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Excellent but cheap guitars

Discussion in 'SMB' started by rey mysterio, Apr 4, 2012.

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  1. rey mysterio

    rey mysterio Central Defender

    Legacy Guitars ... Anyone ever heard of them/owned one? I took a punt on one last week for £150, a black les paul copy, looks very similar to my Epiphone Les Paul custom. Soundwise, however, it just blows it out of the water. It feels so much better as well, build quality is superior and it stays in tune no matter how much I bend it.

    Its made me think, what other "unfashionable" guitar names are out there that I should look out for?
  2. Kid Galahad

    Kid Galahad Striker

    Mate of mine uses Peavey,swears by them,not being a picker myself i can't really comment further.
  3. Barnacle Boy

    Barnacle Boy Striker

    I don't believe that like, soz
  4. combo

    combo New Member

    I got an acoustic by Vintage for about that price and it's really good for the price especially in terms of 'playability'. They do copies of just about every major design.
  5. schmuck

    schmuck Full Back

    I've got a mate at work who has made it his life's work to track down low price gems. He's got a house full of them. I'll talk to him tomorrow and he'll have some great tips for sure. My own personal experience of it isn't that good tbh. My main guitar is a 1978/79 USA strat that I've had since about 1980. I guess that's my benchmark. Lower price guitars that I've own/owned or tried just feel a whole lot different. Even the Squire's (of which I have one) just lack something, especially the neck. I've got a 'Vintage' SG, which again just feels lacking in quality somehow, but, then again, I've never played a Gibson one. I can't grumble though, I only paid £40 for it :)
  6. rey mysterio

    rey mysterio Central Defender

    The first epiphone les paul I owned, I was at the Bunker with me old band, halfway through a song, the top strap button ripped out, and took quite a large chunk of wood out with it. The second I owned had three ill-fitting frets and the beading was very poorly finished, and it had a wonky neck pickup. I recently owned a Sheraton, again wonky pickups, loose bridge and dodgy tuners.

    Of the 4 epiphones I've owned, all had ill-fitting truss-rod covers and very unreliable pickup selector switches. The only things I've changed on this Legacy Les Paul are the knobs as they were shit flimsy plastic ones.
  7. schmuck

    schmuck Full Back

    Hillbilly Black Cat helped in the design of the Peavey Rockingham semi acoustic guitar according to Wiki. Nice looking guitar.
  8. heston

    heston Striker

    I bought an Epiphone SG for £80 as a spare, and it sounds better than my much more expensive guitars. I've even started using it live recently.
  9. Kid Galahad

    Kid Galahad Striker

    He's the mate i'm on about! His purple one looks class. (they've just opened a shop in Hylton Rd lately too)
  10. schmuck

    schmuck Full Back

    I borrowed an Epiphone Les Paul from a friend a few years ago. I don't remember any particularly bad quality issues with it, far from it, but what did stick in my mind about it was it's weight. My owld strat is a ton weight but that guitar was heavier. A sitting down guitar :lol:
  11. alicante mackem

    alicante mackem Striker

    Have they? I need a few bits and bobs when I'm back next week.
  12. Texasmac

    Texasmac Midfield

    I think some of the epiphone models are made at the Gibson factory and are not so cheap and good quality.
    Samick make a decent guitar in the low price range.
  13. Tatty

    Tatty Winger

    I have a Harley Benson copy of a Gibson SG. Canny.
  14. schmuck

    schmuck Full Back

    Who has opened a shop mate?
  15. Hank Silver

    Hank Silver Central Defender

    Not sure about that. The guitar is a peerless built guitar which has been sold under a number of different brand names including Gretch (g3131) and vintage 830. Some cosmetic tweaks but the same guitar.

    Peerless sell it as The gigmaster.
  16. schmuck

    schmuck Full Back

    I love the appearance of those things. They're so showbiz & 50's fun looking. I'm determined to get one. If I can get the lottery up I'll get myself a Gretsch.
  17. Kid Galahad

    Kid Galahad Striker

    Peavey - looks like more amps and stuff but worth a look or at least a phone call to see what they stock,it,s at the bottom where the secondhand shops are,about 100 yards from the Vaults.
  18. chriswallace85

    chriswallace85 Striker

    Some Peavey's aren't all that cheap like.
  19. Kevsgreat

    Kevsgreat Striker

    Bought an Epiphone SG G-400 for £90 off eBay last year and it sounds great. Wanted a Gibson but couldn't afford it, looked at the G-400 new and it was still about £280, thought I couldn't go wrong for £90.
  20. chriswallace85

    chriswallace85 Striker

    I've never had a problem with Epiphones like. I've known a couple that haven't belonged to me have a bit of a problem with the pickup selector but mine have been pretty spot on, especially my Les Paul.
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