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Fryer Mike
07-14-2007, 12:47 PM
I've been looking at alot of really nice guitars. And i was just wonderign what you guys think are the best guitars ever made. And don't just say that it's your guitar that is the best (unless you are serious), be truthful. And tell me why this guitar is the best. Thanks y'all
Have fun :peace:

SublimeGuitar
07-14-2007, 12:55 PM
There is no definitive best guitar. Each guitar will be better at playing one style of music or sound different then the guitar before it. But in my opinion Paul Languedoc - Custom Archtop Electric would be the best for me, and it cost $10,000.

https://secure.gcwebdesign.net/strangedesign/images/rigs/3/g2_019f_hr_500.jpg

Fryer Mike
07-14-2007, 12:57 PM
wow... that thing is nice... 10 000 i can see why. wholy.

guitarshark2099
07-14-2007, 01:00 PM
i think the only two you can make arguements for are the stratocaster and les paul. they're both in classes of their own. but then again thats pretty bias for me because those are the only two guitars i play... :D

subpop
07-14-2007, 01:03 PM
I'd say the Fender Stratocaster. It can be used for so many styles of music and is in my opinion the perfect guitar. If it wasn't good then so many people wouldn't use one.

Jimmy_Pwns_Jimi
07-14-2007, 01:14 PM
I'd say the Fender Stratocaster. It can be used for so many styles of music and is in my opinion the perfect guitar. If it wasn't good then so many people wouldn't use one.

pretty much

JvL
07-14-2007, 01:16 PM
In my opinion it's this list (and I want to own all of them!)

HUMBUCKERS:

Paul Reed Smith Custom 24; Artists serie ten-top:

http://www.prsguitars.com/privatestock/gallery/img/lg_668.jpg
http://www.prsguitars.com/privatestock/gallery/img/754.html

SINGLE COIL:

Pensa-Suhr MK-2

http://www.pensaguitars.com/images/photos/MK_2_1.jpg

COMBI (HUMB. + SINGLE-COIL):

Pensa-Suhr MK-1 ( H-S-S )

http://www.pensaguitars.com/images/photos/MK%201_1.jpg

ARCHTOP:

Paul Languedoc Custom Archtop

http://www.languedocguitars.com/for_sale/img/g2_043f_lg.jpg

Tensorspencer
07-14-2007, 01:16 PM
I'd have to say the BEST guitar ever made is the one that HASN'T been made yet. The only way to consider something to be "the best" would be if it were custom built to the exact specs that YOU want, so it would be the best guitar for YOU since it's custom built exactly how you want it.
FOR ME: would be a custom 7-string with a 5pc Wizard I (I know they never made 5 pc wizard I necks, but that would be my custom demand), string through body and neck through aswell for maximum sustain. Custom inlays with LEDS on the neck above the fretboard for markings. Inverted headstock, alder body with flamed maple veneer in beautiful transparent sapphire, with the headstock matching. Jumbo 24 fret neck with a H - S - H pickup configuration with custom Bareknuckles 7 string hand wound pickups in there. Ohh god I could go on allllllllllllll day.

Kid Fisto
07-14-2007, 01:37 PM
one has got to be a PRS. there are so many awesome ones out there.

dean Caddy triple pup.
http://www.deanguitars.com/dean_winter_06/cadillac_1980_3pu.htm

and my favorite guitar in my collection is the palomino:
http://www.deanguitars.com/bnds_v1/palomino_gn.htm

One Way Ticket
07-14-2007, 01:38 PM
For Me
7 String- EBMM JP7 Mystic Dream Fully loaded
6 String 1- Caparison TAT II (h/h) Frozen Sky
6 String 2- Malmsteen Strat. Custom 22 fret neck . Jackson Headstock. Wizard Profile. Floyd Rose.

Phillitalian
07-14-2007, 01:41 PM
the wangcaster

EDIT: here's a pic

SublimeGuitar
07-14-2007, 01:48 PM
Well for versatility i would have to say the PRS 513. It has 5 single coil pickups capable of 13 sounds variations.

http://prsguitars.com/513/img/front.jpg

http://prsguitars.com/513/img/main2.jpg

now if they only made an archtop of it

JvL
07-14-2007, 01:51 PM
+1
And not as expensive as the Customs and pensa-suhr guitars!

fendermustang12
07-14-2007, 01:54 PM
I think an Ibanez S Prestige guitar is a pretty damn delicious guitar. The Zero Resistance locking trem is amazing, and it sounds even better with some Dimarzio pups in there (which it alread has..though they're pretty much stock pups, though I'd switch them out with something more meatier in the bridge, and maybe a TOne Zone in the Neck for when I'm not playing with crazy distortion, and when tone really counts) Plus, the bodies are soooo slim, it's sexy.

