What's your worst guitar?

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by grizzlewulf, Oct 12, 2021.

  1. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lucerne, California
    What's the worst guitar you own, and why do you still have it?

    Define "worst" as you see fit. Cheapest parts/lowest resale value, some fundamental flaw that makes it a poor player or awful tone, unsightly damage, ugly stickers, maybe you just don't get along with the shape....it's up to you what "worst" means. And then tell us why it's still in your collection.
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  2. miket1117

    miket1117 Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Kansas City
    I'll start!! I don't really have any dogs in the bunch, but:
    1. Epi 335 Pro - Just don't really love how the humbuckers sound and she's got a big fat heavy butt. Cased up.
    2. Squier Cabronita Tele - Something just isn't connecting or grounded properly and has what I call the 'ghost in the machine' with periodic static. Love it otherwise! Cased up.
    3. Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster - Use to love it, now the scale just seems to 'long' and i no longer like the 11s on it. It's a handful to play. Currently cased up.
    4. Epi Casino (with Lollars) - I love the guitar and the pickups are awesome, but i cannot for the life of me get a proper set-up done on it. I'm going to try ONE more time after i take care of some other guitars first. Cased.

    I still have them because I can't really bring myself to sell them, esp the Casino. The 335 and Mascis however will be on the block. Haven't given up yet on the Cabronita either.
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  3. spanker63

    spanker63 Squier-holic

    Nov 16, 2010
    Upstate NY
    I'd have to say my JagStang. I've NEVER gotten along with it compared to my other electric guitars.

    Why do I still have it? Because my dad busted his ass working overtime to get me that guitar when I was a 15 year old kid trying to learn. The value just keeps going up too.
  4. HighwayStar106

    HighwayStar106 Squier Talker

    May 16, 2021
    I have this cheap parlour acoustic from the 60s or 70s. The high action and lack of any kind of fretboard radius mean it’s almost unplayable as a normal guitar, but it has such a great delta-blues slide tone that I can’t help but love it. That’s pretty much my approach to any guitar that doesn’t play well - as long as it’ll get in tune and stay there, I can at least use it for slide. :D

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  5. StormCaster

    StormCaster Squier-Meister

    Sep 13, 2020
    I guess this one I just got used from guitar center. A Squier se I paid 79 bucks for. I was gonna put some vintage split shaft tuners, graphed nut, mim bridge, and a set of fender pure vintage 65 pickups. But when it arrived with horrible high action and when I went to adjust the truss rod it would only accept an American size allen wrench? and I have it maxxed out and the action is still high. Screenshot_20211012-002615.png
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  6. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Supporting Member

    A '60s Kay SG style guitar. The bridge is not adjustable, so it's completely untunable, and all the hardware and electrics suck. At least I didn't pay anything for it. I loaned it to my daughter because she wanted to experiment with all 4ths tuning, so I can't take a picture of it now. She's getting a better guitar for Christmas.

    You asked why I still have it. Mainly because I rarely get rid of anything.
  7. Paruwi

    Paruwi Squier-holic

    Apr 28, 2019
    I try to avoid buying 'bad' guitars - if one slips through it gets sold......

    I had an €pi SG 61 special with a crooked set-in neck - or misplaced studs

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  8. Ladeeh

    Ladeeh Squier-Meister

    Sep 10, 2021
    Feels bad you haven't managed to get that SE right. You sure you can't do something else to lower that action? Shame, because it's a nice looking one!
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  9. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lucerne, California
    Try a neck shim?
  10. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lucerne, California
    Seems like it's very easy to screw up these SG type necks...
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  11. Ace38

    Ace38 Squier-holic

    Jul 19, 2016
    Tulsa, OK.
    My squier deluxe strat. It's a great guitar, great feel, but I've tried a few different looks and pickups to get it to click with me and so far nothing.
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  12. Eddie

    Eddie My Squier is on Fire !!!

    Nov 5, 2016
    New York
    The one guitar that I can't get rid of is a 2001 PRS-SE Santana. I paid too much for it, so I can't get what I paid back ... not even close. I just can't get along with the flat surface compared to the arch top of other PRS SE's.

    It's ok, it sounds good, and I'd probably use it to play out if I ever played out. ha ha
  13. Paruwi

    Paruwi Squier-holic

    Apr 28, 2019
    I had a another one of this model, it was better - though still not 'perfect'
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  14. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    I started on a "cheese box" -- that's how my dad described it -- that I paid, if memory serves, $12.88 for. To describe it as junk is to be unfair to all the "junk" guitars of the world.

    BUT... I learned to play on it. Even gigged on it. And from that I went to a student model Gibson.

    That "cheese box" was the only "bad" guitar I ever owned, but I loved it just the same. For what it returned for all the effort it required for me to learn to play it.

    Maybe others are just more fussy than me, but I've never played a guitar I couldn't enjoy. Some, obviously, more than others.

    The only guitar I ever actually returned to a dealer was a upper range MIM Fender, and the only guitar I ever owned that had a problem that proved unfixable without major surgery was a MIA Fender whose trem/bridge was slightly misplaced.

    But even those I never cursed. I just played around their problems and smiled a'plenty as I did so.

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  15. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    I got many bad guitars from trades, you know when you ask someone if they have something else to throw in to even the trade ! Well most of them will finish stripped naked on my cemetary wall in the shop .
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  16. dtsreiuqs

    dtsreiuqs Squier-Nut

    Oct 18, 2015
    not here anymore
    What's your worst guitar?

    A Fender, by and large. Never had worse than those guitars But it's my personal history, OK ?

    A brand new 1994 US Std Strat (scanned paper pic) : the worst of the worst - a pure junk. Thanks to her, I never bought any Strat until 2012...


    A brand new 2009 or 2010 Mex Tele : not bad nor good, meh...


    A brand new 2012 US Std. Strat FAT50 : an Average-Joe Strat...


    And them came the Squiers and the Harley Bentons - that I mostly modded, OK : what I was waiting for...



    Nearly dead-cheap in comparison, reliable, good sounding, So far so good !

    Fender ? Non, merci, ça ira...

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  17. speelyei

    speelyei Squier-Nut

    Sep 22, 2020
    North America
    The guitars have all been fine. These, and the control unit… they’re the problem. 69F10F72-D2DB-4185-9A48-5B4B2EE0714D.jpeg
  18. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

    Mar 5, 2018
    Front range Colorado
    I just got rid of the last of my worsts.

    I guess this would qualify if I had to choose one. All original parts but I did a lot of work to make it playable and it's a ton of fun.

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  19. Eddie

    Eddie My Squier is on Fire !!!

    Nov 5, 2016
    New York

    That's very interesting because I had a similar experience with Fenders. My first "real" Fender was a 1994 MIM Strat. It was horrible. I should have returned it right away. Sharp fret ends, chitty neck, crappy pups ... I sold it back to Sam Ash a few months later for $75. I didn't touch another Fender for another 20+ years.
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  20. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    I had to go digging in the closet for this one! It’s a Fretlight guitar that I got on a SDOTD from Musicians Friend for next to nothing. It’s a cool idea. When you plug it in to the computer it lights up the frets that you should be playing with backing tracks. That’s why I keep it. But the action is real high, and there is no access to the high frets because of the body design. The neck is kind of cool because it has a bunch of pieces of wood glued together to make it. I should probably spend some time trying to set it up. Maybe a shim for the neck to get the action down. Could be a fun toy!

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