Poll: Total Worth of Your Gear

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by moehuh, Feb 6, 2020.

Total worth of your gear (see guidelines below)

  1. < $2'000

    26 vote(s)
    3.2%
  2. $2'000 - $5'000

    89 vote(s)
    10.9%
  3. $5'000 - $10'000

    147 vote(s)
    18.0%
  4. $10'000 - $20'000

    210 vote(s)
    25.8%
  5. $20'000 - $35'000

    155 vote(s)
    19.0%
  6. $35'000 - $60'000

    93 vote(s)
    11.4%
  7. $60'000 - $100'000

    47 vote(s)
    5.8%
  8. $100'000 - $200'000

    35 vote(s)
    4.3%
  9. $200'000 <

    13 vote(s)
    1.6%
  1. JCantrell

    JCantrell Member

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    Definitely over 20k

    9 electrics (8 USA, 1 Mex)
    1 bass (USA)
    1 acoustic (AUS)

    3 amps (Soldano, Marshall, Diezel) + 1 cab (Bogner)
    Many pedals including HX stomp and Eventides
    Other gear like load boxes, recording gear etc
     
  2. GuitarMakerNyc

    GuitarMakerNyc Member

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    More like, what one thinks it's worth vs. what it's actually worth...
     
  3. funkapus

    funkapus Supporting Member

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    North of 40k. Too much work to be more specific.
     
  4. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Supporting Member

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    including pedalboard cables? I’m afraid it’s Way over that:oops::eek:
     
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  5. dblazer

    dblazer Supporting Member

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    Probably right around $20,000 based on what I think I could get for the whole lot, maybe a bit over that.
     
  6. Nicko

    Nicko Member

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    Hmm, this sounds like info the taxman and the other burglars would love to have ;o)
     
  7. joemac

    joemac Member

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    I tip the scale around $40k. Perhaps a followup survey could ask what the estimated value is of gear we own but rarely use. In my case, that would be roughly $34k! I'll be posting my ebay address next. :cool:
     
  8. Jimbo99

    Jimbo99 Member

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    I'm way under $ 1K actually and anything after this would be consumables (strings). No desire to get pedal(s). Learn fast, eventually others give up and sell their instruments & gear for whatever they can get for it. Often times it's about grocery money for at best a few days. New equipment is nice, but really most parents try to get their kids into music, they never set up the guitar beyond the music store's factory set up off the rack. The kid tries to learn for a month or so and then breaks a skinny E string and the guitar sits in a corner to collect dust. By spring, the guitar is being sold. Any minimal abuse the instrument was exposed to is cosmetic blemishes or something the guitar recovers from with minor tweaks & adjustments. I love OCD anti-clutter Moms. I don't understand the modders, even the $ 150 guitars are pretty good off the rack and upgrades are more work & money. With a better amp, that overcomes even the least expensive of instruments. But my 2nd Electrical was a Luthier's training guitar tool, especially when the prior owner tried their hand at truss rod adjustment and really went the wrong way for concave bow, neck never experienced back bow. Reflecting back, that guitar neck & fretboard looked like a water ski or surfboard with a lot of rocker in the shape. When I bought it, I thought for the price, if I break it, or it's already hopelessly ruined, there are some parts I could sell as a donor guitar that would recoup the investment. The education alone was worth the price paid.

    Reading other posts, some of you are more accomplished musicians, or you better be, because if your wives ever find out how much you spent on your toys ?

    End of the day, I have nothing really collectible. Liquidating it all and I would get about what I have into it, without the consumables if I didn't cave to a low ball buyer in a fire sale. Otherwise, could I get 25-50% back out of it in a clearance rack sale ? Instruments are one of those things that I learned, unless someone is flipping your stuff or they're accomplished enough to be able to play the bottom end beginner Squier and still play music, guitars & gear are generally bedroom nightstands or wall art decor for what I have.
     
