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Old 07-17-2008, 11:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I've never understood why anyone would pay huge amounts of money for a new guitar that looks beaten up.
ego. it's like people who buy huge ass 4x4 trucks to drive them around their suburbs and freak out when they go through a little bit of mud.

at the same time not all custom finishes are insanely priced either. my cousin has a joe strummer tele that only cost maybe $200 more than a regular model. he's got nicer guitars (like a custom PRS) but the tele sounded better in his band and he liked the pre-worn look, so why not?
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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At the end of the day, I suppose it's whatever floats your boat, and if you're stupid / wealthy enough to pay for an expensive fake, or you REALLY must have that replica as a showpiece, then why not?

Must admit I had a hankering for a short while for the Alvin Lee Gibson 335 rep. and the Fender Rory Gallagher rep. - if I ever won the lottery........, but my common sense side said "You can have a really good luthier- built guitar to your exact spec, a full flight case, and plenty of change for some extra toys.

...That was the clincher
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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The only replica I have purchased and will ever purchase is the Burns Brian May guitar. I grabbed it for $600 which was a good deal and it's an ok guitar, nothing amazing. All the different pickup combinations (in or out of phase) makes it pretty versatile and it plays pretty good. I still love the Strat though, must be psychological
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:00 AM   #14 (permalink)
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For me, you can't beat a good Strat or Tele, especially after it's been "played in" for a few years.
Like Gibsons, but always felt them to be a bit too "fragile".
I must say, though, for the price, the Big Two's quality control leaves a little to be desired.
Check out Vintage guitars - really great value for money, and as good as many "Classic" guitars.
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