When I visited the Chicago Music Exchange, I found my new measuring stick. You know what I’m talking about. That guitar that you would really like to purchase, but really shouldn’t. It plays great. It has a great sound. It feels fantastic.
And it is technically not where your money should be going.
So it becomes your measuring stick. Do I want to spend money on this new clutch for my car or would I rather have the 1964 Guild Starfire III? New clutch.
Would I rather have my kids’ college educations funded or the 1964 Guild Starfire III?
Would I rather have a new amp or the 1964 Guild Starfire III?
Would I rather go on vacation with my family or have the 1964 Guild Starfire III?
Would I rather buy my wife’s new gaming rig for Fallout4 or have the 1964 Guild Starfire III?
Would I rather have a my mortgage paid or a 1964 Guild Starfire III?
The questions and comparisons just keep on coming. Sometimes the answer is no. Sometimes the answer is yes. But I find that the chance to get a “new” guitar is stopped with the desire to live and pay for the rest of everyday life. I have a lot of guitars. I have had more. I play the guitars I have, and enjoy them immensely. But I also go days without playing the guitars I have. However, I do drive my car with the new clutch a lot. I do live in my house on a fairly regular basis. I do go on vacation from time to time. I do love my kids. My wife built an amazing computer for playing Fallout 4!
So what is your measuring stick? And when does it win? Should it?