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What are your favorite cheap guitars?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by adamgdog, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    Danelectro U2 sounds like and looks like a Les Paul with both pick ups on, also a short scale at 20" and a metal nut if you want to play slide.
     

  2. NMore

    NMore Tele-Meister

    257
    Dec 8, 2017
    Castle Rock
    Thanks for correcting my spelling Mom!
     

  3. brbadg

    brbadg Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    59
    Mar 11, 2008
    Timonium,Maryland
    It's not that you spelled it wrong.You know darn well it's spelled Squier.
    You just did it on purpose to mess with us.:)
     

  4. brbadg

    brbadg Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    59
    Mar 11, 2008
    Timonium,Maryland
    Ok.Don't let it happen again.:) Also,I'm not the only Mom on this list who is
    waiting to correct you the next time.
     
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  5. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    69
    Aug 23, 2014
    Woodstock
    Got my Squier CV 50s Vintage Blonde Tele for $299 new about 4 years ago. Gigged with it a lot. A great guitar at several times the price. I love it. And what do you know? - I can even spell it right now. :cool:
     

  6. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Holic

    847
    May 7, 2015
    atlanta
    life is to short to squander your days acquiring expensive guitars that hang on the wall and collect dust because they would go down in value if you play them.

    I don't play my guitars because of what they cost, I play them because of how they sound. I don't judge sound based on $$$, I judge sound with my ears, not my wallet. Money spent in acquistion of high priced guitars that are just eye candy, could better be spent on most anything else.

    I like a pretty guitar as much as the next player, but I'm not gonna waste dough on them, when there are a sea of used guitars availble for little dosh and can be customized to whatever my heart desires.

    Expensive guitars are for people without the skills to mod their own guitars. But thats just me, somebodies got to keep the treadmill going. Beleiving that the magic guitar will improve their skills, when all the magic is at the end of your fingers. Dumbo thought he needed a feather to fly....

    I don't mind playing cheap guitars if they sound good, I have 2 or 3 that I paid less than 30$ for and I like them just fine, I'd probably feel different about them If I paid 2 or 3 thousand for them, like I probably would not have cut a hole in the side and installed a preamp for example.

    my favorite "cheap" guitar, are Yamahas, I've got 5 and love them all..
    Price only reflects what the buyer will pay, or what the seller thinks the buyer will pay. Intrinsic value of instruments goes back to who played them. A cheap 12 string Framus becomes an expensive guitar when John Lennon plays it. A whole lot of great music was created on relatively cheap instruments,

    No one says, Dark Side of the Moon would have been so much better if Gilmour would have had that serial #01 strat when they did the album. The Binson Echorec he used probably cost more than his guitar at that time.
     
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  7. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    It's nice to see the appreciation for First Acts on the rise. Not all of them are undiscovered gems, but if you find one strung through the body, chances are it's one of the good ones. A lot of them were abused and neglected because they were cheap, but I used to be able to find good, clean FAs for as little as $25! I've paid more for a strap! Prices are on the rise now, so if you find a Paul Westerberg sig model cheap, please put it aside for me. Thanks.

    You may or may not dig the style, but that's part of their charm. Danos for the 21st century.
     

  8. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

    Vintage, Harley Benton and J&D.
     

  9. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Tele-Holic

    662
    Feb 18, 2018
    WV
    What is a spelling Mom?

    EDIT: Sorry. Couldn't resist. And for what it's worth, punctuation errors bother me more than spelling errors. :twisted:
     
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  10. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    I got my CV Strat used for 200$, Epi SL for 100$, 119$ for a high-end First Act semi hollow Delia. Also have a Hadean Tele from Rondo, changed the neck and pickups (more for grins than anything), on sale for $80 (pickups were Slick Bakersfield $35 ea. They sound great!).
     

  11. Donny Osmond fan

    Donny Osmond fan Tele-Meister

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    May 6, 2018
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    my favorite "cheap" guitar, are Yamahas/ for First Acts. I own a Yamaha. It is one of the best I own. I also have a First Act. Cool you like those.;)
     

  12. teleforumnoob

    teleforumnoob Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    61
    May 25, 2010
    North Alabama
    Gretsch Streamliners.
    Squier.
     

  13. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Poster Extraordinaire

    Me too - there's a sign for a local café that proudly offers Coffee, Tea and Lunch's. :lol::eek:
     
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  14. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    ”What are your favorite cheap guitars?”

    The best value, inexpensive ones
     

  15. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Holic

    847
    May 7, 2015
    atlanta
    how does that model 700 sound like? Its got a killer 60's italian vibe going.
     

  16. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Tele-Holic

    662
    Feb 18, 2018
    WV

    Lunch's what? For the life of me, I can't imagine what a lunch could possibly possess! :mad: Flavor? Calories?

    EDIT: Just as I was typing this I got an IM that said "Your welcome!"

    My welcome is what?

    *knocks head on desk*

    Oy vey
     
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  17. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    My local lumberyard has a sign in the parking lot that reads:

    Attention "Drivers" - no left turns here!

    Overuse of scare quotes is, to me, the funniest punctuation error. Use of possessive apostrophe's in plural marker scenario's is just annoying.
    Spelling mom, meet grammar aunty.
     
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  18. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Yorkshire
    Vintage, Yamaha, Squier and Danelectro, although it's all relative. If you're skint, or penurious, Danelectro can seem expensive.
     

  19. SUPROficial

    SUPROficial TDPRI Member

    40
    Jul 15, 2009
    canada
    I like this early 60s Teisco for slide playing. Its four pickups are wired in series, instant "Hound Dog Taylor tone" through virtually any amp at any volume when you combine them all and disengage the "bass cut" switch.

    teisco.jpg
     
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  20. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Tele-Holic

    662
    Feb 18, 2018
    WV
    I have an Epi Special 1 P90, yellow. I think I paid less than $100 for it new. It sounds amazing, but plays horrible. I set the action at a decent level, but it needs some fret dressing, and I'm too lazy and cheap to take it in. So I tend to just play rhythm on it, which it excels at. Records very well, too. I played it on my buddy's DRRI on a recent recording, with an sm57, and it's the best recording I've made yet. Here ya go. I hard panned the guitars - can't remember which is which, though. One side is me on the Epi, and the other side is his tele. His lead parts are more or less centered, IIRC.

    https://rutherfordband.bandcamp.com/track/never-give-me-nothing
     
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