45 Dollar Guitar? What?! How did they cut costs?

@diamania (7011)
Netherlands
December 27, 2010 3:20pm CST
I saw a guitar retailed at 45 dollars. How's that possible? How do you think they cut costs? :O
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10 responses
@louievill (28851)
• Philippines
27 Dec 10
It's most probably made in a country where labor is cheaper so they can bring the price down, it's ok to buy a cheap guitar when you are just learning, problem is when you already know a little and start realizing something isn't quite right with the way it sounds or how difficult it is to tune, then you need to buy a more expensive one. I think it is always best practice to buy a good branded instrument if you can afford it.
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@narnia007 (1050)
• India
28 Dec 10
hey.In my country I get guitars at 2500INR which equals to about 55$.Its is of super quality recommended by my music teacher.So obviously its pretty good in quality too.If we get for such low price,I am sure what you got there will be fine quality too...Dont hesitate,Just buy it and enjoy the music.
@diamania (7011)
• Netherlands
28 Dec 10
I see, but you can't compare prices. Here everything is more expensive than in your country. But hey I am happy that the law gives me a week to send back stuff I bought on the internet. So if it's crap I send it back and they have to give me my money back.
@narnia007 (1050)
• India
28 Dec 10
oh,I see.I really love the way your government gives you chance to send back the craps.No wonder,you have things costly there.I am going to send a suggestion letter to my government regarding this scheme in your country of giving back the crap ones.It will ensure better quality of all goods here.
@diamania (7011)
• Netherlands
28 Dec 10
Yeah you have a week to send back stuff bought on the internet. And there's always warranty so if the thing breaks down while it shouldn't between now and say 2 years they still have to take the thing and give me my money back.
@thyst07 (2079)
• United States
27 Dec 10
They achieve the low price by using poor-quality materials. The wood is usually imported from places that use clear-cutting and other unsound forestry practices, and the quality of the wood is substandard. The parts and fittings on the instrument are often made from cheap plastic. The whole thing is machine-made on an assembly line so the construction is usually pretty terrible. The finish on the wood is generally low-quality and applied too thick and deadens the sound. The strings are the worst you can possibly get and wouldn't sound good even on the best of guitars. The bottom line is, a $45 guitar is not worth a dime. If you really want to learn to play but can't afford much, try buying a decent instrument used instead.
@diamania (7011)
• Netherlands
30 Dec 10
The finishing is indeed terrible but it's playable. All the cost cutting measures you mention have been taken I think. I even think it's been assembled in China in a factory where the pay is low...
@Umbra75 (56)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Inexpensive guitars are usually made with lower quality materials, and produce a lower quality sound, than the higher priced ones. But, that's not a major problem. If all you're doing is trying to learn how to play, then a cheaper guitar is fine. Keep in mind, though, that they usually come with strings that are harder to play on. Personally, I think it's a good thing, though, because if you can get yourself used to playing on harder strings, the better strings will be easy to play when you are able to get a better quality instrument. And, the strings can always be replaced with a better version if you need to, without needing to buy a whole new guitar for them.
• United States
28 Dec 10
Also, with the expensive guitars, you may be paying more for the brand name than the actual instrument. But, some of the names are well known because they make good quality pieces. It all really depends on what you're willing to spend, for what you need the instrument to do.
@gdesjardin (1918)
• United States
29 Dec 10
Sounds like a beginner's guitar, or it could be a kids guitar. I know when my oldest son first started playing we bought a cheaper guitar just to make sure that he liked it and would actually play longer than a month or two. However, that guitar cost over a hundred dollars and that was probably 15 years or so ago. I guess if you are just fiddling around, I am sure it will be okay for a bit, but you will probably need to replace it soon.
@diamania (7011)
• Netherlands
30 Dec 10
It clearly is a beginner's guitar. It might just be the thing will break down soon so yeah we'll see.
@queery (83)
• Jamaica
27 Dec 10
Wow that price seems quite low.Are you sure it is not a second hand guitar?
@diamania (7011)
• Netherlands
30 Dec 10
No it's brand new. It's clearly visible how they cut costs. The design on the wood is basically a sticker and the finishing is a bit scruffy and so-so but like I said I didn't expect too much from the beginning.
@GardenGerty (157527)
• United States
27 Dec 10
You probably get what you pay for and it sounds like you will not be getting much.
@diamania (7011)
• Netherlands
27 Dec 10
We'll see. I never have high expectancies. I just want to play guitar, the thing doesn't need uber-super-fantastic or anything. Just good enough so I can learn playing it. :)
@megamatt (14292)
• United States
27 Dec 10
That does sound like a bargain. Almost too much of a bargain. Granted I am no expert on musical instruments. So when someone who is not really an expert thinks that something is off, then something might just be a little bit off. Just a little bit really. I think that when you think about it, its going to be a cheap model, that will break down easily. I could be wrong but all indications point to this being the case.
@diamania (7011)
• Netherlands
30 Dec 10
We'll see, I do have noticed that the finishing of the guitar is a bit well scruffy. They've used black paint for the layer where the strings are knotted. And some other spots have also been terribly finished but I don't mind that too much.
• United States
27 Dec 10
diamania I am gonna take a positive approach on your discussion and say that many retailers did not make the sales they anticipated. So they lower their fees on some with the hopes you stop by other items, much higher priced. So hopefully you can enjoy your guitar and not get something under expected. Good luck and enjoy.
@meuji100 (198)
• Philippines
28 Dec 10
I think they used cheap materials. They might also used low cost parts. Or they might have used recycled parts from other guitars.