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Old 10-08-2009, 08:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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this. a hundred times over.

don't specifically limit yourself to fender or gibson either. you might be surprised by what the mexican fenders offer at a substantial price drop. same with higher end epiphones as compared to gibson's. you might also want to check out ibanez and higher end LTD models as well.
I agree about the Mexican model Fenders. I have a Mexican strat that I never put down; I use it for everything. I have a $1600 Gibson just collecting dust, whereas my strat, which cost me $500, is like a dream for me. Just play around, and see what you like.
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Higher-end mexican Fenders are great guitars both tonally and in terms of playability. The classic series may not sound like their original counterparts, but they still have their own unique usable sound.
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The mexican fenders are good, but not as good as the americans. It's not really fair, I'm sure mexicans are just as capable of making good things as americans, if not better, but fender don't use as good components on their mexican guitars. You can't replace some mexican components with american ones either because the mexican guitars are measured metrically and the american ones use imperial measurements. Epiphone guitars are reasonable for the price, but Gibsons are nicer. All pretty obvious really...
you have any sort of evidence or website to back up this claim? as far as i know you can swap just about any fender part on any similar model. being measured using the imperial or metric system shouldn't really matter. a 25.5 inch scale neck length is still the same as a 64.77 centimeter scale neck length.

it's true the instruments assembled in mexico are made with slightly lower quality materials. that's why they cost half the price, but in my experience they are not half the guitar. not sure what you're getting at with the 'fair' comment either, what they're capable of doing and what they're hired to do are not mutually exclusive.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Good advice. I wouldn't buy over the internet either. There's nothing like playing through a pile of guitars and finding "the one". When I purchased my last guitar, I must have played over twenty before I found an "81 Gibson Epiphone that suited me feel wise.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:40 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I wouldn't buy a good guitar over the internet at all. Playing them before buying them gives you a good feel for what you want.
I've bought my last two guitars from Thomann and haven't had any problem with them. they've been perfectly set up every time and nicely packaged. I've found that if I trust the name on the guitar I'm buying, I don't really need to play it before I buy it. Not to mention the prices for guitars here are ridiculous. I paid €399 for my Parker PM-10 which came with a nice padded gigbag and 2 free leads. The same guitar in the shops where I live is €564.
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I've bought my last two guitars from Thomann and haven't had any problem with them. they've been perfectly set up every time and nicely packaged. I've found that if I trust the name on the guitar I'm buying, I don't really need to play it before I buy it. Not to mention the prices for guitars here are ridiculous. I paid 399 for my Parker PM-10 which came with a nice padded gigbag and 2 free leads. The same guitar in the shops where I live is 564.
I suppose it's a matter of opinion that I can't really argue over. Personally, I enjoyed being able to play chords on each and every guitar I wanted to play chords on. I enjoyed seeing the natural looking finish on my guitar, rather than the glossy ones on every other one. I feel a different connection with my guitat that I don't think I would have been able to feel if I had just picked it from a list online.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:34 PM   #17 (permalink)
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That special connection comes from playing whether you play it in a shop or play it fresh out of the box.
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I meant the decision of choosing mine over all of the other guitars I played. I didn't make that clear.

I'm not telling you that you're wrong. I'm just stating why my guitar is special to me.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:02 PM   #19 (permalink)
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That's a pretty broad question. fender and gibson have so many makes and models....some are absolute crap even if they have that name on them.(like my former guitar-the fender jazzmaster.)

here's short and sweet:

telecaster-twangy
Strat-bluesy and kind of twangy
gibson-best for hard rock

..I traded that fender jazzmaster for an eastman guitar that sounds like a buzzsaw. I guess what I'm trying to say is "to each his own" and you should try these guitar out in person if you haven't done so already.
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Well, I've been playing for a little while now, and I bought a cheapish guitar, 120 pounds, just to practice on, and if I didn't get into it, it wasn't a big investment if I never picked it up.

I love the guitar, 'cos it's my first.

But I'm looking for something better.

I'm torn between a Fender Telecaster, Strat or a Gibson.

I dunno what to get. - I know it's a matter of personal preference and what not but I'm stumped.

What do you all play and like?
I play a Gibson SG 2001 faded special,a nd i love it. Also, what kind of music do you like? you want a guitar that best fits your interest in music
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