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Trying to determine how much you should spend on an acoustic?

 

 

Or just goofing?

 

I just updated my insurance for my guitars, and realised how much money I've invested in them...

 

Thought I may have a serious problem.

 

Before I contact my local 12 step program A.A. (acoustic anonymous), I'm just surveying the territory to insure I'm not the only one with a deep passion for guitars.

 

Although the sheer number of people on this forum could testify / justify the hard earned $$$ spent...

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Welp, currently I've got 14 and just ball parked it the other day at the wife's request - $26,396 . . . . or about $1,885 a guitar.

 

Funny thing is, I didn't find that shocking, and neither did my wife.

 

However, she does sometimes make mention of the number of cases sitting around the house.

 

Oh yeah, I just told her I thinking about another. B)

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Welp, currently I've got 14 and just ball parked it the other day at the wife's request - $26,396 . . . . or about $1,885 a guitar.

 

Funny thing is, I didn't find that shocking, and neither did my wife.

 

However, she does sometimes make mention of the number of cases sitting around the house.

 

Oh yeah, I just told her I thinking about another. B)

 

 

LOL....I know where you are coming from....lol

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How much did you lay out for your last beauty???

 

This'd be more interesting if the top category weren't ">$5K". At least to me, going up to just over $5K for a really nice guitar -- something I have some experience with, unfortunately -- is quite different from spending $10K or $20K or $40K. I usually think of hitting five figures as meaning that you're buying something rare and quite special or something super deluxe. (Although, with nice J-35s now over $10K, I should probably raise my threshold a bit.) It's easy to spend $5k on an instrument that is simply better than a $2 or $3K guitar, but not really qualitatively different. Still the sort of guitar a successful working musician would buy strictly because it performs so well.

 

Of course, maybe people who spend $26K on a Somogyi would say the same thing about the price they paid, and think people who spend $50K are the ones who have crossed the line into "rare or deluxe" territory.

 

-- Bob R

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This'd be more interesting if the top category weren't ">$5K". At least to me, going up to just over $5K for a really nice guitar -- something I have some experience with, unfortunately -- is quite different from spending $10K or $20K or $40K. I usually think of hitting five figures as meaning that you're buying something rare and quite special or something super deluxe. (Although, with nice J-35s now over $10K, I should probably raise my threshold a bit.) It's easy to spend $5k on an instrument that is simply better than a $2 or $3K guitar, but not really qualitatively different. Still the sort of guitar a successful working musician would buy strictly because it performs so well.

 

Of course, maybe people who spend $26K on a Somogyi would say the same thing about the price they paid, and think people who spend $50K are the ones who have crossed the line into "rare or deluxe" territory.

 

-- Bob R

 

Ha!!

 

After years of $1K+ (more like $2k+) guitar purchases, the LAST acoustic I purchased was a little ol' $129 Epiphone "AJ"!! :rolleyes:

 

What are the odds, eh?

 

Fred

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This'd be more interesting if the top category weren't ">$5K". At least to me, going up to just over $5K for a really nice guitar -- something I have some experience with, unfortunately -- is quite different from spending $10K or $20K or $40K. I usually think of hitting five figures as meaning that you're buying something rare and quite special or something super deluxe. (Although, with nice J-35s now over $10K, I should probably raise my threshold a bit.) It's easy to spend $5k on an instrument that is simply better than a $2 or $3K guitar, but not really qualitatively different. Still the sort of guitar a successful working musician would buy strictly because it performs so well.

 

Of course, maybe people who spend $26K on a Somogyi would say the same thing about the price they paid, and think people who spend $50K are the ones who have crossed the line into "rare or deluxe" territory.

 

-- Bob R

 

 

I do love acoustics, with a passion. but as a working artist i cant see myself enjoying and using a $10,000+ guitar to it's full potential. I'd be paranoid.

 

it would spend most of its life in a case waiting for the studio...

 

couldnt possibly tour with it. or rather "wouldn't".... pubs gigs are a no-no... bigger shows with unattended backstage areas nope.. or festivals with 1000's of people milling around backstage...

 

i don't think i could enjoy it..

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Of course, maybe people who spend $26K on a Somogyi would say the same thing about the price they paid, and think people who spend $50K are the ones who have crossed the line into "rare or deluxe" territory.

 

-- Bob R

 

I wonder how many of them he sells in the land of his birth...

 

My last acoustic cost £99. I didn't want it, but I had to buy something for a series of gigs that were fun but which I basically hated in musical terms. They were the only available chance to play in a band though, and they paid for my Epiphone Casino, which I did want. I loved that Epiphone for about 3 years, then worked out that it had poor pickups and a neck which was far too skinny for me. Meanwhile, for 15 years I hated the acoustic, and only played it for slide. This year though it has really come into its own for all sorts of playing, and I really love it. So 99 quid (and 15 years) well invested. But my next purchase will be rather more expensive and have Gibson on the headstock...

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I have 6 acoustics in the house right now. I probably would not be able to afford a few of them if I had to pay the kinda scratch they are bringing these days.

 

My most recent purchase though was a fifty some odd year old Harmony Sovereign - $100 out the door. A flippin' great sounding big box guitar, slapped together with all solid wood (and good quality stuff - including a one piece mahogany back) and made in the US of A.

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We have 5 acoustic/semi acoustics of different brands and prices. They all sound, look and play different and we're all bought new except the old black yamaha.

 

freshman FA300 ABL Blue in colour and I had it shipped from Scotland when i emigrated. I dont think this model is currently being made

Takamine G Nez EG 440 C Red flamed maple and the least expensive of our acoustics

Washburn D46CE Southwest series Spalted maple, possibly the best looking acoustic i have seen

Yamaha compass CPX700 SDB Sand burst finish

Yamaha FG405A Black

 

We havent Paid much more than $800 for any of our acoustics, The takamine was a bit less expensive but it sounds fantastic. We string all the acoustics with martin strings.

I have to add that i previously owned a yamaha APX4A which was another nice guitar. It was used as a trade in for an epiphone delrey. I think yamaha make fairly decent acoustics for the price they charge. I would love a J45 or a martin johnny cash series but finance just dont allow me any new toys!!!

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