What Expensive Guitar Turned Out to Be a Dog

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  1. radiolab

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    Just like the title says. What’s the most you dropped on a guitar, what was it, how bad was it, and how much did you lose on it?
     
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    Mine with a 67 sg junior. One p90. Paid about 2k. Hated it the moment I plugged it in. Bought it online. Sold it for 1400.
     

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    I bought a 61 Reissue SG used. Just couldn't bond with it even though I really wanted to love it. It had a lot of fret buzz and I replaced the bridge, had a luthier work on the frets and neck....couldn't get it right. Ended up selling it for a little more than I paid for it, but I had put some money into it, so I guess it was a wash mostly.
     
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    I don't want to speak for anyone else but I'm expecting to see something that rhymes with Gecko Shark.
     
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  5. Carbohydrates

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    Not too much, bit I think I paid almost a grand for a Taylor SB1 solid body, and it was about the most dull, lifeless guitar I have ever owned. I disliked it from the first 5 minutes, forced myself to spend some time with it and get used to its sound and voicing, and gave up quick. I recall some weird issues with the bridge, too. It was a really beautiful thing, though! I had the transparent white finish and it was gorgeous.
     
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    I didn't buy it but a used archtop by a luthier with an excellent reputation, which is well-deserved imo, showed up at one of my favorite guitar stores and one of the owners let me know it was there.

    I couldn't wait to check it out. The thing was tonally dead. I even asked to put new strings on it in case that was the issue. It wasn't. Needless to say, I passed on that particular example. I wanna say it was in the $4k range about 10 years ago.
     
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    I can honestly say that I've never had a high-end dog. Of all the guitars I've been blessed to own over the years (including several GLP Customs) I only had one that was persnikety to setup.
     
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    Have had 6 custom builds done, all by different builders and haven't had a dog yet.
     
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    Gibsons and Epiphones.... always hit and miss, regardless of how much you spend
     
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    Several Carvins. Beautifully made. But too bright.

    I have an American Professional Jazzmaster I just haven't bonded with after a year. Nothing wrong with it, just not for me.
     
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    I'm seeing a theme here.... :oops:
     
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    At one point I ended up with a 335 that had something funny going on with it. I don't know for sure what was going on, but I *suspect* that the fretboard was unevenly planed. It's a long story, but I took it to a tech and told them what was going on. They serviced the nut, and it actually played really well! (To my tastes, anyway.)
    I really resented that guitar though, and sold it immediately. I disclosed the fact that it was funky when I got it and the nut work seemed to address the issue, so the next guy wasn't going in blind. He was thrilled with it, and I only took a loss of about $300-$500, at least from what I wanted to clear, and counting the cash I laid down to straighten it out.

    So not a horror story. But a good reminder to really, *really* check things out before you seal a deal. And don't trust anyone from NJ!
     
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    Lt Dak and nowhere like this.
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    All the PRSs I've owned I've sold. YMMV.
     
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    It took me 3 different CE22s before I found a keeper

    Had Soapbar and McCarty models that were pretty great at the 1st try though
     
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    Why is this? CE-22s are uncommon enough that if I get one, it will be blindly purchased online. What problems did you have?
     
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    Ive never owned an expensive dog either. Sure, some I havent bonded, or were not my thing, but nothing I can call a dog. Of course: IMO those "expensive" guitars were expensive because theyre worth it. Sure, there are some brands that charge the price but dont give the quality... usually based on name and legacy.
     
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