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  • What's the best electric you have ever played that costs less than $300 new

    What electric have you played that when it was new.....could be bought for $300 or less at that time?


  • #2

    Have to be a Squier of some sort.  Maximum bang for the buck.

    "Prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when you're listening. Playing the piano ['guitar'] allows you to do both at the same time." -Kelsey Grammer

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    • Pine Apple Slim
      Pine Apple Slim commented
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      I owned a 51 ES125 with the original receipt for $125.00.
      I paid $300 for it sometime in the 90s.

  • #3

    You could buy a Strat in 1960 for $299.

    Just sayin.

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    • #4
      Hmmm... My Epi G400 was bought for $299 new, and I think it's pretty good.
      Guitars: 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)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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      • Marko
        Marko commented
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        Years ago, some will remember, when overstock.com had higher-end (at the time) satin-series strats for ~$100 and coupons on top of that.

        I got a nice HH crimson satin strat for ~$115, still have it with EB 9-46s and it


    • #5

      A buddy's '65 Strat. I imagine it was around $300 in '65. Best guitar I've ever played.

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      • gardo
        gardo commented
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        Do you mean $300 back in the day or in recent history?  In recent history I would pick the Xaviere XV 900 that was delivered to my door in a hard case for under $300 last year. This is my number one guitar and it gets played almost everyday. I like it even more than the vintage Gretsch I once owned.


    • #6

      The Sterling EBMM Silhouette copy - consistently impresses me.  Great necks.

      a/c- EBMM Albert Lee SSS - Sky Blue- Kramer 'Wedge' aluminum neck - Red- Two-Rock Exo15 - Black/grey- Suhr Riot- Emperor 2x12/1x15 cabinet - Walnut/silver grille

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      • #7
        All the vintage guitar answers are clearly cheating. Online inflation calculators put a $300 guitar in 1965 at custom shopprices these days.
        Guitars: 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)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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        • american sinner
          american sinner commented
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          My Epiphone Dot Studio was $299. Granted I changed the pickups, electronics, and had it plek'd, but it played well when I got it. Now it sounds good too and has perfect action. 


      • #8

        Washburn WI64D - lightweight, sounds good, Buzz Feiten Tuning System - $199 new.

        DeArmond JetStar - heavy, but I like the GoldTone pickups - $169 new n the Save The Music promotion a few years back.

        Danelectro Hodad - four lipstick pickups arranged as two humbuckers - $99 new as a closeout, I also bought a Hodad bass for the same price.

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        • #9

          Hmm... I've got a few that fit into the criteria.  HOWEVER, they were all on sale/ closeout for a good bit less than their normal retail prices, fwiw.

           

          MIK Washburn WV40 'Vindicator' - Phenolic fretboard, Buzz Feiten tuning, name-brand pickups & hardware: got it for under $200:

          WV40

           

          Kramer 'NightRider' (also MIK) - ~$220:

          K

           

          First Act Sheena CE240 - under $100 (though I think that normal retail price was around $300):

          FA

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          • #10

            Easily my office bound Vintage VS6MA

             

            MA

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            Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

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            • MDLMUSIC
              MDLMUSIC commented
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              I don't currently own any guitars that cost over $100, although in the past I've owned aTele, a Hagstrom Swede, and a bunch of other guitars I'm too old to remember. My main gigging guitar is my Dean Vendetta XM purchased new from GC for $99 a few years ago. Extremely lightweight, wide neck, dual humbuckers and it stays in tune. I liked it so much I bought another one that GC had on sale for $89 a few years ago.

          • #11

            Godin Radiator.  Not close.

            Good NewsSPAMPpP

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            • nothingstock
              nothingstock commented
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              Years ago I bought a Korean-made Squier Tele for $150, with a gig bag.  It had no finish and lousy pickups, and the body is one of those plastic/wood/plastic, foto-flame jobs that has no business sounding good at all.  The thing is, the neck has the best feel of nay guitar I have ever played (the lilst includes a number of Hamers, and a 61 SG/LP that was quite spectacular). It has aftermarket tuners and bridge, and I found pups that sounded good.  It has been my #1 for a number of years now and has spoiled me in so many ways.


          • #12

            hmmm...toss up between an ESP LTD superstrat, don't remember the model , a Jackson Dinky superstrat, an Ibanez S of some kind and maybe a Epi LP Studio that sounded and played really good...

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            • #13

              Dr. Scottie C wrote:

              What electric have you played that when it was new.....could be bought for $300 or less at that time?


              My Jagmaster is amazing...absolutely love the neck on it...nicely weighted, and the stock Duncan Designed pups are not bad, either!  $299 new...

               

               

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              My Gear:
              2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
              1998 Squire MIM Stratocaster
              Takamine acoustic
              Fender P-Bass

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              • #14

                I have a Jay Turser Les Paul goldtop-copy that I really like. Of course, it doesn't compare to my Gibson Les Paul as far as quality, but there is something about it that makes me enjoy playing it more that I expected to when I bought it as a backup/beater guitar. It was fine in stock condition but I eventually upgraded it with some pickups I had laying around from other guitars (Duncan Jazz/neck & Gibson 500T/bridge), also Sperzel locking tuners. I especially like how lightweight it is.

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              • #15

                $232 for this one.  This has become my main practice guitar.  It plays unbelievably well, stays in tune no matter how much Floyd abuse I inflict.  It's even been played at gigs and sounds great.

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                This one for $31, yes, I said $31!!!  It plays and feels amazing.

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                Guitars: Heritage H-150CM, Jackson USA SL-2H, Ibanez Jem 7V, Gibson SG, Fender Strat, Carvin ST-300, Yamaha AES620
                Amp: Carvin Legacy VL-100 half stack, Gibson L-5 Lab Series
                Effects: Suhr Riot, Barber Dirty Bomb, Soundblox Classic Distortion, TC Elec Chorus, Boss DD-3, Dunlop EVH Wah, Gig-Fx MegaWah, Boss TU-2, Boss ME-50, Digitech GNX4

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