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  • What's the Most You've Spent on a non-USA Made Guitar?

    My Larrivee, handmade in Vancouver, cost me just a bit over $1000 brand new. I'd do it again, too.

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    <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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    My current go-to guitars are:

     

    - Tanglewood Sundance acoustic - UK/China

    - Yamaha SG1000 - Japan

     

    In both cases I paid around 700 GBP which comes out to approx $1100. The acoustic was brand new from a local family-run guitar store, the Yammy I bought used from eBay. Very happy with both of them. The only US made guitar I have is a Martin DCX1e which I bought the Tanglewood to replace but which I still have hanging around. I will buy a US made Gibson at some point I'm sure - probably an ES-339 or similar

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    • Bad Robot
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      My Lakewood custom 12 string.


    • Lonnie99
      Lonnie99 commented
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      I only buy used, and rarely buy USA. Having said that, and having to count on my ever fading memory I'd say probably $300 or so.

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    About $700 is the most I've spent in today's dollars. 1. a Guild GAD-N4 which gives me all the nylon I need and 2. a Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Humbucker. Both are very nice guitars bought new.   I spent $495 on a 1982 Alvarez-Yairi DY-78 purchased new and which I still own.  I think the book on it is around $800 or $900.  I wouldn't take $2K if it was offered. 

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    • #4

      It was about $400 for a Japanese Stratocaster in, I think, 2000.  It was an impulse buy and it ended up being nowhere near the same league as the MIA Stats I had at the time so I sold it after only a few months.  I've never paid more than $200 for any other guitar not made in the United States.

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      • xrleroyx
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        I spent around $600 for a mij JM.

      • Dr. Scottie C
        Dr. Scottie C commented
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        Knutsaq wrote:

        It was about $400 for a Japanese Stratocaster in, I think, 2000.  It was an impulse buy and it ended up being nowhere near the same league as the MIA Stats I had at the time so I sold it after only a few months.  I've never paid more than $200 for any other guitar not made in the United States.


        Same for me.

        I don't see why some get rock hard boners for MIJ strats...I've owned 3....all sucked.....I think MIM is better than MIJ with Fender.


    • #5

      My Vox Virage and Gretsch Power Jet are both Made in Japan and  were both just over $2k.  They  are my most expensive guitars.

      I also have a MIJ Luna Acoustic which I picked up for a steal at $1k.

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      • #6
        My custom shop Cort acoustic was about $1,200 USD and was made in Korea.

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        • #7
          $700 on a Ibanez Musician

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          • #8

            does this include customs? if so then companies like Daemoness and VIK would surely take the cake :smiley-bounce014:

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            • #9

              $800 for my Washburn J-7

              Two types of people you don't want to argue with.... geniuses and fools. .....it helps if you can tell the difference.

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              • #10
                Well Dr. Scottie C, it's because all their guitars are better. How do I know? Because mine slays every other Strat ever, even vintage 50s Strats. I have played them all, and I have verified this.

                But really, the nicest sounding Strat I've ever played was a friend's MIJ Strat. Japan seems to have good QC, which goes a long way. I'm sure some of their guitars aren't all that great, but hey, I haven't played all that many to really tell you.
                <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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                • Dr. Scottie C
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                  kayd_mon wrote:
                  Well Dr. Scottie C, it's because all their guitars are better. How do I know? Because mine slays every other Strat ever, even vintage 50s Strats. I have played them all, and I have verified this.

                  But really, the nicest sounding Strat I've ever played was a friend's MIJ Strat. Japan seems to have good QC, which goes a long way. I'm sure some of their guitars aren't all that great, but hey, I haven't played all that many to really tell you.

                  MIJ Fender's even when fit & finish are decent....the electronics historically blow with the exception of a few models that use Texas Specials....

                  But I don't know.....the MIJ Fender's feel horrible to me.

                  Keep me mind, I was a MIA Fender dealer for a number of years....so it's possible that I have had more MIA's pass through my hands than the average person.....but I don't think that MIJ Fender's are in the same leauge as MIA's.....

                  Other than that.....MIJ I-been-had's, Charvels, Jacksons...etc... are all great quality guitars.


              • #11
                $1,750 for my Yamaha SG1802 ...

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                • soundcreation
                  soundcreation commented
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                  Lol...MIJ fender's don't even come close to the best  companies that make fender style guitars in japan.  They are considered mid range there.  (the odd Fender japan custom build and rare limited models aside).    


              • #12

                Alvarez Yairi DY87. Paid around $800 in 1988. Still have it, great guitar with a great neck.

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                • #13

                  A little over $3000 for a handmade German Hofner bass.

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                  • Pine Apple Slim
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                    A little under $700 for my Electromatic, $1099 for my new Guild Starfire bass. 

                    Both are very well made and I consider them worth it.

                     

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