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sarNz
03-04-2011, 03:06 PM
I got my Ibanez AW100CE as my first 'real' guitar back in 2004, as a birthday present from my parents, even though I picked it out. It cost me only $xxx including the hard case brand new, obviously just a mid level guitar.

This thing, though it doesn't sound super powerful, has been amazing to me! I have never humidified it or taken care of it at all really, but the neck is DEAD STRAIGHT. It honestly looks perfect when you sight down it! It lacks the bass of a Martin, but it records beautifully for the stuff that I do as well.

I get some string buzz now, but that's because I have worn the frets out on the thing. It has binding on the neck but the frets have not poked through at all and the sides still feel incredible. It does have one high fret that I just noticed, but rarely affects my playing.

This guitar is probably the best investment I ever made, Maybe one day I will replace the bridge pins, saddle and nut. And it will definitely need a refret soon!

gitnoob
03-04-2011, 03:10 PM
Silver Creek T-160. Good. Cheap. Fun.

Vintage all-mahogany parlor. Ditto.

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Glennwillow
03-04-2011, 03:41 PM
I don't know if I'd call it cheap, exactly, but it's not expensive either. My Voyage-Air VAOM-06 is pretty delightful to play considering the advantages of having a foldup, backpackable travel guitar that is otherwise a full-size, full-sounding guitar with a solid spruce top and scalloped bracing.

- Glenn

fongie
03-04-2011, 03:48 PM
I had a Ibanez V-280 dread and sold it years ago. That was one beautiful sounding git. Recently I found another and just had to have it. Jap made, solid pitted hog B&S, very nice git. I wouldn't say I love it but it is a keeper.
Gitnoob, love your little git, you seem to have quite a collection of nice finger style gits. +1

Flatline
03-04-2011, 03:56 PM
Silver Creek D-170 Even after a pro setup I still have next to nothing invested. It sounds and plays great.

gj Michelob
03-04-2011, 04:06 PM
I got my Ibanez AW100CE as my first 'real' guitar back in 2004, as a birthday present from my parents, even though I picked it out. It cost me only $xxx including the hard case brand new, obviously just a mid level guitar.

This thing, though it doesn't sound super powerful, has been amazing to me! I have never humidified it or taken care of it at all really, but the neck is DEAD STRAIGHT. It honestly looks perfect when you sight down it! It lacks the bass of a Martin, but it records beautifully for the stuff that I do as well.

I get some string buzz now, but that's because I have worn the frets out on the thing. It has binding on the neck but the frets have not poked through at all and the sides still feel incredible. It does have one high fret that I just noticed, but rarely affects my playing.

This guitar is probably the best investment I ever made, Maybe one day I will replace the bridge pins, saddle and nut. And it will definitely need a refret soon!

I am spoiled -now- and could no longer "love" a cheap guitar –such as one sporting a laminate wood or one which did not benefit from the punctilious and devoted work of a dedicated luthier.
There are of course emotional ties also to inanimate objects, but once I indulged into the room-filling, warm tone and subtle sound-color of a fine instrument, all rest pales and so does the “love” I could have felt for it.

gitnoob
03-04-2011, 04:11 PM
I indulged into the room-filling, warm tone and subtle sound-color of a fine instrument, all rest pales and so does the “love” I could have felt for it.

There's nothing that says you can't get that tone with "cheap." In fact, light bracing and thin plates can get you there. Which happens to be how some vintage parlors were made. ;)

ddown
03-04-2011, 04:13 PM
I just got this the other day xx + Shipping 14.99. It's refurbed but new on Amazon xxx. Solid Sitka spuce top. NATO mahogany back and sides, grover tuners. Cleartone 10 electronics and tuner and best setup out of the carton I've seen. Sounds great as good as my Takamine cedar top only a little brighter. Can't complain.:D I think Samick makes them in Indonesia

gj Michelob
03-04-2011, 04:19 PM
There's nothing that says you can't get that tone with "cheap." In fact, light bracing and thin plates can get you there. Which happens to be how some vintage parlors were made. ;)

I played Classical/Flamenco until last Christmas... perhaps steel strings elude this basic principle, and would love to be surprised. Those I tried thus far seem to follow the same rule of Nylon strings. Not all expensive intsruments are good, but the vast majority of cheap guitars are not good (one way or the other).

