What's the cheapest guitar you purchased, but.....?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Five Aces, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. enorbet2

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    Some will hate me if not for the later modding (ewww! sacrilege) then the absolute steal of a find but from a small store in Gunnison Colorado ~1982 I bought a perfect shape Sears Silvertone Amp-in-Case guitar for 30 bux!! I forget the model number (#1479?) but it's easy to find. It's the sparkled cherry faux burst with the white masonite pickguard and two lipstick tube pickups. I'd rather show off my mods...

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    That silly rosewood with a fret in it bridge I replaced with a brass Leo Quan stopped unit but have long considerd getting rid of the adjustable saddles for a one-piece. Tuners are Shallers on a modded headstock for straight string path (no binding). Pickups, stock but through a Strat selector switch. This photo was taken before the stacked Jazz Bass metal knobs arrived. Total expense is under $150 since the bridge or the tuners cost more than the original guitar. Oh yeah, sounds amazing! plays great... AND stays in tune
     
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    I have a First Act Garage Master (the Volkswagen guitar). It's actually a pretty decent guitar, and fun to play.

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    Harley Benton SC Junior. $230 after shipping. It's totally stock except for the gold speed knobs. Plays and sounds great.

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  4. JBurton

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    Well, my dad purchased it for me. One of those popular electric guitars (and the amp) that Sears Roebuck & Co sold in the early 60’s. I think they were called ‘Silvertone’?

    But the cheapest guitar I ever bought was in 1975, a new USA made Fender Telecaster Deluxe for about $250.
     
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    Cheapest was $199 LTD BY ESP. LP shaped neck through slab with split coil humbuckers. It was OK with meh tuners and a toggle switch needed replacement.

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    my $265 Flow Guitars partscaster from Reverb came perfectly set up and it is great!

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    I'm always bragging on my $140 Douglas from Rondo. After a meticulous level & crown, rolling the fretboard edges, and setup, it's the one I play all the time. No other investment needed. Stock photo[​IMG]
    Just sold an old Kent bass I bought for $15 about 30 years ago for $250 - probably could have got more. It had a great neck, and sounded and played great. Probably original strings.

    I've bought a few Squier strats for $50-100. They've all been nice guitars.

    Also, a Takamine G Series acoustic I got from college girl for $60. Can't find the exact model online, but I suspect it's worth a bit more.
     
  8. KyAnne

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    Peavey Raptor EXP for my son on his 13 birthday. Professionally setup with low low action and had a neck and fret board that was slick as waxed glass. Sounds/sounded great too! Best guitar I've ever encountered "for the money". $150 bucks.
    p.s. Still holds tuning very well. He is 29 years of age.
     
  9. Spontaneous

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    1980's Epiphone LP Jr. bolt on neck, paid $200 and I overpaid, one soap box P90. Sounds sweeter than any guitar I own. Not as easy to play as a strat, but I swear, somehow, it sound better than my awesome 2007 LP R8 and Wildwood strat.
     
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    Squier Affinity Strat. Got it free with an amp I wanted. Modded some things and I play it regularly
     
  11. 3-Chord-Genius

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    Slightly off-topic, but I did recently get a guitar I didn't want. I had an amplifier that I hated and wanted to get rid of it, and a guy was willing to trade straight across for his Peavey semi-hollow guitar. I didn't need, nor want, nor have even heard of that particular guitar but I just wanted to get the amp out of my house so I took it.

    Best playing guitar I have ever owned in my entire life and it is now my #1. (Epilogue: I felt bad, because I saw that he listed that amp on Marketplace about 3 days later...)
     
  12. Five Aces

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    Some of those early Daisy Rock guitars were really good! I passed up a great deal on a 12 string Hollow Body they made... solid white (not pink) and the hardware was quality stuff! ....just was bad timing because my cash was limited at the time.
     
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  13. Dan Spiffy Neuman

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    Almost anything from Harley Benton.
     
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    A Hannah Montana thing made by Washburn for $50 (Canadian) at Walmart. I bought it because the parts were Tele style and I thought I could strip it, turned out all the parts looked Tele but weren't a usable spec. So thought I'd use it to practice relicing on. The clear coat was an impregnatable shell, so I *had* to whack it with knives, solvents, and even a heat gun to try and break it down a little. It was a dark chapter.
    Later I gave it to my cousin's kid.
    Hope it's not worth anything now...
     
  15. Blue Bill

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    My first electric was a true "closet classic". It was a red Gibson Melody Maker. It was dinged up and had one tuner key broken off. The lady told me, as I handed her the $15, that she gave it to her son when he was 16, and it's been in a closet for years. I "fixed" it up, with an amateur refinish job and a Dimarzio Super Distortion Plus pickup. and traded it in toward my first Tele, in 1980.
     
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    My first electric guitar was a Teisco J-1 I bought for $20 back in 1960. I have no idea whatever happened to it, I have a picture of it from 1969 but where it went from there is a mystery. But that was still $5 more than a paid for a Fender Jaguar clone I bought in Long Beach and sold that same day for $25. So, I know where that one went.
     
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    Wow, that was steal of the century. The greatest guitar player I have ever seen, Regi Wooten, plays a Japanese Squier. At that time, the Squier name was used instead of Fender. Looks amazing too!
     
  18. Leo Paul

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    My 2012 Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue that I bought new back then. With the discounts, it was just a bit over $300. I have no intention of doing so, but I'm pretty sure that I could sell it now for more than I paid for it. (The PRESS_NHawkCst-TA1-90e6c5b06751f92592b4b10a991ea7b9.jpg
     
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    bought a Furrian Liquid SX last year for $50.00 in Gumby Green that was missing the JM/Jag trem unit. Had one that was replaced from a Squire Jag upgrade. Came with a roller bridge and P-90's. Sounded decent and played ok. Soon enough the maple board neck changed out (Strat style RW board neck w/jumbo frets from Reverb), Fender Japan 62 re-issue trem, Hipshot open gear locking tuners, GraphTech nut. Still not being able to leave the damn thing alone 3 weeks ago I finally did a level/crown and rounded the fretboard edges, then pulled out a set of 70's Gibson mini-humbuckers I'd bought in the late 80's and installed them with new 500k pots, Switchcraft 3-way, .047 PIO cap and Puretone jack. Took it to a friends studio last week and everyone really dug my mongrel that played it. It's been out in the living room since getting the pups installed and played a lot. Really hangs good and easy to play sitting down. The drawback is it only fits in a Gibson gig bag. IMG_1380.JPG
     
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    I have three inexpensive electrics that play really well. A Seville early 80's strat copy. An Act 1 and the one that really shines is an Indio telecopy, sunburst finish with a rosewood fretboard from Monoprice. I play it more than my seven and eight hundred dollar fenders.
     
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