What cheap guitar has really impressed you with its quality?

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  1. Richie555

    Richie555 Senior Member

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    Many years ago someone offered me a Sunn Mustang and small practise amp for £20, feeling sorry for the guy i gave him the money and thought to myself maybe i could sell it to someone for £50, after i put new strings on it i was gob smacked by how well it played and sounded. It was that good that i found myself using it more than my regular (expensive) guitars.
    The amp was pretty shit though and i sold that for £30.
    Has anyone got any similar stories?
     
  2. zeppelin101

    zeppelin101 Senior Member

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    I hear Agiles are like that for a lot of people but for me it was my squier strat. It was my first guitar and went into the closet for a while cuz of a dead pot. I finally rewired the whole thing and was honestly surprised with how easy it was to play!
     
  3. GibsonByBirth

    GibsonByBirth Banned

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    Depends on what you mean by cheap. $400 then the Ovation viper of the 70's.
     
  4. Kate033

    Kate033 Senior Member

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    It depends on how cheap you are looking for. The quality of imported guitars has definitly improved over the years!

    The Squier Classic Vibe series are great guitars that can be found used for $2-250. Even a basic Bullet of Affinity Squier strat bought used with a good set up can be very playable, especially with a pickup upgrade. The same as a MIA strat? of course not, but still a very playable instrument.

    Agile and Xaviere both offer inexpensive guitars of decent quality. If you're looking at acoustics, the Yamaha F series are great for little money.
     
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    A Peavey HP Exp. Plays fantastic. Sounds great.
     
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    overdriver Banned

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    Squire CV series
     
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    mrpesca Senior Member

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    Just about anything from Rondomusic.
     
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    leftyguitarman Senior Member

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    My Agile and my Epi resonator.
     
  9. dennistruckdriver

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    If I could find one for $2, I'd buy it.
     
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    leftyguitarman Senior Member

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    Even though they are made in China? :laugh2:
     
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    Leendrix The Cheeky One V.I.P. Member

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    As in cheap, I can't say I have. Well, the 2-4 hundred dollar ESP (LTD) guitars are pretty good quality. Same with epiphone... IF they are 400 and up.
     
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    most underrated low end guitars IMO is Godin's redline series. they go used for around $350-$400 if you look around and they are great quality. come with emg actives and they are built in canada and assembled in the USA from my understanding. i played one today and wow was i impressed
     
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    This one
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    Sure it's no Gibson or PRS but the feel of the neck is great and the acoustics of it just rips.
    It's like a p90, so raw it rocks.
     
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    My 58' Epiphone Korina Explorer....love this guitar...play it ALL the time
     
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    dennistruckdriver V.I.P. Member

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    Sure....they're worth every bit of $2.
     
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    A Schecter w/Floyd Rose. Not a lot of money.
    But for the money a lot guitar.
     
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    my tanglewood D-11 i got in 1996 is the best acoustic i've ever played. also, people with martins and taylors have demanded i swap guitars with them at folk clubs as they like the playability and warm sound of my guitar.

    not bad for £200 :thumb:
     
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    My Slammer (Hamer) Pacer that my mom paid $150 for w/an amp, when I was 15.

    The neck actually looks/feels better than the one on my MIM Strat! And the quality of the [Duncan Designed] pickups, and the controls is suprizingly top notch.

    This guitar has a great tone, and I know this sounds crazy, but it has almost an LP vibe to it, especially through a Marshall stack.:slash:

    I've been playing this guitar almost every day for the past 12 years, and it STILL sounds as good as it did when it eas new, not to mention it's completely stock! I've NEVER had one problem with it after all these years (knock on wood)!
     
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    ESP LTDs... they are amazing...
     
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    Gibson SG Faded. $600, USA made, very nice and for the price of a mid grade Epi.
     

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