#2
Craftsmanship for starters lower end models tend to be mass produced and more apt to getting passed through quality control even though its crap, where the high end guitars are fewer in #'s and tend to really get checked out more than the mass produced ones.

Lower end guitars tend to use the cheaper quality woods, hardware, electronics vs higher end guitars using top of the line parts.
#3
Quote by DimeLvR
Craftsmanship for starters lower end models tend to be mass produced and more apt to getting passed through quality control even though its crap, where the high end guitars are fewer in #'s and tend to really get checked out more than the mass produced ones.

Lower end guitars tend to use the cheaper quality woods, hardware, electronics vs higher end guitars using top of the line parts.



Alright, thanks
#4
Simply put:

High End guitars are crafted in the company's country of origin (usually a rich country such as the USA or Japan) using the finest materials and hardware. There is a lot of work put into them by the well paid luthiers, and they are made in smaller numbers than cheaper guitars. They will also have tougher quality control checks. All of this means that a High End guitar is very expensive but should play and sound beautiful.

Low End guitars are usually made on a production line in a less developed country (often in South East Asia) because the labour there is cheaper. They use lesser grades of wood, cheaper hardware, and less work is put into them overall. They are also more likely to get through quality control with some faults. this means that Low End guitars can sometimes play nicely, but more often than not they're not very good. But then they are far cheaper than High End guitars.

Plus of course it's not fixed. Some low enders are more low end than others and so on. There are also Intermediate guitars, halfway between low and high end in terms of quality and price point. These often play nearly as nicely as more expensive instruments, but are built elsewhere than the company's country of origin and so are cheaper.
#5
As a general rule, if a guitar costs less than two or three hundred, it's probably in the low-end pile. Of course a guitar that costs £50 is much more low end than one that costs £300, but £300 is still at the lower side of quality.

Mid-range tends to be a few hundred up to and including the first thousand. It depends ont he brand; some brands make high-end guitars that are around a grand, others make mid-range guitars that are around a grand. When spending anywhere from £800 to about £1300, be careful and really research what you're buying. Of course this is important no matter how much you're spending, but it's even more important at this range where it's easy to not get your money's worth. For example, a Fender American Deluxe Strat can cost under a grand, and is high end: on the other hand a Gibson LP Studio costs about the same and is more mid-range, only just bordering on high-end.

From about a grand and a half plus, you're looking at the high-end guitars all the way. Still fully research what you're buying, but it's rare to find any crap guitars being sold at these prices.

Then you have the ultra-high-end guitars, in the multiple thousands. These are usually from a brand's 'Custom Shop', or they may be limited edition guitars or they might be a custom made guitar from a private luthier. A lot of people may very well never even touch an instrument in this range.


Then of course you've got your true vintage models, but they're a whole different story.
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