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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by adamgdog, Apr 2, 2018.
Had an Epiphone hummingbird it was great but this feels more solid if that makes sense.
Gretsch Electromatic Jet Club for 250 Euro (new!)
About four or five years ago I got two cheap Eko guitars off eBay; the one I wanted was a reissue of an oddball Italian Eko from the 1960s, then I saw they had another that was sorta Stratlike for $99 brand new. I bought both and they turned out to be cool guitars; the Stratlike Kadett is very lively and the neck feels great; it just needed better pickups. Not sure whether they're all like that or if I just lucked out and got a really good one. The other (a Model 700) is just plain strange- unusual neck profile with cross inlays and a quasi-Bigsby vibrato. The top is gold sparkle and the back is silver sparkle.
I named them Delta Echo and Echo Foxtrot.
Jay Turser, Rondo, Guitar Fetish, Samick, Keith Urban electrics, And no name guitars off Ebay.
I have a set limit of £250 / $338 I'm prepared to pay for a guitar, I only ever broke that limit once by £14 for a Suier VM jazzmaster which were £264. but without a shadow of doubt my favourite cheap guitars are 'Harley Benton' guitars, They're outstanding value for money, very nice quality & cheap as chips.
They are Thomanns inhouse brand of guitars in Germany Europe, their service is second to none (I have no affiliation with them) in fact it's cheaper for me in the UK to order online than go into town to the music store. It costs €8 for P+P and every guitar has arrived in 4 days from Germany, it would cost me more than €8 in petrol to go to town & back.
I have a bunch of them and every one of them plays and sounds very nice indeed without any problems whatsoever.
I love them
I have the same Hamer, I paid AUD170 and it sounds incredible
Takamine G series.. got a solid cedar top for $300.
Epiphone Dot and ES339...those go for about $350-$400 each depending on if you can get them on sale.
Be best I've come across so far:
Squire Classic Vibe tele and Epiphone Dot 335. Really great guitars. Really cheap guitars.
Dunno a lot about all the different makes, but Squiers seem to offer a lot of value for the cost. Got a '95 vintage Squier strat, laminate body for all of $30. Well made, bright pickups, PO finished up the frets. Resonates surprisingly well. It's apart now waiting for me to install a new loaded standard Strat pick guard, mim bridge, block, and tuners. I'll have about $265 in it.
Ditto a Squier standard HSS from a pawn shop for $130. Probably overpaid, but like new. Indonesian. Fit, finish, playability is as good as it gets IMO. Compared to an old Kalamazoo electric from the 60s, what's available now is amazing.
I pieced this one together from parts.
Started life as a lower end squire strat I bought for $40 on Craigslist. I think all together it cost $200 total investment, including the original purchase price.
The most expensive part of it was the brass bridge saddles, $85...
Plays and sounds super.
like many others have said epiphones up to that price point are always good if you halved the budget id take a squier affinity strat and do a few cheap mods just as I have done. Put a spare fat 50 pickup in the middle and put a pair of Chinese p90s in as well and finally put a tort pickguard I got for £10 (real celluloid was a pleasant surprise).
Damn right man I have a FG800, all I did to it was change the strings and adjust the truss rod a little bit. It has a great sound and looks very nice.
I have a yammie FG-460S I got new in the early 90s. Still have it, and it's my only acoustic I play regularly. Solid top. Neck is still ok. I've had some fret dressing a few years ago. Canlt remember exactly - maybe had a fret or two replaced, and/or the nut an saddle worked on. That's all, though. Not bad for ~25 years.
Very unique warm and boomy tone. Great for strumming rhythm for singing. Pretty loud, but a little scooped. Not the best for flatpicking. But I can't do that very well, anyway. I might be able to sell for near what I paid. But then I wouldn't have it. And I certainly wouldn't make enough on it to pay for another guitar as good. I will probably be buried with it.
Just give me a good cheap guitar with good pickups and a good amp and I'm set to go.
Many of the best players I've ever known were playing low budget guitars. Some of the best guitars I have were dirt cheap used, and lower-priced beginner guitars when new. I've also auditioned expensive guitars I wouldn't own at half the price. Cost is a poor prediction of the playability and sound of many guitars.
Didn't Jeff Healey play a Squier Strat?
I got one because I wanted a guitar with a bolt on neck to take overseas, and humbuckers because the hum is fearsome when I get there. It exeeded my expectations and proved to be nice sounding, great playing guitar.
Never heard of them.Oh you mean,Squier.
Squier. Had a 60s trib type that was quite good, and a few Tele models I've picked up were also decent.
My couch plinker, the Gretsch Jim Dandy parlor. About $150. Play it everyday.