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NunogilbertoNunogilberto Frets: 1672
Has anyone else got a cheapo guitar they just can't put down? My missus has a Squier Strat that I bought her for Christmas a few years ago, but having been living with her the last couple of years, the guitar is with us (along with several of mine) and it plays so bloody nicely, I can't put it down.

I was lucky in that when it arrived (bought from Merchant City) it was set up fantastically and many years later, still plays beautifully. Lovely flattish fingerboard and comfy neck, and 3 springs on the trem so it doesn't wobble.

Lovely guitar. Gets far more love than my US Strat!
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  • gusman2xgusman2x Frets: 797
    Yup, my squier duo sonic is my number one. Kicks guitars 4 times the price right to the kerb.
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 3416
    My squier cv tele. Awesome guitar chucked a custom set of pickups in and it plays and sounds as good as anything I've ever owned. The tele and my prs go to every gig.

    https://m.flickr.com/photos/jwsproductions/9437540592/lightbox/
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  • guitargeek62guitargeek62 Frets: 2122
    I've got a partscaster made from a Squier CV50's neck, and an older Squier Standard body. The pickups are from a CV50s too, but the rest of the hardware is upgraded. I think in total it's cost me about £250 but it's brilliant. Okay it might not be as great as my old CS strat was, but in terms of value it's unbeatable. :)
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  • NunogilbertoNunogilberto Frets: 1672
    There's a very evident Squier trend here ;)

    In all fairness though, it's all about the setup for me - if a cheap guitar plays well and feels good, I'll pick that one over a guitar with quality materials every time...
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  • steamabacussteamabacus Frets: 987
    edited March 2014
    My 'Jellycaster' (part Jazz- / part Tele-) is getting a lot of playing time.

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    It's a 'Cruiser by Crafter' I picked up for £25. After a clean and set-up I felt it was good enough for a few upgrades (Tonerider pickups, new electrics/knobs/string trees/straplocks) but it still only comes to around £100. Love this guitar.
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  • breakstuffbreakstuff Frets: 7783
    My Charvel alike partscaster.Can't afford a proper one at the moment so I decided to build one.It's a Charvette body,mighty might neck,Irongear Hot Slag and other spare parts.Only got the bridge pickup wired up at the moment but it sounds great.Out of my various guitars including My Les Paul LPJ and Fender Classic Player it's the one I pick up the most.

    http://i1352.photobucket.com/albums/q659/breakstuff42/IMG_20140329_111704_zpsc17889f8.jpg

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  • NunogilbertoNunogilberto Frets: 1672
    steamabacus;198603" said:
    My 'Jellycaster' (part Jazz- / part Tele-) is getting a lot of playing time.







    It's a 'Cruiser by Crafter' I picked up for £25. After a clean and set-up I felt it was good enough for a few upgrades (Tonerider pickups, new electrics/knobs/string trees/straplocks) but it still only comes to around £100. Love this guitar.
    Fair play, that's nice!
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  • steamabacussteamabacus Frets: 987
    steamabacus;198603" said:
    My 'Jellycaster' (part Jazz- / part Tele-) is getting a lot of playing time.







    It's a 'Cruiser by Crafter' I picked up for £25. After a clean and set-up I felt it was good enough for a few upgrades (Tonerider pickups, new electrics/knobs/string trees/straplocks) but it still only comes to around £100. Love this guitar.
    Fair play, that's nice!
    It did have a pretty garish red & blue logo on the headstock which had to go but otherwise I love the quirky looks. I am discussing with a metalworking friend about maybe putting a distressed metal (á la James Trussart guitars) scratchplate on it. My mate made a copper 'plate for another friend's Strat which turned out really well.
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  • DodgeDodge Frets: 573
    My CV50's Tele - I'm on my third now, and I'm staggered how great they sound.  I've had bigger bar bills than what it cost me.

    I ought to find a CV Strat too I suppose...
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  • steamabacus;198603" said:
    My 'Jellycaster' (part Jazz- / part Tele-) is getting a lot of playing time.







    It's a 'Cruiser by Crafter' I picked up for £25. After a clean and set-up I felt it was good enough for a few upgrades (Tonerider pickups, new electrics/knobs/string trees/straplocks) but it still only comes to around £100. Love this guitar.
    Fair play, that's nice!
    It did have a pretty garish red & blue logo on the headstock which had to go but otherwise I love the quirky looks. I am discussing with a metalworking friend about maybe putting a distressed metal (á la James Trussart guitars) scratchplate on it. My mate made a copper 'plate for another friend's Strat which turned out really well.
    Ooo there is a thread on here from a few folks who do custom etch work.  Very cool stuff!
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  • steamabacussteamabacus Frets: 987
    Dodge said:
    My CV50's Tele
    I think they use the same Tonerider pickups as I put in my Jellycaster - Hot Classics. Good pickups.
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  • steamabacussteamabacus Frets: 987
    Ooo there is a thread on here from a few folks who do custom etch work.  Very cool stuff!
    I'm thinking in terms of some kind of dark-coloured distressed/texturing rather than etching. I don't want anything too pretty and I do love the subtle textures Trussart gets through his various rusting processes. My mate was totally blown away when I showed him the Trussart website.
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  • davewwdaveww Frets: 156
    edited March 2014
    my partstele also with tonerider hot classics  :)  It's got a nice flat fretboard and big frets.  I've got some much more expensive guitars but this is my main go to.  So comfortable to play, versatile and sounds great.