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  9. Dennybob

    Dennybob Member

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    I’ve got a wall of top shelf electrics
    -PRS 594 Singlecut Semihollow limited 10-top
    -Gibson Les Paul Traditional
    -Limited Ed Jazzmaster
    -the best Strat on earth (1985 Fujigen HSS Fender)
    - Precision Bass
    - 1980’s Charvel
    - All played through a Kemper.
    - and a Martin if course.
    - a Suhr amp I don’t use
    - no pedals. The Kemper has cured my pedal and amp gas. It sounds better than any rig I’ve owned. I’m finally happy with my tone.

    The PRS is halfway to Private Stock land price wise, It cost more than all the other electrics combined.

    Damn it’s worth it though! Plays like an old friend and sounds amazing!
     
  10. Slighter

    Slighter Member

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    Dirt cheap - far below based minimum. This is the same shite as who is the greatest guitar player polls. Except with a dollar amount attached.
    The best guitar guy is the the one who's tune you are on this week day month. No myth no magic. Your budget and gear is whatever gets it done with what you have. Beyond that is elitism or look at me. I got this in an email - you asked I answered.
     
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  11. Jeff Winter

    Jeff Winter Member

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    I'm on the low end of the chart at about $1,300.00 worth of gear. I'm using a Supro amp, a vintage Valco Airline lap steel, and an Epiphone Casino is on the way to replace the DeArmond Starfire I just sold (I am going for lighter weight). No high-dollar stuff at the moment. Aside from that - one reverb pedal, some cables, studio monitors, a small class D amp, some foot switches, a stand, and some small bits, like slides, tuners, luthier tools...and a box of vintage tubes. Not counting things like spare sets of strings, picks, and amp parts. I bought my first guitar in 1967 and had some legendary gear throughout the years. Now into a simpler way of life and mostly play at home, aside from an occasional non-paying gig or casual jam. No longer interested in having a collection or wall hangers. One guitar can get the job done, well maybe two...or three. Looking for a small acoustic to fill the "couch guitar" spot. The plus is that I can fit my entire inventory in my car if I needed to take it somewhere.
     
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  12. MantraSky

    MantraSky Supporting Member

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    Today a bit more modest 45-65k but over my lifetime upwards of 500 guitars, few hundred amps etc. then recording gear around 35k currently, all in all it’s been expensive but fun.
     
  13. stedgett

    stedgett Member

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    Now next topic should be All the things gas has taught me, unless it already exists.
     
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  14. moehuh

    moehuh Member

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    Looking back at all the gear you've owned, what take home message could you give us?
    And what made you stick with the instruments / amps you still own?
    Would be really interesting to know! :D
     
  15. moehuh

    moehuh Member

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    This thread is not meant for showing off or anything, it's simply an honest self-reflection of where we stand with our gear. And your opinion is as valuable as anyone else's ;)
    About best guitarist polls: I generally hate comparisons of who is best (especially the TV shows...). Music is art and as musicians we succeed if we connect with our audience. Gear / skills / chops / talent is worth nothing if we don't connect
     
  16. namenotalreadybeingused

    namenotalreadybeingused Member

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    Jeez. Now you are going to make me actually add it up....
    So my GAS disease is advanced in that there is nothing in the music store that doesn't interest me:
    Percussion: Drumset that greatly evolved over the years, congas, bongos, cahon, tamburines and anything shakable
    String instruments: Acoustics, Electrics, Mando, Banjo, uku, bass
    PA: mics/stands, racks, mixer, effects, power, amps, speakers/stands, cables
    Amps: heads, combos, cabinets, speakers, acoustic, bass/cabs cables
    Misc: synth, cables, pedals outtheA, tuners, straps, capos, more stands
    Some stuff is hard to break out as I buy/sell/trade stuff all the time. Some stuff is a serial stream of old money from decades ago, recycled in the present and future. Example I sold five amps to "pay for" one really expensive one, trade one guitar bought online for half price for two hi-end string instruments. It is also hard to separate my entertainment system(s) from the music stuff as playing music instigated some of those purchases: PA level speakers, massive sub (upgraded), powerful amp stacks to drive them.

