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Do Expensive Guitars sound Better?
« on: May 15, 2015, 03:51:25 PM »
I bought my first guitar(acoustic) for 200, left handed, it was second hand, and it can stay in tune for days. But now I've started to feel that it sounds bad, I've had it for 6 months. I feel the chords all sound the same more or less, the sound isn't thick, the hammer on's dont sound loud etc, its made by Azalea. I was thinking if i should buy a more expensive one, if it really sounds better than a cheap one?

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Re: Do Expensive Guitars sound Better?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2015, 07:02:25 PM »
Not by nature of the fact that it's more expensive. For example, Gibson is notorious for their ridiculously high MSRPs. In most cases the instruments are worth nowhere near that much. That's not to say they aren't good instruments... they're just not $5000 good

Re: Do Expensive Guitars sound Better?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2015, 08:06:42 PM »
You can buy a well-made, but inexpensive guitar. The biggest difference in quality is the wood. Good wood equals better sound. This is even more apparent with acoustic guitars.

Just go to a guitar store and try a bunch of different guitars. You'll clearly see a difference in quality and sound as you go up in price.

Re: Do Expensive Guitars sound Better?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2015, 08:11:44 PM »
Spending a couple hundred dollars more can make a difference, but I agree that it probably isn’t worth it to go super expensive. Also different guitars suit different people better, so it’s essential to try different varieties out.

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2015, 09:05:46 PM »
I have found $99 guitars that sound as good as my $1,100 Ovation and my $800 Takamine. I bought a $99 Johnson guitar and it was awesome, however the neck warped after a year to a point that it was no longer playable. It is my opinion that you pay for the overall construction of the guitar and cheap ones just don't last.

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Re: Do Expensive Guitars sound Better?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2015, 12:01:59 AM »
This is a super loaded question, lol.

It depends on what you mean by better. Expensive guitars are often easier to play which translates to sounding better for a lot of people. The neck on my first guitar, a crappy no-name pawn shop strat that was like $50, sucked. The frets were jagged and the action was way too high, yet not really adjustable. My more expensive MIJ Fender Jaguar has a better neck, lower action and smoother frets which makes it a lot easier to play. I feel like I sound better on the jag than on the strat.

A lot of what you're paying for when you buy an expensive guitar is specific options. That can make your guitar more suited for the style of music you want to play. I shelled out for boutique custom pick ups for my Jaguar because I play pretty ambient music and now the guitar is perfect for it I could have gotten that sound out of regular Jaguar pick ups but it would be harder because I'd have to mess with my EQing to get there. Expensive gear makes you sound better by giving you the options to play what you want.

That being said, with enough skill and tinkering, you can still make a cheap guitar sound good. It's not like dropping 2 grand on a guitar is gonna make you sound immaculate. Your guitar sound is still gonna come down to your skill. A good player can still make a crappy guitar sound good.

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Re: Do Expensive Guitars sound Better?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2015, 02:01:12 AM »
I bought my first guitar at super cheap price and it sounded great. I don't think expensive guitars are automatically better. Sure the brands would matter but that doesn't mean some of the other inexpensive guitars aren't great. The guitars just have to be quality-made with really good material. I came across a really expensive guitar way before only to find out it wasn't even that great. So if you're starting out, maybe start out with an inexpensive but good guitar then work your way up to a branded one if you really want one.

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2015, 04:34:28 AM »
Also agreed that it depends on what you mean by 'better'. If you mean sound quality that really depends on what you prefer to sound like. I imagine if you're looking to play certain music a piece of 'garbage' busted up acoustic you found in someone's garage can work wonders. I've created music with something akin to this that I still love & will end up using.

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Re: Do Expensive Guitars sound Better?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2015, 10:09:27 AM »
Part of what you pay for when you buy an expensive guitar is quality control.  A company shouldn't be allowing expensive guitars that have obvious issues like fret or neck problems out of the factory. The cheaper the guitar, the less QC generally speaking. This means it's totally possible for really great cheap guitars to make it out to shops, they're just less common than ones with problems. I have a friend who has a really great playing Squier strat. It honestly does stack up to a lot of more expensive guitars. It's just a lucky find. You could go play every Squier strat at a shop and not find another like it.