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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-06-2006, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Inexpensive guitar suggestions?

Hi everyone -
So my girlfriend wants to get me something for Valentine's Day, something guitar-related. So i really don't need anything in terms of effects or amps, so looking for maybe an inexpensive guitar (~$200).
I already have an Ibanez RG550 which i love, the only thing i would change on it would be to have a thicker neck. So I'm thinking of getting something with a thicker neck (shouldn't be hard as the wizard necks are very thin).
I want a maple fingerboard - the only requirement (along with price).
Looking at maybe:

Squier 51
Squier Affinity Tele
OLP MM1
Kramer Focus Series (musicyo)?

any suggestions/feedback would be greatly appreciated.

thanks

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-06-2006, 03:58 PM
 
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Intriguing question. Well of the ones you selected i may reccoment the OLP MM1. It is a high quality device and it should do well for several years with little or no repair work. And the necks are extremely good. Only thing to avoid IMO is the MM1F with the TRS trem. You will be buying a new floyd in days with that thing. So happy hunting and happy v day. Joshua
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Intriguing question. Well of the ones you selected i may reccoment the OLP MM1. It is a high quality device and it should do well for several years with little or no repair work. And the necks are extremely good. Only thing to avoid IMO is the MM1F with the TRS trem. You will be buying a new floyd in days with that thing. So happy hunting and happy v day. Joshua
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Re: Inexpensive guitar suggestions?

Hi thebigugly -
Thanks for the suggestions. After reading some of the reviews for the above mentioned models, it seems like with the Focus and the squiers there is alot of work needed to get the guitar up and running (i.e. filing sharp frets, changing saddles, tuners, etc...). I don't feel like doing all that.
The OLP seems from the reviews to be good "out of the box".

Might go with that, but been looking at the Fender Standard Strats as well - a bit out of the $ range but who knows....

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Re: Inexpensive guitar suggestions?

try an agile.
it has been getting alot of good reviews from users on other forums and seems to be bargain for that price range.
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used Mexican Strats are about 200 all the time
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At that price range I don't think you can beat Yamahas, at least at the prices in the UK, and I guess you pay even less for them in the states.
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You sure there's nothing else you would want to spend $200 on?
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Re: Inexpensive guitar suggestions?

I've just bagged a late 80's Charvette for 50 recently.
Strat style body, vintige style trem and H/S/S with a five way. It's one of the best little guitars I've ever bought and it'll give my DY chance for a well earned rest every couple of days.

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Hi all -
Thanks so far...
I'm leaning toward a Fender strat i think, always wanted one. A bit more than $200 but you never know..........
As for something else, what else is good out in terms of effects? I have a vox amp which i am getting great sounds from and it covers all the effects i'll ever use.

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used Mexican Strats are about 200 all the time
That is what I would recommend too! Much better than a squier I haven't played many Yamaha electrics but I've played some Yamaha acoustics that were a good buy for the price.
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I was thinking of getting a MIM Strat in artic white with maple fingerboard - you know get that yngwie vibe going (LOL).
I've always had floyd rose equipped guitars - how do the strats fair in staying in tune? I don't use the bar at all, just want to make sure when i go bend a couple of notes here and there that the guitar doesn't go out of tune.

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I bought a Squier Standard strat, this past year, for $180.00. Played just as good as my Mexi-Strat, and was actually quieter. Brown burst. Only thing I didn't like was the large headstock, so I re-shaped it, to that of my Mexi-Strat. Best $180 I ever spent. Not ALL lower-priced guitars are bad. I've played high-end Gibsons that were awful. Try it before you buy it, that's all.
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Fender synchronized trems aren't terrible, and especially if you're doing little to no trem work. Bending does pretty much nothing to any of the strats i've played on (unless the strings are real old and catch on the nut easily). Just don't expect to be able to do fun Floyd stuff on 'em Oh and fluidity on these trems is pretty much out of the question...
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used Mexican Strats are about 200 all the time
+1 to that.. they are much better than the squier
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