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How much do you reckon would I have to spend to get a professional standard guitar as used by top bands etc. ??? Just a rough estimate would be good.
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How much do you reckon would I have to spend to get a professional standard guitar as used by top bands etc. ??? Just a rough estimate would be good.


Ususally there priced at $1000-$5000+
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Whats a top band?
This really is just a horrible question...
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theres not really a standard to whether or not a guitar is "professional"

bands use cheap guitars as well as expensive guitars.
#5
hard to say because i'm guessing a lot of pro guitarists modify their guitars at least a little. from my personal experience, $1,000-$1,500 should get you an entry level pro instrument. imo
#6
I've heard that squier strats are a good pro quality instrument...check 'em out.
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$6-700 is more than enough for something good enough to rely on for your living.
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I've heard that squier strats are a good pro quality instrument...check 'em out.


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$700 and over is pretty much what should be a professional guitar, IMO. You can get great stuff below that, too (sometimes better than the more expensive stuff!) but generally >$700 is a guaranteed professional guitar.
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I mean, he is saying the minimum "level" of quality of guitars that "professionals" (or more than profesionals, famous band, that are probably sponsored and don't pay by their guitars)

I mean, IF you could choose any guitar, you would never choose a Squier over a Fender strat, and obviously you will choose an american one to start...

Then You will see if you want the deluxe, no deluxe, HSS, 60- 70 remade etc..

So, To your question, I had investigated on the past (when i bought my Fender American Strat deluxe HSS, I love to write the name, I MISS YOU!)

And the prices of those models starts arround 800-1000 Dollars.-

For my record i looked a lot of the First REAL gibsons les paul, sg's, Any kind of fenders, good enough ibanez, and that is really the thing i saw.

Probably getting a rickenbacker, or other brands would be even more expensive, but under that range of price, the guitar would not be considered of a "superior order" of guitars.

I'm not saying that cheaper guitars are not better than this one's, but at least, above that price they should be.

Hope that someone's got my idea :P
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sweet well i was partly wondering how much it would be worth spending extra cash as i've spent £550 ($1000ish) on my epiphone les paul custom including replacing the pickups.
#12
Well an epi les paul custom is very near to a Gibson, and yours, with 550 quid's on it maybe it's even better than a Gibson les paul studio (arround 700 quid)

If you like the sound that your guitar is giving to you, don't change it.

If you think you need more, go out and TRY guitars, that is the best thing to do
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$6-700 is more than enough for something good enough to rely on for your living.

+1, A LOT of guitarists have cheaper guitars and expensive amps.

The difference between a $1200 guitar (new) and a $5000 guitar (new), imo isn't that much if you have a nice amp to back it up.


A lot of people who play 7 string guitars just stay with the cheaper Ibanez Prestiges or Schecter C-7s, because they sound great for the price, and anything marginally better is quite a steep price difference.
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Also the main reason an artist guitar is in the higher digits is because they are usually a one off. You can usually get a guitar that is close spec wise at fraction of what they paid if your just getting something off the shelf. I would say a resonably priced professional grade guitar is normally $800-$1500. That should get you all the bells and whistles minus the signature enhancements.
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I'd consider Van Halen a top band, & Eddie played home made $200 POS guitars for years. If you have a decent neck & pickup, you can make anything sound good if:

#1) You know how to play
#2) You know how to set up the guitar to perform how you want it

Basically it's like MatrixClaw said, a cheaper guitar with a badass amp will sound better than the other way around. Also, it'd be a pain in the ass to always worry where your $5000 guitars are if you're on the road, & having your gear tossed everywhere. Of course, if you had their money, you'd likely worry less .
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Just some input, I honestly feel that if I swapped out the LFR for an OFR it would be pro quality. It cost $600.
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I'd consider Van Halen a top band, & Eddie played home made $200 POS guitars for years. If you have a decent neck & pickup, you can make anything sound good if:

#1) You know how to play
#2) You know how to set up the guitar to perform how you want it

Basically it's like MatrixClaw said, a cheaper guitar with a badass amp will sound better than the other way around. Also, it'd be a pain in the ass to always worry where your $5000 guitars are if you're on the road, & having your gear tossed everywhere. Of course, if you had their money, you'd likely worry less .


And now they go for $25,000 so is it really a $200 guitar
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And now they go for $25,000 so is it really a $200 guitar

His first couple probably were. That abomination he carved out of an explorer was probably.
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His first couple probably were. That abomination he carved out of an explorer was probably.


Actually talking about his replicas, his orginals are pretty much untouchable...
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I realize that, but the guitars he started on were probably not worth much more than a couple hundred before he ripped them apart to mod them. Like any of us, he didn't start off with a $2000 hamer.
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It really depends, Kurt Cobain bought a Vintage Fender Jaguar for 200$ (reissues are now worth over 1,500$) and his Vantage Mustang also for 200$ (reissues are now worth 750-1,000), but before that he used epiphones, and cheaper guitars. Not all bands that tour use 5,000$ guitars like slash does. an Epi or Squier is more than good enough to gig with, but if you WANT to spend the extra cash on a Fender or Gibson (or other brands ofcourse..) that's your choice, but don't do it thinking that you can't gig with a Squier or Epiphone.

