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#1
So I have been KILLING to get a Gibson SG after playing my G400 and loving it. I recently came into a $600 refund check from my school which was unexpected and I was wondering whether I should combine this with $300 from a recent guitar sale to get a new guitar or deposit it all in my bank account. I'm saving up for a car but I already have $3000 grand in the bank. So guitar or no? Maybe I'm just looking for justification of my purchase but whatever
#2
Sweet! If you can get an SG go for it! I'd pass on the Faded series tho. Make sure you get the one with the nice inlays on the neck and some good old classy Kluson type tuners! I think its an SG standard? What an awesome guitar.
#3
Quote by Tyler.Allain
So I have been KILLING to get a Gibson SG after playing my G400 and loving it. I recently came into a $600 refund check from my school which was unexpected and I was wondering whether I should combine this with $300 from a recent guitar sale to get a new guitar or deposit it all in my bank account. I'm saving up for a car but I already have $3000 grand in the bank. So guitar or no? Maybe I'm just looking for justification of my purchase but whatever


Questions:

1) How old are you?
2) Do you have any bills/debts?
3) Do you forsee keeping the SG for the forseeable future?
4) Would you be buying a standard or the 61 reissue? (G400 is based on the 61, the Sg standard has that ugly full pickguard...I hate them)
5) Would you be willing to stick with the SG, and not make any large purchases until you have the car?

If you have a job, few bills, and/or the disipline to restrict future purchases, I say go for it. If some of those factors are not present, I would reccomend maybe just putting Gibson pickups/tuners in your G400..it's the same wood by and large.
#4
dude you totaly got the cash to get the car.... get that guitar dude. you wont regret it!
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#5
I actually played a couple Faded SGs and I actually really liked them. They were a beater guitar, but still relatively decent quality (for the money, at least).

As far as the car goes, it really depends on what you're looking for. 3,000 can actually get you a pretty good car as is. I'm looking to spend 2,000 on one and getting an okay car at least one that will last me until I have a real job. Don't know what your plan on that is though.
#6
I'm a freshman in college. Don't pay bills. Have a job but work light hours. My only debt is $2000 to the gov't for financial aid which I don't have to pay back for 5 years (when I graduate). I would definitely play it constantly and sell off another guitar I own to make up a bit for the loss. I AM SO GASing right now.
#7
buy the guitar.

this isn't ultimate-life.com

what's the point in living if you can't make extravagant thoughtless purchases!
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#8
Quote by Dempsey68
buy the guitar.

this isn't ultimate-life.com

what's the point in living if you can't make extravagant thoughtless purchases!

lol. yeah get the guitar
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#9
Keep your money. If you're happy with what you have now - there really is no need to start a guitar collection. Your parents could give the same advice. Wait til you graduate, then get yourself your guitar.

When I was in school, I hated being tight on money. I'd rather have a couple hundred bucks for a balls-out weekend than an SG. Unless you're playing shows, and theres a reason to buy a $1000 guitar.
#10
hahahahaha at the comments! dude your on a guitar website what do you think the answer to your question is going to be?
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#11
Save it. You're going to need just about every penny you can get when you get older...
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#12
$1000 is a lot of money, but f**k it, if you are living comfortable just now and dont need the money then why not buy it. If its your passion, then go for it.

If on the other hand you think you will need the money later in life dont bother. Its like these idiots who buy a 30 thousand pound car then compain that tax is too expensinve or fuel is too expensive.

Only buy things that you can afford and will allow you to remain in your comfort zone!
#13
Spend it now and get the guitar while the American greenback is still worth something. If you're lucky you might be able to trade it for 20 lb sack of rice some day.
#14
Keep it. A car is way more important then a guitar. And if you suddenly need the money, you know it's there. And too the people saying "you have the money, spend it" is really not the smartest thing in the world. Kinda strange when an 18 year old is giving the smarter advice
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#15
Well my plan was 2 grand on a car, then the remaining grand on fees for registering it and paying a down on insurance. I found a special faded I might try out. Guy wanted $600 but I am trying to talk him down to $500 as a base and if it needs any work (frets worn) we will talk down from there. if he agrees. Maybe I get it for $450 if I like it and end up saving the bulk of the money anyway.
#16
2 grand will get you the shittiest car EVER. My friend bought a camry for 2 grand and by the time he got rid of it last week, it was held together by duck tape and had a hole in the engine block. Keep the grand you got and put it towards a better car. The whole notion that a first car has to be a clunker is a load of crap too cause if it breaks down, you're screwed
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#17
God where is your common sense? I was in your shoes 5 years ago and I spent $7k on a car easy.

