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Amazing cheapo guitars
Old 27th August 2007
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Amazing cheapo guitars

Sunday Aug. 26 I purchased A Fender Affinity Squire used at a garage sale (made in china) that had amazingly low action and no string buzz for $70 with gig bag. I got it home, plugged it into my Hot Rod Deluxe and no buzzes or grounding issues. I think it has one of the cleanest, fastest necks I've ever played. I have some real nice American Fenders here at the house as well as a Taylor 410 ce with great action, so I'm used to being spoiled.
Anyone else have cheapo guitars that they enjoy playing? I thought this might be a fun subject.
Awhile back I bought an old Hondo 2 Les Paul copy with a genuine (made in U.S.A.) Bigsby whammy bar for $35 which also has near perfect low action. It also came with a gig bag. What a deal, what a country!
Share the cheapo love!
Old 27th August 2007
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Squire ftw!

Yep squire are great for the cost, another maker that does fantastic cheap guitars is yamaha. Their pacifica range is probably the best for the money there is. I have an epiphone sg copy here (right here actually) that I mess around on and it actually has a nicer neck than my €1500 strat! I like it so much (I learned on it) I was thinking of changing the pickups so I could actually play it through an amp. Do you reckon you'll change the pickups in the Squire?
Old 27th August 2007
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Danelectro. If you can sift through a bunch you can find some nice Epiphones.
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A great Gibson-style bang-for-your-buck guitar is the Yamaha SBG guitars from the eighties. I still see these for around $500.

http://www.vintageguitar.com/brands/details.asp?ID=184

Also, Japanese Squier Strats from around '82 are great guitars.
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Old 27th August 2007
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+1 on Yamaha. I've got a $400 nylon string that I've had for around 15 years. It's always just been a living room guitar for me, and it's the only cheap guitar that I still play - mostly because it's convenient to leave around the house. However, I just put the John Pearse-Thomastik strings on it (6 wound strings, braided metal rope core on the high end, low tension), and I have to say that I'd be happy to record this sound.
Old 27th August 2007
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I have an Agile Harm 1 from them and it's wonderful. It was a demo and cost $250 shipped with a pretty nice case. Sort of a cross between an Epiphone Casino and a Rick 330 - and much, much better built than either.
Old 28th August 2007
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Been playin' a Schecter Omen-6. Cheapass pickups, I swapped out pickups, and it screams.

The new pickups cost as much as it did, I think I got it for 250 brand new.
Old 28th August 2007
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i'm big on the epiphone korean dots. the es-335 copy has a nice fat neck and if you replace the stock pickups (not necessary) with your own flavor the guitar can take great shape. (i recommend putting in seymor duncan 59's) it handles feedback with beauty and can be quite versatile. MySpace.com - Snuzz - Winston Salem, North Carolina - Alternative - www.myspace.com/snuzz
Old 28th August 2007
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I have an Agile Harm 1 from them and it's wonderful. It was a demo and cost $250 shipped with a pretty nice case. Sort of a cross between an Epiphone Casino and a Rick 330 - and much, much better built than either.
i had an agile les paul copy that sounded good but i never could get it to play as well as i wanted. sold it but i'll bet there are some that are really nice. the shipping box was weak as it arrived in two pieces- they did send me another one though. i've seen that harm and it looks good. MySpace.com - Snuzz - Winston Salem, North Carolina - Alternative - www.myspace.com/snuzz
Old 28th August 2007
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Those Agile and SX guitars are great....friggin unbelievable values......
Old 28th August 2007
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+1 for agile guitars. I have an AL-2000 gold les paul copy with p90s. wow. solid mahogany, set neck. sounds really nice through my cheapo crate vintage club 20 (2 x EL84s, very nice). The whole enchilada set me back a little over 300 bux.

Sure I've got a '69 Super Reverb and some nice fender guitars, but only 300 and change for an entirely new sound? Makes for a really nice experiment.
Old 28th August 2007
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Yep squire are great for the cost, another maker that does fantastic cheap guitars is yamaha. Their pacifica range is probably the best for the money there is. I have an epiphone sg copy here (right here actually) that I mess around on and it actually has a nicer neck than my €1500 strat! I like it so much (I learned on it) I was thinking of changing the pickups so I could actually play it through an amp. Do you reckon you'll change the pickups in the Squire?

i have an epiphone sg as well (left handed) i've had it for about 8 years now... i love the way it plays, it feels as good if not better then my strat.

four years ago I spent the money and got all new electricals and pickups, sounds awesome, just like a real SG, i recomend doing it.
Old 28th August 2007
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Been playin' a Schecter Omen-6. Cheapass pickups, I swapped out pickups, and it screams.

The new pickups cost as much as it did, I think I got it for 250 brand new.
Schecters are a great value. I've got a C-1 Classic, which is one of the nicest guitars I've ever owned.
Old 28th August 2007
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for the money the Epiphone stuff is amazing.. Les Paul Customs can be had for around 500 clameroos..
For the money I think those Epiphones are crap, you play them and you feel cheapness, the Agiles blow them away. I have 3 of their guitars an SG copy a pre lawsuit 335 and a L5 copy , they're all really nice, I'd swap the pickups out but I do that with every guitar
Old 28th August 2007
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Jerry Jones makes some great guitars. So does Reverend.
Old 28th August 2007
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I have two yamaha Pacifica's.

One is an old model before they started manufacturing somewhere else (I don't recall where). This guitar never ceases to amaze me. Perfect neck, incredibly resonant body, replaced pickups. Right up there with my strat and Gibson SG. I've also played two others from the same era that were both great.

