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how far should one go?

Another rhetorical question for the crowd.
"How far should one go - up the ladder of expensive guitars (electric guitars) - before any addtitional spending is just addtitional spending? What I mean is how much $$$ would a really decent sounding, reliable axe cost (no limit on spending) before spending anymore money is just more money without a better sound?

Would it be $500?, $800? $1,000? $1,500? etc...

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5/26/2005 1:24 PM

James Walczak (4510) wrote:

Your right Michael, this is definatly a rhetorical question :-)

It's different for every single person...I'm -very- happy with my $300 MIM Strat now that I've done some work on it over the years (new pups, new tremblock, etc). On the other hand, there are people who will simply -have to have- that $3500 Gibson '57 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty. Personally I think that $1000 is the upper limit price-wise for a "good, professional instrument" (although there are one or two exceptions) and anything over that your simply going to be paying for a "name" (like Gibson).

It's all a matter of perspective...some folks really do believe that "things are different on a Harley-Davidson", on the other hand, when someone like myself compairs $18,000 for a Harley "soft tail" to $10,000 for a Yamaha V-Star, the choice to me becomes -very- clear! LOL!!! There are people who will insist that you need to have a Gibson LP and a Marshall stack if your going to be a guitarist or want "great tone"...very simply, their full of crap :-) If thats the sound your after and you have the bucks to afford it, more power to ya, but it's not for everyone :-)

Bright Blessings,
Jim

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5/27/2005 10:40 AM

Peter Kiley (890) wrote:

It is not the guitar, its the guy sitting behind it that matters.

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5/27/2005 5:03 PM

Jon Sommer (1643) wrote:

Most guitars over $1,200 are the professional goods.



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6/2/2005 3:00 PM

James Walczak (4510) wrote:

Jon,

"Most guitars over $1,200 are the professional goods"

I disagree with your statment. I could be wrong here, but your statement implies that you have to spend that much money for a "professional" instrument and you don't! While guitars -over- $1200 are usually indeed "professional", that doesn't mean that you have to spend that much to get a good professional guitar! Look at the Fender Highway 1's...they go for around $630 bucks (Musician's Friend price) and are -definatly- professional guitars! Even the Fender Standard MIM Strats for around $350 and with a little work (like better pup's) are excellant instruments...I should know, I own one! LOL! Then of course there are brands like Schector, Hammer, Kramer, Epiphone and many others that all make good "profesional" instruments for well under $1000. Further, again using that Gibson '57 "Black Beauty" as an example, that guitar is no more "professional" at $3500 then a Schector C-1 Classic is for $700! There -is- a point in pricing where your simply paying for a "name" and while that name may indeed be professional, it doesn't mean that others aren't!

Then of course you have the acoustics...my Seagull S-6 is simply one of the best sounding acoustics I've ever played and I would take it in a heartbeat over any Martin or Taylor that I've ever touched. These S-6's have a retail price of around $550 (last time I checked at least) and I would most definatly consider this instrument to be "professional"!

If you play "professionaly" and the instrument you use does it's job, then it's a professional instrument regardless of whether it cost $500 or $5000! -IF- you can afford those kind of bucks for a guitar and thats what gets your rocks off, then thats the way to go, but there are -many- good professional guitars out there for well under $1000 :-)

Bright Blessings,
Jim





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6/2/2005 4:52 PM

Jeremy Cotton (7938) wrote:

The funny thing is. some of the pro guys who use the really expensive guitars don't even really play them except when they are recording. A lot will use standard models or even different guitars altogether on the road or for most gigs.

So I'm with you 100%- price isn't the determining factor in deciding if a guitar is "Professional" or not. ALthough you don;t see too many guys playing those $99 Squier Bullets or Hondos on stage or CD....(lol)

If a guitar stays in tune well, has a good sound, and is comfortable to play, I say go for it.


JC







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6/3/2005 2:06 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

Johnny Winter playing one of those small headless "Lazer" guitars comes to mind ...







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6/8/2005 2:12 AM

Chris Russell (3044) wrote:

JC

ha! and this from a guy with a 575. tell me, which do you take to a gig? what a fun thread this has been.

chris3







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6/8/2005 5:28 AM

Jeremy Cotton (7938) wrote:

Actually, I have owned (and sold) 3 575's- the one in that pic was by far the best though.
What I would like is a 575 (or 175) with a blonde finish and block inlays... that would be sweet.

I take whatever guitar I am playing the most to gigs. Right now, it's either my Brian Moore (If I need synth stuff) or my WD 7-string if I don't. I've never owned a guitar I didn't gig with- as long as the guitar was appropriate to the gig, I would play it.


JC







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6/8/2005 9:39 PM

Chris Russell (3044) wrote:

JC

your statement rings volumes..
I've never owned a guitar I didn't gig with-
how many of us play the upgrade game. settling on something for the time being. or end up with something thats barely playable.
mine might not be very special to others, but I'ld be heartbroke without it. it's been with me through two wives, several life changes, and a couple of dogs.

chris3





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6/4/2005 2:29 PM

Jon Sommer (1643) wrote:

What I meant by this is if you pay around $1200, you should be getting something of quality. I never meant that everything under that price is necessarily bad. And yes, it totally depends on the player. Sorry I was kinda vague before.





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6/8/2005 4:20 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

Depends if you pay retail during the regular season or catch a sale in the off season. The retail price for my guitar was $1200. However I lucked out and the specific guitar I had been watching did not sell. The store put it on sale twice. The second time I bought it at dealer cost $599.99. Too good of the opportunity to pass up. I spend a few more dollars to change the bridge and adjustmemts plus a "hard shell" case.

Get your change together and shop carefully. Don't be in too much of a hurry.

My view of anything one buys, "If it is meant for you it will wait". The above time period I took was probably 18 months.

Sometimes if one falls in caca they can come up smelling like a rose.

Charlie



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6/2/2005 4:05 PM

Chuck Stensrud (13014) wrote:

Jimmy Vaughn had Fender design a strat for him. He wanted an inexpensive guitar that he could haul around on tour without having to worry about it getting beat up. In fact, he carried a few of them with him.

The guitar was marketed by Fender with a $650 srp, which means that it could probably be retailed at about $450. I can't find a new price right now, but Jimmy still plays his signature model.

chuck

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