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    WTB: Electric Guitar

    Looking for something in the sub 500 dollar range that's in nice playable shape. My preference is leaning strongly towards a fender or squire strat.

    I've got a whole ton of new ones in my Amazon wish list (something like this) but figured I'd see if anyone on here's got they'd be willing to let go before I pull the trigger on one of the amazon linked ones.

    Kinda crazy to think I'm FINALLY looking at getting my own electric 6 string after dabbling in both guitar & bass for probably 35+ years.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    I don't have any for sale but if you're a bit handy I have an alternative suggestion. A couple of Christmas' ago my wife got me one of these.

    Tele version.

    It wasn't terribly challenging. Pretty much everything is done for you except for shaping the headstock, finish work (sanding and painting) and assembly. Mine plays pretty good. For $85 I have no complaints. The electronics are not that great though. I've thought about upgrading but to do what I think I should it's 2x what the entire kit costs.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    You should be able to find a great G&L Tribute series in this range.

    https://reverb.com/item/78079371-g-l...ntent=78079371

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    If youíre not deadset on a fender strat you might find a used Charvel in that range. They have been owned by fender for many years now. They are strat killers and will do everything the traditional fender will do and much more. Iíve got about a dozen of them from various eraís, fantastic guitars with amazing necks.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Some of the "amazon" ones are getting good reviews. I'm actually gonna pick one of these up, there's lots of reviews on YouTube that are positive.
    https://a.co/d/a1fd8Ou

    Also just got a REALLY cheap Squier for Christmas, just wanted it for the body and going to replace all the electronics. It actually plays really nice for the price.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    Some of the "amazon" ones are getting good reviews. I'm actually gonna pick one of these up, there's lots of reviews on YouTube that are positive.
    https://a.co/d/a1fd8Ou
    Iíve been watching the evolution of those cheap chinese guitars and the fakes (Chibsons). It seems like they are dialing in the quality better and better. Iíll probably order one soon.

    A lot of people fail to realize that no matter the price point, any guitar new or new to you will benefit from a pro setup. Most guitars NEED a pro setup.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    have you considered a build yer own kit

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    have you considered a build yer own kit
    Maybe make one out of an upside down car hood?

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by Not Sure View Post
    Maybe make one out of an upside down car hood?
    a steel guitar

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Ammo can. Awesome build, and Justin is a monster player.

    https://youtu.be/AdZ2_tJOLu4?si=vSWN3Qpim0GLlGXd

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    J. Mascis squire jazzmaster (new) might be worth a look

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier/...iABEgIEf_D_BwE

    Obviously there are strats in your price range too and shootouts galore on YouTube (although most aren’t truly objective). I know from your first post that you’re aware of those; I'm mainly posting to suggest the jazzmaster as a cool option in the same price and feel range, and to add that I’m a HUGE believer in playing the actual guitar you are considering buying, before purchase. In person choices at a decent music store seem plentiful and reasonably priced enough to forego an Amazon or sweetwater press and pray order. They just all sound and play slightly differently and some feel and sound great, some don’t…even among strats. Even among squire strats. Even among white classic vibe squire strats…

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    I do dig that Jazzmaster & did kinda have my eye on them while looking but I think I've got it narrowed down to these two, both are currently 10% off at guitarcenter.com.

    $387 Squier Classic Vibe
    $324 Squier 40th Anniversary.

    Seems to me those are pretty nice deals w/ great bang for the buck & they're very similar in grade & construction.

    Would love to play em side-by-side but the closest 40th annie I want is 45 min away... They've got a CV just 10 min away from me though, so I'll go give that a feel-up as soon as I can. Hmm... maybe today.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Guitars are so cheap compared to the (pretty good) quality now that mistakes are pretty harmless…can always trade em in, bring ‘em back, or keep em and buy more (my favorite!) etc

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Yeah I'd be lying if I haven't said to myself "Fekkit, just buy em both & figure it out before the return policy expires."

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    In other news, I totally put the cart before the horse and bought one of these.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    My playing is lousy but I’ve got a nice Aria Pro 2 from the 80s, strat shape, but dual humbuckers and Kahler locking trem. Had a Fender MIM Jimmy Vaughn strat. Just couldn’t get used to that neck for my hands. Picked up a friends Clapton strat between his sets and was like wow this things is Excalibur. I think they are both V necks and same radius. Maybe the Clapton just had a professional set up done vs out of the box.

    Actually when I say playing is lousy thats probably optimistic or delusional. An insult to the words playing and lousy.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by backinthesaddle View Post

    Actually when I say playing is lousy thats probably optimistic or delusional. An insult to the words playing and lousy.
    Harsh, but youíre allowed to whip yourself. Iíve been helping a couple of adults with their playing. Like many people, they get frustrated with progress and start comparing themselves to other, better players. No bueno. If youíre not asking to be paid to play, who cares? If itís not fun you wonít put time in to improve. Guitar is one of the most frustrating yet rewarding thingsÖ

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by union View Post
    I don't have any for sale but if you're a bit handy I have an alternative suggestion. A couple of Christmas' ago my wife got me one of these.

    Tele version.

    It wasn't terribly challenging. Pretty much everything is done for you except for shaping the headstock, finish work (sanding and painting) and assembly. Mine plays pretty good. For $85 I have no complaints. The electronics are not that great though. I've thought about upgrading but to do what I think I should it's 2x what the entire kit costs.

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    I cant play guitar but for some reason I REALLY want to buy and build this.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by backinthesaddle View Post
    My playing is lousy but I’ve got a nice Aria Pro 2 from the 80s, strat shape, but dual humbuckers and Kahler locking trem. Had a Fender MIM Jimmy Vaughn strat. Just couldn’t get used to that neck for my hands. Picked up a friends Clapton strat between his sets and was like wow this things is Excalibur. I think they are both V necks and same radius. Maybe the Clapton just had a professional set up done vs out of the box.

    Actually when I say playing is lousy thats probably optimistic or delusional. An insult to the words playing and lousy.
    Me too. I played a lot in highschool and college, but haven't picked up a guitar in 20 years. I won't sell my Fender/Squier Srat though. A friend bought a new guitar a few months ago and handed it to me. I could barely remember some bar chords, so I handed it back and felt shame.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Well if anybody else wants a smokin deal on an entry level squier strat, I'm not sure that this deal can be beat...
    I'd order one myself if they weren't on backorder.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier/...00000392045.gc

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    In other news, I totally put the cart before the horse and bought one of these.
    I have the mini version, highly recommend.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Well if anybody else wants a smokin deal on an entry level squier strat, I'm not sure that this deal can be beat...
    I'd order one myself if they weren't on backorder.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier/...00000392045.gc
    Where does it say Backorder?

    It says in stock when I look

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveM View Post
    I have the mini version, highly recommend.
    Nice!
    Quote Originally Posted by LuvDog View Post
    Where does it say Backorder?

    It says in stock when I look

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    Oh good. They musta just updated their inventory.

    Crap... now do I pick up one of those or get one of the pricier models I was looking at...

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Nice!

    Oh good. They musta just updated their inventory.

    Crap... now do I pick up one of those or get one of the pricier models I was looking at...

    $159 guitar + $100 setup leaves with $259 in a guitar worth $100 resale. Not too bad if you enjoy it.

    $400 guitar + $100 setup leaves you with $500 in a guitar worth $100-$200 at best resale.

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    Re: WTB: Electric Guitar

    Generally seeing Squiers of all trim levels on reverb & FB for damn near new prices.

    Kind of a moot point though. Usually resale value matter a whole lot to me as I generally tend to keep stuff that I buy. If I catch & release it'll typically be before the return policy expires.

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