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View Poll Results: Which guitar would you prefer for <$100
Great playability, poor quality materials 32 86.49%
Poor playability, ordinary materials 5 13.51%
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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-13-2009, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Would you play . . .

Assume there are two guitars of equal price points. One is made of plywood, but plays great, the other is made of decent alder or ash, but has fret ends sticking out and buzzes a bit, etc. (general poor finishing). Thats the poll.

But the follow up is . . . are there companies that make guitars out of really sketch wood that play great? And not just great, but excellent? And squiers and epi's don't count - this would be a sub-$100 guitar.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-13-2009, 05:11 PM
 
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Re: Would you play . . .

i would choose playability as long as the two sounded the same. to me, playability and sound quality are the two most important things. if i find a $50 no-name that plays good and sounds good, then im spendin $50. (not likely, but you get the point). i dont really care about materials as long as it sounds good and wont fall apart. ha ha.
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Re: Would you play . . .

Definitely good materials and poor playability. I can easily fix sharp fret ends and uneven frets to make it playable.

I've got a Squier Strat I use for traveling. It plays like a dream (after I fixed it up), but even with Dimarzio pickups there's something about the sound that's just too generic for me. When I play it side by side with my PRS it's like a night and day difference, tone wise.
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Re: Would you play . . .

Great playability HANDS DOWN! I don't mind cheap and good brand as well
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-13-2009, 11:07 PM
 
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Re: Would you play . . .

I went for good playability.

As for your followup...

Danelectro

It is literally plywood!

http://www.danelectro.com/index.html

I can't find the actual plywood model in there, but I know it exists as my guitar tutor has one. It's actually plywood! And it sounds great!
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I went for good playability.

As for your followup...

Danelectro

It is literally plywood!

http://www.danelectro.com/index.html

I can't find the actual plywood model in there, but I know it exists as my guitar tutor has one. It's actually plywood! And it sounds great!
LOL! It's frigging classic.
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Yeah I voted for playability, but its because I'm no good at fixing bad frets etc.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-14-2009, 02:19 AM
 
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I voted for playability.

1. Because if you have to physically struggle with a guitar there is no way that you'll be able to get into the actual artistic part of it.

2. Playing better is sounding better, regardless of your gear you'll sound like crap if your playing is crap. It's easier to play on an easier playing guitar.

I must preface this next one by saying, that I am in no way trying to diminish the craftsmanship or the quality of any guitar. I'm also very keen on beautiful woods and I know there is a sonic difference in tone woods that is more than subtle.

3. Many times (not always) a lot of things about the most popular or most exotic and expensive guitars are overly hyped. I believe there is something about them that is great and many of the differences and benefits of those guitars do exist. However, I think it has been talked up over the years and now has been blown out of proportion. That has trickled down into the community and now we can sometimes be sold on something because of the sum of its parts instead of the product as a whole.

This, in my opinion is behind what sells a Dean or Schecter guitar. Mahogany body, maple/mahogany neck, figured tops, neck through construction, DiMarzio or Duncan PUPs. Sounds great especialy for the price, but to me they feel cheap and aren't well made enough to be worth the money.

Same with a few Gibsons, however many more Gibsons do feel great and are made with absolute precision and can be wonderful, they just have a problem here and there with QC. But I've said many times before that can be avoided if you just play and inspect the guitar you buy before you buy it like any person with common sense would.

If you disagree with me that's fine. If your Dean or Schecter is amazing then I'm happy for you and I would love to be proved wrong someday.
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Re: Would you play . . .

great playability.i look after my guitars and gear so even though it would be made out of crap materials,the chances of being damaged are vertualy zero
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I'll take a nice playing no namer made out of plywood over a brand name turd made out of expensive "tonewood" any day.

Rock on!
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I'll take a nice playing no namer made out of plywood over a brand name turd made out of expensive "tonewood" any day.

Rock on!
There you go man. You said what took me paragraphs in one sentence.
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I voted materials, I can fix playability myself.
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Seems easy to me. Get the one with better quality parts and take it to a tech.
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i didn't vote, there was no "Tone" option

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Assume there are two guitars of equal price points. One is made of plywood, but plays great, the other is made of decent alder or ash, but has fret ends sticking out and buzzes a bit, etc. (general poor finishing). Thats the poll.
If the premise is that the fret ends/buzzes etc are all the problem is then I would always go with materials. Most guitars can be made to play well.

I bought a Mania guitar a few years ago for not much money, but it is thruneck, with laminate construction etc etc and abalone markers. It has a crap floyd and the pu's aren't great, but they can all be changed.

Yes it needed a setup and could now do with some fretwork, but for the money it is great.

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f19/ne...ighlight=mania
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