Best and worst instrument quality purchase

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by RoCkstAr256, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. schmee

    schmee Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hard to remember but:
    Best:
    Guild Westerly acoustics
    Ibanez George Benson Archtop
    Crate Powerblock, $60 new at GC blowout. It's a tiny backup amp and keeps chugging for a decade now.
    ....Bass player has even used it a few times in emergency.
    Good:
    Late 90's / early 2000's MIM Strats.

    Worst:
    Gibson Howard Roberts archtop 2004 (sticky nitro)
    Matsumoku made (?) 335 type Epiphone. 80's. Bolt on neck.
    A Martin lower end model acoustic.
    Vox Night Train Head. ugh
    Matchless Clubman head. Bright and lifeless except at outdoor concert volume.
     
  2. Doctorx33

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    Best: Stellar brand Les Paul copy in 2006 for $200 shipped with case. Shaped like a real Les Paul, pickups are great, fretts very good, easy setup and it plays great. Somewhere along the way I put better pots and tuners on it but it didn’t really need the tuners.

    Worst: about five years ago I bought a fake Chinese Moderne. I expected it to be along the lines of an Epiphone in quality. It wasn’t. It was the biggest piece of **** I’ve ever had. Pickup routs had to be reshaped with a Dremel, frets leveled and crowned to fix a hump in the upper registers, new nut, and over time I replaced everything that could be screwed to the neck and body except the pickguard, and even there I changed the screws to real gold screws. Ultimately it became a playable guitar but I had to put an unbelievable amount of money into it.
     
  3. hemingway

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    Best: 50s Baja, Yamaha THR5, any Peavey amp

    Worst: pretty much anything I bought as a teenager back in the 80s. Most affordable gear was junk
     
  4. Bob M

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    Best-1952 Gibson ES 125; 2015 TVL Jazzmaster
    Worst-Vox Super Beatle; Fender toronado (2 p90 strat)
     
  5. marc2211

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    Can’t say I ever got a truly terrible guitar, I’ve had a fair few delivered with serious faults. Ok, the SG was awful. :D

    Worst: PRS SE Standard 24 I got in January this year. The selector switch and tone pot were defective out of the box and had to be replaced. It also sounds meh through an amp. Great to look at, nice to play, but still trying to get it to sound right. Money pit.

    Gibson SG faded 2016. Truly dreadful. The nut was a mile high, the slots were pointed in a rough estimation of a direction. It wouldn’t stay in tune *at all*, had nut binding issues, flexy neck. You couldn’t fret a bit without bending it sharp as the frets were so high. First guitar I ever had to return.

    Epiphone LP Standard (Korea). Great guitar apart from the 2mm grooves in the frets at the 12th fret on the high E and A strings that made it unplayable. No idea how it got out of the factory like that.

    Worst amp: Marshall DSL 20cr. Ice pick everywhere, and when it wasn’t ice pick it was flubby. It was also impossible to switch channels without readjusting the treble, which made it useless for me.
     
  6. RoCkstAr256

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    Thats a lot of stories guys. It Hurts to read some of these issues you had. I known his feeling.

    A lot of Gibsona seem to have issues while Fender comes mostly set up well
     
  7. qblue

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    My bests: 1986 Yamaha SBG2100, a Les Paul killer that is the same guitar as the SG3000, without the bling, for $400, as part of a blowout sale. I believe Gibson threatened a lawsuit. A used Ibanez AFJ95 (jazzbox) I bought in 2013 for $300. I had to buy a case for it, but the guitar is in flawless condition. A 1980 Gibson L6-S I bought used, for $240 in 1982; Reverb shows examples worth $1000. It's rare because they were discontinued in 1979; likely it was a special order.
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    Absolutely the best: A 1970 4-bolt Olympic White Stratocaster with issues, was given to me, in 1982. It has a large headstock with crazing in the lacquer finish, applied to retain the decal. I played it for a few years, but in 2010 I had a refret to medium jumbos, and the nut replaced. I think the bridge PU needs further potting as it is microphonic. It has Hendrix tone.

    The worst: I don't have a worst. The battery powered Fender Mini Twin Amp with 0.5W of power might be disappointing, but really is a good practice tool and it has a headphone output.
     
