Every now and then I browse through our local equivalent of gumtree to look at the musical instruments up for sale. Yesterday I spotted this Ibanez GRX40
, beginner's level HSS strat style guitar. Something about it appealed to me and I thought it would be a fun project to clean up, do a full setup and have some fun, especially as I am not a tremolo arm user and maybe having a cheap starter guitar I would not feel I was risking damaging a nice guitar by getting used to a tremolo arm.
Anyway, it quite understandably turns out the seller wants to sell the guitar, amp and FX pedal as a job lot and has someone interested. So I spotted another cheap guitar for sale, a Jay Turser
. I had not heard of this brand before and so, to see whether the price was at all realistic, I looked at what Jay Turser guitars are for sale on eBay. My goodness, the descriptions! One said the guitar for sale has a medium brown neck. Another said that it will need new strings as one has broken. There were other comments like these that show, sadly, that starter guitars too often go to those who never get past the entry gate.
So, I have a growing desire not to be afraid of tremolo arms. Hmmm, lets see what happens - will it abate or grow further?