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Your best value guitar?

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I'm sure lots of you will have much cheaper guitars, but this is my best value guitar: my 2013 SG Natural Burst (what burst?), which cost me £999. It has 57 Classic pickups, is beautifully slim and light, and a pretty good action.

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For me, my "best value" is the Fender American Special.............

 

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Really great bang for the buck.

 

Also, anything from the Charvel "model" series back in the day, and any of the Gibson Studio's in the worn/faded series. Those studios are affordable with the "lesser" finish, yet still a solid, well built guitar.

 

NHTom

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The wrecked Squier Strat I was given earlier this year, now done up.

I played it all this evening in rehearsal. It does some things very well....

 

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I am sitting here pondering this.

 

For the guitar in question to be the best value guitar, it would have to deliver unexpected quality, pleasure, and sonic performance for a comparatively low (or at least remarkably-reasonable) price.

 

Quality: Fit, form, finish, sterling details, lack of blemishes or mars.

Pleasure: Joy at playing and performing with live and/or in solitude. Feels right in your hands.

Sonic performance: Incredible sound when plugged in, so remarkable that it turns heads.

Reasonable price: More affordable than one might think, given the demonstrated wonderfulness of all of the above.

 

 

I'm going to have to sit and ponder some more, guys.

I have quite a few guitars that marry-up very well with these stated metrics, and I don't want to rush to judgement.

:unsure: :mellow: [crying]

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My best value guitar is my Epiphone Les Paul 1960 Tribute Plus. Playability and tone make her a real Les Paul, series/parallel switching options add sonic versatility. Everything is stock except the Schaller Strap Locks:

 

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Best $100 I've spent (plus a re-fret and the HB over the subsequent 25+ years...). The 61 Melody Maker and 69 Epi at c$500 and $1000 US respectively are good value in monetary terms, but the old 84 Aria is what I go back to.

 

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Another nod to Squier here.

Just picked up a cheap P bass which after some set up plays really nice. And I just put flats on it as well.

Plays great and sounds better than I expected.

The only reason I went and got this thing was because I had a real decent strat Squier. Same thing, after a bit of a set up played really great. Was inspired buy Dub's post and CB's posts on it to go look at it.

I can't imagine a better playing and sounding instrument for such little money.

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My 2014 SG Standard. I bought the body/neck new from The Stratosphere for $550. I spent about the same building it up with high quality parts. I got exactly what I wanted for way less than buying a new SG. It has P-Rails in the photo, which have since been swapped out for Alnico II Pros with coil splits.

 

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My 2014 SG Standard. I bought the body/neck new from The Stratosphere for $550. I spent about the same building it up with high quality parts. I got exactly what I wanted for way less than buying a new SG. It has P-Rails in the photo, which have since been swapped out for Alnico II Pros with coil splits.

 

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Love that SG...

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I've got many best value. ...

Mint Hamer Mirage..£625

Fender Modern player Strat (as new) £190 14519765_10210587499626636_6017226274585884233_n_zpsyypiweky.jpg.

 

...and my favourite..

Hamer Sunburst 1978. Owned by ex member of Jethro Tull. Got the original receipt etc. Almost mint. £900! Bargain. Easily as good as Gibson Custom shop. Note the one piece top.

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Then there are these.

Hamer xt. Korean.Mint £90

Lag Jet Plays superbly. £52!

Squire 51 £120.

Les Paul lite £470.

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If you watch and search the bargains are there.I got a Boss ME70 for £35 not working. It cost me £9 to fix. Bargain.

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The 2011 L6S:

 

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As a left on stock item, it only costed around 500 Pounds. It has the best neck I have ever played.

 

Bence.

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Hofner J17 (no longer in production)

 

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Bought for £500 at Guitar Village (Farnham uk) 2 years ago.

It’s the one guitar that excited my luthier when saw it. Plays well and has a true Jazz voice as evidenced by this review vid review & demo

 

 

Ebony Fingerboard

Ebony Bridge

Ebony Pickguard

Ebony Tailpiece Cover

Spruce Top

Maple (flamed) Back & Sides

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Without a doubt my '95 R0.

It has easily the best sound & the best feel of any guitar I've ever played. It follows that I get more pleasure playing it than from any guitar I've ever had in 40 years of playing. In every respect it has returned the best value-for-money by a long way(*).

It didn't even cost me very much all things considered...

 

Pip.

 

(*) I'm discounting the Squier Tele I was given gratis.

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Without a doubt my '95 R0.

It has easily the best sound & the best feel of any guitar I've ever played. It follows that I get more pleasure playing it than from any guitar I've ever had in 40 years of playing. In every respect it has returned the best value-for-money by a long way(*).

It didn't even cost me very much all things considered...

 

Pip.

 

(*) I'm discounting the Squier Tele I was given gratis.

I played an aged Custom shop 59 two weeks ago and was surprised how good it was. The top was amazing and it actually felt like an old guitar.

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An interesting post and subsequent thread.... [thumbup]

 

Of huge importance to anyone researching guitars for possible purchase...

 

Arguably many or most oriental builds exhibit high 'value for money...VFM'....generally coming in at 1/5th or so of an equivalent 'western build'.... :blink:

 

Then there are the more expensive guitars which may appreciate in value and tone over a number of years.... [thumbup]

 

Personal best value guitar is probably my Breedlove Passport 6 str acoustic...designed in the US and MIK.... [thumbup]

 

Robust build with excellent electrics....plugs in to any PA....shiny finish to delight the eye.... [biggrin]

 

Purchased new for the princely sum of £300.... [biggrin]

 

V

 

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has to be my 95 standard bought new in 95, for the going rate back in the day. (1,200)

 

add the bigsby/vibramate a few years back. this axe does it all.

 

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