NGD Toys 'R Us bargain guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Shaytan, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Shaytan

    Shaytan Squier-Meister

    Apr 10, 2018
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Yesterday I've picked up something very fun - a guitar starter pack that used to be sold at Toys 'R Us (which, btw, the Iberic branch is not only still around but it's also going strong, even so that recently a Portuguese businessman joined the Spanish directorship and made a big investment, which will result in new stores and different approaches and policies around here - great given the child in me is still going strong and I can't visit the mall without dragging my girlfriend in to go check the LEGO and Hot Wheels sections...).

    The guitar isn't bad at all, I'd say hardware wise it's on par with a Bullet Squier, plus this particular example has seen little to no use. It also came with a strap, extra strings, a gig bag and a crappy 10 Watts amp that brings up flashbacks of my first amp, the infamous Squier SP-10... Well, all of this for the grand price of 25 euros! Apart from the plywood texture that passes through the body paint (maybe that's sortable with polish and some elbow grease?), the guitar is perfectly sortable. In fact, short story - when I pondered to begin learning how to play the guitar I initially considered to buy one of these, but everyone suggested me against it and the course of events led me to the Squier SE I eventually bought; this may as well be a good opportunity to finally find out what I would've gotten.

    I'll take my time over the upcoming few weeks to round over the edges of the frets (which seem to be all leveled apart from 2 or 3), try to roll the fretboard edges for the first time and set it all up. I really have no reasons to keep it, but not only I thought it would be a fun learning experience, also after setting it all up it can be a solid first guitar for a beginner and I'll easily get to cash in the difference which would come in handy for future mods and upgrades for my main guitars. And, well, if this goes along well, I may eventually try again my luck and get another bargain to fix and set up. Updates coming soon!

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  2. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-Meister

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
  3. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    Happy New Guitar Day
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  4. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Nice! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but the cheap starter guitars of today are SO much better than the unplayable junk lots of us started with back in the day. And adjusting for inflation and such, I think they’re a lot cheaper than when I was a kid, too...
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  5. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Squier-holic

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    25€ is a very good price for a laboratory guitar to develop your skills.
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  6. Shaytan

    Shaytan Squier-Meister

    Apr 10, 2018
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Totally agree. The one problem of cheap beginner guitars has only to be poor setup, that's the one fault of this model - sharp fret ends, super high action, intonation completely off and nut slots catching the strings. Though, all sortable by someone who knows what's doing (and I believe I'm up to the task...), other than that it's a really nice guitar, I should even say it's miles better than the poor reputation they have on Portuguese and Spanish forums leads to think. The neck feels particularly nice, it has a sort of frost finish that makes it fast to play, and electronics are very decent sounding, I believe one would only call it junk sounding due to the amp it comes with (I'll plug in my guitars to it and record some tracks just for fun) - in fact, I'd say it's not the guitars but rather cheap practice amps are something that never really got any better (either new stuff with the same crap inside or models stuck in time, see for instance the Affinity starter packs that still come with a Frontman 15G, an amp that's been around for well over 10 years!)

    Indeed! The original idea was to find a neck in need of a refret so that I could practice that given my Squier would thank such service, but this one won't need that at all. Still, and given not only it was so cheap that in a worst case scenario even selling the hardware for parts would easily cover the expenses, since it's mine I don't fear to experiment with it unlike when I fixed my buddy's guitars. Not only I'll try for the first time to roll over the fretboard edges but also to file the nut slots (possibly even replacing it altogether) and try the scotch brite neck finish that seems quite popular and easy, all things that I may feel more comfortable to do on my others later on.
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  7. Acidhouse

    Acidhouse Squier-holic

    Sep 16, 2010
    Birmingham . . . Alabama
    I love cheap guitars. Congrats!
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