They may be "good" relatively to their class, as in the best of all cheap guitars.

On the other hand, I agree that good guitars are now way too expensive; but so are many other crafts and artisanal articles where a substantial amount of time is devoted to making them... hence the price and the added qualities.

gary0319
03-04-2011, 04:57 PM
I've been a big fan of the 700 series Yamahas for a few years now. Hoewever, yesterday I stopped into my local dealer and the tech guy was setting up a Recording Kind R0S-06, slot head 000 out of the vintage Martin style. Wow, it really played nice and had a big sound. Nice solid top and laminated Mahogany(or something like mahogany) back and sides. All 4 customers in the store played it and were impressed, so was the tech guy who ended up buying it. Had this been around when I bought a Yammie FS720S, I would have switched teams.

Now, maybe this was just a good sample......

GAry

CottonPickin
03-04-2011, 05:01 PM
Alvarez MD80---lots of volume and resonance, and a bright, clear sound. It has about 80% of the sound of a good Taylor, for a quarter of the price. (But there is no denying that the remaining 20% makes the difference between very good and superb).

tdq
03-04-2011, 07:07 PM
I bought my first guitar for $40 in 1974 (or so) - A suzuki F80. I still have it (although it was away "on loan" in the tropics for many years). Fretboard came off at one stage, some of the bracings have fallen out, needs a neck reset and would cost more than it's worth to fix. I've popped on a nut extender and now it is my "lap steel". I love it.

tplank
03-04-2011, 07:16 PM
Got it at a pawn shop for $xx. Hard to complain about that one. Fantastic beater.

bajawatt
03-04-2011, 07:21 PM
My Yamaha FG450SA is hammered, dinged, beaten to heck and it sounds sweet. Played it today for a good while and really enjoyed it. Haven't picked it up in ages.

JCBeard
03-04-2011, 07:50 PM
A bought my Seagull S6+CW in a pawn shop for $xxx. It had been played hard, strap locks installed in four different locations (been pulled out of the previous spots), cedar top scarred and scraped all over, finish worn off the back of the neck, basically beat to death. I wouldn't trade it for anything because it has better tone and more soul than any guitar I've played.

Eric.Hope
03-04-2011, 07:59 PM
She's still new to me, but the Recording King ROS-06 that I bought about 10 days ago is about as sweet as I could hope to get for less than $xxx. In fact, it's a good deal SWEETER than that. I'm still trying to reconcile how it is possible to get this quality guitar for such a low price. China's manufacturing skills (particularly in the area of acoustic guitars) have come a long, LONG way...

Oh, and big up for the Seagull S6 Original. I've heard nothing but good things about them, and am thinking about picking one up just BECAUSE (just because it's so affordable, that is!). It can never hurt to have another one on hand...

captainchill
03-04-2011, 08:54 PM
1983 Takamine EG-349, plays so sweet and the mahogany just sings. I'm having trouble putting down lately. Its the most played member of my motley crew.

Opa John
03-04-2011, 09:16 PM
I got Musician's Friend to do a price match for me on a Yamaha FG730S (tobacco burst) about a year ago. I got the guitar AND hard shell case plus two sets of D'Addario EJ16 strings all for just a hair over three BF's!

Couldn't be happier. I've also got a very nice Martin DM that's like new and set up properly. I'll tell ya the truth.....it's hard for me to say which one is the better guitar!

TwoMartinMan
03-04-2011, 09:42 PM
Silver Creek T-170 and D-160. The Silver Creeks raised the bar of "good, cheap guitars." Love my Yamaha FG-730S, too.

