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Offline bigcity2

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Sonamaster series review
« on: December 26, 2017, 04:57:01 PM »
Has anyone had a chance to evaluate this series?  Entry level for sure.....just wondering how the series compares to the Fender Squire and others at this price point. ($ 120.00 to $170.00 range)
« Last Edit: December 31, 2017, 12:14:26 PM by bigcity2 »

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: Sonamaster series
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 12:58:49 AM »
The price range you mention is Squier Bullet. Not terrible guitars, but the bottom end of the Fender family, below even the Squier Affinity, which on the used market are dirt-common.

A Sonamaster with Floyd Rose? Can be found for maybe $150 used. The standard-trem h-h are worth less.

Decent after a $50 setup, or you do the work yourself. I'm not into the reverse headstock or the fake Stephen's cutaway. Not a bad guitar, but if I wanted a "Nuno style" guitar I'd go for at least an N1.

I bought a store display Squier Vintage Modified Strat for $165; it will likely never lose value. An advantage of Fender-format guitars is that they're easy to find drop-in mod parts for, like pickguards.

In your price range, there are MANY great used Washburns, not least being the underrated recent X-10 (usually listed just as "X-Series"). There are all sorts of Maverick & Mercury & Idol, generally with Grover tuners.
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