Can a CHEAP guitar be a GOOD guitar

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  1. MikeyisB999

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    Considering how affordable this guitar is. It's not that bad at all!

     
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    IME, you get what you paid for and YouTube influencers get paid to sell stuff.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I bought a Squier Bullet for $118 at a pawn shop that a very good guitar...
     
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    (pssst... it's in the hands.)
     
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    Hi.

    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.

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    Yep. Choose carefully.

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    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.
     
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    I got one for $130 NEW! They are inexpensive, SOLID guitars.

    A "good" guitar is one the owner keeps picking up and playing.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Of course they can. Ask Jack Pearson.
     
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    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?
     
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    The materials the CNC machines work on matters.
     
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    ^I think this pretty well covers it.
     
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    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. :D
    Back to guitars, check the Youtube expensive v cheap blindfold tests for some interesting results.
     
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    Slight clarification.....Jeff Healy played a Squier made in Japan. Those early eighties Squiers rivaled American-made Fenders....straight from the factory. ;)
     
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