Re: Off topic: Musicians.
posted at 7/29/2013 1:48 AM EDT
In response to wmasschilly's comment:
I hacked around on the guitar for years without really learning to play, about 3 years ago I de cided to put my mind to it and try learn, found the website Ultimate Guitar and have been progressing fairly well (although my wife and daughter still leave the room when I pick it up)---I'm trying to get good enough to justify buying a decent guitar...
I picked up a Squire Strat by Fender about a month ago. They are $130 new. This is a pretty good guitar, and extremely good for so very little $$$. I asked a guitar player friend I know that plays in area bands and he is impressed with the quality/price. Checked out some reviews on youtube and they were favorable as well.
They say the pots on those Squires are cheesy. That's not a big deal. But the guitar itself is well made. It would be very hard for anybody to tell the difference just listening from the American Strat. It is basically made to strat specs but Indonesian labor is cheap and they use a less costly wood for the body for example (basswood). The tuning keys are said to be of lesser quality than the Fenders but I've seen no issue with mine and you can buy Fender keys for $5 each. The thing sounds and and plays great.
I have a 1972 Telecaster Thinline (original) that I see on e-bay for $6-7K, so I'm not unfamiliar with quality guitars. I have and have had a couple of Fender basses from the '60s and '70s.
You can also find a Mexican Strat on craig's for maybe $300 if you keep an eye out. It really is hard to justify saying the American is better than the Mexican. Same thing, made in a different place. But people will pay 2-3x as much for that little USA stamped on it.
If you want a name everybody respects you probably need a Gibson or Fender. Fender is going to cost less but is just as respected.
So much of this is about what sounds you like to get, what feels good to you or "impressing" people with the name. But if you're looking for a good guitar for super cheap, I suggest the Squire Strat. If you want to really impress people, there are vintage celeb Fenders and Gibsons on e-bay going for millions.
As far as the action on the guitar you can "set up" that yourself if need be. There are numerous vids on youtube showing how that is done. It's not rocket science.
In the end it's not so much what guitar you have, it's how well you play it. If you're good you can make any decent guitar sound great. And, btw, there are a ton of guys teaching lead guitar patterns and pretty much anything else you like on youtube as well.