#1
Hi everyone, although I've been to this site many times I am brand spanking new on the forum. I've been playing guitar for many years and have purchased many guitars along the way,most recently I found a used Washburn N1 (Green one no less) at a local Guitar Center which after trading some stuff in I got for the whopping price of $37
Since I trust you guys to give me some good info/answers/advice here goes....
Recently I've been on a "cheap guitar" kick and have 3 in mind that are under the $200 range and would like to know what you guys think (specially if you own/have owned any of them) of which is the better one.
Jackson JS23 Dinky
Kramer Baretta Special
Charvel Desolation DS-3
Charvel Skatecaster SK-3 (is actually $299)

Jackson is the bigger name among them and the Kramer is a 2013 model that will be out in June,I have no experience with Charvel's.
Thanks !!!
John
#3
Sterling S.U.B. Silo3

Nothing else even comes close in that price range. It's one of the finest sub-$700 (new) guitars I've ever owned, and I've owned a lot of 'em.

$199 pretty much everywhere.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
Charles Darwin
#4
Cort makes excellent cheap guitars. ESP-LTDs cheap models can also be great if you manage to get a good one (QC varies). I dont intent to get rid of my F-50, ever. Neck is great, finish is great and after pickup swap it also sounds great. Just avoid ones with Floyd Rose.

ESP LTD F-50 + Tonezone
Cort EVL-Z4 + X2N
Cort EVL-K47B

Marshall Valvestate 8100
Randall RG1503
Bugera 333
Peavey Rockmaster preamp

Line6 Pod X3
Last edited by MaaZeus at May 10, 2013,
#5
Quote by MaaZeus
Cort makes excellent cheap guitars. ESP-LTDs cheap models can also be great if you manage to get a good one (QC varies). I dont intent to get rid of my F-50, ever. Neck is great, finish is great and after pickup swap it also sounds great. Just avoid ones with Floyd Rose.



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#6
Quote by MaaZeus
ESP-LTDs cheap models can also be great if you manage to get a good one (QC varies). I dont intent to get rid of my F-50, ever. Neck is great, finish is great and after pickup swap it also sounds great. Just avoid ones with Floyd Rose.


Amen to that. I have an MH100-QMNT that I picked up used at GC for $130 a couple years ago. I picked it up and sat down with it for a minute and it was just awesome. I've since then put a Duncan Custom in the bridge(since thats the only pickup I use) and it's one of the best guitars I've ever played and I've owned Gibsons and high end Ibanezes and played plenty of other stuff. I guess when you get a good one, you really get a good one.
#7
I've got an ESP LTD EC-50 thats a great guitar for $199. I'ts an LP style that sounds, plays, sustains and looks great. The bolt on neck is not the tightest fit I've ever seen, but it holds tune and sustains forever so I guess it's a non-issue
#8
I wouldnt call myself the most skilled guitarist or the most knowledgeable on the performance of electric guitars across the board, but I just started playin again a few months ago and i went to a local guitar center and go a Epiphone Les Paul Special II for 150 bucks and ive quite enjoyed it, great sound compared to my old beat up 1990 fender stratocaster
#9
Don't buy anything in that price range with a locking trem, those guitars cost less than my tremolo system does on its own, something has to give for them to put together a guitar at that price, usually the locking trem in those cases turns out to be garbage.
Cornford Hellcat
Peavey 5150
1994 Ibanez Jem 7V
#10
I personally would probably do the DS-3 out of those choices but like someone else said the EBMM Sub are pretty nice for the price. Also if you are on a cheap guitar kick *ive never got off of mine* maybe check out rondomusic.com. This is my favorite place to hunt down cheap guitars aside from Craigslist
#11
Quote by Bigbazz
Don't buy anything in that price range with a locking trem, those guitars cost less than my tremolo system does on its own, something has to give for them to put together a guitar at that price, usually the locking trem in those cases turns out to be garbage.

Definitely this. Personally I only buy fixed bridge guitars anyways.
#12
Thanks so much so far for all of the ideas...I'll have to do my research. No replies on the Jackson J23 so is that not a good one to look into ? I'm leaning towards the Kramer but like I said I at least have better options that I originally had...and I wouldn't go fancy w/a Floyd on a cheap guitar,it's like expecting 5 dollars worth of beef in your Taco Bell 79 cent Taco LOL !!!