The other is a newy, and what can I say, it's a terrible guitar. Find an old one like mine, and you're set.
Old 28th August 2007
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I would consider anything with a fender logo
cheapo
Old 28th August 2007
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I would consider anything with a fender logo
cheapo

...Hmm dare I get sucked in...

This is the sort of discussion that can get really heated even though it often just boils down to different definitions of the same word.

Option 1 - Cheapo = cheap to make. This is true of the typical fender, but I don't see it as a negative.

Option 2 - cheapo = cheap to buy. Well that's definitely not consistently true.

Option 3 - cheapo = crappy. I personally love a good strat, but then this is where it's all down to opinion.
Old 28th August 2007
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Re TheAmateur (pickups)

In response to TheAmateur, I will not change the pickups on the squire as they don't seem to be "microphonic" or exibit any objectionable qualities as of yet. Yesterday, while the wife was gone I cranked on my Hot rod deluxe in clean, drive and more drive modes and there was no squealing or otherwise unwanted sounds such as buzzing e.t.c. on any of the pickup positions. I'm as surprised as anyone as i've owned some other cheapo guitars that had various unwanted qualities. I wish it were white like my '73 Telecaster as the white ones over time will fade to a nice vintage beige as my Tele did. It's that medium dark blue color. I can't bitch though, for $70 with a gig bag. As a matter of fact I was surprised at how nice and even I could get it to feed back when I wanted it to.
Old 28th August 2007
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+1 on the Yamaha Pacifica stuff. I picked up a "Tele-like" Pacifica that looks and plays great for $130, and +1 on the Affinity Squire stuff. Got a virtually brand new P-Bass of theirs (The maple hadn't started aging at all and no fret wear) for $120 or something. Andy
Old 28th August 2007
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I think the sleeper Affinity Squier is their Butterscotch Blonde Tele. The Affinitys are about 1/4" thinner than std Teles. Its one of the few they use with better wood. Alder on this one. I picked one up for $90 used. Added a set of hand wound Bill Lawrence Keystone Tele pups for $65, scrounged for an MIM Tele neck which wound up costing me $50, added a 4 way Fender switch and CTS pots. So for around $225 this thing screams. Totally player and records unbelieveable!
Old 29th August 2007
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My neighbor picked up a realy nice St Blues Tele and it plays and sounds right good
for a sub-$200.00 guitar.
Old 29th August 2007
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Hey Noise, I agree with you on the butterscotch tele. I'm always amazed at how nice they look. If I didn't already have a '73 american tele that's faded, I'd probably pick one of those up.
About two years ago I found a '50's or early '60's Kay f hole (non cuttaway) with factory installed pickup, checkered binding, and pick shaped fret marker inlays for $15 at a garage sale. The electronics worked, but needed some repeated contact spray on the pots (no big deal). It plays fine and looks cool. I went on line to see if I could find one like it and none of them have the pick shaped fret markers like this one.
Old 29th August 2007
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I wouldn't say it's exactly cheap but I love my ESP LTD EC1000(LP knock off). Great playing and sounding guitar and comes with some really decent electronics.
Old 30th August 2007
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Schecters are a great value. I've got a C-1 Classic, which is one of the nicest guitars I've ever owned.
If you happen upon an earlier, American-made Schecter, you've probably happened upon a really nice guitar. They used to be custom, boutique-style instruments.

I have an LA-built Schecter that I bought in the early 90s. I don't even know its actual production date; I found it in a small music store in Indiana. To this day, it remains my go-to one for many situations. Great intonation and sustain.

I believe the same can be said for the American Reverends (which, if nothing else, are great looking guitars).
Old 30th August 2007
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I think the sleeper Affinity Squier is their Butterscotch Blonde Tele. The Affinitys are about 1/4" thinner than std Teles. Its one of the few they use with better wood. Alder on this one. I picked one up for $90 used. Added a set of hand wound Bill Lawrence Keystone Tele pups for $65, scrounged for an MIM Tele neck which wound up costing me $50, added a 4 way Fender switch and CTS pots. So for around $225 this thing screams. Totally player and records unbelieveable!
I took an artist to every guitar store in town searching for a Tele to record. That Butterscotch Blonde Affinity just killed everything else. It was so cheap he just gave it to the studio when the record was done. Now when people walk in they get excited to see a Tele until they read Squier on it. I just tell them to play it and it ends up seeing a lot of work.
Old 30th August 2007
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art and luthrie, seagull, low cost great quality
Old 30th August 2007
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Yep once folks get over the name branding, it's like you've been set free.. heh

I have a couple of real quick clips I used it on for some temp tracks for a film my budy just finished editing thats coming out... Illegal Tender He needed something raw and gritty, but still something modern-ish.

If you care to hear what the Bill Lawrence Keystone pickups sound like...
There's 2 old school blusey tracks on my clips page MySpace.com - Andy Z Tunes - Los Angeles, California - Rock / Alternative / Pop - www.myspace.com/andyztunes . It's Bad Boy Blues and Sloe Mojo Blues that uses this guitar for 90% of it. The slide was a P-90 LP Special. Lead on Bad Boy was the modded Squier 51. Rest all on the BSB Tele. Mostly all done with Line 6 Toneport DI using small old amp models/sims. Bad Boy lead on a POD. Actually I have another page there at in better sample rate at :: Andy Z's Home of the L.A. Line 6 Users Group - TonePort DI Demos ::

Here it is in all it's cheap glory...



Or how about this Squier 51? all that's left is the basswood body, plates and guard... GFS Fat Alnico neck and Retrotron Liverpool bridge pups. GFS bridge, rewired electronics for more options. Actually has a maple MIM Tele neck now. Still in the $250 range for everything included.

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