What's the best new electric guitar $200 or less?

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by porkpie, Oct 15, 2021.

  1. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-holic

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    Legos rule!
     
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  2. radiotech

    radiotech Squier-Axpert

    Apr 23, 2014
    Freedonia
    Monoprice Indio Boardwalk (335 copy), link works fine for me.


    I had nothing useful to contribute on MP guitars until I got my Idyllwild acoustic from them, a smidge bright for a dreadnaught (acoustically that is, electrically it sounds like most any Fishman-equipped acoustic) , but great setup, and good tuners/nut/bridge.

    Based on that, I wouldn’t hesitate to by any of their midrange and up stuff. The boardwalk has some pretty good video reviewed, and the neck is chunkier than the FF338 (though not as chunky as my Dot Studio).

    That’s a good sale price on the natural, and my fav finish for that model (because the burst w/black hardware looks awful to me).

    I just bought a Grote P90 335 for $189, I love the way it sounds, but given the hours I spent on the finish, and I’m finding the tuners lackluster (nut is cut perfect, but keeps slipping out of tune), I don’t think you’ll have any of that with a Indio.

    If I lost all my Guitars tomorrow, and I only had $200 to get one NEW electric guitar… it would have to have a chunky neck, so that leaves out most of the Squier line, and some sub-200 guitars I love are no longer available (C&G Telecaster), So mine would be a Sawtooth ET Series Tele. Great chunky neck, light sycamore body, and great sounding ceramic pickups. Yes, I got mine for well under $100, but it’s still a great guitar at $149 (for burst).

    If I was in that boat, I’d be more likely to get an acoustic… and I’d pop for another Idllwild solid spruce top A/E. , or it’s lower priced Foothill cousin.

    The only $200-ish guitars I’m even slightly tempted by now are the Harley Benton RIC copies, but until shipping costs come back down from Europe, it’s not happening.
     
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  3. BobWithOneO

    BobWithOneO Squier-Nut

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    I bought this D'Angelico Premier Brighton for $200 used last week. It sells new for $800, back in June they were the Stupid Deal of the Day for $480. But the Brighton is rarely ever on STOTD, usually it's their semi-hollows.

    I would 99% of the time advise buying used and avoiding new like the plague.
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  4. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-holic

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    Yes, the Sawtoth ET Tele. I remember that. I think I paid somewhere around $50 a couple years ago as a member turned us on to this great deal. Still have mine.
     
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  5. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-holic

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  6. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Dr. Squier

    Feb 10, 2016
    I am surprised that nobody has mentioned the Squier Bullet Mustang. Yes, I didn't vibe with it because I thought the pickups were too hot and didn't clean up as much as I liked (and I tried several models in different finishes.) Still, I think the quality control is good ... the resale value is good (although not as much as Firefly guitars for the continuing frenzy for these things) and overall the construction was very good.

    I see them on sale for about $150 new.

    Having said that, I own two Monoprice Indio "Strats" and I think the overall construction is good ... BUT ... I've found their resale value is very little.

    I know porkpie has already chosen a guitar and that is one I've been thinking about too so congratulations.
     
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  7. techowiz

    techowiz Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2014
    new york
    I've tried the Helix. For what it's worth, build quality and components wise, it's every bit as good (or better) than a low end Squier or Epiphone. Just won't get anything back on resell.
     
  8. lboorse2

    lboorse2 Squier-holic

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    There's always some quirky budget guitar that gains some cult following - think Squier '51. I'm not sure what fits into that category right now, but the Bullet Mustang is pretty close. I'm not just saying that because I'm a Squier fan either. Look out on Reverb and eBay. Check the prices for new vs. used. They're not that far apart. Also take note of how many people are asking escalated prices for modded Bullet Mustangs. It's not just one or two head-in-the-clouds sellers. There are quite a few... so someone must be buying them.

    That said the Bullets in the past few years have been pretty good quality for the money. You can spend less than $200 and know you have a pretty solid instrument.
     
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  9. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lucerne, California
    Very right on the Bullet Mustangs...I think the Affinity HH Jazzmasters are a good candidate for this type of thing, too. Became very popular as an affordable mod platform, and as I understand it Squier has stopped manufacturing them. Could see them becoming a bit sought-after as time goes on. They're a little more, $225-250 new but you can still find them used around $200.
     
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  10. BobWithOneO

    BobWithOneO Squier-Nut

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    Hello Kitty Strat...
     
  11. stratelespaul

    stratelespaul Squier-Nut

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    For short $, Glarry offers some VERY affordable and very playable options.
    Not so much for holding value though.
    Best of luck whatever you decide.
     
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  13. Have the crazy prices come down on those? For a while people were asking and getting stupid Dinero for 'em.
     
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  14. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    This right here is the answer!
     
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  15. Powerstroke

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    Looks awesome.
    Let us know what you think when you get it
     
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  16. Powerstroke

    Powerstroke Squier-holic

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    Yes. Mine did that too, turned it off and after a long wait, page loaded
     
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  17. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-holic

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  19. YippityDewDawg

    YippityDewDawg New Member

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    Hi, I just joined this website 5 min ago and….this is my first post ever. I’d like to add my 100000 cryptos ( 2 cents to the old school analog folks)to the topic, then I’ll try to introduce myself.
    Mr. Pie…My gut response was buy a used squire affinity strat because the likelihood of finding an excellent one is really good (if you’re in a position to try several) and the resale or trade in value is fairly consistent. If you must buy something new - I’ve heard great things about Cozart too…Will Ray speaks very highly of this brand with one caveat: “although they’ve all been good - summer better then otherzzz.
     
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  20. corn

    corn Squier-holic

    Feb 27, 2013
    San Diego
    Exactly this, let someone else pay retail, get the better bargain