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Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by yegbert, Jun 1, 2021.
It's sure fire way for a new learner to pack it in...prematurely.
That's terrible. What are those bad parents thinking ?
Lucky thing for those of us starting out 40 - 50 years back that every cheap instrument was a wonderful piece of design. If we had trouble, advice to solve it was a click away. Replacement parts and tools were available in nearly every corner shop.
Parents buy cheap instruments for one simple reason, they know their kids quit 95% of the activities they try.
It can be frustrating. The community where I run this program isn't hurting. I have setup guitars for kids I genuinely know can't afford a shop job. However, most of the kids with these crappy guitars just have cheap parents.
There's absolutely no need to "replace everything to get a good guitar". This isn't the 1990's or earlier.
There's also no need to spend that kind of money on parts today, especially not on super expensive $tewMac parts.
"My Yamaha Pacifica won't stay in tune. Do I need new tuners?"
Spend an extra, what, 80 bucks, and get a Squier Bullet Tele. Way cooler, and far less of a risk of getting a dog.
The almost complete lack of human attention or quality control makes it a lottery, basically. Play at your own risk.
I'm sure that if you sat down with a dozen or so of those guitars you could find one that was pretty good.
And, while it is very true that CNC machines will always make 'identical' bodies and necks, if you feed wet and undefined cellulose matter into them you're going to get variable results.
And hardware potentially made from recycled saucepans probably won't last long either.
Me, I'd probably spend a bit more and get a perfectly decent instrument from Aria, Yamaha or Ibanez. If I had a bit more, obviously.
Man, for $89 shipped...
My inner voice: I do not need a cheap project guitar. I do not need a cheap project guitar. I do not need a cheap project guitar.
I need to go look at pedals on eBay to distract myself.
I grabbed this T-style for a buck at the Dollar Tree store. I doubt it is gig worthy, but may be useful as a fly swatter.
After buying a Harley Benton TE-30, TE-70 and after that playing several TE-52's and selling them as fast as I could (it took me about three years to sel just two of them, at a loss), I'm never going into that rabbit hole ever again... Get a cheap Squier Bullet or Affinity. About double the price, but ten times the guitar in my book. For only a few hundred bucks you can get a pretty decent Classic Vibe.
I could agree with a partcaster, but then at least with a decent neck and hardware.