Buy a Saturn or something that will be dirt cheap to repair and will treat you well for the next 4-6 years without having to put a dime into it. But make sure everything is in sound mechanical condition.

Buying a $1000 guitar at this point in your life is ****ing silly if you have other life expenses coming.
#18
Quote by Dempsey68
buy the guitar.

this isn't ultimate-life.com

what's the point in living if you can't make extravagant thoughtless purchases!

Haha This is the same logic that gets me in trouble at home a couple times a year. If it was me, I'd probably go for the guitar. But I'm a bad role model when it comes to buying instruments...

I had an unexpected cash flow about 5 years ago. I could have used it to pay bills but I splurged on an R7 LP Goldtop instead. To this day I wouldn't be able to afford that guitar otherwise. I'm glad I did it and I'll have that guitar for the rest of my life.

But then again, I already had a full-time job and relatively little debt at the time. Your situation is a little different.
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#19
Keep it. Even if you have enough for a car, insurance, gas, general maintenance, it's good to have some extra sitting there for unplanned repairs. You're not getting a warranty with a $2000 vehicle so it's coming out of your own pocket. Worst case scenario you pay for repairs, best case you've got money in the bank.
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#20
If you love your g400 like you said you do then save the money, do you really need another guitar that's the same thing just better quality? Unless you're gigging I wouldn't buy it.
#21
Quote by fuzzpedal
If you love your g400 like you said you do then save the money, do you really need another guitar that's the same thing just better quality? Unless you're gigging I wouldn't buy it.


I do gig. I play in a band. I think I'm going to sell other guitars to make up for the loses. I'm getting an SG Special Faded! $450 aint a bad price no? Well its no garantee but if I play it and like it it will be hard to pass up.
#23
Quote by 57Goldtop


I had an unexpected cash flow about 5 years ago. I could have used it to pay bills but I splurged on an R7 LP Goldtop instead. To this day I wouldn't be able to afford that guitar otherwise. I'm glad I did it and I'll have that guitar for the rest of my life.
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Yes this is me! i just scrap up enough money each month to pay my utility bills for my apartment. (21 year old in college). well i was at a casino, somewhere i should not have been in the first place. Walked in with 40 bucks, won a large sum of money walked out drunk as all hell feeling like the king of the world. BAM next day new guitar that i've wanted for a year and i'm broke again.

i'd say go for it, but i dont make very good decisions with money. although i did spend $300 on text books today.
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#24
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Yes this is me! i just scrap up enough money each month to pay my utility bills for my apartment. (21 year old in college). well i was at a casino, somewhere i should not have been. won a large sum of money. BAM next day new guitar that i've wanted for awhile.

i'd say go for it, but i dont make very good decisions with money. although i did spend $300 on text books today.


I did the same thing. Right after I graduated I went in with $87 bucks, came out with the worst 2 day hangover of my life and $1900. Paid $1k to school loans on Monday, paid $500 to my credit card. Kept the rest. Hah, guitar stuff I buy when I can actually afford it in cash out of my own money!
#25
If you decide to buy a guitar, a Faded SG won't stop your GAS. Get the standard.
#26
So the dumb girl I met today trying to sell her guitar neglected to mention that the headstock was cracked and the bridge was ****ed to no end. Claimed it wasn't a big deal. Then got mad when I told her I couldn't buy it in that shape. I figured she had no idea about guitars or caring from them by talking to her. But DAMN. Guess I might not get an SG after all and save the cash. I did buy me and my girlfriend dinner though. Hell of a alot less expensive. To the tune of 30 dollars! -_- I am so sad.
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Quote by Tyler.Allain
So the dumb girl I met today trying to sell her guitar neglected to mention that the headstock was cracked and the bridge was ****ed to no end. Claimed it wasn't a big deal. Then got mad when I told her I couldn't buy it in that shape. I figured she had no idea about guitars or caring from them by talking to her. But DAMN. Guess I might not get an SG after all and save the cash. I did buy me and my girlfriend dinner though. Hell of a alot less expensive. To the tune of 30 dollars! -_- I am so sad.


oh man that sucks! I hate that, it's happened to me about 10 times on Craigslist guitars. There was once when I went to buy an Epiphone Hummingbird off a girl who had it listed for £200 (I was in the UK for a few years, back home in Texas now.)

