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  • Galveston Guitars? Any good?

    Haven't heard much about them but see them all over ebay. Especially looking at the set neck LP copy here:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SET-NECK-LP-777-ARCH-TOP-SUNBURST-ELECTRIC-GUITAR_W0QQitemZ190322747109QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGui tar?hash=item2c501ea6e5&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262 &_trkparms=|293:1|294:30#ht_5500wt_940

    If anyone has any info or experience with these please let me know.
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  • #2
    never heard of them.
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    • #3
      I've researched them in the past and found nothing good about them. I think they make good firewood.

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      • #4
        I've got a lucite Galveston Strat (strictly for grins). It was cheap and it shows. Pretty much a POS.
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          I bought a green strat style at my favorite music store Replay Music in Greenfield MA for $100 then went to www.guitatarfetish.com and bought a pre-loaded pickguard(Keep in mind they come with hand wound pickups)$35

          Then I added a Wilkonson WS50 steel tremolo and solid block along with LSR roller nut and Sperzel locking tuners

          For less than $300 I have a strat that plays as well if not better than a new $2600 American Standard


      • #5
        I have a couple. They are what they are. Very inexpensive but as good as most things in that price range. I too have a lucite LP model that I put HB-sized P90s in and it sounds killer. Like a supercharged Tele.
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        • #6
          Rule #7: Never buy a cheap Asian guitar named after a city in Texas.
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          • #7
            Okay, but seriously: Galvestons have cheap hardware, horrible necks, worthless pickups, bad wiring, and poor construction.

            Their clear-lucite line is fun though, because you can swap out EVERYTHING and end up with a relatively nice clear-lucite guitar for far, far less than buying a lucite guitar from a well-respected maker. It's not like you have to worry about poor wood quality; lucite is lucite.
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            • #8
              From ones I've seen in person, they're cheaply made and have terrible fretwork.

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              • #9
                Rule #7: Never buy a cheap Asian guitar named after a city in Texas.



                there aint nothing wrong with Galveston other than the massive damage done by the last storm that came through.

                beside that guitar company isnt even from texas. we actually like playable guitars down here. i think they're from ohio
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                • #10
                  Their clear-lucite line is fun though, because you can swap out EVERYTHING and end up with a relatively nice clear-lucite guitar for far, far less than buying a lucite guitar from a well-respected maker. It's not like you have to worry about poor wood quality; lucite is lucite.


                  Yep, their lucite models are best viewed as buying a lucite body that just happens to have some extra stuff thrown in - that you'll probably be throwing out.

                  I've been tempted lately, now that they have a hardtail lucite strat model... heck, may not even have to swap out the whole bridge, just the saddles - unlike the craptacular vintage style trems they usually put on them.

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                  • #11
                    there aint nothing wrong with Galveston other than the massive damage done by the last storm that came through.

                    beside that guitar company isnt even from texas. we actually like playable guitars down here. i think they're from ohio




                    I never said they were from Texas.

                    I said never buy a cheap Asian guitar NAMED AFTER a Texas city.

                    It's a handy rule of thumb. If somebody is selling a Vietnamese-built guitar on eBay called a "Waco" or a "San Antonio", don't bid on it. It's almost certainly crap.
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                    • #12
                      there aint nothing wrong with Galveston other than the massive damage done by the last storm that came through.

                      beside that guitar company isnt even from texas. we actually like playable guitars down here. i think they're from ohio

                      A chill pill is in order! Maybe the storm did a little more damage than is seen by the naked eye.

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                      • #13
                        I've got a lucite Galveston Strat (strictly for grins). It was cheap and it shows. Pretty much a POS.


                        It seems strange that a company would go to all the effort of developing a lucite guitar, and not make it a decent guitar.
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                        • #14
                          I got a Galveston 5 string bass as a sweetener in a bigger swap. I'm going to defy the critics here by saying that it was a decent player. Granted, the pickups were as noisy as a Chinook Skycrane stuck in a tinfoil hat, but I had fun with the thing for awhile.

                          As for build quality and long term value, who cares? If you get one, upgrade the pups, play the crap out of it until it breaks, and (for the price of buying one decent guitar) you can buy half a dozen more.

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                          • #15
                            It seems strange that a company would go to all the effort of developing a lucite guitar, and not make it a decent guitar.


                            Maybe the 'development' isn't really the issue - they just took a block of perspex, shaped it like a strat body and slapped all the usual budget strat shaped bits on it that they usually put on their wood bodied guitars. FWIW I've tried the AXL perspex bodied guits too (AXL can make quite a decent wood guitar) and the couple I picked up were quite horrid.
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