Agree on the *-Custom (SC and DC) - both a bit of a step up over the usual models. SC-550 is in Epiphone plus top ball park, and £200 quid less.My Harley Benton SC custom vintage black is an absolutely awesome guitar straight out of the box as they come with Grover tuners alnico splitting humbuckers. Only thing I changed was the nut and it's class.. how can they do a set neck mahogany guitar with quality parts even down to the strap locks for £170 deliver to my house!
My SC-450 B Stock (with £30 vanson 59 pups) is better than my 90's Samick Epi Les Paul. Won't take as much a beating tho with the basswood body.
This.Some are much better quality than Squire/epiphone. They are a budget guitars but some are amazing for the money.
It's variable mind you, but a TE-30 at sub £100 is way better value new .. than a squier affinity tele IMO. Resale - certainly ebay wise *if* you are prepared to ship, isn't half bad either.