. how often do you buy guitars. Well, it forced me to go back in my records and it's tmore han I care to admit…

    Over the past 6 years, I have bought 11 guitars (of which 7 new, despite my< principled stance in favor of buy used). OTOH, to make room and fund the new acquisitions, I've sold or traded in 6 guitars . So on average I've bought slightly less than 2 per year and sold 1.

    The process is however gradually coming to a halt as my stable approximates all I want (and all the space I have available for it). The three Fenders I have are all keepers. I still crave one (a maple Strat) and will eventually give in – but it can wait. The two acoustic archtops I have are both relatively cheap but good. I crave for a "golden era" Epiphone and will surely get one asap. Probably I'll then lose one of my current ones (with a tear in my eye). The last style of guitar I love are Casinos/330s – Grant Green to Macca ;D

    I got me a humble Chinese standard Casino last year, and am very happy with it. I have and will gradually upgrade its components, but I can't see myself spending big sums for a Gibson or a vintage specimen.

    The other front is amps. But that's another story ;D
     
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  3. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    New? Or New To Me?
     
  4. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I bought my first two guitars new, one in 1976 and one in 1980. All the rest I've bought used. The guitars I would buy new are outside my means, and guitars aren't things I am comfortable financing long-term.,,

    I guess you could say that homebuilt guitars are "new". Five of those, one more on the way.
     
  5. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I'm a guitar junkie.

    You may as well ask an alcoholic how often he buys new whiskey.

    ;)
     
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    I'm not allowed to, I have to sneak into the garage but I still end up with new ones. I've another fruiting on my guitar tree which should be ready for picking soon.

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    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Second hand Girls are the path to HAPPINESS!!!:D:D
     
  8. JoesTele

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    From 2007 to 2013 I bought a whopping 15 brand new guitars.

    15 NEW GUITARS IN JUST SIX YEARS!

    It was the 'You Only Live Once' mentality that gripped me. I bought my dream guitars because I didn't want to dream about them when I was dead.

    Haven't bought a guitar in seven years. My dreams have been fulfilled, I don't dream of any other guitars. Well, maybe a solid body Rickenbacker 620.
     
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    39martind18 Friend of Leo's

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    In 55 years of playing, I cannot think of a single brand new guitar that I've bought, or a car, for that matter. Brand new from a shop or store pricing has a fat profit margin built in, and the moment an instrument leaves the retailer, the value drops pretty drastically. I'd rather keep that bit of money in my pocket. Following this philosophy, I have rarely lost money on guitars. I don't necessarily expect to make a profit, but I don't take a bath, either.
     
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    Not if they've been returned with defects. :eek:

    (Applies to all sexes in the interests of fairness.)
     
  11. Torren61

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    NEW? I haven't bought a "new" guitar since 2002 when i bought a PRS McCarty with soapbar pickups (long since traded). I've bought and sold and traded MANY "new to me" guitars. I started assembling guitars about 15 years ago. Strats and Teles. They're SO easy to learn to do and you can get a really nice guitar for around $1000 in parts. BUT... you need to have acquired supplies and tools and some skills. The $1000 is just for parts like the body, neck, hardware and electronics. I like putting together unusual guitars like the Strat I did with two 60's single coils for the neck and middle and a Gibson T-top humbucker for the bridge or the Strat with Eric Johnson electronics or the Tele Thinline I did setting it up to be a Red Special Tribute Tele. I'm STILL working on the guitar from hell... Fender Jimi Hendrix all rosewood Strat. I hate that guitar...
     
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    well, I've been told that we're all shopping in the "scratch & dent" aisle at the store of love,
    and "the odds are good, but the goods are odd . . ."

    If you found your sweetie in high-school, this may not apply to you

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    I've had my 3 favorite guitars for over 25 years. I have had one guitar for 9 years, and one that is about 2 years old. I'm pretty happy with what I have at the moment.
     
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    My sweetie at school was married and taught religious studies. I'd have scattered rose petals at her feet and sworn devotion for all eternity but instead she scorned my desires by marking my term exam results at E+ with associated scathing comments.
    Unrequited love is so cruel to a 15-year-old...
    No wonder I grew up liking the blues. :)
     
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    One every two years over the last twenty-five. I only have nine now. Of the last two I bought a little over two years ago, one of them is gone.
     
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    More frequently than I care to admit.

    One time my letter carrier (who knows me) teasingly scolded me because she had three guitars to deliver to me that day. She forgave me when I gave her a box of chocolates the next day.
     
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    Almost never.
    I have found the used guitars around here to be pretty darn good for the price.

    But, when you hold a guitar for the first time and you get that connection .... Ain't nothing wrong with that!
     
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    My first few guitars were used but the ones I have now were all bought new, except my mystery eBay lap steel.
    For about 20 years I had the same two guitars (Fender Contemporary Tele and Squier Strat), then over the last 5 years I’ve bought the four that I currently own (the last two arrived in 2018, one as an opportunity because there were some good deals for that model and the other to commemorate being made redundant). Might be another one on the cards in the next few months...
     
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    :cry:
    sorry for your loss - maybe her loss . . .:oops:
     
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    Based on the number of guitars I own and the number of years since buying my first, I average about one guitar every two years. Of course, the reality isn’t quite that linear.

    The literalness of the the new vs used argument in this thread amuses me. So not in the spirit of the OP, but so TDPRI!
     
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