Afternoon all. In the market for a cheap Strat (possibly to mod when I get the time) and I seem to remember someone saying that the no-name Chinese ones in the Guitar Rooms were decent. Anyone anymore info on them? Alternatively - anyone have a cheap Squier or MIM Fender? Even a Vintage V6 might do the job?
I've had a no name strat and precision bass from curly music in Liverpool, and to be honest they're really good. Body work is great, hardware as you'd imagine is pretty cak, but upgraded the bass with seymour duncans, badass bridge, fender decal, and turned out a treat. The guitars were both based on 50's style fenders, don't know whether they're the same as your looking at, but they're defo worth a look,
Chuff - the ones in the Guitar Rooms I think are Japanese made - VERY similar to Tokai, if not from the same factory. For £150 - they are well worth the cash. New wiring loom and set of P/Ups and youre landed.
The no names are def made in the same factory as tokai having seen invoices for them in the past. The only thing about these no names is the machine heads are crap and can be very stiff but they are a great guitar. I modded mine and installed brand new CTS pots and switches, Kent Armstrong Texas Specials and Kluson old style machine heads. I've also owned a no name tele and 335 and can say they are worth the every penny better in fact than some cheap squiers.
For a decent wiring loom check out Hoagland Brothers in the US they custom make these for any guitar takes around 2 weeks though but well worth the money. I've had strat, tele and les paul looms from these guys and they are very high quality they also sell on ebay.com.
im afraid half wrong. lol
but partially right:
few years back they were made in same factory. they now are not.
so much so the quality dropeed a while back the GE stopped stocking them. or so i was told.
they are made in a new chinese factory which also make richwood in fact source a richwood strat they are identical.
I've had my no namer for quite a few years and it was def the tokai factory mine came out of. You are right the quality did dip a good bit later i bought a strat with a maple neck the neck was terrible so much so it warped. My local guitar emporium ended up rather than change the whole guitar they changed just the neck and that warped too. I must look into getting another if Richwood have taken them over im looking something to mod though i haven't seen no namers in Northern Ireland for a while
Thing is... if they need a new wiring loom, pots, pickups and machineheads and, no doubt, a new nut and a fret dress.... would I be better just buying a Fender Classic Player or somesuch for £500 and have done with it?
Aye but wheres the fun in that. Personally i wouldnt buy one. I bought a Mexican players strat 1950s reissue and for about £400 is the best strat ive played in a long while. Even my guitarist who has the American Jeff Beck jobby sends me a text before each gig asking me to "bring the wee strat" so he can play it which he usually does. And everything on those guitars are top notch. American bridge, pickups, locking tuners etc all American. And lovely glossy maple neck
if u want a very very decent strat check out the second hand gold finished usa one in the guitar rooms.its up for £500 and is worth every penny.plays and sounds beautiful.can only appreciate.you get what u pay for.if id the dosh id be away with it.:023: