Anyone happy with their inexpensive(cheap) guitar?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Billy3, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    I have and affinity (I think ) tele $179.00 last year as a specialty projects guitar , it's a cheesy minty-mint green. because the applications it's used for don't require anything special, I love it . It's a tool in the box, isn't that what guitar are, tools to communicate with others and self?
    WHOOPS there I go again ignoring RULE #1 : We buy guitars to indicate financial power, social position combined to contribute to our social status. Like the old "myth about guys entering male menopause (pre-Viagra), compensating by purchasing a sporty red convertible and having a buxom bleach-bottle blonde in a revealing "Sun dress " sitting next to them as they cruise down Ocean ave. in Carmel Ca. or Magnificent Mile in Chicago Ill. I am not cynical, don't you dare call me a cynic! I'm a hypocrite, a real dyed in the wool over compensating old fashion hypocrite. And don't you dare forget it. However, having said that, I did buy a used Tokia Double cut Les Paul in that nauseating TV yellow, it's perfect and it was a great [email protected] $500.00 It does that thing so well I has not been relic-sized.

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    oh please lets not replace facts with fiction ( the fiction more $$$$$$ = plays and sounds better.)
     
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    Prove me wrong wise guy. :D
     
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    I bought a Yamaha acoustic for 100 many years ago, I always thought it sounded better than my buddies Martin and Taylor acoustics. I later replaced it with a fender acoustic and well I wish I held on to the Yamaha. Later I found out that my Fender acoustic was likely made in the same plant as the Yamaha's. I wish it had sounded as good as the Yamaha I let go of.
     
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    Not fiction at all. I hate to say this because i will get labeled a know it all for lack of the proper term that eludes my geezer brain at the moment, but i did my first refret in the 70's long before the internet existed and have done many since. I fully understand how to make a guitar play it's best, and whether you wanna believe it or not cheap guitars today generally are so good that unless you aren't very good at setup, chances are almost always that u can set them up to play as well as anything at any cost. I can, and rarely does it take more knowledge that the average player has at setup. The notion that you put fourth is antiquated but unfortunately many people just can't see how much things have changed in time and keep the same outdated beliefs.
     
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    First rule of guitar forums: Don't let the truth get in the way of internet myth. :lol:
     
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    Yep, ain't it the truth. I'll tell you what....you can have decades of experience and have learned a lot and paid hefty dues, but if you even hint at that u often get crucified by someone who might be 22 years old and been playing 3 years. Ya can't win online. I've had people go at me tooth and nail for suggesting some notion regarding tone and basically called a fool or idiot only to have a guys like John Suhr later say exactly what i did. But instead of being nailed to a cross he gets response like "wow, i never would have guessed". The web is a wacky place, but then what would u expect when anyone on earth can participate anonymously !
     
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    huh? in my own snark snarky way I was saying cheap guitars can play and sound as go as expensive guitars, maybe
    some time a cheap guitar in the hands of skilled mechanic/luthier can work wonders.

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    Two of mine I paid less than $400 each for. One is an Epi, once I replaced the nut and added a Bigsby it is "good" as anything out there, although it does seem to have developed an intermittent short in the neck pickup volume control. The other one is completely unknown in the US, Fujigen T-type. The only thing cheap about it frankly is the sticker price as it has a bone nut, dark RW board, perfect binding, frets were defintely given some skilled attention, and it came with name brand USA pickups.

    I think it's pretty typical that guys love their cheap guitar that they've spent a bunch of time and money modding (that's me, too). I know that my current guitars are way better than the off-the-rack Affinitys I have played.
     
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    ah sounds like the taste of success. I wanted a guitar for standing up playing that had the same response characteristics as a lap steel.
    ( I love the sound and responsiveness of my Chandler Lap Steel guitars.)
    hmmmm? 24 inch scale, question?
    Answer: a Squier Mini Strat 24 inch scale.
    New tuners , new pickups ,pro setup for slide playing, mini Seymour Duncan PAF neck, Middle Dimarzio Area 61, Bridge Dimarzio Fast track.
    All are hum canceling pickups . each pickup sounds like a different guitar, each has a particular sound and set of responses, by choice.
    It worked , stand up slide on the cheap.
    Rock Solid tuning stability good sustain, add a Keeley Compressor: BINGO

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    I bought a used Squier Tele a few years ago for $65.
    It had the name 'Marty' scratched on the front with a nail ( or something).
    Stickers were everywhere.
    I was going to do a sparkle refinish.
    I cleaned the body, and sanded down the sharp edges where the paint was chipped.
    Then, thought I should do all the set-up and adjusting before the refinish.
    After fitting a new pickguard with a cheap middle pickup, and another cheap Amazon neck pickup, it plays really well.
    It has individual toggle switches for each pickup.
    The action is so smooth, and the ratty look is neat, so I left it this way.
    Also, an STP ( Stone Temple Pilots) sticker was pit on the back, and a red ( bloody) handprint.
    Everyone that plays it loves it. FB_IMG_1583202469662(1).jpg FB_IMG_1583202469662(1).jpg FB_IMG_1583202462240(1).jpg FB_IMG_1583202476773.jpg
     
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    Definitely! I've got a Sherwood green metallic Squier Standard Tele with a Glaser B Bender in it and the black PW bender Tele in my Avatar pic is a '80 Japan Squier, and those are only a couple of my herd of lesser-expensive guitars. More expensive isn't always better.
     
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    I have several inexpensive guitars that I love: Squier Classic Vibe Jazzmaster & Mustang, a $135 IYV Mustang copy, and an Offset Series Mustang that I got as a b-stock for $325 or so.

    But the real sleeper is the Bullet Tele that I scored for about $43 out of pocket once I applied all of my rewards points. I tossed a loaded pickguard/control plate from an Am Pro II in it and it’s one of the best sound guitars I own. All for a grand total of $224. Does it FEEL like an expensive guitar? Nope, but it sure sounds like one and plays extremely well.

    I’m a bargain hunter and I’ve never spent more than $800 on a guitar. The tele experiment and solidified in my mind that I never need to drop big bucks on a guitar to get the sound I want.
     
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    I had a Gretsch Electromatic single cutaway DuoJet (MIC) with the thumbnail fret markers and it was a great guitar. I have no idea why I sold it. (Slaps forehead)
     
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    Just got a CV Esquire today. I've always wanted a single pup guitar; just plug n' play! So far so good but the pup's a bit muddy especially in the left (1st) position. Open to any pup suggestions that can crank and have girth.
     
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    My latest acquisition is a used Squier Classic Vibe Telly made in China and it´s a great guitar for small bucks. I paid 300,- € for it, including a gigbag. My 52 AVRI is better, but was much more expensive, too. The Squier is great for upgrading or outside gigs in bad weather.
     

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    Pickup height, then wiring, first before pickup swapping.
     
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    fred4321 Tele-Meister

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    I have a MIM Tele which is the best electric I have played (except my mates 2017 LP Gibson Goldtop), and its the one that turned me onto electric guitar and teles (had bought and sold quite a few electrics in the past-never gelled with them).
    In fact I have another thread looking at cheap teles.

    My main thing is acoustic guitar-the feel and playability of a well made high end acoustic is breathtaking.
     
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    regardless of its price /value...you still treasure and play it and enjoy creating music .that's the motivation..creating.Its priceless in your hands.
     
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