I have bought my last 2 guitars off ebay, got great deals and extremely nice instruments. It took me quite a while to match up price, guitar and seller but it was worth it plus I got to look at 1000s of cool guitars over the months I was searching. In large part ebay has killed the pawnshop bargains. I've gone in several times to differnet pawnshops in the last 5 years and many times the prices are as high as Guitar Center. If you want to barter they just pull up whatever on ebay and say "this is what it's worth." As times get tough maybe there will be some bargains but who knows....it is kind of fun browsing though.
"I once played notes so fast that light emanated from the strings whereupon, I saw God.... who then told me to relax and start playing music."
"I don't want to think about how I am doing it because that just makes it harder." Steve Howe
"You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." David Gilmour
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