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    My favorite cheap guitar

    I have an Epic Dove (2012) with about 500 hours of play on it. It is a strikingly convincing (well, sort of) copy of the real thing, though it is a real clunker build-wise. (My Keb Mo is 3.5 lbs., this is 5.5 lbs.) I paid $268 with a GC coupon, then another $100 or so for a hard bone saddle. It has always intonated well, but like the Gibson dreads it emulates, has long had a way of sounding like there is a pillow stuffed in the sound hole. But very recently it has begun to open up, and I am delighted with how much fuller and cleaner it sounds, projecting in a way I thought it never could. Made in Indonesia, never out of tune! It's a keeper now, though I'd intended it for my son (as in, go ahead, ding it up). My insistence on solid back and sides and light builds is now under reconsideration. Go Epiphone. P.S. I recall a youtube video review of an Epic jumbo, which the reviewer called "the worst guitar ever." Maybe so, but mine is really coming around.
    (All bought new):
    Silvertone 1457 Electric '64
    Univox Violin Bass '67
    Ibanez 656 Dread '75
    ES 335 (Walnut) '77
    Ovation Balladeer '78
    Yamaha LL 11 '96
    Epi Dove pro 2012
    Gibson Keb Mo 2015
    Except: Yamaha FG230 12 (red label) '71

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    That's great . Epi's are great at there price . But I'm all solid wood just can't do any other way lol
    My go to semi cost effective guitars are Blueridge though I did love my Epi masterbilt Dr500 it just didn't have enough volume .
    ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by deebeewhy View Post
    I have an Epic Dove (2012)....
    You had me thrown saying "Epic." But yeah, I started with Epiphones, which are darn impressive for the small cash outlay. When I found myself with too many to play, I had the bright idea of cashing in a few and getting a more 'substantial' guitar, which was first the JF30-12, then the F50R. These were good moves! Still got some of my fave Epiphones, though.
    2011 Guild F50R Sunburst
    2002 Guild JF30-12 Sunburst
    2008 Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RAVS

    1939 Epiphone Masterbilt Zenith

    
2012 Epi Lennon EJ-160E VS

    2013 Epi EL-00 Pro VS
    
1972 Epi FT-160 12-string
    2012 Epi Dot CH

    2010 Epi Les Paul Standard trans amber 

    2013 Yamaha Motif XS7

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    My 1971 Guild D25 Br. $225 in '71. Got about a grand into it.
    Wood

    1971 D25 Br--ol' Flattop
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    Here's mine. A '71 Guild F-20 only a mother could love, purchased for $300.

    Neal

    '53 "X-150" Redburst
    '54 X-200-S SB
    '71 F-20 NT ("Tonya")
    '71 D-25 BR
    '73 D-35 NT
    '81 D-212 SB

    Others: '34 Martin 0-18K, '34 Martin 0-17, '74 Dobro Round-Neck Resonator (wood), '87 Dobro Square-Neck Resonator (wood), '04 Huss & Dalton TD-R, '07 Rockbridge Adi/Mahogany dreadnought, '14 Huss & Dalton DS Crossroads, Tele Partscaster.

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    Sorry. I meant Epi (autocorrect). One good thing about maple laminate S/B is they will still look the same in 3000 years, unlike Neal's "epic" Guild above!
    (All bought new):
    Silvertone 1457 Electric '64
    Univox Violin Bass '67
    Ibanez 656 Dread '75
    ES 335 (Walnut) '77
    Ovation Balladeer '78
    Yamaha LL 11 '96
    Epi Dove pro 2012
    Gibson Keb Mo 2015
    Except: Yamaha FG230 12 (red label) '71

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neal View Post
    Here's mine. A '71 Guild F-20 only a mother could love, purchased for $300.

    Just one of the coolest Guilds I have ever seen...
    Wood

    1971 D25 Br--ol' Flattop
    https://soundcloud.com/woody-adams/sets/not-metal

    "i think that you are the only one i know of that considers the 1973-1974 mahogany top/arch back D-25 a "holy grail" guitar"--mav

    "always confront the load facing it directly"--nuuska

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    Yamaha FG331 found in a flea market for $52 with chip board case. Cleaned up and set up looks and plays like new.








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    Quote Originally Posted by Neal View Post
    Here's mine. A '71 Guild F-20 only a mother could love, purchased for $300.

    On it's way to iconic Trigger-ness.
    1958 CE-100 Capri
    1966 F-20
    1988 D15
    1994 F4CE
    1996 F4CE Sick puppy
    1996 A25
    2000 DCE5
    Several assorted DeArmonds
    The odd Epi
    A Dorado resonator

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    My fav cheapie is also in part Indonesian. It's a c. 1980 Goya GA25 electric with a through-neck and body wings from Indonesia, most hardware & electronics probably from Korea and unbranded Sperzel tuners. Assembled by Martin at their Nazareth facilities. The Goya was the inexpensive version of Martin's E series guitars, their final foray (so far) into the electric world. (I think Martin still owns the Goya brand…)

    The irony of this is that the Goya pretty much wipes the floor with its Martin-branded siblings. It's lighter (about 2 lbs worth) and more acoustically resonant, with a comfy C neck (the Martins have a very chunky D) and a 24.9" scale rather than the 25.4" of the Martins. The HB pickups are lower wind and less strident/scorchy than the Mighty Mites & DiMarzios in the Martins. Nice clarity too. The bridge p'up can be split and its coils can be put out of phase with each other. The OOP setting is very thin on its own but sounds cool combined with the neck p'up. I got it a few years ago from an estate sale for the cost of a couple months worth of overpriced coffee at my favorite shop.



    -Dave-
    1962 F-20 Troubadour
    1970 M-75 Bluesbird
    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 Thunderbird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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