#1
I mean going beyond the basics, I searched google but only would get retailers. What specifically makes a pick-up better quality, the body, the neck, etc?

I've played other instruments of high quality, but never really went in depth as to why they sound better, assuming you're a decent player already.
#2
better quality materials
also they have more strict quality control(usually)
some luthiers even match the woods for the neck and body to sound the best
although sometime you just think it sounds better because its more expensive
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#3
It really comes down to the quality of the wood used, as well as of course the quite obvious thing most would say, the pickups. Wood is a big factor in how the guitar will sound. If you have a guitar made of very cheap basswood (Like Ibanez starter guitars) it's made cheaply, from cheap material. But then you could have a very high quality piece of basswood (Such as higher-end Ibanez guitars) and it will be made of just much better material overall.

Build quality factors into a guitar, as well.. Like hand-made vs machine made.
#4
alot of what makes a pick-up better is the magnet used, the way it's wound, the wire used to wind the pickup, tue grade of cable used to connect the pickup to the pot, then the wood and neck have a certain effect as the cause the strings to resonate differently, as do bridges and nuts, also the strings can have an effect dependent on how they are wound
#5
Everything.

Seriously, the wood, the glue, the mixture of minerals in the metal components, even the type of wiring used in the electronics and pickups, all effect the tone, and all of it is just higher-quality on the higher-end guitars.
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#6
Thanks guys, part of the reason I asked as well, is because I always wondered why the guitars at Best Buy or Guitar are so much cheaper than buying them from the main manufacturer store.
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#7
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Thanks guys, part of the reason I asked as well, is because I always wondered why the guitars at Best Buy or Guitar are so much cheaper than buying them from the main manufacturer store.


You talking bout difference between buying straight from gibson or through guitar center?

cause thats different
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#8
I've been curious about this as well. My friend has an epiphone LP custom alpine white and I have the gibson version. They seriously do not sound any different that either of us notice other than harmonics mine could pick up a little better but not a ton. I thought that was quite dissappointing especially because I paid Quadruple what he paid...
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#9
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You talking bout difference between buying straight from gibson or through guitar center?

cause thats different


That too, I was looking on Ebay as well, and saw the guitars made in Mexico or China would be say 600 dollars, and the U.S. ones would be a little more than double. They were the same brands that I looked at too.

Best Buy and Guitar Center can by in masses so they can get the guitars cheaper from the actual manufacturer am I right?

If not what is the difference from buying from Gibson or Guitar Center?
#10
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That too, I was looking on Ebay as well, and saw the guitars made in Mexico or China would be say 600 dollars, and the U.S. ones would be a little more than double. They were the same brands that I looked at too.

Best Buy and Guitar Center can by in masses so they can get the guitars cheaper from the actual manufacturer am I right?
If not what is the difference from buying from Gibson or Guitar Center?



basicly,just like how walmart can be cheaper than a ma and pop store.
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#11
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basicly,just like how walmart can be cheaper than a ma and pop store.


Okay thanks man, I was thinking something had to be a little different from them, guess I don't have to worry when I buy a new one in the future.
#12
higher quality makes a higher quality guitar, higher quality.

EDIT: just the usual stuff... higher quality wood (better quality and dried for longer), better quality hardware and electronics, more attention to detail in the finishing, higher quality control, more hands-on work as opposed to mass production, thinner, more expensive finishes, a more organic/tactile feel, etc. etc. etc.
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