I'm sure I've LOST more than $1500 over the years, buying and trading and selling at a loss many Telecasters until I found the "right one." Which happened to be a NOS G.E. Smith Telecaster for $1550 that somebody ordered and then could not pay for when it came in at a store where I'm a repeat offender. And I've built several up from $300 - $600 worth of parts too, which you would think would be perfect, seeing as I got to select the parts, etc. But the combination on the G.E. just "clicked" with me. No regrets.