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wguitar 07-30-2021 09:15 PM

Survey - $3,000 to spend / would you buy 1 or 2 guitars ?
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.


Wade Hampton 07-30-2021 09:21 PM

I would take that money, add a little bit of my own, and go to the Guitar Center in Anchorage to buy the Martin 000-28 I played there this morning. It’s an outstanding instrument.


Rosewood99 07-30-2021 09:31 PM

I take it and put in another $3000 (or sell one of my other guitars ) and get a $6000 guitar.

donlyn 07-30-2021 09:34 PM

Survey - $3,000 to spend / would you buy 1 or 2 guitars ?

Unclear at the moment, but I'm leaning toward getting an Epiphone IBG J-45, and maybe keeping the rest for a lifetime supply of strings. ;)



jheath 07-30-2021 09:38 PM

Iíve got more currently than ever but thereís still a few I have my eye on. So if I had $3k right now itíd be an Iris OG or a 000-18.

SRL 07-30-2021 09:44 PM

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.

jrb715 07-30-2021 09:49 PM

One, no question. I'm assuming I can get that one at $3000--could be used. Would be a Gibson Hummingbird.

baw3 07-30-2021 09:55 PM

Honestly, I have spent 3000 and more on guitars and everyone of those guitars that I had, have been sold and I dont miss a single one. The most expensive guitar that I now have in my signature is my Eastman E20D-tc. The rest of my guitars cost an average of 1500 bucks. To tell you the truth any guitar that I have right now sounds better to me than any of the 3000 buck guitars that I sold. My 2 furch guitars I would put up against some guitars that cost over twice as much. My Martin DSS-17 is the best sounding Martin that I have owned. I hope that answers your question.

KevinH 07-30-2021 10:03 PM

I'd go for one....a Taylor 522, if I didn't already have one.

colins 07-31-2021 01:49 AM

I made my choice quite a few years ago ... two used guitars being a Taylor 514ce in cedar and mahogany and a Martin EC model. Total cost used was a bit over $3,000 in those days (I didn't buy on the same day!).

Pdubs76 07-31-2021 02:38 AM

Iíd put that towards a Martin HD-28.

geoawelch 07-31-2021 03:10 AM

Iíd add just a little of my own and look for an older lightly played SC 1929 00.

Silly Moustache 07-31-2021 04:17 AM

$3000 usd = £2150 ish.

You don't get a whole lot for tat here in the UK.
according to UK Ebay, you could get a used Adamas, some Larrivees, a Gibson J40 or J45, a Levin (what?) , a Martin 0018 or a 00018.

In all honesty, there is nothing I have the urge to buy currently - I think I'm "done" buying guitars.

Gdjjr 07-31-2021 04:47 AM

3 1000 dollar guitars, or 4 750 dollar guitars- can never have too many :) and the 12 I have need company :D

stringbound 07-31-2021 04:50 AM

I would buy one decent guitar, preferably a used guitar. In Germany you don't get much guitar for 3000 Euro.

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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