Also, don't make the same mistake I made, don't just worry about your guitar, try and get a good amp with it, or even your favourite guitar will sound like shit on a bad amp.

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I realize that, but the guitars he started on were probably not worth much more than a couple hundred before he ripped them apart to mod them. Like any of us, he didn't start off with a $2000 hamer.


His guitar was definitely archaic but if you look at the parts its actually pretty high quality by todays standards.

Ash Strat body- $219.99
PAF Pickup- $125.00 (Orignals are going for $2500 lol)
Maple Neck- $119.99
Pickguard- $25
Pot and Jack- $10
Orignal Floyd- $179.99

Total Todays Pricing- $680

So again is it a $200 dollar guitar....

Thats like saying hey this guy didnt know what he had and sold me a $1000 guitar for $100 bucks. Is it a $100 guitar.... No its still a $1000 guitar

And he scavenged most of the parts so it doesnt really count..
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His guitar was definitely archaic but if you look at the parts its actually pretty high quality by todays standards.


And he scavenged most of the parts so it doesnt really count..

And consider he made that thing 30 some odd years ago. But I do follow your thought process.
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$700 and over is pretty much what should be a professional guitar, IMO. You can get great stuff below that, too (sometimes better than the more expensive stuff!) but generally >$700 is a guaranteed professional guitar.


I hate to be completely irrelevant to the thread, but...no.

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I hate to be completely irrelevant to the thread, but...no.

Dimebag?


There's always an exception...how about this, 'If you do your research you can easily find a professional quality guitar for $700 and sometimes less'...
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I hate to be completely irrelevant to the thread, but...no.

Dimebag?


See the name of the company that made that guitar? There's your problem.

(I respected Dean before they raped Dime and before the founder left because he was disgusted with the abysmal level of quality, btw.)
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What makes a guitar "professional" other than it being set-up professionally?
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^The person playing it. That's the problem with this thread, there's no "professional" standard for guitars. I think the closest thing to a professional guitar would be an artist's signature model, and those are usually pretty pricey. But the question is irrelevant. I think most serious, well-known professional guitar players are probably going to play either an absurdly pricey vintage piece, or their own signature model. Neither of those are anywhere near $700, for the most part. You can get a great guitar for $700, but I don't see any big names playing guitars that cheap.
It sounded like the threadstarter was trying to base how good his instrument was based on a price point rather than actual tone or feel.
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This isn't necessarily about "big names" I think, the question was just how much does a professional standard guitar cost. The majority of professional guitarists out there aren't famous or big names - the only thing that really matters is "Is this thing good enough for me to earn my living with, or is it going to crap out on me?"

Thinking about it more $4-$500 is plenty for a "professional" instrument. Anything more is overkill, but that's the individuals choice, we all like spending more money on nice, shiny things.
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See the name of the company that made that guitar? There's your problem.

(I respected Dean before they raped Dime and before the founder left because he was disgusted with the abysmal level of quality, btw.)



You do know the founder of Dean Guitars re-joined them innnn about '04? (Maybe earlier i cant remember...)

Anyways Razorbacks/Dime models are way overpriced for sure...

I don't think you have to spend big to get a "Pro" guitar, the more you spend the less likely you are to end up with a bad guitar thats all. And sometimes you can get lucky with a cheaper guitar =)

However i'd never spend more than about £1500 on a guitar, because after that price point things only get marginally better (IMO).
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You do know the founder of Dean Guitars re-joined them innnn about '04? (Maybe earlier i cant remember...)

Anyways Razorbacks/Dime models are way overpriced for sure...

I don't think you have to spend big to get a "Pro" guitar, the more you spend the less likely you are to end up with a bad guitar thats all. And sometimes you can get lucky with a cheaper guitar =)

However i'd never spend more than about £1500 on a guitar, because after that price point things only get marginally better (IMO).

I'm pretty sure he left again a few weeks back, because he didn't agree with the direction the business was going in. Correct me if I'm wrong.

If you're looking at 'pro' guitars based on specs, you can easily have a pro guitar by £300-500.
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Yah he left and is starting another company doing what he want.

On topic, a 'pro' guitar in my opinion is something that you're happy with and feel you can play your best on, specs don't make a good guitar.
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Mick Thompson of Slipknot played a B.C. Warlock which goes for 499$, pretty cheap for a pop rock / metal band

he didn't play that exact model.

I'm pretty sure he used a custom made model.
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Yeah, but they're still probably very similar

anyways, apparently it's a pretty shitty guitar anyways

lol.
His model is worth well over $500
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not cause his is much better though, it's cause everyones like

"OMG MICK THOMPSON PLAYZ DIZ, I GIEB 1,000$ DOLLA!"

kinda like what Kurt Cobain & friends did to all the sexy shortscales

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His Warlock is better than most guitars you will play in your lifetime. Shut up and stop making stupid comments
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