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  • #46
    Gretsch 5422 is a great value

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    • #47
      Originally posted by profgalen View Post
      I had a Robelli Eddy Durham. I wish I'd kept it. SA blew them out at $299. I saw one used recently for $450. Great guitars.
      That looks like a sweet little Jazz guitar. Not quite the same as the 335 model but I'm glad to hear that another forumite has experienced the Sam Ash housebrand Robelli jazz boxes of yore. I somehow feel validated.

      Incredible as it may sound, I actually have six Johnson guitars.

      Yes, you read that correctly...six!

      I am the self-appointed Johnson expert on HC. Please ask any relevant questions you have about these finely crafted instruments.

      My current inventory:

      Three Johnson JS-800 strat-o-clones
      One Johnson JT-800 tele-clone
      One Johnson Las Vegas Hollowbody
      One Johnson 3/4 mini strat-o-clone


      Dude I salute you, you truly are the Johnson king. You're not a rock star, you're a porn star.

      Oh yeah, and kudos on the Strat love.

      "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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      • #48
        Originally posted by wankdeplank View Post
        Dude I salute you, you truly are the Johnson king. You're not a rock star, you're a porn star.

        Oh yeah, and kudos on the Strat love.
        My guitar and equipment storage inventory...humidity controlled of course.

        _____________________________________________
        Serious about playing but not much else.

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        • #49
          Thinkin I sould try one of those bad boys as some guy on another forum swears it's the same line that goes by the "Vintage" name across the pond. And we all know what kind of love the Vintage brand gets.
          "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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          • #50
            Originally posted by wankdeplank View Post
            Really digging the looks of that Patriot Custom and the BC Rich. Have to admit that I still have a little stigma against plywood, but I have seen examples that sound really good. Samick SAT-650... $180 with original case. Where? Yours? Looked it up and it does resemble the Robelli that changed my world and perception of just how good a cheap guitar could be. There is no doubt that Samick has the ability to make a world class archtop (hollow or semi) guitar. I've also heard that their more recent Greg Bennett Royale line is also very good and hangs with the real deal. Here's the SAT-650:
            Yes, mine. I found it at Sam Ash. Really nice quality.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Into Nation View Post


              ...I don't know what it is but they really never caught on. The upper bout is a bit preggy, maybe that's it...

              The upper bout on their Patriots is not a problem, believe me. Name recognition is Michael Kelly's biggest problem, mainly due to a fairly thin dealership count in a crowded electric guitar marketplace. A problem that's a distant second are the "bling haters." Without actually seeing one in person, the bling haters will frequently pan the upper end of the MK Patriot model lineup just from the photos they see. Believe me, the abalone inlay and binding "bling" work on those models is extremely well done and would probably impress many a bling hater if they saw any of these upper end models in person.

              The MK name recognition problem comes from the fact that Michael Kelly's dealers are mostly smaller or mid-sized independent stores. Guitar Center has only carried MK acoustic-electric basses, mandolins, and the hybrid electric-acoustic guitar (a while back). I suspect Epiphone, ESP/LTD, Dean, and maybe even Gibson didn't want Patriots in GC stores competing against their LPs. Musicians Friend has on occasion, a while back, carried some of the Patriot models.

              Michael Kelly was originally a mail order acoustic guitar and bass company based in Tampa with a small store front. The original owner of MK did guitar shows and bluegrass festivals selling MK guitars in the late 1990s. MK quickly got a reputation for their relatively inexpensive but high quality acoustic electric guitar, bass, and resonator models. Their push into the electric guitar business began in the early 2000s, a couple of years after MK was bought by its present owners, Hanser Music, who also own and distribute B.C. Rich, Diezel Amplification, Kustom, Powerwerks PA, Premier Percussion, Spector Bass, Tourgrade Cases, and Traben Bass.

