You should reference the rest of the article from where this came AND read Section 179 of the tax code.
"Used business equipment now qualifies, so long as it is “new to you” and is used more than 50 percent of the time for business purposes."
Rick can lie and says he's using it 50% of the...
I believe it is 15% for guitars. $215k plus 15% = $247,250. Still, alot, but any intelligent person would have that math in their head when bidding. ie. Rick knew he was paying close to 250k when he bid.
EXACTLY my point. I'm sure Mason doesn't care. So why spend time in a vintage guitar forum questioning the spending habits or "ear" of someone else.
OH - and my burst DOES make me sound better. Just ask my bass player. ;)
Tell us about that $25k motorcycle you have posted in your avatar. Does it get to the store faster? Do you drive better than when on a low-end Honda?
Or does it not matter, because it's your money, and YOU like it?
Speaking from experience, there is likely no good outcome here. It sucks.
Either learn to love the guitar, or get it out of your life if it's gonna keep you awake at night. I assure you, you will be a smarter buyer the next time. (Best to be skeptical EVERY step of the way.)