David Lamkins picked up his first guitar a long time ago. As best he can recall the year was 1967: the year of the Summer of Love. Four decades later David has conjured up an amalgam of folk, rock and jazz solo guitar music for the occasional intimate Portland audience.
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Import guitars

Why not buy an inexpensive imported guitar?

Frankly, I think you get what you pay for. All of the import guitars I've seen have been at relatively low price points - say $600 or less. While I'm impressed that someone can manufacture a nice looking guitar at that price, the details have left me cold.

Looking mostly at hollow-body and semi-hollow guitars, I've noticed significant buzzing related to loose or defective hardware. The tuners tend to be sloppy. The electrical components are of low quality and often wired with unshielded wire. But they do look good with the CNC routing and the thick layer of glossy polyester coverering everything. Part of that low price is due to offshore production and automation. But there are a lot of cost savings in materials, too...

Now, I'm not saying that the low-cost imports are junk. Far from it. I think they're great starter guitars. But I certainly wouldn't expect them to hold together for even ten years under heavy use.

April 04 2004 19:16:16 GMT