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Is brand of a guitar important?

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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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