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Bob from Brooklyn 07-31-2021 05:21 AM

It depends how many you already have. If you have zero guitars I'd go for 2. You can get a used Martin 15 series for under $1K and something pretty tasty for the other $2K.

Zissou Intern 07-31-2021 05:26 AM

Iíd buy one used guitar.

Jim Owen 07-31-2021 06:20 AM


My house in Ga is small. There have been spousal comments about space. So one in one out.

Jay5150 07-31-2021 06:30 AM

I’d say always shoot for the best one you can afford. You can only play one guitar at the time. The best doesn’t have to be the most expensive.

TBman 07-31-2021 06:34 AM

I'd get one, probably a Taylor 714, lutz over rosewood.

Perchman 07-31-2021 06:51 AM

Iíve spent about that amount over the last few months (counting trade in). Iím in the 2 guitar camp: Gibson Southern Jumbo and I just ordered a Farida OT-22 from Elderly. Obviously the Farida is still an unknown. But I can definitely say the SJ has me smitten with a little money left over using that budget.

mr. beaumont 07-31-2021 07:02 AM

Well, what are you playing now? That would influence my answer.

Methos1979 07-31-2021 07:20 AM

Too many variables/assumptions to make a call without clarifications. But if I was talking about me, with my current needs and skills, and I suddenly had NO guitars and only $3,000 to replace them I would definitely get two USED guitars instead of one.

One would be a Cole Clark Angel 2 and the other a RainSong Shorty CH-OM1000NS with a Baggs Element StagePro or some equivalent smaller body carbon fiber guitar with a decent sounding pickup system. This would cover most of what I need to do.

If it was a case where I have the guitars I already have and suddenly had $3,000 that I HAD to spend on a guitar or two, I'd buy one used guitar in great shape, probably either a Martin 000-18GE or 000-28EC or maybe a Santa Cruz 1929 00. Or maybe just something interesting in AGF classifieds.

Dru Edwards 07-31-2021 07:27 AM


Originally Posted by SRL (Post 6775602)
Assuming I had zero good guitars, I'd get two, used $2000-3000 guitars for $1500 each. Probably a big sitka/rosewood guitar, and a smaller all-mahogany couch guitar.

If I already had several guitars, I might be tempted to try for a single, used $4000-6000 guitar, like a Bourgeois, Goodall, Collings, Santa Cruz,, etc.

+1 My thoughts as well. I'd be looking at Yamaha in the $1500 price range (5 series) as one of the guitars. If I had several nice guitars I'd be looking for one $3k guitar... or bump the funds for something better.

aeisen93 07-31-2021 07:54 AM

My $3000 Taylor is probably my best sounding guitar but honestly my 500$ Martin and $500 Epiphone sound good enough to me... I donít think Iíd ever spend 3000$ on a guitar now being how happy I am with my cheap ones...

L20A 07-31-2021 09:32 AM

My advice is to get as much guitar as you can for the $3,000.00 and enjoy it for many years to come.

You will probably still wind up purchasing more guitars that cost a lot less than $3,000.00 but you will always have your great guitar to compare the others to.

brencat 07-31-2021 09:46 AM

With the benefit of 10 yrs playing, and owning close to 30 guitars during these years, if my house burned down and insurance only covered $3000 in total, I would look for one great guitar and most likely kick in another $1500 to purchase a used Merrill C-28 or a used Collings D2HTS.

Oldguy64 07-31-2021 10:21 AM

I’d buy a “low mileage” Alvarez Yairi Mastwrworks. Dym70 12-fret.
Then I’d put the rest away for something else, down the road.

phavriluk 07-31-2021 10:28 AM

If you ask a car salesman to help you spend $3K, he'll find a way to offer something at that price. If someone walks into a guitar store and announces he's got that amount to spend, I think I can guess how that's going to work out, too.

I suggest OP consider what he wants before suggesting how much he's going to spend.

Scott of the Sa 07-31-2021 11:47 AM

First: Find the guitar that you want. If it is less than the 3K then save the rest.

Second: Wait a year and go looking for guitar #2 with whatever you have left.

Two guitars can get you lots of different sounds, tunings, gauge of strings, outside campfire guitar or on the road touring guitar or stay at home parlor guitar.

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