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  • What's the most you would EVER pay for an instrument?

    Me, I'm cheap.
    Probably $1500
    It's not a lie if you believe it~ Art Vandalay
    Free your mind, and your ass will follow~G. Clinton
    When the wise man points to the stars, the fool looks at the finger~Confucius

  • #2
    Agreed. Paid $1400 each for my Gibson and my Strat. About a $1200 for my Larrivee acoustic. That's enough. I'm no pro.
    Workin' for the woman with money in her hand.

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    • #3
      Guitar I'd stay under $500. Keyboards or drums, as far under 2K as possible. Now a guitar amp, no comment.
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      • #4
        Tree fiddy.
        Originally posted by MrKnobs
        God, that's beautiful man! And they say romance is dead!

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        • #5
          This day in age.
          It depends.
          I'll give a 20 grand for this.

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          The most expensive instrument I have at this point in time is a Gibson F5G mandolin.
          Gibson's chief mandolin builder David Harvey made it for me.
          I'm not even the greatest mandolin player out there, but when I want the sound of a killer mandolin, believe me it's there. Can't fault a great instrument because of my ability or lack of it.


          I have a criteria when I'm buying an instrument. The instrument need to be a great representation of the tones I want it to deliver. So if it's a tele, it needs to sound like a tele, or if it's an ES335 it needs to be the best of what the ES 335 has to offer, in feel and tone. I also like it be American craftsmanship. Peoples in the USA need jobs, and I am willing pay a bit more to make sure they have them. However I have 2 Gretsch's that were made in Japan. You can't touch the USA made Gretsch stuff out of the Custom shop with out selling a kidney and a lung. My bar slinger 52 tele RI is was MIJ, around the time about the time when CBS sold the company to Bill Schultz.l Schultz was having a difficult time producing the instruments he wanted in the USA. and went to Japan.


          Older vintage and U.S. built Fender guitars are generally the most favored, but pre-1990 Fender Japan guitars are now highly regarded as well.


          I also like guitars that increase in value over time. If it happens all the better.

          With that being said and god forbid if my wife and I had to make a getaway out of the house in seconds flat. Our plan is to grab both kitties and and 3 cat urns I have. The rest of the stuff is stuff.

          I like good music gear, but I love my wife and cats.


          My living room dick around guitar is a Taylor GS mini mahogany.
          I like it cause it small and I can write song with it at my desk.
          I may grab something else for a while, depending on what I fancy for the day or week.









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          • #6
            lotsa $ when my ship comes in
            relative shift decimal point to the right
            income vs outcome

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            • #7
              I paid $1000 for my Martin in 85. It would cost more than double that now to replace it.
              i paid $2400 for my Mastertone banjo in 94. A new one is at least $1000 more now.
              i have around $1200 in my upright bass, cost plus improvements. If I had to replace it I would consider going up to $3000 or so for the right one, but hopefully I could be happy for under $2000 for a quality plywood instument.

              Electric guitars I’ve never paid more than $800-900. Usually a lot less. But I would pay the going rate for a new Pro-Line Gretsch. Other than that, $1500 or so would be my limit, for a USA Fender or custom builder guitar.

              mikeo, I’m glad I’m a crappy mandolin player. I make do with a $300 one, but all I use it for is learning fiddle tunes before attempting them on fiddle.
              The only times I’ve played it live was plugged in in a rock band context. If I wanted a great mando I’d be out $5000-$6000.
              BTW my friend has 2 Michael Kimminger Nuggets. Of course he started with his first one in the early 1980s. Just took delivery of his third mando which is a Gilchrist about 6 months ago.
              Last edited by Pine Apple Slim; 02-07-2018, 01:18 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pine Apple Slim View Post
                I paid $1000 for my Martin in 85. It would cost more than double that now to replace it.
                i paid $2400 for my Mastertone banjo in 94. A new one is at least $1000 more now.
                i have around $1200 in my upright bass, cost plus improvements. If I had to replace it I would consider going up to $3000 or so for the right one, but hopefully I could be happy for under $2000 for a quality plywood instument.

                Electric guitars I’ve never paid more than $800-900. Usually a lot less. But I would pay the going rate for a new Pro-Line Gretsch. Other than that, $1500 or so would be my limit, for a USA Fender or custom builder guitar.

                mikeo, I’m glad I’m a crappy mandolin player. I make do with a $300 one, but all I use it for is learning fiddle tunes before attempting them on fiddle.
                The only times I’ve played it live was plugged in in a rock band context. If I wanted a great mando I’d be out $5000-$6000.
                BTW my friend has 2 Michael Kimminger Nuggets. Of course he started with his first one in the early 1980s. Just took delivery of his third mando which is a Gilchrist about 6 months ago.
                The Gibson is only my second mandolin ever. For 25 years I only had a Flatiron A model Performer. I think it was under 5 bills when I bought it new. It's a nice mandolin made in Bozeman MT, right in the same plant as the Gibson stuff from that era.

                At the time F models were about 1200 bucks and I said, who in there right mind would pay that much for a little dinky thing like that.

                Nice carved maple back and carved spruce top.

                It came from the Fretted Instrument Workshop in Northampton MA

                The Gibson is a lil more powerful and warmer, and has that classic Gibson bark.

                I got the strap there too. Rory Blocks dad Allen had a leather shop at one time. He signed it, but his names is now almost faded away.



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                • #9
                  The Gibson F5G

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                  • #10
                    I remember Flatiron. Great affordable mandolins. My friend has a Flatiron Army/Navy from before he bought his first Nugget. The A and F models were fine bargains. Then Gibson bought the factory and they went away. Another reason to hate Henrys Gibson company.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mikeo View Post
                      This day in age.
                      It depends.
                      I'll give a 20 grand for this.

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                      It's not a lie if you believe it~ Art Vandalay
                      Free your mind, and your ass will follow~G. Clinton
                      When the wise man points to the stars, the fool looks at the finger~Confucius

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tuco View Post

                        Here's another good one.

                        https://reverb.com/p/gibson-les-paul...E&hfid=5315967

                        even better
                        https://reverb.com/item/2933713-gibs...-standard-1960
                        Last edited by Mikeo; 02-07-2018, 03:00 PM.
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                        • #13
                          I'm cheap. Probably $400-500. There's a '91 Les Paul Studio Lite on the local (St. Louis) Craigslist right now for $400. If I played electric more I should jump on it but again I'm cheap and I don't need another guitar, especially an electric.
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                          • #14
                            Not a decent new trumpet, sax, or trombone can found for less than $2500.
                            Everybody is terminally ill.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cornholio Farquarth III View Post
                              Tree fiddy.
                              You can barely get a Line6 with that
                              It's not a lie if you believe it~ Art Vandalay
                              Free your mind, and your ass will follow~G. Clinton
                              When the wise man points to the stars, the fool looks at the finger~Confucius

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