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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by kelnet, Apr 21, 2018.
If you hadn't said the guitar was cheap, I wouldn't have noticed. Nice work.
Always liked Samick's "Greg Bennett" body shapes, but sorry, that headstock -- which was on the entire electric line for a good long while -- has got to go.
Crappy guitar into great amp = great sound.
Great guitar into crappy amp = bad sound.
isn't samick made in the same factory as a lot of 'fancier' guitars?
I don't think it's in the guitar moreso the plyer. The late, great JJ Cale played a single pickup double cut with soundhole ( ebay for $450) Danelectro and played some great pieces on a Tacoma ( Asian Guild) acoustic and HE was worshipped by Clapton and many millions worldwide. He didn't show off but that Oaky Shuffle (in The Breeze and more) is testimony to his playing.
It's sometimes where you don't play, the backbeat, that can turn a whole song and rhythm around.
I should start a thread called "Sounding Bad With An Expensive Guitar" because I've done this plenty of times (and truth be know, I know a bunch of guys locally who do this all the time).
True. I paid $150 for it with a cheap cardboard case. That's about 43 years ago. At 3% compounded inflation, that $150 would be about $535 in today's money.
My Yamaha FG160 sounds better than any $500-$600 guitar you can find today.
Admittedly, i did spend about $170 a few years back for a new saddle, nut and set up to make it play much better. It doesn't play quite as good as my Taylor 314, but it sounds better.
That sounded very nice. The whole thing is great. She has a beautiful soulful voice and a nice guitar tone. Thanks for sharing.
I've never heard a bad thing about Yamaha acoustic guitars.
To my ears (and those of a guitar buddy), my 90's strat with Suhr pickups sounds better than a comparable Suhr guitar. More even and detailed, but still with plenty of cut.
My bass player friend says I sound the same what ever guitar or amp I play .I play fleshy finger style .
I have a friend who plays nothing but sub $200 Deans, and whatever amp he can scrounge up from a pawnshop.
The guy will blow your mind!
i have witnessed many good guitar players take a cheap guitar and make it sound great, it ain't the guitar it's the player
cheapness does not cancel out goodness, as we all know. How I work with the guitar/amp, how the guitar fits in to the sound of the band. a lot of things are dependant on how good your teisco, airline, eastwood gemini sounds. CONTEXT.....what works in some settings is horrid in others. this also goes for the conspicuous consumption highly appointed sunburst monstrosities.
look at david lindley or ry cooder with his coodercaster.
I play slide and I have far more freedom to choose , a two by four with tuner, a bridge and a pickup can sound go-go-licious, bad necks are never an issue, fret jobs needn't apply. my last guitar project started of as a Squier mini strat, yes it did get new tuners and pick ups, it sounds great. per dollar invested it is a steal a deal.
I'm all about Cheep Guitars!
Love my Gibson's and Fenders .... But when an inexpensive Guitar comes along and brings a smile to my face, that's a cool thing in my book.
Cheap and good aren't mutually exclusive...expensive doesn't automatically mean good, either.
There are good cheap guitars and crappy expensive ones, and vice-versa.
As mentioned elsewhere here, it usually depends on the (1) player and (2) the setup of the guitar.
My criteria is:
Does the instrument have a good feel? Does it sound good?
Do I like (or can I tolerate) the way it looks?
If those three questions are answered yes, then it's a good instrument, no matter what the price, pedigree or brand.
I love RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough...totally playing by feel, vibe and groove on cheap and "cruddy" instruments.
I used to search for cheap guitars, and let my better guitars sit. One day, I decided that my approach was lacking something. I don't do that anymore. I have played many, many cheap guitars, but as far as acoustic guitars go, I don't believe I ever played one that made me want it more than I would want a Martin D-28 V. Same with cheap electric guitars, I probably would just as soon have an AV 52 or something similar. I wouldn't necessarily buy one, but I'd prefer that.
I have a good friend who has bought some nice guitars, he never could deal with having the paid the price he did for them. He always bought from GC, and had the option of returning them, which he did. He now owns about a dozen guitars in the price range of a MIM Tele. I could never understand why he would rather have more money tied up in cheap guitars than he could have bought a good guitar for, probably even two or three. It doesn't make any difference what I think though, it somehow makes sense to him.
I've got a sigma d35 copy that I prefer the sound of than that of a real martin dred I also own. It's made in china and has a thin neck and veneer back and sides whereas my Martin has a performance series neck and solid woods throughout bar the fretboard. The Sigma cost one fifth the price and on paper should not sound better than the Martin but it does. I ordered a Sigma online and it arrived damaged with the neck separated from the body. The store set me up with a replacement from a local wholesaler and I got the guy to unbox 6 dr35's while I played them all and picked the standout. Out of the six 2 sounded good, the one I picked was capable of a lower action. The other 4 sounded dead. Buying a good guitar depends on pot luck imo.