My dream guitar is for sale. Do I buy it?

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Toolmaster Of Brainerd, Sep 14, 2021.

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Do I buy it?

  1. yes

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  2. no

    24 vote(s)
    37.5%
  1. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    It’s beautiful.
    You can afford it (I’m assuming you are not running up a huge student loan obligation).
    Gap year is 4 years away.

    Do it. If needed, you can probably break even to fund a gap year. If you learn you hate P90s, take your lumps. I find you can do a lot with 3 of them.
     
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  2. aphantomvaper

    aphantomvaper New Member

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    You can use statistics to prove anything. 15% of people know that.
     
  3. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Yeah, but 85% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
     
  4. JasonE

    JasonE New Member

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    I voted NO specifically because of your comments on the pickups. That could end up being a huge deal. You will probably not be able to route it for humbuckers. I believe the P90s are wider. I would never take a router to a Private Stock guitar. That is a great way to kill the value of it. I personally am not a fan of the P90 pickup. I just can't stand the look of them. I would hold out for one that is the right guitar or save enough to have one built to your specs. I would say from what you have said, this is NOT your dream guitar. It is in the ballpark but is not it.
     
  5. Fullmoon 1971

    Fullmoon 1971 New Member

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    As long as you can afford it comfortably. DO IT!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  6. Lee Mac

    Lee Mac New Member

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    Your answer is in your post "The problem is I don't think buying this right now would be financially responsible for me." GAS is an addiction that drives people to make foolish financial decisions. You read about it every day on guitar gear forums, people selling gear to buy tires for the car, people losing $500 or $1000 on a guitar they just bought 6 months ago because there's a new, shiny one they just have to have. It just boggles my mind. I had a slight case for a while myself but I never bought something I couldn't afford and never had to sell something to pay a bill. Maybe I was one of the lucky ones.
     
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  7. chicagoslim

    chicagoslim New Member

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    I would hate to pass on a guitar like that. Have you tried a PRS with P90's? Mine didn't sound anything like a Gibson P90. In recordings, it just sounded like a nice guitar.
     
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  8. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    I voted NO because:

    nothing to do with finance issues

    I have played that type and it was REALLY not for me, strongly disliked it. I know it's your dream but that is my opinion.
     
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  9. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    About the P90s, which aren’t for everyone.

    I never really cared about them for my first million-billion years. But I felt I should give them a chance and got a guitar with three of them. I have a blend which lets me add degrees of neck or bridge to the middle. It gives me a ton of range in that Les Paul/PRS space.
     
  10. EdSevered

    EdSevered New Member

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    I started out at an emphatic: YES!

    Then I partook of the shared wisdom, and switched my vote to: no.

    Now, in between that binary thinking: it's not like you couldn't sell your "dream" guitar, if your "fantasy" walked in the door.
     
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  11. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I should mention that I love P-90s and the Custom 22 Soapbar model (three pickups) was one of my favorite all time PRS models when it was in the lineup. I had one for a long time, and currently have a 594 Soapbar. I love PRS Soapbar guitars.

    Nonetheless, they are noisy in some environments due to the tendency to pick up RFI and EMI. P-90 fans learn to minimize the noise by turning in the room to find a spot where there's minimal noise. In some spots, however, there's no noise at all, and in the middle position, the noise tends to cancel itself out, being out of phase.

    If you're going to splurge, might be a good idea to play the thing first.

    The earlier P-90s PRS used were brighter and less Gibson-like. However the Antiquities Duncan makes for PRS that are in my 594 Soapbar sound very much like the pickups on my '65 SG Special, only the guitar's snappier, probably due to the maple top.
     
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  12. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Holy smokes that thing is incredible. If you can truly afford it now, jump on it. If it turns out to actually be a dream guitar, it was worth it. You will be hard pressed to find another non-Private Stock with those woods.

    If you're not totally attached to it once gap year comes, sell it. It's already used, so it already took took the biggest depreciation hit. Take care of it and you will likely get most of that money back.

    Is it the best financial option? Nah, stick that money in an index fund and make a few bucks. But I wouldn't write it off as a poor decision either, considering the non-tangible value you could get from it over the course of 4+ years.

    @Lee Mac speaks some truth up there, though. It's a slippery slope, so don't get too caught up in the excitement of the chase.
     
  13. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I'm in the conflicted camp. I, too, love that neck, and that top. I even like P-90s. But, if I didn't really care for P-90s I would move along. Slowly, while looking over my shoulder, and second guessing my decision.
     
  14. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    The answer is always yes, as long as affording it doesn't put you at any risk.

    I didn't pull the trigger when I saw my 'dream' guitar show up for sale 2 years ago and regretted it.
    I thought the minimum asking price for a used PS was delusional, but it sold for nearly that.

    By a pure coincidence I ended up chatting with the new owner couple weeks ago and he kindly agreed to sell it to me.
    You bet I'm buying it this time around and I'll be driving several hours to pick that one up this week-end...
     
  15. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 15 years of bad tone

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    Well, I'm really saying if your'e gonna buy an expensive guitar, you need to find where the rum has gone first.
     
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    Rider1260 New Member

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    I voted yes but understand that you may have to adjust other parts of your life the have this.
    It it a really good price for a killer looking guitar that can serve you for a lifetime.
    I also would skip the gap year and get on with my life , a job will let you have plenty of income for trips and cars.
     
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  17. Malloc

    Malloc New Member

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    Been there, done that, wouldn’t recommend it until you could light $3700 on fire and not lose sleep over it.
     
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  18. Toolmaster Of Brainerd

    Toolmaster Of Brainerd I finally own a PRS!

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    Regarding the P-90s, I've never played with P-90s before. I might love them! If I don't, I really don't mind doing pickup swaps to mini humbuckers. I'll find tones I love without a doubt. As long as I don't do any routing, it's easy to mod it back to stock if I decide I need to sell.

    This forum is being far more reasonable than I had hoped. You guys are supposed to be my enablers! This has been really helpful for thinking through the decision. I'm still firmly undecided.
     
  19. tedtan

    tedtan New Member

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    I’m a big fan of financial responsibility, but I’ve also learned to grab a guitar when it’s available or you’ll miss out. I missed out on a guitar I wanted back in 2008 and I haven’t seen another come up for sale since, but I’m still looking.

    You still have four years to fund the gap year. Plus, buying this one used at a good price means you can probably sell it down the line without a loss if you need to in order to fund the gap year.

    The key question here is how close is this to your dream guitar? Pickup swaps are common and easy, and you’ll probably have to spend private stock money to get your perfect dream guitar with ziricote neck.
     
  20. Toolmaster Of Brainerd

    Toolmaster Of Brainerd I finally own a PRS!

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    Neck profile is the other thing to consider. I haven't played enough PRS guitars to know what neck profile I like. This one has a pattern neck. I generally like modern C necks.
     

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