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Low vs High End

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bjackcity, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. Bjackcity

    Bjackcity Tele-Meister

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    Recently I’ve enjoyed playing my lower end guitars more so than my higher ends. I find that I actually play them to their fullest potential and since The quarantine I have had time to notice that I actually play and sound better on them compared to their expensive counterparts.
    So I’m wondering if anybody else feels the same way about their Society dubbed “low” end guitars?
    Do we get caught up in names on headstocks too much? Are we really playing our “high” Enders the way they deserve to be played? Are they really worth it?
     
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    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    This is the back of the PRS in my avatar. Yeah, I've played the snot out of it.

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  3. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I gravitate towards medium end.
     
  4. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    I try to take care of all of them, expensive or cheap.
    I play all of them, as the mood strikes me.
    For the past decade and a half, the mood has struck me to play the hecho-en-Mexico Telecaster in my avatar the most.

    Coincidentally, a decade and a half ago was also when I quit worrying about the pedigree of my instruments.
     
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    Only if you have bought used, and got a great deal
     
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    when I was in my twenties, I think the difference between low-end and high-end was much more pronounced than it is now.
     
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  7. Downshift

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    I have two Les Pauls.

    A $200 Custom copy by a company called Stellar.

    And a Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1957 Gold Top. I think I paid $3200 for it.

    They get played equally because they really aren't that different. The cheap one has way hot pickups in it, and its better for the punk-ish stuff I still like to play. The Gold Top has pretty mellow pickups and is great for country, blues, jazz, etc.

    I'd also bet that I've made way more money gigging with the copy than with the Gibson.
     
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  8. Fretting out

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    I gave up on babying my nicer guitars and play them all equally in fact my work horse guitar is one of my more expensive it sounds and plays great so deserves to be played
    They all get played, I don’t abuse them but use them as the musical tools they are
    I won’t let a guitars value scare me out of playing it, if you do it shouldn’t be bought in the first place
    Some of my cheaper guitars play just fine although I prefer the feel of my nitro laden axes
     
  9. Bjackcity

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    I Agree...don’t worry be happy
     
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    Looks like you have a fruit roll up stuck in there
    What is that?
    I assume some sort of foam for spring dampening
     
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    Yes.

    I got over that.

    I don't care where, how, or from what a guitar was made, if I like it I like it. Who am I trying to impress anyway?

    My favorite guitar is a ratty beat up partscaster with a Squier neck. I would challenge anyone to find a guitar that plays better at any price.
     
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  12. Bjackcity

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    Going on a guess here but it looks like ear plugs.
     
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    Now that you’ve said it, I totally see em
     
  14. Bjackcity

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    Dual purpose!
     
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  15. OttoCorrect

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    Low end guitars these days are actually pretty nice. I like my squiers and agiles just fine. Why pay thousands when around $400 will get you an exceptionally nice guitar?
     
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    Each person has to decide from themselves what is of value to them, and what isn’t. Lately, I’ve been gravitating the other direction, but I’ve gone back and forth over time. As far as I’m concerned, they are all tools. so, it is not like I’m keeping something in the closet and not using it.
     
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    Have to agree with you. I just read on another thread were they talking about a MIM blowing a custom shop out the water, when honestly (and this isn’t to start any arguments just personal opinion) it’s all in the player, the gear helps overall but at the end of the day I honestly feel it’s the person putting hands to frets that makes the instrument.
     
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  18. Bjackcity

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    I have a few under the bed, only cause I was told No more on the walls.
     
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    Well, there is that issue. LOL
     
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    I once had an R&B cover band at an event I produced- those guys rolled in with Squier guitars, solid state Fender amps and a Behringer bass amp. They sounded terrific. The gear was just tools to them, there was no point paying for a $1000 guitar when they could use a $200 one to make the same money.

    I do have some US made guitars, but all were bought used when I found good deals. Are they better than my import guitars? In some ways, and some more so than others. None that would have been worth paying list for.

    I've told this story before, but my friend has a real-deal '50s Les Paul. It's the coolest guitar I've ever held and it sounds amazing, but the neck is like a baseball bat and I can barely play it. I play better on my Agile because my hand doesn't cramp up. For me the $400 import is a better tool to play music with than the $100,000 vintage guitar.
     
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