[Poll] - A high-end or several low end guitars?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by gilmourstrat, Nov 25, 2021.

Shut up and take my money on...

  1. ... a very nice, exquisite high-end guitar?

    56 vote(s)
    62.9%
  2. ... a bunch of lower end of the spectrum guitar models?

    33 vote(s)
    37.1%
  1. gilmourstrat

    gilmourstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    So the title says it all. Could you afford one of course, would you rather spend your money on a single high-end guitar or use that amount of money to have a bunch of guitar of different types?

    Let's the games begin! :D
     
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  2. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Whichever inspires you to play the silly thing(s).
     
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  3. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist El Salado Guitartist Silver Member

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    Personally, I'd rather have one special guitar. I do not need high versatility, as some others might, so one nice instrument makes me a happy camper. That said, I have more than one :D:D:D
     
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  4. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    The air becomes so rarified at $800-1000usd, that I usually pass out and wake up with drooly face.
     
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  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Could I afford one. Yes.

    Do I want one? No.

    More importantly do I need one to make good music? Not at all.

    My most special guitars cost me nothing.
     
  6. Bob Spumoni

    Bob Spumoni Senior Stratmaster

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    I do have a lot of guitars. I respect the fancy ones, but I am most fond of a select few of my cheapies, and I play them more often. Not sure why. Lately I've been playng the heck out of my $160 Grote, and it's rare that a week goes by without a little Teisco time. My best blues guitar is my Epiphone LP Junior, ca. 1997(?), $99 brand new. If I played blues on my PRS, it'd probably blush and faint dead away: not pretty enough.
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  7. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    Define "high end".

    I think if you can find a guitar, high end or not, that you love and makes you want to play, and does the all the things you want it to do, money being no object, buy that one.

    I'm not sure that guitar exists for anyone, though. So, presuming you know what you want, I'd build high end partscasters. At least one strat, a tele, something with P90s and a humbucker guitar. Get the neck profiles, controls systems, hardware and pickups you want.

    Then have them all set up professionally, maybe even plekked, unless you're a pro at those skills yourself.

    In the end you'll have a collection of customized, high end, high quality guitars that suit you and your style like nothing off the line.

    And when your tastes change you don't have to worry about changing the components to suit and ruining some market value.
     
  8. Dreamdancer

    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    If iam an acoustic guitar player i want the high end one that ll objectively impact the sound compared to the lower end competition...

    If iam an electric guitar player i want a bunch of lower ones to mod and have volume versatility and options.
     
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  9. davidKOS

    davidKOS not posting these days

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    Uh...BOTH!

    I have owned and played high-end guitars and good playing well set up "cheapies"...why is it an either/or choice?
     
  10. soulman969

    soulman969 Most Honored Senior Member

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    At the moment I have multiple guitars and basses all of which but two were below my $600 threshold. I enjoy the variety right now but I could see myself eventually cutting back in exchange for two or three higher end models. But not just yet.
     
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  11. AncientAx

    AncientAx Still hacking ....

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    I play them all equally bad so it doesn’t really matter ......
     
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  12. dirocyn

    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have a bunch of cheapies. I play more than one style. Steel string acoustic, nylon string classical, jazz box, electric, and bass.

    One guitar won't cover that range, no matter how nice it is.
     
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  13. duzie

    duzie Senior Stratmaster

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    I hear your acoustic playing and I enjoy it!
    If you wanna hear bad playing I’ve got that covered.
     
  14. AncientAx

    AncientAx Still hacking ....

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    Thanks brother , you are too kind !
     
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  15. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    That said, I could afford it...but am convinced it is not needed, having once sat and listened to an accomplished guitarist make my decades old $45 Hondo sound like something costing over 100 times more and polished by a recording studio. Imagine my surprise:oops:.

    So, I like more guitars for less $$s.
     
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  16. WelhavenT

    WelhavenT Senior Stratmaster

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    Sold my high-end guitars, and bought four MiMs the last year.

    Still have an Ultra and a white Flying V.

    Being high-end doesn’t mean it makes you play better.
     
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    Morf2540 Senior Stratmaster

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    Haha. I sold several guitars to buy one really, really good one. Then ended up backfilling afterwards with some lower-priced specimens anyway.
     
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  18. PonyB

    PonyB Senior Stratmaster

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    I want the best guitar I can reasonably afford at that time.
    Over the decades I have acquired several, but my CS Gatton Telecaster and Waterloo acoustic get most of the play. Not sure if they are "high-end".
     
  19. TepidPilot

    TepidPilot Strat-O-Master

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    I don't play nearly well enough to need a high end guitar. Except for my Martin D-21, which is pretty beat after all we've been through together, my guitars are medium end.

    TP
     
  20. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    I have both ends of that poll and the ones that get played the most are the variety of cheap ones.

    Sure, you may need to tweak the fretwork or swap some pots 'n caps ... but I found the expensive ones need tweaking as well to give the best tone. And because of that added work the expensive ones are not as valuable to acquire. I'm not alone, look at how many buy 'A Gibson Les Paul for the tones!' and then quickly announce in another thread they are swapping pickups for 'Bare Knuckle'/whatever type of pickups. Some popular expensive guitars even have that fragile headstock problem and I'm done with that drama.

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