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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby Pete Stobbs » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:28 am

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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby Jessica1 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:26 am

I personally don't care about brand names, but the big brands are big usually because they're better than average

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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby Mark Bliss » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:51 am

The biggest two drawbacks of cheaper guitars is often in the use of cheaper hardware (tuners, pickups, pots etc.) where applicable, and the lack of time spent on setup. The price points on many of them just doesn't allow for it.
Flat, polished, detailed fret work, careful action and intonation setup for example, require hours of fairly skilled labor to achieve. That adds to a price the market doesn't really support on the economy end.

On the other hand, some pricy models are overpriced IMO for cosmetic or egotistical and elitist reasons. Often without justification.

There are quite a few inexpensive guitars that can be transformed into nice playing and sounding instruments with a careful setup and upgraded strings.

And in the end, the player is still the most critical component IMO.
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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby TheHound » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:58 pm

Building guitars isn't rocket surgery. There are some very good low priced guitars.

It's easier to get an electric sound nice and play nice than it is an acoustic. A lot of guys are into "Partscasters". They buy a cheap Fender and customize it.

I would never by a new acoustic because wood is unpredictable. A lot of guitars belly so I figure if the guitar is a few years old and the top hasn't bellied, it probably won't.

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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby oyebass » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:30 am

Mark Bliss wrote:There are quite a few inexpensive guitars that can be transformed into nice playing and sounding instruments with a careful setup and upgraded strings.

And in the end, the player is still the most critical component IMO.


Yeah but building your own guitar kits can be super annoying.

Especially if you are new.

The reason brands are preferred because when starting out, you need an instrument that will last long. Since you're going to be practicing on it a lot, longevity is the key.

As someone pointed out, guitar brands are better because they simply make higher quality products. At least in most cases.

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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby TheHound » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:28 am

I tried out a cheap Tele at Guitar Center recently and the fit an finish was decent. The tuners were fine. It played like a Tele and sounded like a Tele. All it needed was a set up which is pretty easy on an electric.

I noticed that the expensive guitars there have been set up and the cheap ones have high action.

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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby Ian Craig » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:56 pm

"Is brand of a guitar important?"
Yes, when you are selling it. Big name, more money.
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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby bigaquarium » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:59 am

I've always been drawn to Ibanez for some reason, they just feel right and play very well. I have had a Soundgear SR350 bass for almost 20 years now, and just picked up a S621QM last year!

I was considering a Tele, but thought the sound was too idiosyncratic for a main guitar, enjoyable as it is. Also kicking myself for selling my Epiphone Sheraton II hollow body years ago. Miss it every day.

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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby jlouvar » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:42 am

Hmm, my MIM Fender Standard Jazz Bass is completely different than my MIA Fender Standard Jazz Bass (wood, hardware, (build - trussrod, etc), pickups, feel, sound, paint, etc), however I like both. :wink:

EDIT: Added pic... the MIM is on the bottom, and the MIA is on the top... sorry the pic is sideway. :?

EDIT EDIT: Left MIM (Made in Mexico). Right MIA (Made in America). :wink:
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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby Benjamin Drew » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:10 am

I once found a badly screwed over Kramer Focus in the trash. Someone tried painting it with household paint. I basically took and refinished the whole thing including the neck and bought some decent hardware for it and it was one of the best guitars I have ever had. Felt right, sound great. I regret that I got rid of it ...

I got my eye on a Jackson dinky with the locking tremelo setup. I would probably have to get better pickups but at 300 bucks it seems to be a good starting point and a solid foundation.

Edit: On the other hand I had a Kramer Floyd Rose Edition that I didn't like how it felt in the hand neck wise.

I think it just comes down to hardware and how it feels in the hand.

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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby jlouvar » Mon May 20, 2019 5:14 am

Action is adjustable. For example: I adjusted the action on both of my Fender J basses posted above so the action is the same. However sometimes acoustic guitars are less adjustable (or not always as easy to adjust as electric guitars).
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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby comedians » Mon May 27, 2019 5:04 pm

Depends what you want out of it really.
My first was a Hofner single pickup, single cut-away solid, played well & a friend made a whammy bar for it, pretty rare in 1959 & good enough for the amps at the time.
Swapped that for a rather nice Burns. double cut-away, twin pickups and a delight to play, or so I thought until traded for a Stratocaster in 1962. Still use it, never been re-fretted and only occasional adjustment, (thrice in almost 60 years). Oh and it's earned me reasonable living - not to mention the investment. I think it's now worth rather more than it's cost of 162 guineas, (you may need to look that up).

So I would say invest in good tools, they will always give good service.

Could never afford this one though!
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Re: Is brand of a guitar important?

Postby jlouvar » Mon May 27, 2019 5:26 pm

Could never afford this one though!


8) I’m picturing those two break dancing on top of it to play it, :lol:
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