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Best bang for the buck - $300

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by burnsbert, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. burnsbert

    burnsbert Tele-Meister

    Dec 20, 2009
    Cary, NC
    Not in the market, just a hypothetical question I think about sometimes...

    Let's say you could spend $300 on an electric guitar - new or used - and not a penny more. What would be the best bang for the buck? Any "best kept secrets" in the used guitar market?

    Doesn't have to be a tele, but it can be...
  2. ScottPro2

    ScottPro2 TDPRI Member

    Jan 27, 2010
    boca raton, fla
    I like the squire line of guitars and basses ...The Squire Strat I bought for around $149. So for $279 you can get : Squier Deluxe Strat Electric Guitar ....New ..............This way if its stolen, you are not out say $1500 or more for replacement costs..................
  3. Pepi

    Pepi Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 8, 2004
    Just bought the CV50 for 315.00 and it is one hell of a guitar for 3 bills. :cool:
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  5. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    The CV50's were $300 when they first came out after the Feb price increase in 2009 they went up to $350.

    Ive seen used ones sell here for $200.

    You would be hard pressed to find a better deal for the $$.
  6. lostpick

    lostpick Tele-Afflicted

    a used Fender standard MIM telecaster...

    i test ride alot of teles and when it comes to value vs price

    its my top pick...

    for $300, you have a good shot of finding one with
    common improvement mods (pups, bridge, nut)


    any Hagstrom reissue, alot of guitar for the money
    i bought a super swede for $350 on CL
    has coil splitting, 25.5 scale neck
    very thin neck
    best sounding guitar i ever owned
  7. burnsbert

    burnsbert Tele-Meister

    Dec 20, 2009
    Cary, NC
    Btw, I paid $300 or so for my first electric - an Epiphone LP100. That was NOT the right answer ;-) Holy crap, did that guitar suck. The pups were horrible and it didn't stay in tune.

    I might nominate the new Jet King model from Ibanez:

    Haven't played one yet, but it sounds great and it's supposed to have a chunky neck (my preference).
  8. Trow

    Trow Tele-Meister

    I paid about $330 for my MIM Strat. Its an amazing guitar.
  9. trailboss

    trailboss Tele-Meister

    Jan 2, 2009
    Southeastern IL
    Yup,$300 for my modded 2006 MIM Strat (jumbo frets, SD hotrail, rear route/no pickguard) which is now for sale 'cause I've got a gig switching back to bass.
  10. Jeff_K

    Jeff_K Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    Katy, TX
    Easy to guess the CV50 responses were coming--for good reason, of course. For new, there are some very nice looking guitars at Rondo...whichever flavor you prefer: Strat, Tele, LP, SG, V, even PRS. It's page 12 on the website before you crack the $300 ceiling. Agile guitars are well regarded in many circles--certainly for the price. Their Les Pauls are absolutely gorgeous and virtually irresistable.
  11. Prison Rodeo

    Prison Rodeo Tele-Meister

    Dec 19, 2009
    State College, PA
    +1 on Rondo/Agile. I bought a SJM-62 a few months ago, and it's a terrific guitar for the $. Trem ,tuners, pickups, and neck are all very good (much better than I expected). Definitely turns heads, too...

    I'd also think you could find a used Godin SD-22 for around $300. That's a great, U.S.-made guitar at that price.
  12. Oster

    Oster Friend of Leo's

    May 18, 2003
    Muddy York
    $300 could get me a nice old Ibanez Roadstar. Maybe an old Aria.

    MIM and MIJ Fenders are generally out of the $300 range where I am and anything cheaper than those just wouldn't be a keeper ("keepability" is part of the 'bang' for me).
  13. nadzab

    nadzab Friend of Leo's

    Mar 23, 2009
    New England
  14. rangercaster

    rangercaster Friend of Leo's

    May 8, 2008
    portland, or
    best bang for your buck is in the used market, but damn, that new Ibanez Jet King looks sweeeeeet !!![​IMG]
  15. Thisisricha

    Thisisricha TDPRI Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    used MIM strat or tele, they really are super good.
  16. numi_v

    numi_v Former Member

    Feb 4, 2010
    The JET KING is great!!! Never palyed one but seen it live and it does rock!!!

    (the band is portuguese but just hear the guitar and forget the lyrics)

    The guitar is the jet king II and it has two rocker switches for splitting the humbu\ckers into singlecoils...the best of 2 would be a nice mod for a humbucking telecaster...this guitar is not depreciating I think...
  17. Clutch442

    Clutch442 Tele-Meister

    Oct 15, 2008
    Ooltewah, Tennessee
    I tired a jet king and the workmanship was horrible. Sorry as it does look killer. Sent it back but I did get a fixed bridge Ibanez RG for 300.00 play it all the time.
  18. SteveO

    SteveO Tele-Holic

    Jul 22, 2009
    New Jersey
    Love my jet king.Got it for $199 new,swapped out the pickups for GFS Liverpool Hots (awesome chimey tones) and slapped a tremolo on it. Really fun guitar for just about $300.Build quality is very good for the price,especially the neck.

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  19. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 8, 2007
    Norfolk UK
    This ,at 289 USD including mail cost possibly?i have the similar twin p90 and love it .Cant find any fault in it apart from opening the nut slots a tad and I have looked very hard .I think others on this forum are ordering them as well . I have a very low action on mine ,put 8's on it and still no fret buzz.Cant be bad .My P90's are good too .http://
  20. tuuur

    tuuur Friend of Leo's

    Nov 12, 2006
    the Netherlands
    I just bought an Epiphone Dot Studio worn cherry for under that price...
  21. slickschoppers

    slickschoppers Tele-Holic

    Sep 13, 2008

    Yep, easy one...

    Classic Vibe Telecaster,

    50's classic is a no brainer!! honestly I believe it to be the best guitar in that price range, PERIOD.

    the thinline rocks and soon you will find them used. the thinline is simply amazing also.

    i am ordering the custom, and from what i've read i expect the same quality.

    so for my opinion.. and for OBVIOUS reasons. any of the Classic Vibe Telecasters....
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