The Canadian Guitar Forum banner

1 - 20 of 84 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
319 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
The only guitar I ever bought new was a Mansfield Gretsch knockoff in 1977. That's the guitar I would have back.
Otherwise, I've bought pre-owned. My next guitar was a used Gibson S-1.
I have amassed a modest collection of necessary tools by scouring the classifieds. I don't care that it is previously loved. I will love it anew. I generally can't find what I'm looking for at the store, unless it's a trade in. I like to think that I sit in the weeds and wait for the prey to swim by. Hell, my number one I bought, even though it had a broken headstock! That's how I could afford it.

I suppose it comes down to; if one can accept a banged up (older) axe; or, if you want a new model coming out. I'm still trying to get stuff I've seen since 1977.

Anyone?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,680 Posts
I`m just like you... I buy used... I bought just 2 new basses from the store, my first was a Kramer bass in 1984 to upgrade from my Japan Tele bass (wish I still had it...) and the second was a Mega Garage sale a L.M. in 95 or 96 were I got this Epiphone bass brand new with a Fender hard case for $80 !!! I could not pass up on it...


Every other instrument I ever bought was used... well owned by someone else... I found lots of closet or under the bed guitars and basses over the years... they were NOS...

The Epiphone is my youngest instrument... I kept it since I like the look and headstock...
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
17,365 Posts
Some guitars I buy used, some guitars I've bought new. More often than not I find the guitar I want regardless.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
201 Posts
Same with me, all of my gear I've picked up used. I only have one guitar I bought brand new back in '02 that was a custom order. If I'm looking at buying a "new" guitar I just wait for a used guitar that fits that description, that I can pick up at 1/3 or less the price of the new one.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
25,139 Posts
The only guitar I ever bought new was a Mansfield Gretsch knockoff in 1977. That's the guitar I would have back.
Otherwise, I've bought pre-owned. My next guitar was a used Gibson S-1.
I have amassed a modest collection of necessary tools by scouring the classifieds. I don't care that it is previously loved. I will love it anew. I generally can't find what I'm looking for at the store, unless it's a trade in. I like to think that I sit in the weeds and wait for the prey to swim by. Hell, my number one I bought, even though it had a broken headstock! That's how I could afford it.

I suppose it comes down to; if one can accept a banged up (older) axe; or, if you want a new model coming out. I'm still trying to get stuff I've seen since 1977.

Anyone?
Another Mansfield owner? Cool. A former coworker gave me his old Mansfield Mosrite knock-off and I am impressed by the attention to detail, For the uninitiated, Mansfield was the house-brand name of clones made for Peate's Music in Montreal. Peate's was, not coincidentally, near the corner of St. Catherine and Mansfield. As a college kid I ogled many a high-end instrument and amp in their very large showcase windows.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,922 Posts
I needed a new acoustic and played every one under $1000 and fell in love with the new Yamaha FG830.

I waited for like 6-8 months to see if one would come up used and it didn't. Anywhere in Canada.

So I bought it new.

But yeah otherwise I'm like you.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
34 Posts
I was just talking to someone about this yesterday. I prefer used, and it’s not just the price. A guitar with a couple scars on it, from a buyer who played it hard is so much more interesting to me than something in mint shape that hung on the wall of an air-conditioned room for a couple of years.

It just so happens it saves me money as well.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
25,139 Posts
I know damn well I'm going to mod it anyway, so the idea of "new", with some sort of warranty, is no particular attractant. I also have a very hard time justifying spending more on myself than I would spend on others, so "new" is generally not feasible, either. The only new guitars I have ever bought were a Turser Tele I got about a decade back (well under $200), and a Parker P-44 that I bought with a backpay settlement cheque my wife badgered me to spend on a guitar. Other than that, it's been used or homemade, all the way.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
17,365 Posts
The thing is, if no one buys new then the "only buy used" guys wont get nearly as many options.

We need the folks who buy new too.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
11,247 Posts
Overall for electric and acoustic, mostly new, maybe 3/4. It's not really a buying ethic for me, just a factor of often having ordered/commissioned instruments. Of my electrics, 4 out of 6 were used.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,484 Posts
I like them both.

Nothing like a guitar built especially for you. I have three of those and one new off the rack (also great).

My acoustic was purchased unplayed, although several years old.

I have a 1939 archtop that I got out of storage a couple of days ago. I made it quite playable and amplified it with an under-saddle pick-up. It won't be used much, though.

The final guitar that I want (Godin Montreal HB) must be "cheap", so that will probably be used.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,533 Posts
My first 2 guitars and amps were new.

Nothing but used since then, likely going to be the same pattern from here on out. Same for a lot of my larger purchases

I'm just frugal that way
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
13,168 Posts
Majority used. Three new - sold one, only because I found the frets a bit small (bitchy aging weak little fingers).
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,563 Posts
A mix of both - and I wouldn't even know the ratio but probably close to 50/50.

A lifetime warranty is a beautiful thing, and you will never find that with a used instrument.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,644 Posts
2 new and 5 used. I like em used as well. Always seem to get a much better guitar than what you pay for used. I only buy for sound and feel/play ability though, not a collector at all. I cannot seem to just look at a guitar...it has to be played to be worth anything IMO.
 
1 - 20 of 84 Posts
Top