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Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by flats750, Aug 19, 2017.
My favorite guitar is a 2005 Korean Ibanez RG320FM... with upgraded pickups and it is a beast !!
LOL paruwi.................Every Fujigen made guitar I have ever met was top quality.
Those are sweet!
Those jet kings are cool. What pup configuration? Never really saw one in the wild. Only one ive seen was a few years ago, dude in a cool band we went to see was playing one.
Quoting myself here, I just picked up an Epiphone "Zakk Wylde" Les Paul, and that one took me by surprise. The Explorer mentioned above took a lot of work, multiple pickup and electronic changes to get it to the point where I like the sound.
The Zakk Wylde however, is amazing in its build quality, sustain and tone right from the get-go. (Well, other than the EMG 81/85s in it)
It might just become my favourite LP for a while.
Ok, calm down semantics warriors...
By "cheap" I am referring to the lower cost alternatives to their full fledged siblings. SE vs Core, Epi vs Gibson, Mexi vs Fender USA, EBMM vs Sterling. While a lot of these I have both of, its not always the big brother that I choose to play.
Now mind you, I have been working on and building guitars since the 70's, so even my lower end gits are for the most part exceptional players (or they don't stay around long). It also seems by some of the responses I am not alone in this, which was the purpose of the OP.
And for the record I consider sub $500 to be "cheap" in guitars, $500-1000 mid-level and $1000 plus to be higher end. Ymmv
I don't prefer them, but I do enjoy them. Here is my favorite.
I currently own and play a MIM Fender. I used to have USA Fender and USA Gibson guitars before and the MIM isn't worse in any way.... even better than some USA guitars I had before. I don't necessarily prefer more affordable guitars but I certainly feel a bit more nervous to play a really expensive guitar because I don't want anything to happen to it.
I'm kind of neutral on the question.
With the exception of my main band guitar I play my cheap guitars as much as my Les Paul or vintage pieces. In an ideal world I'd prefer to play the old pieces all the time, but in the real world that's not a practical option.
The band guitar was originally a $500 Gretsch, but it's had some mods done to it that makes it my preferred band piece. I wouldn't be playing it with the group if it was stock.
I like 'em all (or they wouldn't be here), but some of the less expensive guitars have features that make them easier to play. Like stainless frets (Gibson doesn't do that), 16" radii fretboards, wider fretboards (Gibson, are you listening?), jumbo frets, etc. I have one Gibson with a smooth neck heel (it's an Axcess Custom), but the guitar is also thinner and chambered. I prefer the cheaper one with the neck-through construction and the full-thickness solid body sides.
It isn't case of cheap vs. expensive -- it's just that Gibson is locked into 1952 and the less expensive guitars aren't.
Henry 'invented' so many Innovations during the last years.....
Same for me. I don't have a preference. Whatever floats my boat on a particular day. If I didn't love them all, I would have sold some of them by now.
A great guitar is a great guitar, no matter the price
Well, in that case...
...much love for my Danelectro '59 NOS+. She's one of the most enjoyable and addicting guitars in my stable. As well as her lower voiced sister, the Danelectro Longhorn short scale bass.
My most recent purchase of a "cheap" China built Epiphone Casino would fall into this category, as well. I was going to hold out for the way too overpriced Elitist version (still might get one next year, though), then thought I'd just get a Korean Casino to hold me over in the meantime. Then I came across a "too-good-to-be-real" deal on this "mint" Sunburst Casino with a hardshell case for a mere $400.00. So I took a chance. Turns out, she wasn't in mint condition, she was in brand new condition...still has that new guitar smell! And it's a deluxe hardshell case, to boot.
I'm not sure how much better a Korean built Casino could be, 'cause this is one fine guitar that is impeccably well made and a real joy to play. She's been hogging a lot of the spotlight here lately and seems to become more a part of me with each jam session.
I hear ya. Picked up my mint '07 MIC Casino w/ HSC off Craigslist for $350 a couple of years ago, and love it!
Good question. I bought a Guitar Project on ebay . The seller was going to chuck it. He sold it to me for $71 + shipping.. It needed tuners. One of the pups would not adjust. I received the guitar. I opened the box and the humbucker fell out. Yikes!!! It was so simple to fix. It came unglued from the frame. A dab of glue. The tuners were supposed to be silver-tone Grover's. The guitar had a crack in around the knobs. So what? Here's where the Seller came through. He sent Parts. Grover Gold-Tone tuners. All six. Just an easy install. He sent bridge parts. I got it up and running. I had no idea who Mike Tempesta is. My $100 guitar had MSPR of $1000 at the time. "Cheap"?
Dunno about cheap, but I've had lots of fun with the faded SG's, and BFG, refinishing and correcting all the little quality items. So low end of the line is my "cheap". Like the Traditional I just got... it'll get its own treatment too. Maybe I don't feel bad using the entry level stuff as a canvas?
i love my cheapies.
Nearly all of my instruments are the version I could afford at the time, not the ones I really wanted. But over time they get slowly modified to what I would have gotten if I'd had the scratch.
My main Strat is an 88 MIJ Standard (the equivalent of today's MIM) but all that's original on it now is the neck plate and the wooden parts. It has gone through multiple generations of pickups and switching mods: First was a set of Fralins with the stock switching. Then were Lace Sensors (the Red-Silver-Blue set) with a Strat Lover's circuit. Now is a DiMarzio Area Set (58,67, & 61 I think) also with the Strat Lover's circuit. The saddles and nut are Graphtech's. The tuners are currently a Schaller locking set. But they were Sperzel's for a while. I've even gone through a few sets of straplocks. There's not much original Fender left to it.
My Tele is a '12 MIM FSR Butterscotch blonde with the black 'guard. It has a Duncan Mini Humbucker in the neck, Duncan Cool Rails fir Strat in the middle Duncan Stacked Vintage in the bridge, a reversed control plate with an angled five way switch and a blend knob added. And the bridge plate is shaved down on the sides and has Callaham compensated saddles. The tuners are Schaller locking tuners again.
My newest Strat is a Frankenstrat made of all MIA parts. It's basically a Clapton Signature Strat but with a Turnstyle Switch,
My Epiphone Dot has Duncan P-Rails and Triple Shots. It is mostly otherwise stock, except the first owner had the headstock faked to look like a Gibson from like ten feet. He didn't want to risk his real ES335 pn bar gigs. So he had this Epiphone made into a fake one. That's why I got it cheap.
Basically I'm inclined to tinker until I've got what I wanted in the first place, but couldn't afford.
The 70's Classic Series Strats are every bit the quality of 70's fenders I have had or played, and even better in some cases.
Both my LEs Pauls (one of which is a R8) stay put as I totally fell head over heels for that Fret King Blue Label Eclat I recently purchased for a price I couldn't refuse. This ones got a perfect 59 neck