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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Wrighty, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't understand.
    Worthy of a guitar? Above my playing level ?
    Is there some type of exam we're supposed to take before buying a guitar?
    Buy what you like.
    Life's too short.
     
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  2. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Lost Planet Airman Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I buy what I want most of the time. If I have a lot of gigs lined up I normally think of something I have to have. I do have enough gear for a few nice rigs. Sometimes I feel like I have to much but then I find another nice Strat in the closet and I forget that feeling.
     
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  3. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    NICE... heheh :)
     
  4. MapleBoard

    MapleBoard Strat-Talk Member

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    I can relate. It's amazing how nice Bullet Strats are! They feel like a $500 guitar. The ONLY thing that could use improvement is making the frets smoother. Which is something I should get around to doing anyways.
     
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  5. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    FWIW, the fretwork on my Bullet was (accidentally?) virtually perfect. Go figure!

    That said, I just ripped out the frets in that guitar :eek: and will be installing SS frets later this week. I really like the slick feel of SS and EVO gold hard frets and figured the 'cheap' Bullet would be a good guitar for this misadventure. :sneaky:
     
  6. BobbyS

    BobbyS Strat-O-Master

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    Reverends do too
     
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  7. Jesse414

    Jesse414 Strat-Talker

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    I felt that way when I bought my taylor 414ce a few years ago but every time I play it now I'm so happy I could almost die. :)
     
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  8. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

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    Steady on Jesse.. keep feeling like that and it'll be in your will.. ;):D
     
  9. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I haven't read any replies.....and I'm gonna say this....
    it doesn't matter how much your axe costs......
    the only thing that matters is if you can play or not.
    money won't make you a better player, only countless hours of hard work and practice will.
    if you think it's about the gear, you need to rethink things.
     
  10. s5tuart

    s5tuart Resource limit reached Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I just like nice stuff. :cool:
     
  11. Elvie

    Elvie Strat-O-Master

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    My happiest times as a player were when I owned one electric and one acoustic and no one had yet told me that they weren't very good.
     
  12. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Like Stuart, I too like nice stuff.

    I have no interest in cheapy guitars any more than I have in driving the cheapest car, living in the cheapest house or eating the cheapest food because ............I'm worth it. ;)
     
  13. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    well.....I'm off to fly my aeroplane.
    pardon me while I play the grand piano.
     
  14. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    :D
     
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  15. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    I don’t understand why, if you can afford it, you would buy a guitar that you don’t really want, over a guitar that you do really want. :)
     
  16. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    Buy what you want, don’t worry about the “level”
    You made that money, you deserve something good

    Seriously, none of our rock and blues guitar gods could get into a prestigious music college- they’re not on that level. Most rock and blues is 3-5 chords and 1 scale.
    But they’ve been playing their stuff since they were kids and never had to worry about real life the way the rest of us had.
    I guess my point is I see a lot of famous guitar players who ain’t really that good with nice gear, so why not the rest of us?
     
  17. Martins Strat

    Martins Strat Strat-Talker

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    I kinda get this feeling but it’s more about amount of stuff rather than the quality of it. I’ve had times when I’ve owned a lot more gear but then I realise that as a hobbyist I just don’t really need it.
    I’m happiest with a good guitar, nice amp, a TS and a looper, then I just enjoy playing.
     
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  18. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No way you have to restrict yourself.
    One life left.
    More is more.
    Get it while you can.
    A ****ing guitar is just a ****ing guitar.
    You need it you buy it. Enjoy.

    Life is good,
    Robin
     
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  19. rich724

    rich724 Strat-Talker

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    Life is short. Buy it with the intent to play at that level. My first gig with my $2,500 Guitar I'm thinking " this sounds so good I'd better get serious and get to work here".
     
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  20. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir WBLV Strat-Talk Supporter

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    'Too good for me' is a foreign concept... i think more in terms of:
    1) physically, do i feel comfortable playing this instrument?
    2) structurally, is it of suitable quality that there are no issues with it that will hold me back?
    3) sonically, will its tonal range allow me to make the music that i need/want to on it?
    4) financially, can i afford this right now?

    At the moment, i'm in a phase where i'm trying to move stuff that i don't need or use along,
    and using the funds generated to finance purchases of things that i do.
    In 2017, i traded 3 guitars to a shop in order to get a very nice US Custom Shop .strandberg* 7 string.
    Last year, i sold 4 guitars and 2 amplifiers, and used the money to buy some ROLI Blocks,
    replace the HD in one of my laptops with a 1TB SSD, and get a nice MIJ short scale P-Bass (a rare item indeed),
    and another used .strandberg* 8 string guitar with different specs.
    (btw, the .strandberg* is like new, and i saved almost $1K on the purchase price... score!)
    All of these things have been used in order to make recorded music, and i'm quite sure that the new owners
    are very happy with the guitars and amps they got. So it's a win for everyone.
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
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