Cheapest neck-through guitars

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by PC_Hater, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. PC_Hater

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    I have one very nice jazz guitar that I have kept standard, all my other guitars are cheap and cheerful and I take a saw or a chisel and a soldering iron to them as needed to make them the way I want them. But... I would like another nice guitar that I can leave as it is except perhaps for changing a pickup or a switch.

    I feel that what I really want is a neck-through guitar. I know about the expensive ones - and one of those might be the answer! But if there are some cheaper ones around, I would very much like to try them.

    The BC Rich Mockingbird is the only reasonably priced one I can think of. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if it feels and sounds good to me, I could live with the looks.

    Any other suggestions?
     
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    Check out Rondo/Agile. This AL-3200 is $500. Who can beat that?
     
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    Ibanez Artcores? Epiphone Les Pauls? Can you be more specific about other features you want?
     
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    There's an Epi LP neck-through?
     
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    They still make a neck-thru Firebird? Not that it would be cheap...
     
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    I'll tell you a feature I don't want -a tremolo.
    On my Steinberger copy I removed the tremolo springs and fitted old clutch springs from my Triumph Bonneville. Much stiffer and more stable!
     
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    I love the looks of a Firebird but... I have an Epi Firebird copy, and, and - I took a saw to it so that I could get to the higher frets easily. I would not feel happy about doing that to a Gibson!
     
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    Pretty sure Tri's just confusing set necks with neck throughs.

    OP - keep an eye out for a used Carvin if a moderately priced neck through body is what you are looking for.
     
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    Interesting! It comes to about $750 by the time you include shipping and UK taxes. The exchange rate makes it about the same price as the Mockingbird but there are discount dealers where I could get it cheaper. then again, I have always liked the Les Paul's I have tried.
     
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    If you're willing to go used, you can find an old Ibanez Musician or Aria Pro II from the late 70's or early '80's. Should be pro quality and depending on the model, you should be able to find one for less than $500.
     
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    Yeah, there are a bunch of neck-through Matsuomoko made guitars from the late 70s and early 80s selling under the Aria and Vantage names. If you're lucky you can probably find one for around $400.
     
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    I think Westone can be added to Starshine's list.
     
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    Ibanez Artcores are plentiful on the used market. Lots of models to choose from. Set necks. The ones without much bling often go for $200 - $300 used. They're good guitars, especially with upgraded tuners and electronics.
     
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    I took a sharp intake of breath and damaged my credit card about 30 minutes ago.
    BC Rich Mockingbird STQ in Black Burl, ex-demo. £339 or USD 576.
    I hope that is my GAS problem covered for another 5 years or so...
     
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    The guitar arrived today.
    Very nice. It went through quality control in August 2012 so it is almost 2 years old.
    There is a very slight mark on the upper bout, a couple of scratches on the rear plastic cover for the electrics and the pickup selector switch is unreliable. I'll be contacting them about the switch.
    The setup is excellent, it feels great and it sounds good.
    A bargain, and a damned fine guitar.
     
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    Congrats. Enjoy the new axe!
     
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