What is the most value on a guitar that you are comfortable playing out?

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What is the most value on a guitar that you are comfortable playing out?

  1. Less than $1000

    15 vote(s)
    17.0%
  2. Less than $3000

    32 vote(s)
    36.4%
  3. Less than $5000

    22 vote(s)
    25.0%
  4. Less than $10,000

    9 vote(s)
    10.2%
  5. Less than $100,000

    4 vote(s)
    4.5%
  6. Invaluable and irreplaceable

    6 vote(s)
    6.8%
  1. echos

    echos Supporting Member

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    So, I've seen this question asked different times but not with a specific money range to it. So when does your pucker factor kick in to the point that you would not play a guitar of this value out on a gig?
     
  2. derekd

    derekd Supporting Member

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    I voted under $5k.

    The most expensive guitar I gigged with cost $4200. :dunno

    I was pretty protective with it.
     
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  3. GuitarGuy66

    GuitarGuy66 Member

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    My Ibanez Jems are all in the $2k range. That's good enough. The 1963 Gobson Firebird Mk VII stays home.


    :red
     
  4. mattball826

    mattball826 Member

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    If I play a bar I use PRS Se guitars. If I play a nice venue, LPC and PRS SC..
     
  5. burner

    burner Member

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    Doesn't matter. Why would it?
     
  6. Bob T.

    Bob T. Member

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    None of the pieces of gear I currently own are worth decent coin. My dream is to own a Collings I35 LC in Iced Tea, Dark Cherry, or Tobacco Burst (all other colors considered... just want the one that speaks to me). In that case, I plan on taking that $3k-$4k Collings with me everywhere. Protected carefully, of course, but I want this instrument to inspire me to play.
     
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    If you can't play it out, why own it?
     
  8. The Opera Panther

    The Opera Panther Supporting Member

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    This. I'm not gigging right now, but if I were, I'd bring any of my guitars, regardless of cost. My last gig, I played a Grosh ElectraJet into a Swart AST through a bunch of nice pedals.
     
  9. Stu Cats

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    They are tools, but I only do handy work with tools from Harbor Freight. I have my Hiltis in framed glass cases in my man cave.
     
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    There are some bars I don't take my #1s to, but there are other venues where I take whatever is appropriate.
     
  11. sanrico

    sanrico Member

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    I feel in-between a couple of those choices. I think most of my guitars are in the above $1,000 range, but I don't own anything close to $3k in value. If I had a $2,800 guitar, I don't think I would take it out on gigs.
     
  12. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    there's a pretty wide range between a grand and three grand. i put under 3, since something like a clapton strat costs over a grand these days, and i feel zero problems schlepping that around. but an R8 makes me nervous, and those are pushing past 3k these days.
     
  13. (Something)

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    Last time I had my #1 appraised, it was around $7,000. It's a '61 355 that has been played (almost daily) since it was bought new by my grandpa. It has buckle rash and dings and a bunch of refrets. It has more sentimental than commercial value to me.
     
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    Some of us get a tremendous amount of joy playing an expensive or rare guitar at home, and we have other guitars that we like to gig with.
     
  15. pjs ire

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    I used to gig regularly with a couple of PRS guitars worth a little over 3,000. each. Both fell victim to my divorce attorney.
     
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  16. The Funk

    The Funk Member

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    My most expensive guitar cost about a grand. But thats the one I use for every show because its my favorite.
     
  17. great-case.com

    great-case.com a.k.a. "Mitch"

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    I will gig my one-of-a-king PRS if the venue is right, so the answer is under $10K. Playing out is why my lowest end, beater guitars are very very nice.

    Oh, that's easy. Recording... Personal Pleasure... Protection. Gigs are not worthy of some guitars. Ask the man who owns PRS #1 why he bothers keeping it. I can tell you he does not gig it anymore.. it's worth over half a million bucks.
     
  18. stevieboy

    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Silver Supporting Member

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    It's equal to the most I'd feel comfortable spending on a guitar, period.

    Which is under 5K. Maybe 4K max, though I've never gone that high.
     
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  19. monwobobbo

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    totally depend on the venue and how safe i felt it was. i guess it would also depend on how far i had to go to get there. i'd be less inclined to bring more expensive guitars on a road trip gig as if i broke down etc i'd hate to be lugging higher end guitars around
     
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  20. dlguitar64

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    I know most jazz guys don't spend the big bucks on a nice archtop to let it sit at home while they play their Epi Joe Pass model
    on the gig.
     
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