Anti-GAS Tri-fecta Poll: The longest you've gone NOT buying, selling or trading gear?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by DGTCrazy, Apr 1, 2014.

What's the longest period of time you' gone without Buying, Selling and Trading gear?

  1. 30 days or less

  2. Between 30 - 90 days

  3. Between 90 - 180 days

  4. Between 6-9 Months

  5. Between 9-12 Months

  6. Over 1 year or more

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  1. texstrat

    texstrat Member

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    Haha.
    For that few years I got away from my core and was playing Les Paul’s and Carr Amps. I’ve always been a Strat guy and loved Two Rock back in the day, so I went back to my roots. Could not be happier!
     
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  2. DGTCrazy

    DGTCrazy Mod Squad Staff Member

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  3. texstrat

    texstrat Member

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    Awesome! Here is my Strat and Bloomfield:
     
  4. DGTCrazy

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  5. williamsnrb

    williamsnrb Member

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    Aaaaaaaand.....6 months after writing this post, I traded my board for a Helix. Lol
     
  6. EllenGtrGrl63

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    I've had a few times since 2014, where I've gone more than a year without buying or selling gear. Amps - I usually hang onto them, once I find I'm happy with them, and I don't have the space for multiple guitar amps (my Fishman Loudbox Charge I use for the church band is the exception, due to its small size).

    Guitars - ever since I was diagnosed back in 2014 with a severe allergy to nickel, and a major allergy to chromium, I've thought long and hard about buying and selling guitars, before I've done the deeds. Why? Flipping guitars would put me in the poor house from the cost of refretting them ($350-$400 per guitar, and remember, almost all guitars have nickel alloy frets). This also means that the days of buying cheap thrills guitars is pretty much over with for me - I can't economically justify spending as much to refret a guitar, as it cost for me to buy it. It would have to be a pretty special guitar.

    Ellen
     
  7. Diagoras18

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    It’s so hard to resist at times but my philosophy lately has been if I still want it in 6 months then I’ll get it...helps with the urges haha
     
  8. SeanLaurent

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    I went far longer than a year..
    I had a J45 and a Little Martin for a long time.. I realised I wasn't playing my J45 because it was very easy to just pick up the LX1E.

    So I sold it and bought an Mx-5 Na (car), which I sold a couple of months later, and bought a Lowden which I traded a week or so later and got a 60s Original Series Strat and a Pro Junior.. I still haven't quite made up the lost time of trading.
     
  9. noisebloom

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    Looking at this post from May and laughing to myself because I now have another Strat on the way. :D
     
  10. Freedom

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    Sold my last batch of amps and cabs, pedals (a dozen) and stuff back in 2012 (I had owned the AceFX II for a good 6 months so by then I knew what gear I should keep).

    I didn't buy anything until recently since I wanted to upgrade my guitars (just a couple of solderless harnesses, half a dozen pickups, refrets (stainless steel this time) etc.
     
  11. Mickey_C

    Mickey_C The Original Racketeer Gold Supporting Member

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    I went over a decade once. I had major arm surgery, then major osteo arthritis followed by shoulder surgery.

    Then all of a sudden, the pain shut off. I still have pain in my shoulder, but I use linecaid patches when I play.

    So in the last year I've gone maybe a week at most without buying stuff.
     
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  12. Anacharsis

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    I can declare myself done on two fronts:

    1) Buying amps
    2) Buying pedals

    I could sell a few of each, as I have more than I need. But largely due to the soft used market, I will likely keep it all - which will just help keep future purchases at bay.

    On guitars, I am keeping open the possibility that I might do some sort of quantity for quality trade, but...probably not. I've enjoyed upgrading some of my lower priced guitars with better pickups and tuners and such, and I'll never see that money again.

    Closets are really handy as flip prevention devices.
     
  13. ILookLikeElvis

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    My last major purchase was an amp in 2013. I haven't purchased a guitar in around 13 years, though I'm on the hunt for one now.
     
  14. Izy

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    dang it.....after 4 years of not buying any gear I finally slipped.

    sold one of my prized Lentz Pre-lawsuit strat and bought another strat. The Lentz sounded amazing and I struggled hard letting it go but I couldn't deal with the neck and my thumb will be in pain whilst playing it.

    thought I would soldier my way through and get used to the neck profile and shape but it didn't happen.

    So sold it and got something to replace it and the guitar arrived today.

    Oh well....at least I didn't add one more guitar to the stable.
     
  15. jimijimmyjeffy

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    Decades.

    Unless strings, capos and picks count.
     
  16. Slartibartfarst

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    I used to change guitars pretty much every year as I added to my collection or swapped things to try new options. That changed 2-3 years ago when I realised the only constant was a PRS SE Custom 24 with a Floyd. For some reason that guitar has always felt the closest to what I want so I sold everything else and bought a second one with a standard term and more vintage pickups. I have no desire to get any other guitars. I'd possibly sell both if they did an S2 Custom 24 with a Floyd and then just use one but I'm not sure I'd even do that I'm so content with those guitars. The only thing I dislike about PRS is the positioning of the selector switch.

    As for amps and effects, I use an Atomic AmpliFire 6 and it does pretty much everything for me. I have no desire to change so again, no new purchases for a while. Having said that, in the last week I have bought an expression pedal for it and got rid of my old wah and I also bought a Freqout but I doubt I'll buy anything else now for at least another couple of years.
     
  17. 1BlinkGone

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    9 years of no purchases AT ALL before I bought a new acoustic, 11 years regarding electric guitars, amps, etc.
     
  18. COYS

    COYS Supporting Member

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    I acquire a new guitar about every 6-12 months. Almost always accompanied by something I don't use much being sold or traded for it.

    I'm very happy with the 3 electrics and 1 acoustic I have now, but I don't really need 3 electrics so one of them will go soon. I can do everything I need to do with an HH and an SSS.
     
  19. eeyore

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    I'm on this longest streak of my life for about 8 years now.
    And I'm about to break it. And break it real hard with 3 guitars coming up in my pipeline...
     

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