I want a good electric guitar that sounds really good. However, I want it to be as cheap as possible for a good guitar. It doesn’t have to be some amazing guitar, just something that will sound amazing for rock/alternative music. Any suggestions/links?
There is no such thing as “cheap” and “sound amazing”. Sound acceptable.. yes. Amazing… very doubtful. Cheap today means made in China, probably by people working in deplorable conditions for less than a buck an hour. Is that what you want your money to support?
I’m going to give you the same advice I give all my students. Stop worrying about “brand” – that makes no difference when you’re in the buying situation you’re in. Also forget about “new” – you’re not going to get anything that’s worth anything in a mass-produced made-in-China piece of $h**. There are 100 different “brands” that are cranked out by the millions is various sweatshops around China and for the most part one is no better or worse than the others. They’re all lifeless, soul-less throw-aways.
What you should do instead is seek out the boutique guitar shop in your area where the PRO musicians get their work done. The owners will probably be working musicians themselves, and everyone hanging there will be eating-breathing guitars 24/7. Let them find you a good used instrument that meets your needs and your budget. Even if it’s a cheap Squier, at least it’ll be set up professionally , tweaked by a good player/tech , and will meet somebody’s high standards before they put it up for sale in their shop.
What happens in that kind of shop on a daily basis – working pros are trading up. So you’ll have an opportunity to get a pre-owned guitar that was played by one of the better players in the area, tweaked for him/her and broken in . You’ll get a MUCH better instrument in the long run taking this approach than heading down to Guitar Center with two 0 bills in hand and buying the first shiny new Chin-a-caster that they’ve un-boxed and put on display.
Note that the guitar shop instrument might be an oddball brand… or it might be a name brand but a less-popular model… or whatever. It’ll probably be a little road-worn (for real- not the “road worn on a drum sander” foolishness Fender and others try to pass off on us) But the point is you’re keeping your business local, you’re establishing some connections with the pro players in your area, and you’ll have some people watching your back. Then, when you have another hundred or two… you can trade it back in on something a little better… do it again…. again…. and pretty soon you’ll be rockin’ a Les Paul or USA Strat or PRS – whatever.
on: 4th December 10