Post by Mikeyguitar on Jun 10, 2020 16:35:08 GMT -5
For me it's gotta be my 1978 LP Custom...do they even make Customs anymore? Bought it used from a local music store around 1981 for $500 - hard case included. Although not considered a "good" era for Gibson, this one is pretty light for a LP, and it doesn't have the dreaded pancake body, either, which is a plus.
It's still in good shape...has some patina on the gold hardware. Years ago I made the mistake of playing it while wearing a hoodie (with a full length zipper). Yeah, that caused a patch of scratches on the back. Still, it's a beautiful guitar.
maybe eight years ago, i bought an nos eastwood pete shelley model for $195 out the door. i had planned on flipping it since i had seen several sell for $500. well, apparently, the ones that sold went to the last people on earth who wanted them, because i couldn't sell it. it was a good guitar, but i never bonded with it. a few years later, i met a guy who loved it. traded me his ovation viper for it. that is a totally killer guitar for under two bills.
I guess I just recently purchased my "best bang for the buck" guitar. I picked up a Tele Squier Classic Vibe for $200 on Marketplace. It was already set up correctly and ready to go after a string change. This is a keeper guitar. The Classic Vibes are totally great guitars (Tele). I have 2 Vintage Modern Squires and they are also very good guitars. Doesn't bother me at all to grab a Squier and go to a gig even though I have other Fenders in my stash.
I would put mine on that list too, totally gigable out of the box.
Post by rickyguitar on Jun 16, 2020 1:01:22 GMT -5
G&L Tribute Legacy. $500. I had a Tele I really liked but once I got the G&L I never played it. My wife insisted I needed an LP (she felt bad because years ago I sold one when we had our 1st kid). I never played it either. The G&L is like a strat but had a 12" radius. Just suits me to a T.
A PRS SE Soapbar double cut. Black,two P90s. I bought it when I needed something cheap I could keep in G tuning for a band that did a couple of slide numbers. It deserves more use than that as it's a great all-round gigging guitar. I got it second hand but immaculate on Ebay. All I did to it was add strap lock buttons and change the speed knobs to all-black top hats. It made me realise how good entry level guitars are now compared to when I started in the 60s.
This will sound stupid, as it wasn't a cheap guitar. I got a Thin Skin 59 in Sonic Blue and to me feels better than custom shops I have and custom shops/vintage I've played in stores. So it feels like I got away with something good
Post by stratcowboy on Jun 21, 2020 11:21:59 GMT -5
As I mentioned way back above, I have my #1 Strat that is an American Standard from late '98. Inca Silver in color, w/dark rosewood fingerboard, a chunkier than usual neck (for whatever reason), and Fralin Vintage Hot pickups. I took it with me to Wildwood Guitars in Colorado several years back along with my Allen Brown Sugar. They let me play 8 or so Custom Shop Strats for around 3 hours by myself--they just kept bringing me guitars--it was cool. But as nice as those CS Strats were, none of them sounded as good as my #1--which cost all of $500. I got it from a guy who worked in a shop in the Albany area in NY; it still had all the plastic film on the pickguard and parts. So, I got to compare apples-to-apples and really find out what a great deal I had gotten.