In 75 I bought a new CSL Les Paul Standard, in 2001 a Yamaha LL-11e, my partscaster Strat was built with new parts in 2003-4, and my KAM ukulele bass in 2012. I no longer have the CSL, but still have the rest, along with about thirty other instruments bought used. In 75 Les Paul copies were black, the CSL was the only one I coud find in sunburst, and with a scratch on the upper bout (which buffed out) it was available at around half of list price. I'd wanted an LL-11e for a couple of years, list was £750, street price was around £600, and Guitar Village had one in their annual "Boss gone mad" one day sale for £450 including a hardcase. The partscaster was built with parts acquired over the course of a couple of years of careful shopping to build the exact guitar I wanted. Solid bodied uke basses were few and far between in 2012. The Kala was available at upwards of £450 in the UK, which was more than I wanted to spend. There were no used examples available, but I managed to find a blemished KAM in the US which cost me £160 including shipping to the UK and local taxes. My other basses are now rarely played. On the used market I can find the guitars I am looking for at a price where I can sell them without incurring a loss should I change my mind. I also buy a few that I did not know I was looking for (such as my Explorer). Most recently my 50's Baja was bought in as new condition in 2018 for £375 including a gig bag. In 2017 I bought a 2015 Les Paul Junior, as new with the gold case and robot tuners for the same price. I know that someone has to buy new in order for me to have the used guitars to chose from, but I will avoid it if I can.