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Fran
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:18 pm    Post subject: Hidden/Forgotten Gems on a budget Reply with quote

I was wondering which guitars people have come across that are excellent quality and value for money.
In terms of Fender i'd have to say Musicmasters here, in the UK you can pick one up for under 350, its a vintage guitar and the neck alone is superb.

I'd personally vote for these three on my experiences;

1. Peavey Predator USA. You can still get these for under 100 and they will give most Strats a run for their money. Superb neck and total quality.


2. Yamaha SG200. The no frills MIJ model that delivers all the tone of the more expensive models. No longer dirt cheap but you still find them for around 200. Mine easily held its own with my friends Gibson SG Standard.


3. Westone Spectrum ST. Matsumoku made, the neck has an almost vintage Mustang feel but with larger frets. Superbly made and still available s/h for under 100.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

squier CV tele/strat - one does not need another guitar and will spend under $300.

i feel like a guitar should be a replica of the super expensive/classic/iconic styles, but not sacrifice playability. if someone wants to play like keef, and gets an affinity blonde tele with serrated fret ends, they're not going to bother saving up $200 again just to take a gamble at getting a better guitar.

if they know they can spend $300 and get as close as possible, and maybe never have to upgrade, i think they'd do that first. plus, you can be a seasoned vet and have a blast on either guitar, and not say OH SQUIER WOT SHIT, etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Westone is my kinda hot and that Peavey is a great color.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An SG200 would be my next guitar if i found some cash down the back of the sofa.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are'nt my personal models, although my Peavey is the same Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stewart wrote:
An SG200 would be my next guitar if i found some cash down the back of the sofa.


I think the photo fran posted is one I'm watching on fleabay. I feel the same way stew

Btw fran the only musicmasters I keep spotting on eBay are 1000+ please send me any you see at 350!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Btw fran the only musicmasters I keep spotting on eBay are 1000+ please send me any you see at 350!
I sent Dan Herron a link for one the other week, a 78 model, went for about 310 Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
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Btw fran the only musicmasters I keep spotting on eBay are 1000+ please send me any you see at 350!
I sent Dan Herron a link for one the other week, a 78 model, went for about 310 Shocked


Include me on that distribution list Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hotrodperlmutter wrote:
squier CV tele/strat - one does not need another guitar and will spend under $300.


+1

My Custom has gotten a second wind recently too. Can't put it down.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

George wrote:
hotrodperlmutter wrote:
squier CV tele/strat - one does not need another guitar and will spend under $300.


+1

My Custom has gotten a second wind recently too. Can't put it down.


Yep, big fan of the CVs
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am gonna say Gordon Smith guitars are excellent value for money.

Do they use sustainable woods? Yes.
Do they have a brass nut? Yes.
Do they have one piece maple necks? Yes.
Do they have nitrocellulose finishes? Yes.

Pick one up for 250 to 500, i got one for 200 recently


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lorez wrote:
stewart wrote:
An SG200 would be my next guitar if i found some cash down the back of the sofa.


I think the photo fran posted is one I'm watching on fleabay. I feel the same way stew


one just sold for 200.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every Westone Thunder that sells for less that 200.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pumpkin wrote:
Do they have nitrocellulose finishes? Yes.


No they don't - it's actually a shellac based paint.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Hidden/Forgotten Gems on a budget Reply with quote

Fran wrote:

3. Westone Spectrum ST. Matsumoku made, the neck has an almost vintage Mustang feel but with larger frets. Superbly made and still available s/h for under 100.


That was pretty much my second guitar, it was awesome !!!

I think it was GT though with a middle pickup and in red.

Every Nirvana song was learnt on one of them, good days !!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Musicmasters do seem to be the best priced vintage fenders. I would get one but not sure if I want a 1 pickup guitar..
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so get a hacked up one and route it for a bridge pup/3-way switch.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

benecol wrote:
pumpkin wrote:
Do they have nitrocellulose finishes? Yes.


No they don't - it's actually a shellac based paint.


Mine has nitro...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Hidden/Forgotten Gems on a budget Reply with quote

othomas2 wrote:
Fran wrote:

3. Westone Spectrum ST. Matsumoku made, the neck has an almost vintage Mustang feel but with larger frets. Superbly made and still available s/h for under 100.


That was pretty much my second guitar, it was awesome !!!

I think it was GT though with a middle pickup and in red.

Every Nirvana song was learnt on one of them, good days !!


Was my first guitar, in 199ish, same colours and everything.
I still have a pathological fear of strat trems, possably because of this, or maybe my second guitar.
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