  8. DuckDodgers

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    70s Guild D35 I picked up around 15 years ago for $225
    Pimentel 002 I bought in the 70s and wish I’d kept
    G&L ASAT Special I bought last year
    A German hybrid double bass- my first upright- that I should have kept. It was a wonderful instrument, better than the Romanian instrument I have today that I paid 5x as much for.

    Worst

    Guitar Fetish dreadnaught I bought for my nephew- the top buckled after a year
    Guitar Fetish Xavier “Rockabilly” cosmetic second that had the worst, most twisted neck I’ve ever seen in a new instrument, and a nut that was about twice as high as it should be. The a*****e I dealt with at GF insisted that all instruments were adjusted before leaving the shop, and said if could return it at my expense, and if they determined it was faulty, they’d repair it and return it... also at my expense.
     
  9. LeicaBoss

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    Best: 2016 Gibson Memphis ES 335
    WORST: 2016 Gibson Memphis ES 335

    First one had a twisted neck and useless, non-working truss rod.
    The second one had a little choir of angels dancing on every fret
     
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  10. ALANinDC

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    My Best BUY was a used '65 Gretsch 'Gent that I bought in 1979, when Gretsches weren't moving at all. Always wanted one 'cuz George H and Chet played them and they just looked like super-serious guitars. I don't play it because I'm a short dude, and its like slinging a cello over my shoulder.

    Oddly, the worst was a used Les Paul Recording from Daddy's Junky Music. Another one of those guitars I always wanted, but this one was in rough shape: the control plate was cracked, the frets were filed WAY too low, loose headstock binding and frankly it wasn't worth hanging on to, in spite of its scarcity. Sent it back the next day.

    The one I miss the most is a 1934 Martin R18 archtop I eBay'ed in 2009. A great guitar for small "showtune" bands, but the bar frets were worn down and there was a puncture in the side.

    I don't own anything new, only because I haven't found anything yet that just feels right.
     
  11. blowtorch

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    Hard for me to pick a worst. I've found virtue in most everything I've run across.

    Best quality, well, this one would be right up there
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  12. ricardo1912

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    My two best have to be my bsb Baja and black Cab.
    The Baja was advertised as lightweight and hardly played. It weighs about 7lb and could have been brand new. I bought the Cab cheap when Thomann were selling the end of the range. Its been played and rehearsed loads without any action or intonation change. Came ready to go and never changes.

    Worst would be my first electric, a Jedson LP copy that weighed a ton, was a fight to play and shed parts on a regular basis. I still liked it, possibly cos I didn't know any better.
     
  13. Twang Deluxe

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    Best: Martin D12x1 (for 250 Euro)
    Worst: Epiphone Casino MIC (bad quality and always out of tune)
     
  14. Bulldoggio

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    My best has to be a player grade '52 goldtop I got two years ago. It immediately went to the top of the class and has stayed there.
    Worst was a Gibson Johnny A. Within 10 minutes I hated that guitar. Feel and sound were atrocious. Pretty though! It's such a contrast from what Gibson was and what Gibson is.
     
  15. studio1087

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    Best is my D28. Worst was a Kustom II Lead combo that I bought when I was 17.

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  16. bo

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    Best: Guild Custom Shop M70 from EM Shorts on close out as the Custom Shop no longer supported the guitar. $600!/2nd model Reverend Flatrock from ebay. Both excellent Gretschy guitars.

    Worst: Xaviere ersatz Jazzmaster with P-90s. The Mosrite knockoff bridge sat up so tall that even at the lowest setting it played like a cheese slicer. Plenty of other issues with it too. It was unplayable in its design! In a world of playable cheap guitars I couldn't believe someone was offering such crap for sale.
     
  17. archiemax

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    Best: Gretsch solidbody "Beast" at a pawnshop in LA for $140 (though I also had to buy a diamond ring for the wife that was also $140.)

    Worst: Fender solid state amp from around 1971.
     
  18. Kebmel

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    Best: Baja 50's Tele

    Worst: Celebrity LP copy
     
  19. preactor

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    I keep my guitars hanging on the wall to make my cats only dream.

    Best- Peavey Reactor from 90's???

    Worst- Epiphone Acoustic I learned on...I really believe the strings were 1/4" off the neck at the 1st fret.
     
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