I buy what I want, not what I need. I wanted two Rickenbackers, so I paid the price. I wanted a Les Paul, but I didn't want a $2500 Les Paul. I bought a brand new Epiphone and have no regrets. I wanted a Martin, but didn't need a new Martin. My used Martin has served me well for 52 years. My Mexican Telecaster is just as "top notch" as my US one, in my opinion. I have a dozen guitars and two amps sitting in my office right now, and I don't need or want any more. My current approach to gear buying is "I don't."