A good, cheap electric guitar

Discussion in 'Performing Arts' started by Politics are awesome, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. Politics are awesome

    Politics are awesome Politics suck

    I've gone on too long without one... I received a Stratocaster a couple of Christmases ago, but I left it in my room (in the basement) without tuning it down... needless to say, it doesn't sound nice anymore. :p

    I'm looking somewhere between $125-$200 dollars.... an archtop would be cool, but type and brand aren't really important right now. Any tips/suggestions would be groovy. Thanks. :)
  2. SLammon420

    SLammon420 Senior Member

    good and cheap usually dont mix
  3. Politics are awesome

    Politics are awesome Politics suck

    My Samick acoustic-electric was only $150. And its awesome. :H.
  4. SLammon420

    SLammon420 Senior Member

    I just got outta this arguement in another thread about some guy with his Esteban guitar. I wouldn't buy an cheap electric guitar though. Do what you want though. Why don't you buy another strat?
  5. Lucifer Sam

    Lucifer Sam Vegetable Man

    Just go used. I got a mid-'70s Ibanez Les Paul copy for $250, and it's great. Try local flea markets and second-hand shops and whatnot first, then try the local music shops, then try eBay. Some people advise against eBay, but meh. You can usually tell what kind of person you're buying from. It's not hard to tell whether or not they know what they're talking about.
  6. SLammon420

    SLammon420 Senior Member

    That's all good advice.Make sure you play them first before buying second hand though...make sure everything's working correctly and it plays how you like em too.
  7. Orsino2

    Orsino2 Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    Dude... I've already told you before. Search for an Agile or an SX... http://www.rondomusic.net/index.html

    Alot of people like Agile better than Epiphone, as far as Gibson copies. Most Squiers and strat copies are just garbage.
  8. Politics are awesome

    Politics are awesome Politics suck

  9. lalalamort

    lalalamort Fucked up upstairs

    Sammick pwns
  10. Orsino2

    Orsino2 Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    Btw, Chuck, I still love that Samick... :D
  11. Graffin

    Graffin Member

    Yamaha Pacifica series guitars are good quality and pretty cheat aswell. I had one tele shaped pacifica and I still think it was one of the best guitars I've ever played.
  12. Have you taken the Strat to a good repair tech to have it checked out? Not de-tuning the strings for a couple of years shouldn't hurt the guitar.It might just need a neck adjustment.
  13. Alternative_Thinker

    Alternative_Thinker Darth Mysterious

    ^^^ Exactly what I was thinking about.

    I'd take it to a guitar shop for an overhaul, actually. From the sounds of it, the neck needs to be straightened, the action adjusted, and the intonation properly set... And it would also be wise to check how the bridge is set up as well, just to be safe(especially if your axe sports a tremolo).

    The thing is, as pain-in-the-ass job it may sound, it's actually NOT that heavy duty job-wise. If you have a Fender Strat, this would most likely be a better option than buying a cheap guitar.

    That's what I think, anyway...
  14. Butters

    Butters Senior Member

    My old guitar, and I still have it, was a Yamaha electric I got in a bundle pack thing at Sams. You can laugh all you want, but that guitar is pretty damn good. Thats why I still have it. It suprised me. So I'd reccomend the Yamahas as good, cheap, quality guitars. You can't go wrong with them, in my opinion. I love mine still.

    ....but my Schecter pwns [​IMG]
  15. Politics are awesome

    Politics are awesome Politics suck

    Well, when I bend the the tremolo bar, it cracks the body and wants to come off the guitar....
    pretty shitty.
  16. Then don't bend the tremelo bar.
    If you don't want to have the guitar repaired,I'll take it off your hands.

    RELAYER mādhyamaka

    Yamaha classicals have a nice feel
  18. Optical Sound

    Optical Sound Member

    Ive got a epiphone casino archtop and I like that a lot but its not close to being under 200. I think a good first electric would be a fender strat. You can get a mexican made one for around 300 but could probably find a used one somewhere
  19. SLammon420

    SLammon420 Senior Member

    Yeah Fender strats are nice. You can get the mexican made ones for I think 369.00 or 399.00.
  20. sniffmagikmarkrs

    sniffmagikmarkrs Senior Member

    yeah, i'd say go used as well. I got a killer 70's kramer baretta from a garage sale for a hundred bucks and it rocks

    and to butters, my first guitar was one of those yamaha guitars from the bundle pack.....i hate that thing. the kramer is sooooo much better

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