              MK has done quite well over the years with its acoustic-electric basses, and just well enough in the electric guitar business to keep new models coming out. MK has stayed one of the top acoustic-electric bass brands. Lots of people use them. Their electric guitar business came along slowly in the early 2000s and has sort of plateaued during the past 6 years. They discontinued several electric models in 2008/9 and have since brought back some of their earliest models (with some refinements) and a few new models.

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              • #52
                OLP MM-4
                Best regards,
                Rich
                www.guytronix.com

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                • #53
                  ^ Great stuff on the MK brand radar. Your posts are very informative.

                  Originally posted by moogerfooger View Post
                  Gretsch 5422 is a great value
                  Those get generally excellent reviews and sound authentic on Youtube, but I have read that you need to change out the bridge for trem use.

                  Yes, mine. I found it at Sam Ash. Really nice quality

                  Lucky you. I felt like I hit the lottery with mine at that price used. Mine is minty mint and basically ten/ten. Still these guitars seem to be appreciating on the used market and rightfully so.

                  OLP MM-4

                  Well not to cast aspersions but I once read that Ed Roman got busted for changing some cosmetics and selling those as Music mans. Must be really really great guitars - never had the chance to try one unfortunately.
                  "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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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by peskypesky View Post
                    my SX Liquid from Rondo Music. You can get them new for about $140. Insane deal.
                    http://www.rondomusic.com/cgi-rondom...1421a8d614cc26

                    One of my students brought in a Agile AL-2000, with 24 frets and a Floyd Rose. After the lesson, I wanted to swap him my Epiphone LPC for the Agile

                    The best low budget guitars I have are my Warmoth, Guitar Parts On Line and Las Vegas Profession Guitar Parts home assembled guitars. Those guitars easily go toe to toe with my Jacksons, Kramers or Fenders anytime
                    Last edited by AJ6stringsting; 07-28-2014, 08:05 PM.
                    Guns don't kill people .... Fathers with beautiful Daughters do !!!!

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                    • #55
                      ^You sound like me with your hodge podge collection of high and low end. As a great man once said, "if it sounds and plays great, it is great".
                      "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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                      • #56
                        My friend once told me that a certain fraction of squiers are actually normal Fender quality, so I think that if you get the right one you can actually get a good deal. I'm eager to try out that Patriot though!
                        http://www.werekeepingtabs.com

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                        • #57
                          I go with the the OLP EBMM WG Copy too but can't get those new anymore ,these new cheap Squiers feel like they are made in the same Factory...both are from Indonesia and priced under 100.



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                          • #58
                            Sorry, distracted.

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                            • #59
                              Many great guitars for cheap. Yamaha, Epi sg-310, Squier bullet. On and on.

                              Of course your opinion of "budget" is wide in his thread. Hell, for 6 to 8 hun I can buy a used guitar that's as good as ANYTHING.

                              But for what I interpret as budget...like a few hundred bucks, a squire bullet(for much less) is a very nice guitar. Plywood body, hard tail. Sounds great! I have many compliments from those who have no idea on cost who say it sounds incredible. I agree. Of course, being a player, I need to have some fretwork done to be amazing to me. But still, it does sound great and cost me 10 bucks.!!!

                              My epi sg-310 was a very nice ax, good frets...but needed a pickup upgrade for sure. Still, a bargain for a great sounding guitar with NO NECK DIVE!

                              Yamaha pacifica! Sweet guitars!

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                              • #60
                                Wow took a long time for the Sparkle love to surface. For those that caught that 89.99 value, seems like a no-brainer.

                                Of course your opinion of "budget" is wide in his thread. Hell, for 6 to 8 hun I can buy a used guitar that's as good as ANYTHING.

                                You are correct sir. People that know what to look for used have a tremendous advantage, those that don't end up with an albatross that won't even play. Had to keep the definitions broad - there are some out there that think you need to surpass $2,000 to get a decent guitar. I think it's a little like finding a needle in a haystack regardless how much you pay.
                                "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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