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Your best value guitar?

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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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Your Hamer guitar is by far one of the most incredible sunburst guitar I have ever (and I mean EVER) seen.

What a fantastic exhibit of what a sunburst should look like.

 

[thumbup]Stunning!!!

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Thinking "bang for the buck"...

 

$599 in 2010 for this brand new SG Special Faded is probably my best value guitar. Looks, plays and sounds like a guitar twice its price, IMHO.

 

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Most of my guitars have ended up being great "bang for the buck" as they were purchased decades ago, when prices (even for Gibson's)

were a lot more "reasonable!" [tongue]

 

But, my more recent "best value/cost" Gibson, is my '61 SG Satin Finish Re-issue, which was purchased at the end of 2012 and at the end of the

year, end of that "Finish" re-issue "blow out" price! It's also the SG I play the most! [biggrin]

 

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The more recent, and Amazing "bang for the buck" guitar I own, would have to be my Squier Bass VI, purchased this past summer.

 

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Cheers,

 

CB

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Your Hamer guitar is by far one of the most incredible sunburst guitar I have ever (and I mean EVER) seen.

What a fantastic exhibit of what a sunburst should look like.

 

[thumbup]Stunning!!!

Thanks. It's a 78 and in mint condition. From what I've been told. The bass player in Jethro Tull bought it direct from Hamer. Then the person I bought it off bought it off him.

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Best value, well I would say my 1965 Hofner Verithin. I payed £400 about ten years ago (I can't attach a picture as I don't know how to do it) Verithins are like an ES330 or an Epiphone Casino only thinner and lighter. A lovely hand made guitar for very little money.

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This 2011 Melody Maker would be my best value. A friend of mine who is a luthier took it in on trade with a broken headstock. I traded him a humbucker for it and glued it up. Great little guitar that cost me about $12.

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This 2011 Melody Maker would be my best value. A friend of mine who is a luthier took it in on trade with a broken headstock. I traded him a humbucker for it and glued it up. Great little guitar that cost me about $12.

 

$12 bucks!!

I'd call that a bargain! [thumbup]

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$12 bucks!!

I'd call that a bargain! [thumbup]

 

 

uhm yep.. that would kill about anything I could think of in the bang for the buck.

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Most of mine have been great value as nearly all of them I got in sales or at reduced prices. I guess if I had to pick it would be my L5 CES which I somehow managed to get £2800 cheaper from a European seller than here in England. That was a score IMO and certainly the biggest saving I've ever had on any instrument! This picture was taken on the day it arrived still with tags on.

 

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Tough question. So many interpretations of the term "value" and all of them are legitimate meanings.

 

First one that comes to mind would be my first good guitar, a Westbury Standard, I bought at a yard sale for $175 with a hardshell case. Came stock with DiMarzio PAF neck and Super Distortion bridge pickups, full size pots, really nice build quality, decent tuners, and low fast action. I used it for twenty plus years with no backup.

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My 2014 EPI LP Custom Pro is a scary-good guitar for a fifth of the cost (I paid a tenth)...and the 2011 Epi LP Standard Pro I acquired last week for my picky-as-all-get-out son, with 57 Classics, has really impressed him. It fares quite well in a head-to-head with his 2013 Gibson LP Trad. No joke...and at a fifth the cost!

 

I'm becoming an Epi fan... Now if I can only wrangle a used left-handed Sheraton II...there's a nice one on Rvrb.

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My 2014 EPI LP Custom Pro is a scary-good guitar for a fifth of the cost (I paid a tenth)...and the 2011 Epi LP Standard Pro I acquired last week for my picky-as-all-get-out son, with 57 Classics, has really impressed him. It fares quite well in a head-to-head with his 2013 Gibson LP Trad. No joke...and at a fifth the cost!

 

I'm becoming an Epi fan... Now if I can only wrangle a used left-handed Sheraton II...there's a nice one on Rvrb.

How would the Epi compare to the ESP and LTD?

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How would the Epi compare to the ESP and LTD?

 

Others would know...but I've found that Korean/Chinese instruments seem to all share very similar qualities as Epi (e.g., respectable tone, great playability, nicely put together, attractive and "great value" for beginners/intermediates (and pros willing to upgrade hardware where felt needed to suite taste))...with many brands sharing the exact same factory.

 

I still love and prefer my Gibsons (there's magic in them)...but for the money....Asian brands are the near-real-deal right out of the box, even better if purchased used.

 

 

 

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