That’s kind of the point too, considering that MIM models are Fender’s budget brand (above Squier).

However, over the last decade or so, the MIMs has gotten a considerable face lift and the overall quality is very high.

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Consider it a bonus if the stock pickups are to your liking.

The string and pickup height and the tremolo action is often set to a so-called factory standardized setup.

In the 80s and early 90s, Japanese Fenders were well known for being superior to any other models and the quality is still top notch.

Neck wood and contour plays an important role in how the guitar sounds and how it feels to play.

Alder is also the most neutral sounding of the commonly used wood types with a full tone, well balanced lower end a hint of mid range.

Swamp ash, or southern ash, is considered as the most musical wood and it’s often preferred by the more demanding players.

In this feature we’ll look at a handful of models with David Gilmour’s tones in mind. You are the musician and the guitar is the tool you use to express your feelings and music.

It may sound like a cliché but you need to be at one with the guitar for the inspiration to flow.

A good tip when you’re trying out new guitars is to focus on how the guitar plays and sound acoustically.

Don’t start by plugging it into a loud amp and lots of pedals but listen to the acoustics, the natural resonance and sustain.

Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us.