On a quest to buy a cheap guitar with a trem UPDATE: Kramer on order

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  1. efstop

    efstop Senior Member

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    I would like to have just one guitar with a vibrato/wang bar/wiggly stick and don't want to put a lot into it. I'm thinking $600 CDN, max.

    First off: It won't be any version of a Strat; Squier or otherwise. Iconic or not, Strats just don't do it for me. There isn't much out there that isn't Strat shaped or, worse, pointy Strat-shaped.

    What I've liked so far:
    1: Squier Vintage Modified Mustang. Oddly, the Fender version is a hard tail $400-410
    2: Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster or the J. Mascis version $540-600-something
    3: Used PRS SE Custom 24, available locally for $425 CDN
    4: I almost like the Kramer Barretta Special. Strat based but quite plain and only $259, but that head stock...
    5: Have you seen a Travelcaster? It's not much more than the pickguard and neck of a Strat without the body. $395
    6: Ibanez Tallman w/Tremolo has a Strat layout but a Tele/Jazz blend on the body. $600
     
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    Hit the pawnshops.

    I always see lots of nice Ibanez guitars.
     
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    Ibanez makes lots of pointy guitars, but I'll do a search on their other models and see the price ranges. Maybe there's a Talman or higher priced model that someone wants gone.
     
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    My vote for the Travelcaster, then PRS SE Custom 24.
     
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    Although the Travelcaster is shaped like a Strat pickguard, I thought it was kinda cool. The PRS is the only one on the list that I can walk down and buy tomorrow, if I want it.
     
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    Tele with a bigsby, or one of the rondo knockoffs with a tele body and a strat term.
     
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    as far as Squiers go, I'm not too sure any of their non-Strat tremolos are worth a damn. Of those options, I guess I'd say the Kramer :cool: If you don't mind the single pickup (or headstock) the lower price point leaves lots of room for upgrades (or other stuff entirely)

    The PRSs are nice too
     
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    I had a look at the PRS. Everything looks good and the set up is good. The vibrato works well. There is a ding on the back edge about a cm square and there is no gig bag, but not bad for $425. I checked the serial code online; it's a 2009. Seriously considering it. I can bring a gig bag from home to transport it.
     
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    I don't know if I can trust a man that can't get on with a Strat.


    :hmm:
     
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    I like the tremolos on Reverend guitars.
     
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    $600 CAD?
     
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    600 CDN is a guideline but I've spent a shit load of money since Boxing Day; a guitar, a bass, a camera and eight pedals.
     
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    Ibanez also made an "artist" series doublecut les paul with symmetrical pointy horns..........possibly even with a tremolo.

    I also wouldn't be surprised if some manufacturer made a double cut similar to pat traver's famous les paul double cut with kahler trem.
     
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    Ok, silly question..... What kind of trem? Strat styled? Bigsby? Floyd?
    Looking at a hollow or semi hollow? The Gretsch Streamliner, the 2622T is a great guitar, that you should find used for around the 600Cdn mark. Ibanez, makes a crap load of hollow, semi's, and solids with different types of trems. ( I recently picked up a SAS32FM, double cut, set neck, Wilkenson type trem, 2 hums coil tapped to have a stacked single, [Yes, 3 coil humbuckers] ) All for the low price of..... 125 USD used! Check your local Craigslist.
     
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    Solid body with stock trem, nothing fancy or locking. There isn't much local to me, and it's not a good idea to buy off Kijiji unless you can see the item. I don't mind buying from a dealer.
     
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    Ok.... so what's a STOCK trem? A strat style, or a Bigsby or one of it's many derivatives? I assumed CDN was Canadian. So check eBay.
     
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    I have a trem that mounts to the bridge studs available
    that wud allow u to pik ur git an add the trem w/o molesting the body
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    Whatever the trem is that comes on the guitar, but not Floyd or Schaller. IE A PRS with their own trem, or a Fender with their own trem, except no Strats.

    That's not bad at all. I wondered about just putting a Bigsby on my '13 '50s Tribute, but all Long & McQuade seems to have is Vibramates, no Bigsbys.
     

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