I want to buy an electric guitar, but the prices here in Taiwan are pretty steep. A Fender, which is what I want, is up in the 40,000 price range. Yamaha guitars are pretty cheap, 8-10,000, anyone have any experience with these? Any other cheap models that you can recommend? I’m intermediate, I don’t require anything fancy, but something that won’t sound completely like crap or go out of tune after ten minutes.
I play alternative rock.
Fenders are great, but they do command a high price. Have you looked at the Squire models? I’ve tried a couple a few years ago, and they felt good and sounded OK. A pickup change would be necessary. Like the others have said, Epiphones are OK, but I don’t know if most are right for alternative music.
How much of a DIY person are you? You can pick up a kit via catalog/online order, or buy parts from separate vendors and put it together. I purchased parts from Carvin and built a very good guitar. It doesn’t compare to my custom-order Carvin DC400 or ESP axes, but it plays greats and sounds awesome.
It really depends on your budget. Pick out a few models in that price range and try them out in the store. You’ll know the better guitars immediately by the feel and sound.