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Discussion in 'Electric Guitar' started by Kenmac, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. Kenmac

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    They have to do that legally so Gibson won't sue them.
     
  2. reckless toboggan

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  3. tomee2

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    Well that explains it. I thought it was just the headstock shape they sued over.
     
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  4. jimsz

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    From many of the reviews of both the Monoprice and Rondo lines of guitars that I watched, the vast majority required some kind of extra work, often it was the detail work companies such as Epiphone and Squier will do, which is why there's a few hundred dollars difference between them and the online guitars. Often, these guitars required setups and fret work which means a trip to the luthiers if you can't do it yourself. Other issues were in fit and finish, more sanding, paint spillover, fretboard stains, etc.

    I picked up a used Squier Tele over the holidays where the detail work was impeccable, no extra work was required at all. I think this is the main difference, if you order from Monoprice or Rondo, you're taking your chances and most likely, you'll be putting more money into the guitar in order to bring it up to the same standards as Epiphone and Squier. Seems less hastle to check these out in person rather than ordering online and not know what you're getting and how much more money you'll have to dish out.

    Some reviewers compared them to Gibsons and Fenders, yet it was very obvious there were huge differences in play-ability and sound, showing that these cheaper guitars were no where near as good. That said, Gibsons and Fenders are still overpriced.

    Granted, those online guitars have come a long way, but are still in a class on their own and while they are "looking" real good in general, the putting is in the details that other companies take into considering, hence the higher prices.
     
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  5. dtsaudio

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    I admit I'm a bit of a dinosaur, but I can't understand buying a guitar without trying it first. That means getting off your duff and going to a store in person.
    Too many variables, and it is too personal a purchase not to do in person.
     
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  6. Steadfastly

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    There are many models from very cheap to Rondo's top of the line 3000 series LP's. Read the specs. They will not require any work, have 3/4" carved maple tops, etc., etc. Some have tried to lump all their offerings in one basket. Why do they do that with Rondo and some others when they don't do it with the big boys who have the same issues?

    It's like comparing a Chevy Spark with a Cadillac. Same company; different product.

    BTW, my $100.00 SX Tele had perfect frets and required nothing done to it. It also has a belly and forearm cut, something that you usually pay more for.
     
  7. sillyak

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    I've never bought a guitar without playing it first, but I wouldn't be opposed to it if I knew I could get my money back out of it (or come close). A used Gibson for a good deal you could do that. A brand new Rondo or Monoprice, definitely not getting your money out of it on the used market.
     
  8. jimsz

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    Yet, that's not what was found from all the reviews regardless of the models. They all needed some work, which usually meant a trip to the luthiers. Some of the reviewers put up with the issues rather than spend the extra money. Of course, they still got a playable guitar for cheap, which is what some folks will put up with, while others will not.

    I've owned both expensive and cheap guitars, the cheap ones played and sounded like cheap guitars, which was made clearly evident especially when you pick up the expensive ones and find they play and sound awesome in comparison. So, while the cheap ones "look" nice, they certainly don't hold up beyond that.
     
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  9. jimsz

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    There's a really nice looking Agile LP for sale here, almost brand new, here's what the seller is saying about it...

    "It's quality and finish far exceed entry level Les Paul Guitars."

    Yet, it's been up for months for $490, while entry level Les Pauls have long sold. Go figure.
     
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  10. jimsz

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    Yet, I would suspect that the used Squier Tele I recently acquired for $300 would blow that guitar out of the water for playability and sound.
     
  11. LaRSin

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    did search but couldn't find it , Do you link wouldn't mine having look.
     
  12. jimsz

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    but, did you see the specs?
     
  14. jimsz

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    Funny you should mention that, here's a few lines from the spec sheet of that Agile linked previously by Steadfastly. I'm curious as to how this information is helpful to that specific guitar? It looks more like a whole lot of fluffy hype than actual specs.

    - humbucker pickups help reduce hum and noise and offer superior performance by giving a thicker fuller sound than single coils; humbuckers also create a much larger magnetic field, which helps eliminate dead spots and increases overall power of the pickup
    - High voltage, brass shaft pots for reduced noise and an improved pickup selector switch
    - Two volume controls, two tone controls, and a 3-way pickup selector switch allow a wide range of expressive control
    - Individually hand filed frets for professional feel and playability
    - Stop-bar tailpiece transfers string vibration to the body of the guitar and produces superior sustain
     
  15. Dorian2

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    ^^ lol Surprised they didn't mentioned a hand crafted nut slotted and filed to hold each individual string like the warm caress of a piggy in a blanket.
     
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