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Which makes it okay? Yeah, let’s keep using rosewood on sub-$800 guitars because Fender and Gibson are destroying the planet less than La-Z-Boy.
Ampeg/Dan Armstrong has been making lucite guitars for decades.
I still own my first MIM Fender Tele. I actually sold it my last year as an undergrad and bought it back with my first paycheck after grad school...
Depends on the guitar. You don’t want a pristine Micawber type Tele. But, aside from that particular guitar, I don’t really get the concept.
I had a little ‘59. I’d rather have an early ‘50s inspired/copy pickup.
Materials and whatnot really don’t matter as much as some choose to believe. I mean, if you play well on a certain guitar, if you...
As a standalone material, Richlite might cost the same or more than ebony or rosewood, but it has to be significantly easier to prep and finish...
My main guitar is a MIM Standard, and I have much more expensive instruments in the the guitarsenal. The neck sets it apart.
Guided by Voices
(Full disclosure: I used to work for them, so I am very biased.).
I had an original Blues Deluxe and thought it was a great little amp. I never understood why it wasn’t more popular. I never had a guitar sound...
While I wouldn’t call them recreations, Dr. Z makes great handwired amps that have Fender inspired sounds.
I’ve had great luck with Washburns for inexpensive acoustics.
The Stage all the way. The extra power, the attenuation, and ability to take the tone capsules is well worth the extra $100.