When I showed up I realized it had a Fishman pickup installed, came with a Dunlop trigger capo, a DSL leather strap, a Tascam recorder, an Oasis chordbook and a really high quality gigbag. All said the total package was worth twice what I paid. Keep looking, you could find that hidden gem out there!
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oh man that sucks! I hate that, it's happened to me about 10 times on Craigslist guitars. There was once when I went to buy an Epiphone Hummingbird off a girl who had it listed for £200 (I was in the UK for a few years, back home in Texas now.)

When I showed up I realized it had a Fishman pickup installed, came with a Dunlop trigger capo, a DSL leather strap, a Tascam recorder, an Oasis chordbook and a really high quality gigbag. All said the total package was worth twice what I paid. Keep looking, you could find that hidden gem out there!


I think the god I don't believe in (figure that out) was telling me NOPE NOT GETTING AN SG. PUT THAT IN THE BANK!
#30
Quote by CannedBullets
Guitar, 2 grand will just get you a used Toyota, nothing special.

A used toyota the will fall the **** apart
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#31
Quote by DamagingExcess
2 grand will get you the shittiest car EVER. My friend bought a camry for 2 grand and by the time he got rid of it last week, it was held together by duck tape and had a hole in the engine block. Keep the grand you got and put it towards a better car. The whole notion that a first car has to be a clunker is a load of crap too cause if it breaks down, you're screwed


Your friend got a bad deal. I've seen people pick up cars for somewhere between 500 and 1000 and while they certainly aren't the best cars ever, they last them a good while. You just have to know what to look for and that will get you a long way.
#32
So I have a guy coming out to show me a Faded Cherry Gibson. I asked for pics this time and a good description. From what I see only a few bumps and bruises. I am trying to keep my expectations low, but I can't help but be excited. Lets hope this one doesn't have a cracked headstock and isn't beat to complete crap.
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Quote by C_Miller
Your friend got a bad deal. I've seen people pick up cars for somewhere between 500 and 1000 and while they certainly aren't the best cars ever, they last them a good while. You just have to know what to look for and that will get you a long way.

Oh the car lasted for a while. It was just held together by duck tape by the time he got rid of it. No joke, duck tape was keeping both headlights the side view mirror, and the drivers side tail light. End it sounded like a car one of the asian kids at my school would drive because half the muffler fell off lol.
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#34
Dude, that sucks! I had the same thing happen to me with a craigslist deal a couple months ago. There was a giant crack in the finish right at the neck joint that conveniently didn't show in the photos (along with a million other battle scars). The thing looked like it had been through a war zone. And according to the seller, it was an "8 out of 10" quality-wise. Worst part? I drove an hour and a half to meet the guy. I was so pissed. Some people are just ***holes...
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#35
Quote by 57Goldtop
Dude, that sucks! I had the same thing happen to me with a craigslist deal a couple months ago. There was a giant crack in the finish right at the neck joint that conveniently didn't show in the photos (along with a million other battle scars). The thing looked like it had been through a war zone. And according to the seller, it was an "8 out of 10" quality-wise. Worst part? I drove an hour and a half to meet the guy. I was so pissed. Some people are just ***holes...


Seriously how do you not tell someone about something like that. This guy says his is in "GOOD" shape. So I will see when he gets here. Hope it is. Fingers crossed. If I can get this for the price he wants and sell another guitar for a descent price it will be a win win win win.
#36
you stated in the op that you have 3000 grand, wich is 3000000 dollars, so yeah, i think you can use it on a guitar...

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#37
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you stated in the op that you have 3000 grand, wich is 3000000 dollars, so yeah, i think you can use it on a guitar...

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#38
Quote by Tyler.Allain
Seriously how do you not tell someone about something like that. This guy says his is in "GOOD" shape. So I will see when he gets here. Hope it is. Fingers crossed. If I can get this for the price he wants and sell another guitar for a descent price it will be a win win win win.

Yeah, no kidding. Some people just amaze me. Anyway, good luck!
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#39
what are the differences between the faded series and standard series? is it mainly build quality or is hardware worse on the faded? I've played a faded v and I thought had a real nice feeling neck because of the finish.
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#40
Its the finish and lack of binding. Pups are different. I BOUGHT IT GUYS. It's been gigged with so its naturally reliced but it plays nice! I don't even care about the wear. Few nics to the wood. Should I do anything about this or is it safe? Just wanna keep this thing structurally sound
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