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Well, is it true that most of us have 10 grand or more invested in gear?

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  1. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have 20 guitars in my music room right now. 12 of which are mine. The other 8 are son’s, daughter’s, and grand kids. I really got a good deal on all but one.

    They are:

    Stephen Faulk Ribot Classical Guitar Regular Price $4500.00. Paid $900
    Epiphone Plus Top Pro LP. Regular Price $599.00. Paid $499
    Fender American Special Strat Green. Regular Price $1099.00. Paid $850
    Fender American Special Black. Regular Price $1099.00. Paid $800
    Fender 1979 Strat 3TSB near mint. Paid 1800
    Brian May Replica. Regular Price $6500.00. Paid 4300
    Fender Vintera 70’s Strat Regular Price $949.00. Paid $800
    Squier Bullet Strat. Regular Price $169.00. Paid $109
    Fender HM Strat no discount. Paid $1199
    Dean 79 V Regular Price $599.00. Paid $499
    MusicMan STERLING Stingray Bass. Gift
    Ovation Celebrity Elite regular price $499.00. Paid $379

    Total.$11,636

    The Brian May and the 79 Strat were bought before I joined
    The forum, so subtract 6100 from 11636 and you get. $5536.00

    The point is that since I’ve joined the forum 17 months ago I’ve bought. $9513.00 worth of gear for $5536.00 and all but about 600 bucks of it is paid for. Most of this was bought with MF/GC coupons and military discounts. I really have to thank Stephen Falk for giving me a tremendous discount on the Ribot Classical guitar. It was a one off, and was a prototype. And he cut me a tremendous break due to being a veteran. He basically sold it to me for the price of of a round trip ticket from Japan to San Francisco. Now with the Corona Virus looming, I won’t be buying any new gear. I’ve heard it said that the average musician owns around 10,000 dollars worth of gear. 9 out of the 12 guitars I have listed are mid priced to low priced models.

    There was a time not too long ago, when I was a well paid Ventilator Monkey that I had a really outstanding guitar collection. I had at one time 35 high end guitars. They got sold to pay for my wife’s surgeries, after she lost her job and her health insurance. She is facing more surgeries in the future, but things are better now, and I won’t have to sell anything to make her medical care happen. But going through that, I realize that there are great guitars at all price points. I don’t have to to own 30 5K guitars to be happy.

    And my wife is very happy to have me buy one a month, as I sold them all before for her, now that we can afford it again. But I won’t be buying any high end stuff any more. I’ve got a SQUIER that plays better than one turd of a Suhr I had.

    well, is it basically true? Do most of us have 10 grand or more worth of gear?
     
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  2. bsman

    bsman Strat-Talker

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    I shudder to think of what I've spent on gear over the years...
     
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  3. fezz parka

    fezz parka Duke of Dilligaf Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I ain't listing all of it...but I have a 1965 Strat and a 1971 Les Paul Custom. I get there with those two.

    There are 28 others. And amps. And microphones. And recording gear. And parts. Lots of parts. LOL
     
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  5. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member

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    ‘yeah I was bored, and I had never sat down to see what I’ve actually spent on my gear, and I can’t believe how much I’ve bought for other family members:D
     
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  6. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    I have never added it up. Do I even dare. 10K? Such an easy number to hit. 5 AMPS, I think 17 guitars, and who knows what luthier tools, DAWs and plug ins which begat a bigger CPU in my PC. Does building a music room count?
     
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  7. circles

    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nowhere near.
     
  8. Chad Dukes

    Chad Dukes Strat-Talk Member

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    Over my entire life? Yes. What I own now? Also yes.
     
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  9. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yes it does. If I was going to be staying in the house I’m in, I would add another room just for jam in’.
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    Looking around the room I see about 3K.
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yup... I'm not even going to add it up.
    Nearly all were purchased new, and most at "street price" except for the two G&Ls.
     
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    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member

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    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't have the 65 strat. That by itself would get you over... but I too have the 71 LP custom, and the Ric 360/12C63 which crosses the threshold easily.
    The 6129 prototype and the Deusenberg tv phonic would get me over 'threshold' again.

    Just the effects on their own get me over. I don't want to think about this anymore. Even Amps get me over.

    I prefer not to think about cost. I have always saved for the things I love. I don't consider it a waste of my hard-earned. It gives me sanity and a creative outlet.

    My question in return would be:

    "What value do you place on a Musicians Mental Health?"

    Betting it's more than $10k...
     
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  15. fezz parka

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    Its a refin. So no it wouldn't. :)

    I know what I have...and what its worth. ;)
     
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    If I count amps and plug-ins and microphones and cords and tools and pickups and soldering equipment and pots and tuners and strings and capos and pedals and slides and cases and straps and tuners, maybe.
     
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  17. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster

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    I wish...
     
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  18. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    I’m sure over, you know 40 years of feeding my dream to be a rockstar, yes, I have dropped more than $10k in guitars, amps, PA, boards, monitors, speakers, software, effects, cables, etc....

    Do I have that kind of value in gear now? Nope. I can make enough racket to get a noise violation though :D
     
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  19. rgbedard

    rgbedard non-compliant Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah. A little over $10k in player guitars and amps, mostly guitars. I keep that stuff in a spreadsheet, serial numbers, purchase price, any repairs, my memory ain't what it used to be. I don't keep track of pedals, probably have an embarrasing amount into them ...
     
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  20. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm not even close.
     
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