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New Cheapo Guitar

Postby wwpete52 » Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:15 pm

I just bought a new "cheapo" guitar. Music123 has the Jay Turser JT-133 (a clone of the Gibson ES-335/Epiphone Dot) on closeout for $139. I have seen them on Ebay in the $199-$279 price range. I thought that I'd buy one at the closeout price. It arrived this week. I am very surprised at how nice it looks, sounds, and plays. For $139 it's hard to beat. It's not in the same league as the Gibson but I'd say it's about the same as an Epiphone Dot.
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby jeffl » Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:36 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Jan-20-06 AT 04:36 PM (EST)]It'll be interesting to see if you discover anything to clue you in to how they can sell 'em that cheap,i.e.,poor build quality or something else. But,it sounds like alotta bang for the buck. G.A.S. strikes again.
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby wwpete52 » Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:37 pm

>It'll be interesting to see if you discover anything to clue
>you in to how they can sell 'em that cheap...

One word: China
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby trguitar » Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:54 pm

I got several chineese guitars and I have to say, they are catching on just fine when it comes to making them. I got an OLP MM1 I bought as a factory refurb for $109. Played a $500 Peavey Wolfgang at the music store and mine is better. My Switch Wild I is made in China and I can't put it down. $139 with quality gig bag and strap. Freakin Grover tuners! Paid $419 for my Hamer Quilt Archtop and I like it much better than my Gibson Les Paul Studio and it has the look of a $2,000 PRS. China once again.
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby mickeypainless » Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:02 am

I have the Epi Dot instead of the Gibby 335 due to price diff. and with alittle hot rodding it is a fine axe!
I'm sure yer new axe is a dandy but I sure as hell hope that a 140.00 buck guitar isn't up to the same standard as my Dot!
Good luck w/ yer new baby and I'm sure you'll like playing that style of guitar! I know I do!
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby skeeter_s » Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:22 am

Anybody remember back in the 60s and 70s when the Japs first started making guitars for the U.S. market? Ibanez is a fine quality guitar now, and I had a few strat and les paul copies over the years that were in some cases nicer than the name brands. I have a Korean made guitar that is sweet, and they started out cheepie too.

I just like em to play good :)

I relly don't class em with a top line Gibson or Fender, and of course they don't have the resale value, but they aint bad! :)
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby wwpete52 » Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:29 am

My son bought an Epiphone Dot last year. It is a very fine guitar. I was suprised to see a little sticker on the back of the neck that said "Made in China."
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby mickeypainless » Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:05 am

>>>I was suprised to see a little sticker on the back of the neck that said "Made in China."

That was the first thing I did.... peel it OFF! LOL
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby crowduck » Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:08 am

Yeah, the Epi BluesMaster was made in Korea, and originally sold in the $400 range. They are now commanding upwards of $800. Mine is in all ways the most excellent guitar I have encountered, even surpassing my Gibson Nick Lucas Special 1991 Reissue. Got 3 Martin Sigma 70's vintage made in Japan that are outstanding as well. It's not a coincidence that elementary schools are staring to teach Mandarin chinese to youngsters.

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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby wwpete52 » Sat Jan 21, 2006 4:55 pm

Keb Mo likes his Epiphone Bluesmaster. Epiphone should reissue it as a "Keb Mo" model.
I have several Korean made guitars. They are all excellent quality for the money.
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby mickeypainless » Sat Jan 21, 2006 5:40 pm

It's pretty amazing what you can get outta these imports now! Pretty much all I have is imported except for my 62 Gibby 12 string.
What used to be prestige of owning Gibbys and Strats MIA has been replaced by havin extra bucks in my wallet!
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby ricochet » Sat Jan 21, 2006 6:55 pm

The Blues Master (Epiphone spelled it both ways, one word or two, but it's two words on the guitar) is just a little dandy! It amazes me that they haven't reissued it one way or another.

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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby wwpete52 » Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:21 am

I believe that Epiphone at one time called it the "Song Writer" model or something like that.
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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby ricochet » Sun Jan 22, 2006 4:30 am

Yep. Same guitar.

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RE: New Cheapo Guitar

Postby 601blues » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:48 am

The Epi Sheraton is a fine playin guitar as well, I have one and very impressed with it!!
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