5 Tips for Saving Money on Music Gear WiredGuitarist February 10, 2017 Articles, Tutorials, Uncategorized We all love buying new gear, but we also love our money. Sometimes, finding a good price on the gear we actually want can be tough, especially if you have a strict budget. Let’s talk about some ways you can save money on buying the gear you want! 1. Buy Used You don’t need to buy every piece of gear brand new. Between Craigslist, eBay, and the Wired Guitarist Gear Exchange, you can find pretty much anything your heart desires. Sometimes you might want to be extra careful and ask all of the right questions, because you don’t know how the owner treated it (like expensive recording equipment, for example). Most of the time buying a “lightly used” piece of gear will save you anywhere from 10-50%. If you’re buying a $3,000 guitar, that’s at least enough of a discount to buy yourself a new pedal(or even this month’s rent)! 2. Bundle Up I’ve saved a hell of a lot of money by looking for gear bundles instead of buying one item at a time. The most common place you’ll find this is from online retailers, and are very popular with recording gear. When I went to buy myself some studio monitors, I found a bundle that included a Rode microphone, mic stand, pop filter, and all the cables I needed for only $100 more, saving me about $200. Just recently I bought an LTD EC-1000 and found a bundle that threw in a few packs of strings and a hard case at no extra cost. 3. Sign Up For Newsletters If you don’t want to miss out on fantastic deals, then you need to get connected. If you’re on the hunt for something specific, sign up for that company’s email newsletter, or follow their social media pages to make sure you don’t miss out on big savings. Try our Wired Guitarist Mailing List for alerts on crazy guitar deals. We only send about one email a month and it’s totally spam free. 4. Take Advantage of Holidays You can’t always predict when a company is going to blow out their stock, and being left broke during those sales really bites… but you can plan for some of the biggest sales of the year, every year. If you plan ahead, you’ll be very happy. Just this past Black Friday I scored $1500 worth of recording software for under $125. I’d say savings like that are seriously worth the wait… wouldn’t you? 5. Invest When you buy gear, make it an investment. We all know the immediate gratification of buying something new and getting to plug in and play, but don’t let that impact your wallet! Save up for what you really want, don’t settle for less just because you’ll get it quicker. Save up, buy the real deal, and you’ll have gear that you won’t outgrow, and will hold its value much better than cheaper gear does. In the long run, it means spending less money on “upgrading” your rig, you can focus on adding to it or swapping things out instead. Check out our article on Understanding Guitars as Investments. We hope you enjoyed this article! If you did, make sure to check out more, because we upload new reviews, technical articles, lessons, and more daily! Also, we are a dealer for many beloved brands such as PRS, Ibanez, Mayones, Schecter, ESP, and more! Feel free to stop by our shop and we can help you find the right guitar for you at the best price possible.