Are Expensive Guitars Worth It?

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  1. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    To me yes to a point, I haven’t spent more than $2.500.00 on one, but they do sing the nicest!
    And on the other side of the coin my faded SG is one of my go to axes, along with the studio and tribute LP’s
    Cheers
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    Apparently not ......
     
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    Indeed they do.
     
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    Some are, some aren't. (one of the cheapest plywood body guitars was the best player for artificial harmonics that I ever had, no other guitar has ever come even close)
     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    Currently, it's $2265.00 as the most paid.

    I have a parts Strat that's really up there.

    I have less than $500.00 in it.

    Only because the p/u's cost me $300.00.
     
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    Right now I have mid-low priced guitars and am very happy with them. I parted with a $4k guitar because it did not sound as good or play as well as its $750 Korean cousin. In my experience, after a certain point, with electric guitars you're paying for bling and bragging rights.
     
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    I make fairly expensive guitars. Yes, they're worth it, to a point.

    My most expensive solidbody would sell for about 3500 dollars. Honestly any guitar sold for substantially more than that has a HUGE profit margin built into the price tag.

    I'll compare my best work to ANYBODY'S. The only reason some people and companies get more for their guitars than I get for mine is name recognition and a reputation borne of consistently making a lot of great instruments. I can't build that many.
     
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    Yes up to a point.
     
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    Depends on if you can afford them or not, and depends on how much you can get them for-- compared to resale value... or depends on how much of a tax write-off you may need, so in that case-- you should consult your accountant
     
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    Best guitar I ever played! 20160310_003125.jpg 20161015_235812.jpg
     
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    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Worth it is very subjective. As is expensive. My opinion is that once you cross past $1500-2000 for a factory made guitar, you don't really gain anything in terms of tone and playability. And you can get a great guitar for much less, with the possible expectation that the fretwork or pickups may not be to your liking and could require a little tweaking to get just right. When you start bringing aesthetics into the equation, the sky's the limit and worth is determined by your taste, expectations, and budget.
     
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    Before, I could without hesitation pay 2-2500Usd for a guitar I liked, but after buying my Epiphone LP Special 2020 new for 500Usd with Case I have changed my mind, now I know that there are guitars for 500-1000Usd that are amazing.

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    I played a $4000 acoustic once, and it was hands down the greatest acoustic guitar I've ever touched. I've played $2-3000 electrics that were far from 2-10 times better than ones I've played in the $500-1500 range. Like said upstream, it's very subjective. I'd say there is no black/white answer to this, it's all shades of grey as with any guitar. I can go pick up 2 of the same model in any line/brand and they're different.

    For me, personally, I prefer getting a less expensive guitar and modding it to my liking, instead of shelling out top dollar for what someone else thinks is a great guitar. It's a lot easier to get exactly what I want and a lot cheaper, leaving cash for other toys. But, YMMV...
     
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    A stock $900 MIJ Tele is what I enjoy more than it's 2.5 - 3k stablemates. Bit like a stray dog you bring home and ends up the most loyal.
     
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    In any one production run a peach may be followed by a lemon!
    This probably becomes less so for higher end guitars, where QC is more rigorous.
    But it does mean that some cheaper peaches are out there.

    The most I have spent on a guitar was for a 2008 Ibanez Prestige RGA321F at about £850 (U.S. catalogue price $1,933).
    I did try it before I bought it though. I cannot understand folk buying expensive guitars online. Amps/pedals - yes, but not guitars.
    That seems an insane amount of money to me now.
    But it really is a great guitar and I still have it in stock/new condition.
    It is really just an indulgence for me as I do not play live or record much.

    Then again I have a Charvel Fusion Custom that I got 2nd hand for £350, and I play that one as much as the Ibanez.
    For a while now I have vowed not to buy new guitars again when there are so many fabulous ones to be had for less than half the price they were new.
    I tend to only look at ones that are in the best condition, and they have to feel right.
    That is the value point there, they must feel right to you.
    If is is 'The One' then who knows how much you'd be willing to pay?
     
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    Buying a '59 LP Jr for $1700? Yes, and on the other definition of 'worth', that'd be true even if I'd never played it.

    Buying a Custom Shop LP? No, it was an expensive but dead plank, and I far preferred the cheaper LP Classic that I had at the time.

    So, yes, and no, and maybe sometimes both.

    :slash:
     
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    The nicer the nice, the higher the price. Until you pass the line of diminishing returns…
     
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    It wasn’t planned, but I have more $ invested in my pedal board than my highest dollar axe.
     
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    Another vote for up to a point.
     

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