#1
i bought an Epiphone 339 recently and gigged with it all Saturday night. Just plugged it in tonight and it didn't quite sound as good as on Saturday so I picked up my G&L ASAT Deluxe which sounded great. Is the catch with budget guitars consistency or is it just my ears?
#2
It's either your ears or it's the strings. Unless something's breaking at this very moment, a guitar isn't going to decide suddenly to sound worse.
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#3
Strings are new on and the new Ernie Ball Titaniums. I think perhaps you are right and it's my ears. I guess that's why we have a number of guitars and keep changing them.
#4
It's quite possible it was you. There's either something about the way people play or the way hearing works, some days I just don't feel like my playing sounds as good. I don't know if it's all in my head or if my hands are actually playing worse, but I do find it happens to me sometimes. Only things to do are suck it up and play through it, or put the guitar down and do something else; which is more practical depends on what you need to do that day, obviously.
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It's your ears. If you have several guitars, try playing them all back to back without adjusting the settings on your amp. Your ears will wonder what the hell is going on.
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#6
I'm with the others. I wouldn't say it's impossible that the guitar sounds worse (as K33nbl4d3 says, maybe it's thinking of breaking, say the wiring or whatever), but it's very unlikely and much more likely it's your ears or the strings.

when people say cheaper guitars aren't as consistent they generally mean from guitar to guitar (i.e. 10 cheap guitars will normally vary in quality more than 10 expensive guitars), rather than regarding one particular guitar sounding good one day and bad the next.
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i bought an Epiphone 339 recently and gigged with it all Saturday night. Just plugged it in tonight and it didn't quite sound as good as on Saturday so I picked up my G&L ASAT Deluxe which sounded great. Is the catch with budget guitars consistency or is it just my ears?


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What's the humidity level like at your home?
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It's quite possible it was you. There's either something about the way people play or the way hearing works, some days I just don't feel like my playing sounds as good. I don't know if it's all in my head or if my hands are actually playing worse, but I do find it happens to me sometimes. Only things to do are suck it up and play through it, or put the guitar down and do something else; which is more practical depends on what you need to do that day, obviously.


this happens all the time. ears, acoustics, mood and any number of other things can affect your perception. i've had days that my most expensive guitar didn't match my cheapest.
#11
Perhaps the volume. Stuff sounds better turned up. Or it might be your ears.
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#12
Did you use the same amp?
when I play on a location with a mesa boogie it sounds 1000x better then at home with a roland cube
#13
Nothing to do with your guitar. It's much more about where you're playing it. It's gonna sound different in every different room you play, let alone at a typical gig with other instruments. This is one of the universe's biggest scams. You can spend an eternity nailing down the sexiest 24 carat tone in your bedroom, and there's every likelihood that when you take it to the stage in a band context it could sound dull & lifeless. Physics or something ..
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#14
Thanks for these posts, yes it was my ears but it is strange how some days you sound great and others not. Anyway I'm pleased to say the guitar is fine and amazing value.