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buddyhu 07-31-2021 05:02 PM


Originally Posted by Jay5150 (Post 6775735)
Id say always shoot for the best one you can afford. You can only play one guitar at the time. The best doesnt have to be the most expensive.

This ^.


DanR 07-31-2021 05:14 PM

It depends on your playing style. If you play primarily with a pick or primarily fingerpicking, I would get one guitar that suits that style. If you both flat pick and fingerpick, I would consider getting two guitars, one for each style. There are guitars that are very versatile especially the Larrivee 'L' bodies. I have found that the Gibson Advanced Jumbo or J-45 are also very versatile guitars.

Shadowfox 07-31-2021 06:50 PM


Originally Posted by wguitar (Post 6775585)
Hi folks,

Quick survey ...

If you had $ 3,000 to spend would you prefer to buy TWO $1,500 guitars or ONE $3,000 guitar ?

Feel free to respond with brands and models if you like.


Def a 3k guitar. I'd have another Furch headed my way.

EZYPIKINS 07-31-2021 06:51 PM

The quick answer is 1.

The difference of a $1500 guitar and a $3000. guitar is significant.

You can buy a decent guitar for $1500.

But you can buy a guitar for $3000, that a $1500 guitar can't touch.

You can also buy a $3000. POS, so there is that.

RussellHawaii 07-31-2021 07:36 PM

Buy the one, the best one you can afford. Because you can only play one guitar at a time! Also a better instrument inspires and enables better playing. Two medium guitars will not do that. Stretch that to $5,000 and get one great guitar, if you can.
The exception would be if you need one set up very differently, for slide, etc., or if you need a nylon string alternate.

cadman43 07-31-2021 09:33 PM

I still need a late 50s/early 60s Gibson ES-125T (or TC) and a TV Yellow single-cut Special. I think that could be done with $3K, maybe in a private sale environment.

Neil K Walk 08-01-2021 07:30 AM

At present I have too many guitars because I don't have a lot of space, so the correct answer should be to spend the $3000 elsewhere.

OTOH I see now that the HD-35 I've been lusting after is listed locally at $3400 so ...;)

Fret-O'File 08-01-2021 07:40 AM

I would spend it all and hopefully find a McIlroy for 3k.

phavriluk 08-01-2021 09:15 AM

a thought and an opinion
OP: My opinion is to stick the money in the bank and THINK a while. Ain't gonna evaporate and choices parsed in person will yield up a better decision than just-because-you-can.

baw3 08-01-2021 10:03 AM

I was playing my guitars one day for my family. They could really care less about the name on the headstock. I was playing a Martin D-35, a Martin D-18MD, and an Eastman E20D. I was going back and forth with each guitar playing different styles but always repeating the same thing that I had just played on the previous guitar. The strings were all the same brand and type. I asked them to pick the guitar that they thought sounded the best after I had finished playing. There was 5 people in the room. All five of them picked the Eastman. So I guess some of you guys are right. There is a difference between a 1500 dollar guitar and a 3000 plus dollar guitar. I sold the Martins not to long after that and when Eastman came out with the Thermo cured models I sold the E20d and bought one of the E20D-tc. I have no regrets. I have to say if I was going to spend 3000 bucks on a guitar again, it would probably say Furch on the headstock. Well, actually it would just have their trademark F.

Pura Vida 08-01-2021 01:29 PM

This might be better, if it there was a poll attached. But I think the answer depends a lot on whether the person already has guitars, or if it assumes this is the total budget without any other guitars. If it included my current guitars, then I may not *need* two more and would probably select one higher end guitar. But if it assumed I had no other guitars, then I'd definitely pick out two good ones with differing tonewoods and/or body sizes.

Rosewood and Mahogany dreads would be my first choice, but maybe the Mahogany gives way to a Maple jumbo.

j3ffr0 08-01-2021 07:33 PM

If I had a few, I'd buy one. If I had one or less, I'd buy two rather different ones, because I like to have a few options. In either case, I'd be most likely to buy used unless I got lucky and found something I really liked in a store (which can happen).

Mandobart 08-02-2021 07:36 PM

Last year I bought two guitars I'd wanted for some time for under $3,000.

I bought a used 2017 Martin HD-28 for about $1,850. A few months later I bought a new Gold Tone Paul Beard round neck spider cone wood body resonator for $950.

Both of these were guitars I'd been wanting/considering for a while.

I never say "I have $5 k to spend, what can I get?" I say "what sounds/experience am I looking for? What's available that can provide it?" Then I find out what it will cost in today's market.

I'm fortunate and financially flush, so it's never about the cost for me. But I've never resented spending extra to get better quality/tone/playability.

k_russell 08-03-2021 06:04 AM

Can I get one guitar and use the balance to upgrade my PA system?

musicman1951 08-03-2021 06:49 AM

I would buy one used guitar - the best one I could find for $3,000 (but saving up for $4,000 would be better).

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