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  1. Thunderhopkins8

    Thunderhopkins8 Senior Stratmaster

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    Plus, I know a pro that never played high dollar guitars with his music career, and he sounded great.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have found this to be very true. Especially in the last 20 years or so. Back when I first started playing, a guitar that cost less than about $250 (this was the '80s, $250 was a lot more money then; I could get used Les Paul Standards all day long for $400 back then) was absolute crap. Now you can spend less than that and get a decent guitar out of the box, and with a little work, make it even better.

    We don't know how good we have it these days.
     
  3. Thunderhopkins8

    Thunderhopkins8 Senior Stratmaster

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    Amen.. I completely agree. I think it’s sad, when people think that their gear is better than others, because it cost more, or if it has a name brand on it. I’ve never liked snobs. And that includes gear snobs. If it does what the person that’s playing it wants it to do, is it really that less of an instrument? I don’t think so.
     
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    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    But we DO know how good we have it!! You do, I do. I sold Hondos that were nearly unplayable and just kept grinning. The first music store I worked in THERE WAS NOTHING i COULD AFFORD. We finally got a 300 dollar Iby Roadstar that was bare bones and I bought that. That's 300 dollars in 1982. That's what I had to spend for "plain but playable." Now I can get things for 60 bucks used that require not more than a setup.
     
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  5. crazyrachey96

    crazyrachey96 Strat-O-Master

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    I agree to a limited extent... the question is, for how long. I've seen an entry-level Epiphone just a few years old unplayable from fret wear. I've seen a Squier with the screws that held the whammy in place tearing right out of the body. Etc. Sure, you can buy a cheap new guitar and make it play great, and make it sound as good as a high-end model with an electronics upgrade. But it's still a guitar built down to a price instead of up to a standard, and that fact will manifest itself in various ways. I loved my Peavey Strat copy I started with... but it was always needing the neck adjusted, hardware kept coming loose, and I wore out the volume pot when it was less than two years old.

    That said, I've met some wonderful Indonesian guitars in the $800-$1000 category, and many for around $500 that were quite acceptable. As you said, we have it pretty good.
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    Pickled sheep, unmade bed.............
     
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    The Strat Dude Sticker bushes and Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Are you in my house?
     
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  8. Thunderhopkins8

    Thunderhopkins8 Senior Stratmaster

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    It’s the tone and playability that matters, not the price. I’ve heard just as much bad things about expensive guitars, than I have cheap ones. Just because someone has had a bad experience or two with a cheaper guitar doesn’t mean that whole brand, (or that cheap guitars) are bad.
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    Hope not, I’m s’posed to be quarantined!
     
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    The Strat Dude Sticker bushes and Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    So you must have the shine;)
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    Might have!
     
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    Like I said previously, I’ve had four Suhr’s that were great, and one that was a turd. I have a Squier that cost $109.00, and it sounded better through my amp than the Suhr turd. That particular Suhr guitar just sounded awful. The Burgundy Mist Suhr that I had was the best playing, best sounding Strat I’ve ever had. But it was over 3K. One would hope that a 3K guitar would be better than a hundred dollar instrument, and generally they are, but turds come in all makes across all price points. I say play whatever you want. Sell a kidney for a vintage Strat or play a squire. The player is the most important part of the equation anyway.
     
  13. Thunderhopkins8

    Thunderhopkins8 Senior Stratmaster

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    I completely agree
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Can I get an AMEN!
     
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    Amen
     
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    As I've said before... David Gilmore, and all of the other greats, could make a living plucking dental floss.
     
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    Not Jack Pearson's though. I saw him discussing his playing, what he's been up to, how tinitis is cramping his performing and then the interviewer asked him about the guitar. I think he said he was touring and killing some time at GC, when he spotted it. He liked the look. Took it off the wall, liked the balance and feel. Bought it and didn't give it another thought.
     
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    Thank you. I’m glad someone gets it :thumb:
     
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    Thunderhopkins8 Senior Stratmaster

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    Just proof right there, that you don’t need an expensive guitar to sound great. $90...
    Tone is in the fingers. It’s the player, not the gear.
     
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  20. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    My theory is I buy what I want. If I need someone else to tell me what that is, well I have no business buying it in the first place

    Opinions that you ask for are fine. Other than that it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks
     
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