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Should you buy new or used? That is the question of the week.

So should you save up more money, sell some unused gear so you can buy a new guitar or amplifier from, or should you roll the dice and by it used and hang on to that cash?  Great question, and one I get on a weekly basis.  Matter of fact, I had a customer from New York call today inquiring about a used Diezel Herbert.  My answer was no, but that I have a BRAND NEW UNTOUCHED Herbert arriving Friday.  It's all his if he chooses. 

Yeah, no doubt, I get it, the overall economic scene isn't that great, but I have a different take on this question.  Tell me what you think.

You only go around once, you probably play music as a hobby or second avenue for income, and you are thinking, hmm, no one will really know that I'm running a modeling amp, transistor amp, full array of pedals, or backing tracks when I gig right?  WRONG.  You'd be surprised how many guys and gals are in the back of the room checking out not only your tone, but your mix, your feel, and your inspiration.  Can you get there with below average gear or even a host of used gear, maybe?  My response would be when you bought that amplifier, did you have any idea where, how, or when this amp was played?  Any mods done to it?  Don't forget, mods VOID any manufacturers warranty unless they perform the modifications.  Any idea how many times it's been plugged in but NOT to a cabinet?  This wreaks havoc on the transformers and the voltage shoots sky high. 

What about that guitar you can't live without?  Same thing, any mods, blemishes, defects that you didn't see before you bought it? 

Sure, it's a roll of the dice, but EVERY TIME I take in a trade and most of the time it is only for Soldano SLO-100's of which I know very well, I still send the amp to Michael Soldano at the Soldano factory to personally inspect, repair, and retube/rebias.  Yep, almost every time something isn't right, or some knucklehead wiz bang self professed amp genius made a mess of it.  Never fails. 

So, just be prepared for those unexpected repairs etc., or better yet, put all of your worries aside, do the right thing, give me a call a Blues City Music and I will make sure you get a PERFECT amplifier or electric guitar without worrying whether some 12 year old kid has been banging on it.  NONE of my for sale amps or guitars are EVER out for the public to see much less play unless it other wise noted. 

When you buy from Blues City Music, you are spending A LOT of money so buy NEW and let me handle all the logistics.  You have a valid warranty, plus you have service from Blues City Music before, during, and after the sale. Here is a PERFECT example of a guitar amplifier that you should buy brand new. 

Diamond/Soldano 327SD Black / Silver Stripes 100 watt Guitar Amplifier | Blues City Music - Boutique Guitars & Amps

Turn It Up LOUD.

Be safe out there.


Lynn Burke

Blues City Music - owner