So a colleague of mine wanted to spend 500 EUR on his first guitar and amp, I told him I’d get him a better used gear for around 300 EUR.
I got the korean made Ibanez SZ320 for 179 EUR and a Peavey Vypyr 30 for 80 EUR. That left me with 40 euros to spend on a new set of Elixir strings, a rockstand, cable, pleks and a strap totaling at 41.70 EUR. I decided to also give him a hardcase that I didn’t need anymore for 25 EUR.
Total money spent 325,70 EUR for a fantastic guitar and decent amp + gear.
The look on his face when I gave him his gear is all the reward I need.