What's your best cheap guitar?

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  1. pwilson

    pwilson Supporting Member

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    This is mine: Started off as a TV Yellow Gibson Melody Maker I got at a Guitar Center sale for $99.

    I refinished it with a "rosewood" stain and tung oil. Best $99 I ever spent (on guitars, that is)

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  2. Tomo

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    I paid 80's Tokai Strat.... $125?

    Great sounding guitar. I played this guitar one tune
    on my album. (Meltdown).

    Tomo
     
  3. gearitis

    gearitis Gold Supporting Member

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    1968 Martin 00-18 purchased for $40.00 in '82.

    Someone had spray painted the back of the neck and the headstock silver. :eek:

    I hand delivered it to the Martin factory for restoration. I got a very cool tour of the place, and I hung out with Dick Boak for awhile. That Martin was my number one acoustic for many, many years. :D
     
  4. PolyMorf

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    1968 Univox LP copy. I paid $50 in 1970 which included a geniune Gibson case with orange plush interior. Bought it off a hippy who needed money for some LSD. I still have her and the case and she sounds great. I did put on a Gotoh bridge and tailpiece and installed a new nut.

    Regards,

    Harry
     
  5. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

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    New Burns Cobra w/3 Trisonic Pickups. $225.00 Simply cannot
    believe the price to quality ratio of this guitar. If it sold for
    $1000+ it would be a steal. Plays like a dream straight off
    the wall and has a slew of pickup settings making it incredibly
    flexible. This is one guitar that is truly fun to play, and it can
    nail the Brian May tones with no effort whatsoever.
     
  6. oscar shmidt Oe-30 in my more ignorant days i attempted to relic it, put a steve vai evolution in it. well. all thats left is a taped up scratched up body of what once was. but all i ahve to say is that with benson strings, omg you should see the "scalloping" job i did on it. too funny. it sounds amazing though. ironically. i think i might be in love with es-335s
     
  7. Antero

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    My Danelectro DC3 was $190. It's got a lot of cool jangly, twangy sounds, plays shockingly well, and was pretty much MADE to work with fuzzboxes. On the bridge pickup it turns into the most snarly punked out thing ever, with all three in series it's beyond smooth.
     
  8. Lex Luthier

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    Picked up this early 80's MIJ Squier Strat about a month ago for $20. Nice fiddle.
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  9. HHB

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    early 80's Schecter strat style, 150 used, one of my very fav guitars ever , I play it as much or more than anything
     
  10. Mcclassic

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    My 1986 Charvel model 5 with active electronics, 5 way switch and kahler tremolo in metalic purple. Still love it.

    That guitar cost 180 dlls in new condition but in the used market.:dude
     
  11. CJW

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    Danelectro U2 reissue. My wife ordered me one when they first came out for a birthday present. Picked it up at Guitar Center when it came in. It was the first copperburst in the Chicago area to my knowledge. Brought it home and took off the neck to adjust the truss rod, put it back together, and was pissed! It had lower action than all my other guitars! I could not belive how well it played. I played others and they were not anywhere near this one. Must have been the right formica on the right day!

    It does one thing and does it well. Cool vibe you just can't get from the Tele/Strat/Les Paul crowd.

    Best money my wife ever spent.:D
     
  12. alberob

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    I was left an Epiphone L.P. Jr. when a friend passed away. It sounded good with the stock pickups.When I installed aPRS Dragon and aPRS 9 it became an amazing axe!Most frequently asked question,"what tone wood is the body made of?" I laugh and tell them..........................................plywood!!!::D
     
  13. Jim Jones

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    Hey there,

    Great job on the Melody Maker - it looks fantastic!

    Jim
     
  14. rooster

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    USA Dean Cadillac brand new for $200.

    rooster.
     
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    MIM Strat or my son's PRS SE Soapbar.

    Both well under $500 and both GREAT guitars.

    dave
     
  17. Butterfly

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    MIM Strat, w/ replacement pickups and electronics, under 5 bills, and sounds like a strat that costs double that.
     
  18. Radax

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    Fenders Original MIJ Wayne's World Strat.
    Mike
     
  19. Scottone

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    definitely my mid 70's Ibanez Concord. It's a black Gibson Dove copy, plays great, and sounds pretty good for the price.

    Best of all, I can just leave it laying around the house so I can play it whenever I get the urge. Probably do about 80% of my home playing on this one.
     

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