Face it. You want to get your kid that Strat they want but who has $1,100 that could go to a college fund for something they might not stick with. My advice is don’t get caught up with brand names. Here are 5 great Strat style guitars that are solidly made, sold by a reliable US music store and all under $300.
The Classic style with sunburst. – SX Hawk MN for under $100
So this guys build guitars out of wood from old pianos. The video is of him playing but the article can be found here. Really cool story. If i did not know how hard it is to build acoustic guitars I’d run out tomorrow and look for old pianos. That said, it might make some interesting electrics. Here is a link to the article on Charleston Daily Mail.
Just because you can get a guitar cheap from China does not mean you should get one that has a branded, copyrighted name on it. In fact, please don’t. Most of these companies will gladly sell you a guitar without the fake logo decal. In fact, many will offer a custom logo all your own.
But if you insist, let this serve notice you might never see your guitar.
These days you can purchase a knock off of almost any guitar you can think off from a factory in China. Are they any good? Well that depends. Some can be quite good and some, not so much.
Like with anything in life it’s not always better just because it’s expensive. These guitars often have reasonably good wood and necks. Where they likely cut corners is in the electronics.
The reason these can often be so much cheaper is the cost of the labor. This again does not mean the labor has no talent for making guitars, but that the economic environment they work in simply pays less. Of course if you’re sensitive to this type of thing, you could be purchasing from a “foxcon” type environment where workers are badly treated. But that is a risk you run with any product from almost anywhere.
Another thing to consider is the return policy. Most of these Chinese factories have generous return policies. But if you don’t like the product you’re still stuck sending it back to China. Expect to pay at least $100 to get it there.
Other options include looking for US resellers of Chinese guitars who will allow you a trial period and an easier return policy. Do expect to pay more however.
If you’re interested in this beauty, you can find it here for around $280.
Also, unless it’s a really high end Ibanez-such as one of their jazz models, it would probably be cheaper for you to buy a new guitar rather than have the old one fixed. A neck replacement can easily run two to three hundred dollars by the time you get through parts, labor and shipping.
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