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Review: My new Chinese guitar

Keef 22 Nov 13 - 01:30 AM
Pete Jennings 22 Nov 13 - 06:04 AM
Eric the Viking 22 Nov 13 - 10:09 AM
GUEST,leeneia 22 Nov 13 - 10:47 AM
Keef 22 Nov 13 - 08:59 PM
GUEST,leeneia 23 Nov 13 - 08:58 AM
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Subject: Review: My new Chinese guitar
From: Keef
Date: 22 Nov 13 - 01:30 AM

I took my old guitar to a technician the other day and asked if he could fit a pick-up, replace the machine heads and give it a bit of an overhaul.
He was very diplomatic about it but essentially told me that I could do all of that for a cost of at least $1000 but that unfortunately it would still be a POS and why didn't I try one of these instead.

http://www.cortguitars.com/en/product/mr710f-1

I paid $400 for it brand new and it changed my life!
I thought I was a crap guitar player but it didn't help that I was playing a crap guitar.

The only thing I'd have done differently was to pay an extra $100 for the rosewood version, the timber is a bit ordinary on the cheapest model.

I'm not sponsored by Cort (wish I was) but I'm happy to sing their praises.
It's straight as an arrow, easy to play, sounds great and has lifted my game 500%.

There.
I've said something nice for a change!


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Subject: RE: Review: My new Chinese guitar
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 22 Nov 13 - 06:04 AM

Certainly looks the part and deserves a blicky.

Doesn't matter where it's from or what it's called. All that matters is that it sounds good and plays well. I remember taking a couple of big leaps in my playing when I bought better guitars. Enjoy it.


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Subject: RE: Review: My new Chinese guitar
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 22 Nov 13 - 10:09 AM

Unless you bought a fairly high end guitar many years ago the quality was pretty dreadful but the quality of today's cheaper end guitars surpasses many of the older 60's-80's guitars. There were exceptions of course. I have 2 old EKO's really made very well, over engineered in some aspects but necks are still dead straight without adjustment almost 44 years after I bought them. I have a Gibson which is beautiful and always admired (my playing isn't,the guitar is) My Avalon is in some respects better tonewise and stands detuning better than my Gibson. A friend recently bought a Chinese Guild...it's beautiful and another friend who has an early American Guild says it's better than his. It's such a personal matter. Some people can make a piece of elastic and a wooden crate sound good. Have fun, it certainly helps boost confidence in your playing when you have a decent guitar, no matter how cheap.


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Subject: RE: Review: My new Chinese guitar
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 22 Nov 13 - 10:47 AM

Congratulations, Keef!

I have a small Chinese guitar that cost $125 three years ago, and I used to take it to church to lead the singing. I got many compliments on it, but I took care not to tell people how little it cost.


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Subject: RE: Review: My new Chinese guitar
From: Keef
Date: 22 Nov 13 - 08:59 PM

My old guitar was an Ibanez copy of a Gibson.
I've had it for 30 years and I could get a nice sound out of it if I worked around its faults.
When I bought it the shop told me to always slacken off the strings before I got on a plane with it (I've done a lot of travelling)
Turned out that was total bollocks and probably accounts for the fact that the neck looks like a ski jump.
Worn frets don't help either.
New guitar comes with a free service after 6 months and a recommendation to get it checked regularly.

Service? Maintenance? Really...DUH!
I never even thought of that.


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Subject: RE: Review: My new Chinese guitar
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Nov 13 - 08:58 AM

Service? Regularly? O jeez, everything gets so complicated. My favorite guitar, which I bought in 1980, maybe, has never been serviced. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, has been my motto.

Other than to change the strings every couple of years, of course.


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