    I agree with a lot of what you said but, not all. I have connected with some instruments bought site unseen online. Example just picked up a 50's LP that I now love. But, there have been tons of stuff that left not long after the return policy expired. Some I made, some I lost, some broke even. Usually justification to park what came back to me, back into my "music account".
    "lose around 40% when selling gear you got new": depends greatly. Sometimes I buy stuff with killer sales (60% off), and use "reward points" from other purchases. End up not loving it and it goes on CL for more than paid. I always insist on discounts for stuff not on sale, and it could be in the form of "double rewards" that fund more "free stuff". If you pay full retail, then 40% is a good rule of thumb.
    "Selling used gear pretty much goes for the same price you got it for": again greatly depends. You can sometimes get stuff used at 50% off, and if high end, make sometimes hundreds (to further fuel the GAS). The key is to be able to walk away if it is not a great deal, but generally don't tend to do unrealistic "low-balls". Also key is two things: very descriptive and honest ads pointing out any little flaw including history, and patience. High end stuff can take a year to move. If you are not counting on it to pay the mortgage, then you can afford to wait. All of a sudden after a year of renews, three people want it all on the same weekend, and get what was asked.
    Agree on the higher end stuff generally inspiring, but that might be more psychological knowing how much went into it. If you change your mind or just get bored, they tend to hold their value better if you did not overpay to begin with. However, with todays manufacturing using Computer Numerically Controlled machines that make stuff to the 1/10,000th tolerances, some stuff coming out of China is actually quite good for under a grand. Those can't be discounted anymore. Some very beautiful, great playing, and affordable instruments now that don't break the bank.
    Agree on the gear demos, and I always try to play it the way finally intended with the right combination of the chain.
    Cannot agree MORE about quality cables. Most low price stuff is a waste of money. I swear by Rapco Roadhogs for instrument or mic. They cannot be beat and are not that much more.
    Cannot agree more about the music/joy/priceless. If I put all that stuff in an investment account (music stuff can be) in the stock market, the money spent could help fund retirement. But, there are no yardsales or CL in heaven and you can't take it with you. I am in the process of making ads for all my expensive stuff to document it and make it easier to move just in case.
    To finally answer....about $40K if you don't include some stereo stuff and maybe $50K if you do (that does not include TVs and receivers/players/etc, just PA type stuff). If you look at the stream of old money, and the 30 other guitars and dozens of amps that came and went, much higher.
     
  17. Jeff Winter

    Jeff Winter Member

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    For me it was "the first ones were the ones I should have kept". My first band rig was a 1961 Blonde Showman piggyback, with a JBL tone ring cab, a 1969 Gold Top Les Paul, Echoplex tape delay/echo, Cry Baby Wah, LPB-1, and a Big Muff. Later added a Gibson SG, then Melody Maker....What I have now is based on accomplishing nice tube tone and drive without the weight of a full-blown rig.
     
  18. JamCave Studio

    JamCave Studio Member

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    Sold everything except 1 guitar, 1 amp. Made roughly $5K, bought an older Mustang, parting it out into $7K.

    The $7K will be my down payment for a Mustang GT500.

    I don't have any attachment to material things so selling items is fine.
     
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  19. namenotalreadybeingused

    namenotalreadybeingused Member

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    That's true actually as cars are depreciating assets, and music stuff can actually appreciate. They stopped harvesting Brazilian rosewood in 1994. There is only so much supply. And us humans are decimating exotic woods at an alarming rate, and then there is rising labor costs. The rising tide floats all boats. My first good/real guitar was a '72 Tele I paid $400 for that would now be 10 times more.
     
  20. namenotalreadybeingused

    namenotalreadybeingused Member

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    Must be very buzzy playing those guitars on the outside with their necks bent back like that...;)
    Nice Holdsworth. Just sold one I had built by the Carvin Custom Shop that "paid for" my 50's LP.
     

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