I ain't well-off no more, but I still like nice guitars

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by VintagePlayerStrat, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. sahhas

    sahhas Supporting Member

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    I've always been on a budget, i prefer guitars that have necks that feel comfortable and easy to play.
    I've owned 2 expensive guitars in my life, and they were nice guitars, i miss them at times....but I don't dwell on it ...i enjoy my current guitars...
     
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  2. C-4

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    I have never been well off. I worked on the floor of the NYSE and Amex for years and did make good money, but commutation, and other expenses ate into that money.

    I moved to Florida after the 1987 October crash, and work for the State. Being that Florida is a "Right-to-work" state, the unions are not in control here, so pay is near borderline poverty to middle class.

    I also play in a band and have been doing this since I was 9. I'm 71 now, and have saved for the exact gear I have wanted all of my life. I have the guitars and other gear I want, and work constantly. My last vacation was in 2005, right after my second heart attack.

    It doesn't bother me that I am at the lower end of earnings. It is what it is, and I'm not embarrassed or unhappy. I have a terrific wife, two wonderful pets, and am happy for what I do have. I have never been jealous of those with money, as jealousy is wasted effort. :)
     
  3. Forever_Noob

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    Wow you were a floor trader that's so cool - a bygone era. I also am in finance and lost my job a few months ago. There are a lot of entry level jobs out there but I'm 37 and unless you know people it's hard to even land an interview at jobs that you seem perfect for.

    My wife earns decently as well so I'm not in any trouble as of yet. Having GAS is real tempting but I feel like the OP did the right thing by not buying unnecessary gear. Given how competitive things are, with AI and automation doing a lot of high level work these days, everyone should be a little careful. In my unemployed days browsing gear is very cathartic and if I didnt live in an apartment I'm damn sure I would've bought a ton of stuff.

    Anyway, not sure what I'm preaching here other than saying being more careful in purchases is always good. Maybe look at the net loss in your annual buy/sells and see how much better off you would've been by just buying something good and using the hell out of it for years.
     
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    I was a specialist for an institutional firm. :)
    My current R9, LP CS Pro, and 335 are as nice sounding and feeling as any of my past Gibson CS guitars. They are getting better all the time, imho.
    I have a Modern Doublecut Custom inbound. I'm pretty much done buying guitars as there was absolutely nothing else I am interested in that I haven't already owned multiple times. The Modern Doublecut is the only guitar I want to try currently. :)
     
  5. 3waytie4last

    3waytie4last Unfluencer Gold Supporting Member

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    :aok Funny how sprinkling in a little humility can completely change the perceived tone of one’s message.
     
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    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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  7. monwobobbo

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    oh no only have 5 high end guitars and can't easily afford another. well boo F'ing hoo for you. life is so hard. for those us us that don't have any really high end guitars it's kinda hard to really feel for you.

    good luck on your endeavers and if you find an easy way to accomplish it please post so some of us poorer members can benefit :cool:
     
  8. spookyelectric

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    I didn't read the OP's post that way at all, but that's the problem with the written word, inflection and tone is often lost in the process.
     
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  9. DiPa

    DiPa Constant GAS Silver Supporting Member

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    I say WTF.
    Yeah there a huge disconnect on TGP, I see it quit often.
    Let me see, TGP, it’s mostly about buying, selling, showing, talking, accumulating, teaching, learning, searching, announcing etc etc...
    So if someone comes here and has a lot of resources and **** or hints at it and talks about it, he is slapped or not accepted. On the other hand some one comes here and is poor or owns one and nothing more, he gets accepted approved.
    WTF is this? Is this the forum for everyone?
    The OP had a conversation and some here can not handle it and are bet out of shape. We need to get used to it here, there are some here who are fortunate with huge gear investments and accumulations, so if we get mad at them, we just will be mad the rest of our lives.
     
  10. naveed211

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    Thanks for being candid and sharing your experience.

    For me, I am at a turning point in my career. I’m working temporarily in a position with my company that would pay significantly more if I chose to take it on full time, but I really don’t enjoy it.

    I’ve made the decision for the first time in my adult life to take a job (my old job). with less money/potential to be happier.

    It definitely is influencing my gear decisions. Also have had quite a few expensive guitars ($3k-$4kish) but am looking more into affordable options ($300-$400ish) going forward.

    Cool guitars options out there at many price points high or low, and when this is all settled I will likely be happier for the hours I’m at work.
     
  11. spookyelectric

    spookyelectric Supporting Member

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    Wow, you're acting kinda like an a-hole man...
     
  12. rizla

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    Im wealthy.
    I play some cheap guitars. I dig them.


    The real test is to be happy with no guitar at all regardless of your financial state
     
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  13. spookyelectric

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    I think this is always a good thing, especially for me in particular. Not sure why, but I've always had a problem whenever I'm fortunate enough to get more than a few guitars, whether they be project guitars, or modestly priced ones. I think part of it is thinking I have too much $ (for my budget) wrapped up into then, but I think more of it is just the fact that I can't possibly give all of them the attention I feel they deserve. Nothing worse for me than having guitars that aren't getting regularly played!
     
  14. RCCola

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    Perhaps some should look into the lessons in the OP vs being angry. Even if you're flying high, it may not last. Appreciate what you have and be responsible with your money always.

    There's always a plus and minus to everything - going from lots of money to less teaches/forces you responsible spending and the value of money.

    I went from a high salary (established company) to low (started my own company). I don't covet high priced gear anymore though I'm lucky to still own some. Having a low salary has curbed my flurry of spending, by necessity. Hopefully, that more responsible view carries over to when I have more cash on hand.
     
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    I keep going back to the OP to see how anyone could have inferred bragging or anything negative in it. I guess if you're looking for something to jump on, you're going to jump on it no matter what.
     
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    perhaps you are taking this a bit to serious :confused:

    not sure how serious i can take the OP either. i mean who comes on here crying that they can't buy another high end guitar. so decided to have a little fun :D
     
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    I hear you, I used to make a real good living, now on disability cant work. You make due with what you have!!
     
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    There's a boring cliché that some of TGP seem obsessed with that the forum is full of extremely wealthy people that can't really play and just polish them and take photos so they can lord it over the average hard working musician, but the reality is a lot more complex.

    For me, I earn about 30k a year. I don't have a great job, but I chose it because a) it involved being around guitars for work, and b) gave me very flexible hours that worked well when I was in a band and needed to be able to take time off for music stuff. I still have a lot of expensive gear, accumulated by saving, a bit of trading and wheeler dealering, and prioritising gear over other things (it helps that I don't have kids, something that undoubtedly skuppers a lot of people on my sort of income, but that's a separate choice). Having nice gear and a good selection to choose from brings me a lot of pleasure.

    My life is really very simple - I want to make lots of music, own some nice guitars along the way, and spend time with people I love. Money's a fairly minor motivator in my life, but I make what I have work.
     
  19. doc

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    A number of permutations exist:
    You're poor and have no or cheap guitars
    You're rich and you have lots of expensive guitars
    You're poor and you have expensive guitars
    You're rich and you have cheap guitars
    You get the idea.

    I can see where in some scenarios I might have some concerns or feel like its not the way I'd do things, but bottom line is when it comes to gear - do what you want, its fine by me. I'm not the boss of you. If you want my advice, I'm happy to share (cautiously).
     
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  20. spookyelectric

    spookyelectric Supporting Member

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    Darn you! Another instance of good-natured ribbing that gets lost in the written word. You gotta throw a winking emoji or something in there man ;). I was just taking it how it was written...
     
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