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Im Dave from kamloops I concider myself to be the worlds greatest tamboreen player and have been a singer in some of canadas most unsucsesfull bands for 20 yrs, always had tons of fun though. About 3 yrs ago i decided that it was time to become a guitar legend, a friend gave me a very decent dreadnaught and i started my journey. quickly I realized that acoustic was hard to play and wasnt my thing so i went to costco and got a electric "strat" starter kit with the worlds worst "amp" the guitar was actually nice with a great neck so got lucky there perfect for learning chords and scales. 1 month later went out to bestbuy and got a fender mustang amp id really made it now and practice became so much more fun until a friend came over with his ibanez hot humbucker axe plugged in and the sound was like night an day from my noname git so as soon as he left i went straight to the store and bought a $365 "les paul" with buckers now i was in heaven until........ I think you got the picture i got the gas bad but buy trying to keep my purchases cheap id now acumilated a bunch of well "crap" so this winter i sold of all the stuff i wasnt using for next to nothing and got a brand new plan ill keep my best axe and the mustang for practice and slowly start looking for a real rig.
Im sure this story is familiar to you all so lets get to why im posting.
Canadians are gettin gouged ( whats new) on musical gear all my obsessive online research has failed to get around it even chinese nock offs are twice as much here as in the states.
This year "All" i want is an awesome giggable tube amp and an awesome guitar ( couple a pedals mabye) but i am on a budget.
I will open my wallet wide when it comes to the amp as this will be my foundation 1x12 marshall or mabye an old school fender 1x12 i play blues rock and enjoy my peavey sc1 with buckers so im looking for a guitar with single coils to add some variety.
So my question is where are the deals. Buying used online scares me i cant afford a big loss I love fenders but am thinking high end squire (cv or vm), epiphone or prs s.e. am also partial to chapman ghost fret. I would be more trusting buying from someone on this forum but in the back of my mind i am always asking if this was so good the guy wouldnt be selling .
Please chime in i need a hook up with great deals and excellent gear also if your in kamloops area lets jamm
Oh and thanks fer listnin
lets get Rokkin
 
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Welcome aboard FG.
Once you start perusing and see all the guitar porn on this forum, your GAS will intensify.
Regarding your choice selection, I'd go PRS SE, if humbuckers are what you like.
I know that I do.

 

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I’ve often justified my purchases with “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. You have to try a bunch of gear to figure out what you like and don’t like. I’ve bought stuff new, admitting that I’ll absorb the cost of returning it if it’s not right for me. So consider that when hunting for deals.
 

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Thanks laris where do you shop
And is that a real book i should get it for my therapy
Thanks ddog ive been trying out alot of stuff latley and i like all the classic stuff i think its time to pull the trigger
where do you shop
Mabey i should start a thread called that
 

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Welcome. I don’t know how active kijiji is around you, here it’s half decent at least....used at Long & McQuade is often good value if you know what you’re looking for. The forums here are solid, look for someone with at least a few feedback, but in forum history there have been few bad ones reported. If you’re not buying new from a dealer, any other purchase has at least some element of risk, only you know your limits.

I’ve churned tons of gear...couple dozen guitars, 60ish amps, 150ish pedals. A lot of it thru L&M and the former Avenue Guitars in Edm., but I bought and traded and sold lots locally thru kijiji or other meeting. You should be OK with any form of buy, just use your head and if your gut says no at any point, just apologize and bail out.
 
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Thanks laris where do you shop
I'm a kijiji whore.
If there are deals close to me, I'll check them out, after thorough research.
Google's your friend. See what various forums (starting here) say about the guitar(s)
that you're considering. I tend to check reverb.com/price guide for value.
For deals that are out of my comfortable driving range, I share the ads here, in the 'kijiji alert' forum.

happy hunting.
 

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I'm a kijiji whore.
If there are deals close to me, I'll check them out, after thorough research.
Google's your friend. See what various forums (starting here) say about the guitar(s)
that you're considering. I tend to check reverb.com/price guide for value.
For deals that are out of my comfortable driving range, I share the ads here, in the 'kijiji alert' forum.

happy hunting.
Lol i thought they put a stop to the whole kajijji whore thing but no judgement here ive found that i buy things on kijiji just cos there a good deal then sell them on for a huge profit of 20 bux but i want theae guitara to go to a good home like there alive
 

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Man this is an active site.
so i think a thread called where do you shop would be against site rules?? Mabey theres different wording i could use
Anyway i had a discussion with a friend from usa about starting a import company to bring in high end asian guitars to the states then ship legaly to canada the numbers work out in theory off brand product though we could even name them can am or something but no rose wood (i only like rose wood)
Somebody grow some canadian rosewood trees for god sake
Anyway anyone got a thought .. imagine a bunch of canadian enthusiasts like us starting a company with one goal supplying guys like us at reasonable prices.
Guitar of the month eh eh
Im not joking this could be the cure for gas
Id do all the b.s. work just to get myself a great stable myself
 
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starting a import company to bring in high end asian guitars
It's been done. Some are still around (ie Carparelli) some have failed.
Out your way, there's 'Logical' guitars.
For the most part, buyers tend to research unfamiliar lines.
Especially if you source from China. Tough to compete with Epiphone, Squier etc.
Korea is where you would want to investigate. But they're not cheap anymore either.
Any profit margin would have to be thin for an untested newbie on the market.
But, hey! Good luck if you want to follow that route.
 

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I tell people its my wife who wont let me spend but really i gotta keep a grip on this "hobby" i have more important things to invest in but to me at 3 4 hundred its reasonable for wall art if it gets played a few times a year im gettin somthing out of it if i sell it for a tiny profit it makes me feel like i have a grip on my gas ( wonder if piano people have the same problem lol
 

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Hi, and welcome. Congrat's on the cool Mustang.

(Edit: info came in after I started composing post -- withdrawn.)

Gas rules. Marry an enabler.
 
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In my experience it’s cheapest to buy once. So go play a TON of guitars while you save and then when you’ve narrowed it down wait for a deal on The One. Buying online is fine, and I’ve done it many times, but going forward I plan to only buy guitars I’ve been hands on with. The guys on this forum are awesome and I have bought from a few so I’d make an exception for them.
 

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where do you shop
Lots of people and places, depending on various factors.

For new, in person: L&M Mississauga or Burlington, Cosmo Music.
For new, online: Reverb, Electric Mojo, NextGenGuitars, PedalBoss.

For used: Reverb, Kijiji (though it's stressful), friends via this forum.

Generally I like to support the little guy, especially if they're Canadian. There are some people and places I avoid, or will never do business again. Some that make it very frustrating to do business with. But I won't air out my dirty laundry here.
 

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Best advice so far is, play as many as you can while you save money. Don't buy any guitar you haven't tried. When the time comes, try it through your own amp.

Cheap gear, although fun, is a waste of time in the big picture.

Expensive gear, although thrilling, is not necessary for good music.

The mid-range stuff is where it's at for the non-professional.

I like to support Canadian builders who deserve recognition, so I have some pricey gear from guys I like, but there is nothing that I play that couldn't be done on $1200 to $1500 worth of stuff. A Godin thru a Traynor ($1500) sits beside a Fury thru a Stephenson ($4800) in my studio.

I would like to try a J Mascis Jazzmaster thru a Peavey Bandit.
 
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