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Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by MikeyisB999, Jun 10, 2021 at 7:25 AM.
Considering how affordable this guitar is. It's not that bad at all!
IME, you get what you paid for and YouTube influencers get paid to sell stuff.
I'll admit that I haven't watched the video. (Life's too short.) But there are inexpensive guitars and cheap guitars, if you know what I mean. Some inexpensive guitars can be very nice and can be set up to play well and sound good. (Some Squier models and some G&L Tribute series guitars, for instance.) Cheap guitars, on the other hand, can't.
I believe that one man's junk is another man's Stradivarius. I also believe that price point instruments can be made to be very playable, and that the prices being charged for certain other instruments are laughably outrageous.
I bought a Squier Bullet for $118 at a pawn shop that a very good guitar...
(pssst... it's in the hands.)
Several years ago I bought a used Squier CV 60s Jazz Bass. I paid about the equivalent of US$110 / £77.
New, they're no longer all that cheap (about US$480 / £339), but still, not expensive either.
It is flippin' fantastic.
So, yeah, I reckon.
Yep. Choose carefully.
It depends on your definition of good. I'm more inclined to say they can be OK or adequate. A lot of times people talk about their great cheap guitars, except they swapped out pickups, bridge and tuners; and they had to work on the neck and frets. Yea, if you put enough money and effort into a cheap guitar you can probably get it up to good. I'm not sure what the point is though.
I remember somebody on one of the bass forums had an SX bass (under $200) that he was trying to sell. He had it pleked, new pickups, and new hardware. I think all told he had $700 in it in addition to the cost. I forget what he finally sold it for, but it wasn't much. He would have been better off to have just purchased a good bass to start with.
I got one for $130 NEW! They are inexpensive, SOLID guitars.
A "good" guitar is one the owner keeps picking up and playing.
A cheap guitar can be a serviceable guitar. With CNC'd parts, the factories are more geared around assembly than luthiery. The consistancy of the instruments is better than ever. There will be a limitation to the quality of sound using lesser components. That is immutable fact.
Can be. I’ve owned an SX, Epiphone LP Junior SL, and played tons of Squier Bullets I thought were total duds. And I’ve owned a $99 used Affinity and a $150 used import Hamer that were both truly fantastic.
Try before you buy and shop around and those diamonds in the rough are out there.
The point is that so far as your spouse knows the guitar was only $150. The parts and tools are an entirely different purchase, honest.
The other point is that some of us find working on a guitar fun and a cheap guitar is a good way to have this fun and experiment and learn. I wouldn't buy a $1200 MIA Tele to experiment with a pickup configuration or learn how to do refrets but a used Squier or the like I buy for under $100 is fair game.
BTW, the biggest weak point I've found on newer inexpensive guitars is the nut, not the bridge or tuners.
Of course they can. Ask Jack Pearson.
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Can a CHEAP guitar be a GOOD guitar????????
wow, this has never been discussed here before......................
In this day and age with modern CNC machining, any guitar produced right now should be pretty close to perfect, needing nothing more than a good setup.
Wasn't Jeff Healy playing a Squier back when they were not quite as nice as they are now?
The materials the CNC machines work on matters.
^I think this pretty well covers it.
The cheap electric guitars today are generally far better than anything available fifty years ago (top marques excluded). What's nuts is that those shoddy-to-mediocre guitars are now fetching high prices on eBay and used Squiers and Epiphones can be had quite cheaply!
Pretty similar to old British motorcycles. Their value dive-bombed when the more reliable and better-equipped Japanese machines arrived on the scene. There was a mid '60s BSA Bantam 175cc on eBay a while ago for £5000 ($7000). Crazy! They were worth peanuts when Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha pushed them to one side. Some British iron used more boot sole leather than two-stroke oil/petrol.
Back to guitars, check the Youtube expensive v cheap blindfold tests for some interesting results.
Slight clarification.....Jeff Healy played a Squier made in Japan. Those early eighties Squiers rivaled American-made Fenders....straight from the factory.