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Old 12-01-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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Gibson Maestro Parlor Guitar?

Has anyone here tried one of these yet? A parlor guitar from Gibson, that sells at Best Buy for about $70?

I know it won't be a great guitar at that price, but the question is--is it decent-playable action, good sound for the price, etc.? (One would think, that Gibson would not put their name on a guitar, if it were total junk. Or?)

If anyone has tried one, I would be curious to read your review.
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:20 AM   #2
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(One would think, that Gibson would not put their name on a guitar, if it were total junk. Or?)


I beg to differ....




and then we all remember this one...




Ahhhh yes... The ill-fated Gibson Hendrix Stratocaster....

(What can I say... I'm more of a Fender person... )




ANYWAY.... I think that it's going to be a "what you see is what you get" kind of purchase... I don't think a $70 guitar is going to cut it.... I might be wrong though.


It could be a good moding guitar if you got it set up properly?
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:31 AM   #3
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Trust me, brandnames might tell you SOMETHING about a certain product, but the pricetags usually say it all. You really can't tell the difference between this or that manufacturer just by the brandname alone when looking for a cheap acoustic: you're gonna have to play them (if anything, it's usually the manufacturers that specialize in cheaper guitars AS WELL as more expensive ones that offer you the best value for your money within the 100-300 price range, like Ibanez and Yamaha)

Why not look for a nice hard-top Yamaha or an Epiphone Dove or Hummingbird and spend the extra buck so you'll have an instrument that won't disappoint you once you're more accustomed to playing acoustics. The Baby Taylor sells for about 300. The wood looks a little unusual, the sound might take a little getting used to but they're really well built instruments. Oh and trust me, don't buy an Ovation, cheap Ovation-like guitars without any dead spots are extremely rare to come by

And trust me, you're not gonna find ANYTHING spectacular within this price range, unless some junkie decides to sell his Takamines for $100 each
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:42 AM   #4
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All I have to really say is that you get what you pay for. If you're okay with that, $70 is just fine for a beater.
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:27 AM   #5
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it doesn't look like a parlor - i'm thinking it's a mini dread. that would be my guess from some of the reviews, which also make it seem that quality varies a great deal from average to poor.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:23 PM   #6
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Please don't call that a Gibson. Jesus doesn't like it when you do that.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:30 PM   #7
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amen!

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Old 12-04-2010, 01:45 PM   #8
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I have a maestro electric and acoustic, I got them at Meijer on Clearance. Paid 35 for the electric with an amp and 20 for the acoustic. Put new strings on them and I have been learning on them for about 6 months now with no problems. They actually hold a tune very well. The acoustic doesn't buzz at all, the frets are very even. The electric is another story completely, but it's being replaced on Monday

Either way for what I paid for them, I am MORE than happy.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:09 AM   #9
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I tried that Gibson Maestro in a Best Buy, and did not like it at all.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:16 PM   #10
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I had been wanting to try one, saw one on ebay for $10 and bit. It was missing the bridge. I put on a comp bridge and set it up, buzz at first fret, took care of that and I actually like the guitar. I tune to various open tunings and this little guitar sings. Other than the high fret and a couple of finish warbles the build quality seems pretty good. I checked out one of the little Peavy parlors the other day and was amazed at the amount of glue smeared around inside the box. Tuners seem to work fine. If the one I bought is representative I have to give them pretty high marks for the price.
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