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  • DulcetJonesDulcetJones Frets: 496
    I'm in the Squier club as well, a tele and a strat.  My only complaint with the strat is noise when using certain pick-up settings when I'm recording.  I've also got a cheap Epiphone Special ll that I go to when I have to get a really clean signal, the humbuckers really do work for that.  I like all 3 of these guitars, they are the ones I play the most out of the 9 that I currently have.  I used to have a 60's Kent single pick up solid body that was nice to play too but I stupidly sold it.......

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  • Jez6345789Jez6345789 Frets: 1363
    My very old Vintage junior I have had for 10 odd years came out recently for my moving sale and honestly played it everyday for the last month. It's solid some kind of Asian mahogany the Fralin pickup lifts the tone in to as good as anything p90 I have played the neck is slim 60,s back when I bought it I upgraded the pots and caps forgot about that. Frankly it's now not getting sold. Best 70 quid out of a charity shop I ever spent.
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  • I picked up a battered Faith Naked Venus a few weeks ago for virtually nothing expecting it to be a beater for camping. The tone is incredible. Perhaps it's opened up more than most due to the seriously heavy strumming it's had. 
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  • JAYJOJAYJO Frets: 1388
    I got a lpb squire off Frankus. It has a rosewood board and is ace to play. I recently put it away in a bid to justify having my other more expensive guitars but im drawn to the squire, also while im at it , I bought an Ibanez SA series off mr menturn which i keep in work and play every day,that too is lovely to play. Then theres my Westone thunder 1  which is also nice to play but its a righty strung lefty and so im restricted this at present is packed away.
                                                                                                     
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  • daveww said:
    Nice amp. Blues Junior? Who made the cab? (sorry, minor hijack)
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  • NunogilbertoNunogilberto Frets: 1672
    daveww;198628" said:
    my partstele also with tonerider hot classics  :)  It's got a nice flat fretboard and big frets.  I've got some much more expensive guitars but this is my main go to.  So comfortable to play, versatile and sounds great.

    http://i319.photobucket.com/albums/mm467/davidkw2001/image_zps097df808.jpg
    That's a lovely Tele. One of these days I'll get a nice Tele...
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 6234
    My Loar LH-200 cost £200:

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    I wanted to learn some acoustic blues stuff and have a beater around the house but I don't think I've taken my Taylor out of its case since I got this. Fantastic build quality and finish. Unlike many Chinese guitars the finish is thin and pinhole-free and it played so nicely out of the box it didn't need a pro setup - no high frets, nicely cut (bone) nut and saddle. It also pulls off that 1930s Gibson look very well - shallow I know, but my guitars have to look right as well as play well and sound good.
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  • rolls1392rolls1392 Frets: 206

    Couple of years ago I bought a cheapy Stagg PRS Custom 24, hardtail.

    Surprisingly its plays pretty well, after some work, and is great for a metally type guitar.

    Not worth a bean so not worth trying to sell!!

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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 3416
    Dodge;198620" said:
    My CV50's Tele - I'm on my third now, and I'm staggered how great they sound.  I've had bigger bar bills than what it cost me.



    I ought to find a CV Strat too I suppose...
    I've had a few cv strats and don't rate them as much as the teles. The necks on the strats I've had have been a lot skinnier than my cv50 tele. The tele came with full size alpha pots whereas all 3 strats had super cheap mini pots and seriously cheap switches. Not sure why though.
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  • RichardjRichardj Frets: 1538
    A 2005 MIK Ibanez SA120, bought it from a guy who never played it, so essentially new.  For the silly money I paid amazing fit and finish and a neck that easily rivals my US made gear.
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  • DrJazzTapDrJazzTap Frets: 1423
    My fifty five quid yamaha :) Spent more than that on the body for my partsacaster!

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    I would love to change my username, but I fully understand the T&C's (it was an old band nickname). So please feel free to call me Dave.
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  • BucketBucket Frets: 7740
    My Squier Jazzmaster (£250) gets played more than my Gibson Flying V (£600).

    This is because the Gibson has electrical issues. The (cheaper) Squier's electrics are far more complicated but there are... NO issues!
    - "I'm going to write a very stiff letter. A VERY stiff letter. On cardboard."
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  • John_PJohn_P Frets: 2535
    Although I'm a PRS fanboy  the two guitars that get the most use here are my olp van halenised - cost me £90, and a Peavey Raptor I got as part of trade deal locally - almost a freebie tbh  and it plays great - I had two for a while and they play way above the price.
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 21395
    Not exactly bargain basement cheap - but my Taylor GS Mini. I pick it up far more often than any of my other guitars. It's really got me into playing again.
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  • davewwdaveww Frets: 156
    @downbytheriver thanks, the cab was made by Zac Drummond, used to be a member on MR, and I think still sells on ebay.  It's a Belcat Tube 20R (BJ clone) with a new reverb tank and a vintage 30 speaker.
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  • jpfampsjpfamps Frets: 2250
    Korean Dano U2: £100 well spent.
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  • underdogunderdog Frets: 6847
    gusman2x;198588" said:
    Yup, my squier duo sonic is my number one. Kicks guitars 4 times the price right to the kerb.
    Same here, I have late 90s duo sonic and its fantastic, cost me £80 new

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