Philx
03-05-2011, 02:46 AM
I have a Yamaki AY 370s from the 1970s - bought it at a pawn shop in the early 1980s for about $80-90 as I recall. Nice mellow cedar tone and still plays great.

Bltprf502
03-05-2011, 06:28 AM
I am spoiled -now- and could no longer "love" a cheap guitar –such as one sporting a laminate wood or one which did not benefit from the punctilious and devoted work of a dedicated luthier.
There are of course emotional ties also to inanimate objects, but once I indulged into the room-filling, warm tone and subtle sound-color of a fine instrument, all rest pales and so does the “love” I could have felt for it.

I think its easy to love a cheap guitar and there are plaenty that fill the room with warm tone. Folks buy what they can afford to own and play.... and what they enjoy! That is not always dictated by price....

bjewell
03-05-2011, 06:51 AM
The higher end Recoding King guitars are pretty cool. Great bang for the buck plus they look cool.

Five and Dime
03-05-2011, 06:54 AM
I am quite fond of this little Gitano. I bought it off Ebay for less than xxx bucks. I recently upgraded the saddle to a WAHI saddle. I really debated whether it was worth it to put a $50 saddle in a "cheap" guitar. I finally decided that the only person this guitar has to please is me. It was money well spent for the new saddle.

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llew
03-05-2011, 07:03 AM
I don't know if I'd call it cheap, exactly, but it's not expensive either. My Voyage-Air VAOM-06 is pretty delightful to play considering the advantages of having a foldup, backpackable travel guitar that is otherwise a full-size, full-sounding guitar with a solid spruce top and scalloped bracing.

- Glenn

I have to go with Glenn...my Voyage-Air VAOM-02 is a blast to play on top of the obvious other advantages and it was inexpensive.

brad4d8
03-05-2011, 08:00 AM
Cheap only in cost, my 70s LoPrinzi LM-20. It had a broken and repaired headstock, structurally sound but cosmetically poor, and a few dryness caused separations on the top. All told, with some minor work on the cracks, and shipping (with hard case) around $xxx. Second would be my vintage Sovereign, around $xxx after a neck reset.
Brad

frenchie
03-05-2011, 08:06 AM
Mine would have to be my 1980 Daion 78 Heritage, which I bought s/hand in Feb 1982. This guitar has been through thick and thin with me over the years, and even though I now have a lovely 62 Texan, it is still my most treasured guitar!

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee74/frenchie_044/002.jpg

Steve.

RussMason
03-05-2011, 08:45 AM
I have three Silver Creek guitars - every model except the T-160. They are just great. Soundwise, they are impossible to bet for the money.

I also have had some Waldens, most of which I gave away. But the D-610 I have - solid spruce top, laminate rosewood b/s, is just wonderful - a little more forward sounding than the Silver Creeks. It only sounds good with medium strings and brass bridge pins. Any other combination it sounds thin and lousy. But the SP Martin phosphors brought it to life. Great guitar.

I do not much like the tuners on the Silver Creeks; the Walden has Grover Style, and I much prefer them - who wouldn't? Also the Walden neck is the best I have ever played, bar none. There is no better neck (for me) made than the neck on my Walden. Last, the setup was amazing, considering that any neck will come foreward a little when the strings are tuned up. The action is perfect, low and fast. This is just a great instrument.

Irondale
03-05-2011, 10:06 AM
Epiphone El-00, Epiphone EJ200

mcsmyth9
03-05-2011, 10:11 AM
Hi, I bought a couple of Gretsch Americanas from Overstock for xx shipping included a few years back. One set up for Nashville tuning and one regular. Great little guitars. Fun to play and sound just fine.
Regards, Brian

Dotneck
03-05-2011, 11:28 AM
This is my Kay K-24...was playing it last night. Its a great guitar after having the bridge replaced. Funky tone...great baseball bat neck...big blonde with wide hips...what's not to love?

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