Why do we buy expensive guitars?

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if u get expensive guitars bitchezz will think u have money and then they will bang u. Doesnt work for me though, and I dont have money LOL.

If u audition with an expensive guitar, the other band members will take u seriously.
You must be rich now that you're a virtuoso. Segovia owned an olive orchard.
 

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Honestly, these days buying an expensive guitar is harder and harder to justify.

Everything is machined on CNC. So the differences between a Squier and a Fender will be the person who put it together, but...once you've done your own setup (or got your favourite guy to do so), the differences are not gonna equate literal thousands of dollars.

I argue any guitar you buy that cost more than $1500AUD is something you bought for the pretty. WHICH IS FINE. GO FOR IT. But...it's highly unlikely to play or sound better after that.

As a contrast, my Gibbo Les Paul was a disaster. Headstock break, electronics died, anaemic pickups....

So the luthier who repaired it and sets up all my guitars (and always gave them back to me playing better than they originally did) is now building me my own Les Paul from scratch. We measured all my other guitars, I said what I liked about each one, he's measured up my hand, and we've "fixed" many issues with the Les Paul design (EG: More of a PRS headstock so the FUCKING G string stays in tune). The funny part is that he's building the whole thing for me for around $4000AUD, but a brand new Gibby in Australia will set you back about $5000 at the moment...

Am I buying this guitar for the pretty? Absolutely. I'm buying it because my Ferrari guitar (Gibby) was a disaster and a lesson in heartbreak and I want my own custom-made guitar of pornographic proportions. Will it sound significantly better than my other guitars? Not significantly. Will it play better? For my tastes, absolutely. This guitar is an ego trip in the shape of a guiitar and I say that with a big 'ole grin on my face.

...But the SECOND most expensive guitar I own is my PRS Hollowbody SE which I got for $1500AUD. Is it gonna be more than twice the guitar the PRS is? Probably not.

...but it's cheaper, custom-made and better for me than a $5000 Gibson.

Rather than buy a new guitar for dumb money, pay a luthier to build you exactly what you want which is yours.
 

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Ya only live once. Can't take it with you and we have no kids. So buy what makes you happy and use them.
My Gibbys were all bought new except the 1975 L6-S and 1976 LP Custom.
Life is too short for cheap guitars if you can afford expensive ones.
Quoting myself....
In other words, it seems criminal to "hoard" money and play cheap guitars and /or amps if you really enjoy playing and, in my case, playing out. Sure, cheap guitars can sound and play great. Money is useless if not spent.
On toys.
I have no ATVs, RVs, boats, trailers...
 

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I don't really have any boutique guitars per say but I do enjoy higher end instruments. You gotta keep in mind that I started out on a $99 p.o.s!

I just had the itch to get something better lol

I guess I might buy some nicer ones if my financial situation was better. Sometimes I still gotta scratch my head and say that' it's a "lot of money".

I think I'd rather have a good to decent guitar but have one hell of an amp. If I win the lottery, all bets are off lol
 
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Quoting myself....
In other words, it seems criminal to "hoard" money and play cheap guitars and /or amps if you really enjoy playing and, in my case, playing out. Sure, cheap guitars can sound and play great. Money is useless if not spent.
On toys.
I have no ATVs, RVs, boats, trailers...

I totally get that. I'm also in old school cars. Both of these hobbies can get VERY expensive.
 

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Why do they make expensive guitars? Because of the price of selected quality tonewoods used, and the skilled labourer. This wil insure that the guitar wil just become better and better every year.
It's really because, if you can afford a map and a guitar with the names 'Marshall' and 'Gibson' on them, respectively, then that means you have "arrived" at spiritual rockstar creaminess... to both you, and your three buddies.
 

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I bought an expensive guitar last year because I thought I was missing out on something. Turns out I wasn't really. In some ways it was better, but in other ways it wasn't. After dumping even more money into it to replace the nut, bridge and pickups it turned out pretty awesome, but still not awesome enough to justify the 1500 dollar + money spent in upgrades price difference between it and my "cheap" guitars.

Lesson learned I suppose. :lol:
 

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I bought an expensive guitar last year because I thought I was missing out on something. Turns out I wasn't really. In some ways it was better, but in other ways it wasn't. After dumping even more money into it to replace the nut, bridge and pickups it turned out pretty awesome, but still not awesome enough to justify the 1500 dollar + money spent in upgrades price difference between it and my "cheap" guitars.

Lesson learned I suppose. :lol:
$1500 is not an expensive guitar IMO
 

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I buy expensive guitars so that I can take pics and post them to MF.

JK, I can't afford anything worth showing you guys.
 

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It is to me, Mr. Trustfund. I'd have to be in a paying band to even consider it and even then it's exorbitant.
So if I can afford a nice instrument I must have been given everything I have. What an asinine statement.

$1500 won’t even buy you a Les Paul nowadays
 

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$1500 is not an expensive guitar IMO
I was saying that the guitar cost $1500 more than the average price of my cheaper guitars. The guitar cost $2500 new at the time I bought one. That's expensive to me and I was saying that it isn't $1500 worth better than my other guitars IMO.
 

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Lots of misconstrued posts about what an “expensive” guitar Is. In 1993-1994, I paid @ $1,500 each for 2 Jackson USA RRs that would cost more than $5,000 to recreate for sale today by Jackson USA. $1,500 by today’s standards is probably $550 back then.

Someone referred to a Gibson as a “Ferrari” guitar :lol: Um, Ferrari is synonymous with cutting-edge performance, and questionable reliability/expensive maintenance. Gibson may be the latter all day but it is anything but cutting edge, or even exotic. They can nevertheless be among the most expensive in price, but the price does not come with improvement (i.e. Unlikely to be a clear trend in playability or tone amidst 100 Studios, 100 Standards, 100 Customs and 100 CS/M2Ms). That said base Gibsons IME are a league apart from Epiphone and their ilk.
 

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I'd say anything over $750 is expensive. There was a time, not too long ago, where even that wasn't realistic to me.
 
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I was saying that it isn't $1500 worth better than my other guitars IMO.
That's the crux. Once you get over $750 the increase in quality or playability doesn't really justify the cost. Then the $1500-2500 range the margin gets even smaller. And smaller and smaller. Subjectiveness aside, of course.
 


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