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  • why I bought a REALLY cheap guitar.

    Posted by Mrfredsporty on December 11, 2022 at 8:18 am

    so yesterday I bought a Squier acoustic brand new for $89 here in daytona. This is the convoluted reason why. I have an absolutely stunning koa Martin Super D which I of course loved Named Arnold like the body builder cuz it is so big.Anyway, i dont like leaving it out all day on a stand in my mobile home . After I do my tac lessons for the day I put it in its case and use the ddario humidipac. That means I cant just grab it while Im watching youtube or tv . AND thats the reason I bought the Squier SA 150. It can sit out all day,,get bumped dinged etc and is right at my finger tips. Im kind of a beginner almost intermediate so I want to cram as much knowledge as I can before I croak ( im 78). What do you think of my crazy idea. Btw the Squier is named Johnny cuz its all black and everyone claims it was signed by Johnny Cash. I claim it was signed by the local produce guy, Johnny Kash. You can’t see the signature of course cuz the guitar is all black and yes Im just being a wiseguy on the guitar being signed.

    Mrfredsporty replied 1 year, 3 months ago 12 Members · 21 Replies
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  • GerryB56

    Member
    December 11, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Sounds like a pretty good deal – I didn’t even know Squier had an acoustic line. Makes sense to have a backup handy when you have that fine Martin tucked safely away in its case. Of course, you’ll never hear this geek tell anyone not to buy more guitars😆

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      December 12, 2022 at 5:12 am

      It’s actually a dreadnaught shape. Gets ok reviews for a cheap guitar. Sure does not like to stay in tune though

  • Jbtrekn

    Member
    December 11, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Good for you at 78. Im 71 and trying to get my routine dialed in. Im a little skattered in taking on too much stuff but I figure just keep up the tac routine and I will focus on a few things better.

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      December 12, 2022 at 5:13 am

      I like your reasoning . I think all you young folks should take that approach 🤠

  • Cadgirl

    Member
    December 12, 2022 at 5:31 am

    @Mrfredsporty , That is an excellent idea. I purchased an inexpensive 1/2 size Cordoba classical guitar (1/2 size is just a few inches small too). Easy on my fingers, smaller to put on a stand between my fish tank and computer desk. Right there, easy to grab, go over the challenge and put back on the stand. I don’t have to worry so much if I hits the guitar on the side of the desk. Let me repeat, I think what you did was excellent. I still try not to put my guitars in a case only because if they aren’t easy to grab, I tend not to. 🙂

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      December 12, 2022 at 3:37 pm

      I’m feeling that I may have done something right.it’s actually not horrendous for $89 bucks

  • ChuckS

    Member
    December 12, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Right there with you mrfredsporty. I picked up a Seagull for the express purpose of taking it out on the front porch or down to my daughter’s when we visit. I try to be careful, but won’t lose sleep if it gets a ding or two. I do however keep the Martin’s hanging on the wall for easy access in a controlled environment.

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      December 12, 2022 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks for the reenforcement

  • Kitman

    Member
    December 12, 2022 at 6:05 am

    Hi @Mrfredsporty . Your reasoning is solid. Perhaps when the Squire acclimatizes to your environment it will stay a bit more in tune for you. Happy picking and strumming!

  • the-old-coach

    Member
    December 12, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Fred-

    I have an old one I got from a friend a while back- that’s exactly how I use it– it’s hangin’ on the wall right where I practice. Easy-peasy. Grab it & go. (“Howard”).

    But I always save the last half-hour or so to “bring the other kids out to play”, though. I have two other “good” guitars- (“New Kid”), and my 12-string- (“Tank”). Neither one is a real expensive guitar, but I love them both– and keep them both in perfect condition. I usually play one or the other each day.

    No expert, but it seems like getting them out regularly is a good idea?

    (Funny- I have names for mine too….. They are in the parentheses (above)).

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      December 12, 2022 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks TOC the thought of my super D getting dinged up really makes me glad I got the Squier. That’s for sure

      • the-old-coach

        Member
        December 12, 2022 at 4:37 pm

        My bet is those who say “dings & scratches add character” are BS-ing ya….😏…. uh-huh……..

        • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  the-old-coach.
  • Philb

    Member
    December 12, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Great idea!

  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    December 12, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    My problem is every minute I would be playing the cheap one, all I would be thinking about is what it would sound like on the other one.

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      December 13, 2022 at 4:32 am

      yes and when i pick up the super d martin it is so satisfying

  • TMutter

    Member
    December 12, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Brilliant idea. I did something similar. I have several guitars but my pride and joy is a custom Martin D-41 that I purchased in memory of my parents. I took it on camping trips etc and became worried that it might get damaged so I purchased an entry level Epiphone as my travel guitar. I recently moved it upstairs in the living room (all my other guitars are downstairs in my music room / old bedroom). I now play it as much as the Martin because it is always right there and waiting.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  TMutter.
    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      December 13, 2022 at 4:34 am

      id rather have the Martin right there but risk of damage is too high in my opinion so now at least I have something within arms reach

  • Marisa

    Member
    December 13, 2022 at 9:57 am

    If you play it, it is worth it! 👍🏽

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      December 13, 2022 at 10:57 am

      I think it is an $89 good investment

  • Hatteras-Jack

    Member
    December 20, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Makes sense to me. I keep cheep ones each grand kid house. However, at my house I use my main 20 ish year old Martin D-15 hanging on the wall ready to play. Life will go on if it gets impacted by the environment in my house. I do notice the cheaper ones feel different from the different neck sizes and some strings buzz a little.

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      December 21, 2022 at 2:56 am

      So true. Great idea for the grand kids homes.I still keep my super d in the case un less I’m playing it. The el cheap works pretty good during the rest of the time

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