Is there nobody here who buys NEW kit?

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RockerRocker Frets: 3464
I put this question in the Amps section, it applies equally to Guitars, Bass and all music kit.  Is there anyone here who buys New kit or is everything bought used or second hand?

I prefer to buy new but I have bought a few items used.  There is a very small guitar market in Ireland so new gives more choice.  There is a decent amount of genuine vintage kit available but it tends to be expensive.  Discuss.
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  • ChrisCox1994ChrisCox1994 Frets: 188
    very very rarely, often trading around, especially on this forum yeilds the best results, i've even ended up trading an amp and getting it back again from someone else on the forum after they traded it. 
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  • JackobeanJackobean Frets: 209
    Nah, I piss away enough money buying second hand. Be out on the street if I bought everything new.
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  • HeadphonesHeadphones Frets: 474
    Personally, I very much prefer new guitars, as opposed to "previously intimately fondled"...  by some other individual, however clean they may be.  Guitars are an instrument one gets quite close to, so it's always felt a bit like borrowing someone else's clothes.

    Quite happy for the right second hand eletrical kit though.  That said, warranties and a likely longer life makes me tend toward new, but it depends on the thing.
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  • simonhpiemansimonhpieman Frets: 188
    I'd buy new amps etc where a guarantee is important due to it being my livelihood (and to a lesser degree my reputation if it shits its pants on a gig). I have similar thoughts on PA.

    Would rather not buy guitars new. Sure fire way to lose money.


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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6222
    Only buy new when I can't get it used, or it's a bargain anyway
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 3418
    Very rarely buy kit new. If I do it means I'm planning to keep it for the long haul. Buying secondhand is useful as I can try stuff out for a while without making much of a loss if/when I eventually move it on. And I like old guitars; you can't buy those new.
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 23713
    All the time, but usually through people I know in the trade.
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 1247
    I bought two new acoustics this year because I wanted to choose the guitar rather than just buy what was available.

    However, my best purchase this year was a used Mesa Maverick which I couldn't be happier with. 
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  • Jetsam1Jetsam1 Frets: 100
    edited August 9
    I find looking for used kit here pretty pointless. Not very much of interest and what you do find is priced way too high. I saw a PRS SE priced at the equivalent of £550 locally. Cheaper new! Old Peavey amps for example you pick up for buttons in the UK are well over £100 here. Even Budapest is shakey. High end is ok from a couple of decent shops but the free ads are full of tat or allright stuff but just expensive.

    Our second hand (multiple hands really) tractor just died and I have a feeling it may have had issues prior to our ownership. And don`t get me started on the used car market in Hungary.............. Jesus,.......

    You lot do have it good. I just go to Thomann!
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 23713
    Jetsam1 said:
    I find looking for used kit here pretty pointless. Not very much of interest and what you do find is priced way too high. I saw a PRS SE priced at the equivalent of £550 locally. Cheaper new! Old Peavey amps for example you pick up for buttons in the UK are well over £100 here. Even Budapest is shakey. High end is ok from a couple of decent shops but the free ads are full of tat or allright stuff but just expensive.

    Our second hand (multiple hands really) tractor just died and I have a feeling it may have had issues prior to our ownership. And don`t get me started on the used car market in Hungary.............. Jesus,.......

    You lot do have it good. I just go to Thomann!
    I found the same in Singapore.
    I could buy things cheaper from Thomann including shipping and import duty.

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  • Jetsam1Jetsam1 Frets: 100
    octatonic said:
    Jetsam1 said:
    I find looking for used kit here pretty pointless. Not very much of interest and what you do find is priced way too high. I saw a PRS SE priced at the equivalent of £550 locally. Cheaper new! Old Peavey amps for example you pick up for buttons in the UK are well over £100 here. Even Budapest is shakey. High end is ok from a couple of decent shops but the free ads are full of tat or allright stuff but just expensive.

    Our second hand (multiple hands really) tractor just died and I have a feeling it may have had issues prior to our ownership. And don`t get me started on the used car market in Hungary.............. Jesus,.......

    You lot do have it good. I just go to Thomann!
    I found the same in Singapore.
    I could buy things cheaper from Thomann including shipping and import duty.

