Re: Why? Just why?
I almost only buy used guitars. A few reasons.
1. They just don't make em like they used to, I'll take a beat up 87RG over a brand new prestige any day, its just a better guitar.
2. The duds don't survive long, if a neck survived 20 years of play, then its a good neck.
3. Materials, there is just not that much good quality wood stock left, it has been over logged.
4. Price, most guitars are like cars, as soon as it leaves teh showroom floor, it becomes worthless compared to what you paid, there are exceptions to this rule.
I will buy new if I have to, but I always try to find it used first.