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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 02-21-2007, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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what brands make a good guitar ?

so i am still kickin around opening up a music shop however the one and only local shop carries , esp, ibanez , gibson/epiphone,fender, jackson and prs . quite an impressive spread .

so that leaves me with
music man
fernandes
bc rich
dean
g&l
schecter
washburn

and any other options i just missed . the one thing the local shop isn't strong on is amps . they carry peavey fender and ibanez NO MARSHALLS which isn't all my thing but lets be honest names sell , you know whoever plays a marshall so i want a marshall .

the town is actually a strong metal town and there are a lot of goth/emo/screamo/ whatever kids . my guitar teacher worked at the local shop and said anytime they'd get an ibanez rg or whatever it would sell quick , but he said they didn't order any fenders or very few fenders the entire time he worked there . when they were selling out thier inventory for a new company take over they had to mark the standard strats all the way down to 280 to move them . yeah .....

so i was thinking dean or bc rich . i'll admit dean in the past has had thier problems with some quality control but they are getting alot better . i owned a bc rich nj warlock , pre-speed loader blunder and it was ok but still not as good as an ibanez or esp comparitivly priced.

schecter makes some really good stuff , but guitar center has them in thier back pocket limiting internet sales. however like i said all the schecters i have played were made very nice and played great .

washburn , they have thier good an bad but re-sale on them is poo , and they dont seem to have a huge artist backing and i have had limited experience with them .


the cool thing about going dean is that the same distributor is responceable for g&l and B-52 amps . b-52 from what i am told is an excellent vaule amp and thier solid state line is cheap .


music man ernie ball . a plus is you get olp but the guitars aren't to everyones tastes . i have never had a chance to play one however they sub series is american made and at 500 somthing is cheap .


anyways , i am looking for input and if you own or have had experience with any of those brands good or bad .

thanks
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Re: what brands make a good guitar ?

Music Man guitars are mindblowingly good. Wow. Get them!
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Brands do not make a good guitar. It's the person playing it.

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^^^ I agree to some extent.

I disagree with the "a bad workman always blames his tools" mentality. Give an electrician a rusty, blunt screwdriver and a broken soldering iron and what do you get?

Crap gear is crap gear and it will only restrict your progress and discourage you from wanting to play. I played through total crap for years, but once I got a good setup (Marshall 2210 100w split channel JCM 800 full stack and an RG550) I sounded like a totally different guitar player. The sound of the amp was ultra inspiring (how I miss that old beast) and the guitar played like butter. Finally I could express myself AND enjoy doing it.

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i know that a lot of it is in the player , but you'd all have to say that a squire is a much different guitar then an eric clapton strat. i was just wonderong what people were playing other then ibanez , and what was of a relative quality for a good price .
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The sound of the amp was ultra inspiring
+1, there is such a thing as a crap guitar (I got one last year...RG350), I sold it within days. Life's too short mate
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There's a brand I descovered some time ago: Armas. That's a made in Italy prs like guitar, very cheap and very impressive
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I'd say go for Schecter (already big with hard rock/metal now), Dean (they're nipping at the heels, and you can be the only shop in town with the Rusty Cooley sig), and then carry Music Man and G&L Tributes for the traditionalists.

Don't forget, too, that you'll need to carry some el-cheapo's to keep the stock flowing. Those Samick Gary Bennett series guitars are pretty nice-looking.
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Can't beat Schecter in the bang for the buck department.
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i know that a lot of it is in the player , but you'd all have to say that a squire is a much different guitar then an eric clapton strat..
I'd have to opt out of the "you'd ALL have to say" because I completely disagree. I don't think it's a "much" different guitar at all. It's much different in price but I feel it's not worth the price difference. This is my old Squier I used to have. It cost me £40 off the bay and it played fine once it was set up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgIfGo6FzyA

I'd be happy to go up on stage along side most J Custom owners with a 350 any day of the week. As long as it can be set up properly and there's no massive issues then in my book it's a good guitar.

It's very rare that I would consider paying any more than £200 for a guitar since I got my Jem. It's lovely guitar, don't get me wrong but I could buy 6 £150 guitars for the price of my Jem and I assure you it's not worth six of my Washburn KC.

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I'd have to opt out of the "you'd ALL have to say" because I completely disagree. I don't think it's a "much" different guitar at all. It's much different in price but I feel it's worth the price difference. This is my old Squier I used to have. It cost me 40 off the bay and it played fine once it was set up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgIfGo6FzyA

I'd be happy to go up on stage along side most J Custom owners with a 350 any day of the week. As long as it can be set up properly and there's no massive issues then in my book it's a good guitar.

It's very rare that I would consider paying any more than 200 for a guitar since I got my Jem. It's lovely guitar, don't get me wrong but I could buy 6 150 guitars for the price of my Jem and I assure you it's not worth six of my Washburn KC.

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you have to difficult like that ....

for now getting started out i'd really only want to buy into one guitar company and one amp company . i know that sounds sorta stupid but i wouldn't have the investment capital to buy into 2 or 3 companies and then maintain the lines for however long it would take to generate profit . also buying into one company lets me become more established with that company/distributor and so it would leave the door open to getting better dealer rates and mean i would work my way up in priority .

as far as offering a wide range of guitars at all levels dean imo , is the best choice . they have basses , electrics , acoustics and semi-hollow bodied electrics . My concern is they are rather expensive in comparitive terms to other companies , USA made Deans are setting MAP AT LIKE 3000 and dean isn't the same company gibson is. they have a lot of pointies and new endrosees , but they still have the hardtail and soltero .

schecter seems like a really strong option right now as well . they have guitars that are very competitivly priced.

i still have more research to do i guess .
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Inexpensive Deans tend to be very poor instruments, and good USA Deans are extremely expensive. I don't think I'd bother with them at all to be honest. I haven't played any cheaper Hamer's lately, but my brother just picked up a 90's strat copy that is a grat guitar. But I'd skip Dean I think.
Are you considering Line 6? Are you considering Heritage, or is that too non-metal?
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Music Man guitars are mindblowingly good. Wow. Get them!
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My cousin has one and it's just that. Mind blowingly good.
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Brands do not make a good guitar. It's the person playing it.

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That means my guitars are crap then
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Inexpensive Deans tend to be very poor instruments, and good USA Deans are extremely expensive. I don't think I'd bother with them at all to be honest. I haven't played any cheaper Hamer's lately, but my brother just picked up a 90's strat copy that is a grat guitar. But I'd skip Dean I think.
Are you considering Line 6? Are you considering Heritage, or is that too non-metal?
Really? I would think that the higher end Imports like the Hardtail are value for money. The Dimebags on the other hand, er, not so much.
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