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    Originally Posted by Boldoza Go to original post
    Yeah, I should clarify. That's assuming it's going to need a fret level, crown and polish. Cheap guitars almost never have level frets. That's $150, or more if you get it Plek'ed. Another $50 for a basic setup, though a lot of shops will throw that in with a new guitar.
    which is why higher end guitars cost a little more. That doesn't mean you won't find cheaper guitars that have level frets, it's just that the quality assurance on them isn't going to make sure that there is consistency among guitars.
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    Originally Posted by PRS_Rocker Go to original post
    which is why higher end guitars cost a little more. That doesn't mean you won't find cheaper guitars that have level frets, it's just that the quality assurance on them isn't going to make sure that there is consistency among guitars.
    That's the way it SHOULD be with higher end guitars. Unfortunately, the big boys have been slipping a lot. Check the web, lots of complaints about $3k Custom Shop guitars needing fret work and other things. This is why I would never buy a high dollar guitar from a big company without touching it and inspecting every inch of it first. Guitars that come off assembly lines invariably will be of mixed quality. You can get a gem of a Squire Affinity, and you can get a lemon. Same goes for any make and model. IMO, pretty much the only way to guarantee a perfect guitar is to go with a well known luthier. Their name and reputation depends on them producing a high quality instrument that is ready to go when it gets in the customer's hands.
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