    And get exactly what you want too. I`ve ordered form Thomann twice since living here after finding the local towns music shops a bit underwhelming. The usual Hungarian fear of actually carrying stock!
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 14121
    I buy new more often than not. I live too far from anywhere to be able to try gear in person, and obviously get better consumer rights buying new from shops. 
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  • FreebirdFreebird Frets: 2759
    Unfortunately they don't make new 30 year old guitars anymore.
    “It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 918
    All of my gear is purchased new. 

    Although I got a free used Squier Strat when I visited a tip and someone was about to chuck it.

    It's not a competition.
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 3937
    Last new guitar was a Taylor GS mini 6 years ago. Lots of new parts that cost as much as a guitar since. I just can't justify the price of new stuff when I have so much gear already. 
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 2186
    edited August 9
    I’ve only ever bought one guitar new, and it was the biggest heap of cr@p I’ve ever owned.  Was my first electric, still loved it. 
    I’ve trained good friends find great used guitars, then bug them to sell them to me
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 132
    I just bought a new Squier contemporary strat , put some gotoh locking tuners on , got it set up and graphtec string trees installed. I absolutely love it . After a tiger Kramer , charvel So Cal, jackson soloist,ibanez S series ,  I never thought I would end up with a Squier being the one. I do miss the Kramer though as it looked freakin awesome. I find I don’t get on with floating Floyd bridges . Love my Squier with its 80s skateboard stickers, 80s neon green nob ease knobs and neon pink dimarzio cliplock .  I just got a new NuX  mighty lite amp too. What an awesome bit of kit . My other amp is a katana 50 which is a lot lighter than my valvestates were , plus I have a boss gt1 which can go through a P.A .   I got the Squier from Andertons . Good transaction really got their shit together. I also like merchant city music, gak, gear4music ,guitarguitar,richtone , pmt, absolute music and Nevada for dealing with. All very good. Ooh forgot thomann 
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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 4882
    I bought all my amps new.

    All my pedals are new, every single one.  

    I have had 8 guitars, 3 were 2nd hand, 5 are new.
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  • Yes, quite a bit. 
    TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE DISASTER
    Dominus Spiritus Invictus
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 15328
    See, I normally go second hand for just about everything, but I've just totted up my live rig and...

    Guitars - all Jaden Rose, new (one came in kit form).
    Wireless - Xvive U2, new.
    Effects - Helix LT, new.
    Amp - Seymour Duncan Powerstage 170, new.
    Cab - Matrix NL212, new.

    Even my cables were new (albeit a few home made).

    How odd.
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 8572
    I buy new all the time, very rarely used gear.

    The Laughing Brexiteer

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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 11535
    Yup.

    Amps are all new. Instruments half and half.
    pedals half and half as well.

    Hello darkness my old friend.


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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 17241
    I buy used as long as it's in good condition.
    In 50 years or so I've probably only bought new about a dozen times. I don't buy online, I like to try before I buy.
    And I don't buy the sort of disposable rubbish that's so popular these days.
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 4648
    Freebird said:
    Unfortunately they don't make new 30 year old guitars anymore.
    In fairness, I don't think anybody ever has?
    Is the moon asking me to stay long enough for the clouds to fly me away
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 5215
    Some courier firms manage to simulate decades of gigging wear and tear in a single van journey!
    Be seeing you.
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  • ZoolooterZoolooter Frets: 466
    Bought a new set of Highwood Strat saddles and a custom wound Radioshop Strat bridge pickup brand new the other day. Anything like an amp, pedal or complete guitar I’d never dream of buying new. 
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  • LastMantraLastMantra Frets: 648
    All of my gear is purchased new. 

    Although I got a free used Squier Strat when I visited a tip and someone was about to chuck it.


    I've had two amps from the tip.

    Think I only have a couple of pedals that are new. Half my pedals are home made plus all cables...and my slide.
    MYMUSIC

    I wanna be a door
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  • BahHumbugBahHumbug Frets: 163
    Sometimes I buys new.  Sometimes I buys used.
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  • Low cost - New 
    High Cost - Second Hand
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  • LitterickLitterick Frets: 51
    The new kit is seldom very different from the old. Most manufacturers have been making the same stuff for years, with minor modifications to keep the customers interested. It is hard to imagine anything being made today becoming a classic.
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