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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Stencil, Oct 22, 2021.
I got an early '60s Danelectro Convertible in a trade for a well used EV 635 mike.
In my hacienda the humidity stays very low. No toddlers, dogs or curious pickers. So, I leave them uncased. As for a beater, I suppose the G5120 is my grabbit. Cheapest Gretsch I own and surprisingly the most stable as far as tuning.
Oh, and its kinda purdy.
Does that guitar play as good as it looks?
I'm seeing what I consider to be some really nice "beater" guitars on here...
On the other hand, I think I have what most people would consider a "very low end," $143 on sale, guitar that I think punches well above it's weight. It's an Indio "Helix" that sits out and gets played almost every day. I don't play this guitar just because it's always handy, I play it because I really like it. I am able to play this guitar better than I play many of my
more expensive guitars. It just suits me and how I play. The shape of the headstock and the feel of the neck are are somewhat similar to an Ibanez, only not quite as extreme as a "wizard" neck. The body is similar to a Jackson "Dinky."
The bridge humbucker, although low in output, has a really nice sounding "crunch." The single coil middle and neck pickups don't sound at all "Stratty," but they nevertheless do have some interesting clean tones. It has a 2 point Wilkinson bridge and will stay in tune for days as long as I don't get too aggressive with the whammy bar which really isn't my thing anyway.. The fretboard is dead level, slightly rounded and has zero fret buzz and once set has been very stable.
I don't know, maybe I just got lucky and got the best one out of the batch but I wouldn't part with this guitar for several times what I paid for it. IMHO it just goes to show that you can't always judge a guitar just by the name on the headstock.
Wow, that's very, um, serendipitous.
I was going to make a NGD post about how chuffed I am with a cheap guitar that I picked up, and then suddenly there's a whole thread.....
Anyways, my friend is doing some recording with the singer from The Hives and has been sending my droolsome pictures of the early 60s Epiphone solid bodies that they're using.
So, I had a little look around and found this. 250 quid.
It's a reissue of a '66 Wilshire, made in 2007 in Epiphone's factory in Indonesia.
And you know what? It's really really good. Light as a feather, super skinny neck, really low action, really bright and loud pickups. The guy I bought it from had obviously gigged it a lot, its pretty weather beaten but I kinda feel that adds to the appeal. It feels like the ultimate three chord punk rock guitar, and at the moment I'm genuinely enjoying more than my guitars that cost ten times as much.
So, ah, I bought another one....
Don’t keep ‘em. If they’re not to my liking, I move them on…that is…for some stupid reason… I bought it in the first place.
Squier Tele, best cheap guitar ever.
Thanks for educating me. Prior to your post, I would have imagined some kind of Danelectro-branded 60s ragtop. ☺️
Godin SD, its such a beater that I have to re-assemble it. but for the price its a steal - like most Godin
At the moment, I'd have to say...
A few years ago I bought a beginners Squier Strat off Craigslist for $75. My plan was to have a guitar I could take anywhere and not care what happened to it. What did happen was it turned out to be an incredibly playable guitar with a beautiful neck profile. I've rarely seen cheap Squier guitars with a lot of neck wear but, if you look at mine, I think you'll agree that I got my money's worth.
My beater on the left, my oldest boy's beater bass, and my youngest sons best vintage snare
I like the motif. You don’t keep it in a case.
You keep it in a junk drawer?
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My Franken Tele
92 Tele with new Roasted Neck, neck humbucker and area 58 Strat pickup for middle
Pull the Tone Control and get all 7 pickup configurations