The most surprising "off-brand" guitar you've found?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by rebelwoclue, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. rebelwoclue

    rebelwoclue Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    I just picked up an S20 Tradition Gold Top that beats any Epi or Studio I've played!
    How about you?
     
  2. brenn

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    Depends on what you mean by an "off-brand" - a cheap-o? The best cheap guitar I'd ever owned was either a Washbirn HB 35 or a B.C. Rich NJ neck-through Mockingbird. I've never really owned anything cheaper than that, that was worth playing.

    The best unusual brand I have ever played is Metropolitan. definitely not cheap, but I have owned 3 and all 3 were the 3 best sounding humbucker-equipped guitars I have ever played, with the best necks I have ever played. naturally, I sold or traded them all.
     
  3. soulman969

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    My 3 Squier CVs. Around here some consider those an "off brand". ;)
     
  4. TeleTeebs

    TeleTeebs Banned

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    a junky aria pro i had rocked hard
     
  5. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

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    An Oscar Schmidt Delta King OE-30 (335-style).
     
  6. GigsbyBoyUK

    GigsbyBoyUK Friend of Leo's

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    I have a Tanglewood acoustic that sounded as good as most of the Martins etc. I tried. It's a keeper for sure.
     
  7. HOBBSTER01

    HOBBSTER01 Friend of Leo's

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    I had the orange one. It was truly a sleeper.Also the Peavey JF-1 335 style is a very good player.
     
  8. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

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    Stagg A-300 from craigslist $50.00.
    This guitar is great and is 90% of a Gibson semi-hollow.
    It was a good day when this one came home.
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  9. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

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    Gibson Maestro Baldwin Education Series Studio. $69.00 ebay.
    This may be a "low-end" "off brand" but, it is a screamer and very fun to play.
    A very pleasant surprise.

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  10. spikypaddy

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    This one:

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    My late '80s/early '90s Encore Strat copy. Sounds more "Stratty" any Strat I've ever played! Cheap and cheerful and bloody awesome!
     
  11. thegreatshocka

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    I got a Tradition G12 (Strat HSS copy) on Craigslist for $110 loaded with Dimarzio Area 58 & 61's and a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge. It absolutely kills! Got a nice heft to it and sustains for days. I've never been a fan of basswood body guitars, but this one just does it. I've also had a basswood body Tele that I played for a while. Fit and finish on it was excellent.
     
  12. studio1087

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    I'm a traditionalist with acoustic guitars. I play acoustic & electric 50/50 and my favorite acoustics are traditional Martins (fyi).

    A co-worker bought a guitar for his wife and it had not been restrung in two years. He asked if he could bring it to work. Could I take it home and restring it?? I said "Buddy bring it in, I can restring it and tweak it and clean it in my office in 25 minutes"

    He told me it was a Cort. I have an early 90's Ibanez double cut that was made in the Cort factory and I know that they private-label some nice guitars out of that factory but I thought .......a Cort? You bought a gift Cort for your wife?? I might have chose a Yamaha or something else.

    The neglected Cort sounded like a bell. It was beautiful with the nasty strings. It played well. I was looking in the soundhole with a mirror on a stick and it had some glue boogers on the ribbon work (they build them fast) but overall the thing was very nice and when I put new D'Addario 12-53 80/20's on it the sound was amazing.

    I was really impressed.
     
  13. flyswatter

    flyswatter Friend of Leo's

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    No name MIJ 70s LP copy with a plywood body. Everything you'd expect to scream cheapo/ bad guitar, except with a few upgrades (tuners and electronics) this one's a monster.
     

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    The SX Furrian Wiggle Stick Model. Great guitar, add new pickups and it's a contender for the crown.
     

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  15. Rusrant

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    Agile al2k's. Got a goldtop that once setup and swapped the pickups, was every bit as good as anything 5-10x it's price.
    That said, ordered a Tigereye and wasn't even half the guitar. Sent it back unfortunately.
     
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    My two Douglas Spads (with pickup, tuners and bridge upgrades) are my two main guitars. Set maple neck w/ rosewood + jumbos, basswood body (green is maple quilt top), thicker flat neck, well balanced and resonant - I may have to collect them all. ;)

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  17. jackal

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    70's Hondo LP copy. Had D'Marizo pups and the lowest action ever! Don't know why I ever let it go.
     
  18. loopy reed

    loopy reed Friend of Leo's

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    Almost bought a Hohner ES-335 copy a few years ago, that thing was incredible and much cheaper than an Epi Dot! Must've been Peerless-built...felt a lot like my Korean Epi Riviera.

    I've played a lot of First Acts that were surprisingly good.
     
  19. dman

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    Washburn HB-30, a limited edition in an "amber" (really more like Gretsch orange) stain over flamed maple. A beautiful, well made and great sounding guitar. I won it on an Ebay auction from Warpdrive Music in Milwaukee for $165.
     
  20. Telepathist

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    Washburn X-200 Pro for a little metal now and then. It has Seymour Duncan PUPS that some like on their Les Pauls. Rings like a bell when clean!

    Does double duty...wife likes it as decoration in the living room. :)
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