How would this allay the OP's fear of paying too much? I'm no expert on buying guitars and have never owned a luthier's instrument, but it seems with guitars (as well as many other purchases) it would pay him to consider buying something pre-owned.hatalap wrote:For that price why not commission a guitar?
+1bear wrote:Be prepared to walk away. It's about what the guitar is worth to you not what it's worth to the seller. No matter what you pay, someone else could have gotten the same or similar cheaper, so be the someone else. As peter suggested research, research and patience. Also 5k can get you a luthier built, check out the Guitars for Sale section.
I'm all for buying pre-owned, but I don't see how this answers the question either. If a guitar was commissioned you can usually determine what the base price is for a luthier built guitar. Many list the prices on their web sites. You would be paying about what others would pay from the same luthier. Also if you know what you are looking for in terms of sound you can then discuss it with the maker.khayes wrote:How would this allay the OP's fear of paying too much? I'm no expert on buying guitars and have never owned a luthier's instrument, but it seems with guitars (as well as many other purchases) it would pay him to consider buying something pre-owned.hatalap wrote:For that price why not commission a guitar?
Well said John.John Ray wrote:Buying direct from the guitar-maker is a good way to pay a fair price for a guitar. Guitar-makers are usually getting less money than they deserve for each instrument. There are some very high-priced exceptions of course. I suppose there are also a few makers out there who have just started making and think that their work is worth the same as someone who has been honing their craft for 20 years. I am contrasting the "buy direct" scenario with going to a dealer but of course that way you lose the great advantage of trying many guitars and taking the one you love. Perhaps the best advice comes from astro64: buy the guitar you really like. And the oft-proffered advice of "play as many guitars as you can" is great too.
Very well said.astro64 wrote:There are two ways to look at this. One is to consider whether you paid the right price based on "the market". You won't know that until you try to sell it. But I presume the intent is not to buy a $5000 guitar with the intent to sell it any time soon. The other way is to find the guitar you really like and stop worrying whether you paid the right price. While many people buy and sell guitars all the time, the reality is that a good guitar will last you the rest of your life. Just make sure you like it a lot when you buy it, don't settle for something that seems "good" or that seems "a bargain". When you extrapolate the cost over "a lifetime" it matters not one bit whether you paid a bit too much for it when you got it. The biggest challenge is to find the right guitar for you, not the best bargain.