Most of my guitars are of the Far Eastern variety. All have had absolutely awful
screening and it drives me nuts. A great shame as they are otherwise decent guitars that
have a lot going for them. Fortunately, being handy with a soldering iron and willing to
do a bit of a 'Blue Peter' with foil converts these poor buzzing beasts into great little
guitars in most cases.
My latest purchase is now a good guitar but it needed
serious effort with the turkey foil and a complete rewire..... A couple of the soldered
joints had more in common with bird poo than they ever did with electrical connection and
the amount of loose wire told the story that ease and speed of assembly were a higher
priority than neatness and lack of buzzzzzzzz was
. Also, the
main earth from the jack plug went to the tone pot ground (fair enough) but continuity to
the rest of the guitar was got via the crappy bit of foil tape underneath it and the
volume pot - there was no soldered wire at all taking the earth through to the rest of the
guitar..... A slightly loose nut on either pot would have been game over for your sound
at a gig.
I also have a Godin which was around £1300 at time of purchase.
Whisper-quiet. As that's my only electric guitar that is above £400 new I can't say
where the 'they do it right' threshold gets crossed or even IF it gets crossed. I'll bet
that some £2k guitars come out of the traps buzzing like an Ann Summers party in full