Boredom Kills
07-14-2007, 01:59 PM
I agree with Sublime.... PRS guitars are of the highest quality, in my opinion.

But being the best is definitely a personal opinion when it comes to guitars. As musicians, we're all a little biased to our favourite brands. We think what we have is the best because it actually is the best for us.

JvL
07-14-2007, 02:01 PM
I think an Ibanez S Prestige guitar is a pretty damn delicious guitar. The Zero Resistance locking trem is amazing, and it sounds even better with some Dimarzio pups in there (which it alread has..though they're pretty much stock pups, though I'd switch them out with something more meatier in the bridge, and maybe a TOne Zone in the Neck for when I'm not playing with crazy distortion, and when tone really counts) Plus, the bodies are soooo slim, it's sexy.

Saids the man with Fender Mustang as username and Locking Tremelo Addict in his title :P... (not to offend you... just something that I noticed ;))

fendermustang12
07-14-2007, 02:17 PM
Saids the man with Fender Mustang as username and Locking Tremelo Addict in his title :P... (not to offend you... just something that I noticed ;))


I've had this account for a while, and I don't really feel like making a new one.

yomoma21
07-14-2007, 02:18 PM
id say the stratocaster or the les paul cause if u have those 2 guitars u can play just about any kind of song u want. i personally prefer the les paul though

JvL
07-14-2007, 02:19 PM
I understand :P... ;)

fendermustang12
07-14-2007, 02:30 PM
Standard Strats have more bang for your buck. If you set them up just right, they'll play pretty good.

FRDesign
07-14-2007, 02:41 PM
I have to say a Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul, A Jem7V or A PRS

Mahoru
07-14-2007, 02:52 PM
Without a doubt, the PRS Custom. Both 22 and 24. Absolutely perfect for me.
I'd kill for one of them (tell me to do it, tell me!!! :devil: )
A pair of Custom 24 (one in flame Royal Blue and one in quilt Grey Black) and one Custom 22 (in flame Emerald Green), with that bird inlays and that unique singing tone... can be anything better than that?? :p:

which ones pink
07-14-2007, 02:53 PM
PRS FTW (acronyms ftw lol), but you would have to go Private Stock, which is PRS's custom line.

fendermustang12
07-14-2007, 03:13 PM
O_o look at all of the PRS fans...

I might pick one up when they actually have guitars with a locking trem : [. Or...do they already have one? O_o.

aleister
07-14-2007, 03:43 PM
You could get a custom job made, but that would sorta defeat the purpose. PRS makes absolutely amazing hardtail guitars.

Santana plays 'em :D

lilbish
07-14-2007, 03:54 PM
rickenbackers

grunge geek al
07-14-2007, 03:58 PM
fender mustang

end of thread

fendermustang12
07-14-2007, 04:59 PM
fender mustang

end of thread


Probably becase Kurt made it popular -_-

Well it is a pretty good guitar, the neck is nice and small and it feels great. But the stock pickups sound like le crapola.

Burning_Angel
07-14-2007, 05:12 PM
Well despite being slightly biased to favorite artists... I always like High end ESP/Ibanez. But, The highest quality guitar, I find, is the high PRS.

EG:

PRS 513,
Custom 24
SC250....

All of the guitars made by PRS in the US are the best you can get for the price, and probably best quality.

fendermustang12
07-14-2007, 05:13 PM
Well despite being slightly biased to favorite artists... I always like High end ESP/Ibanez. But, The highest quality guitar, I find, is the high PRS.

EG:

PRS 513,
Custom 24
SC250....

All of the guitars made by PRS in the US are the best you can get for the price, and probably best quality.


I have a pretty good ESP LTD MH-300, it's my main guitar at the moment. It's a one piece with a Floyd : D. I had to switch out the EMG HZ's, they were pure crap.

Mahoru
07-14-2007, 05:17 PM
O_o look at all of the PRS fans...

I might pick one up when they actually have guitars with a locking trem : [. Or...do they already have one? O_o.

Well, I've been a PRS lover since I was a child, so it's nothing new for me :D

They can come with the best non-locking tremolo I've ever played, but it doesn't matter how much you use it, the guitar will never go out of tune thanks to the great locking tuners ;)


PS: I also like Ibanez, but if I want one for me, it should be custom made (that means I'd be endorsed by Ibanez), so it's impossible ^^'

fendermustang12
07-14-2007, 05:26 PM
PS: I also like Ibanez, but if I want one for me, it should be custom made (that means I'd be endorsed by Ibanez), so it's impossible ^^'


I like Ibanez too, but I like the S prestige series.

ExplorerFreak
07-14-2007, 05:26 PM
http://www.wildwestguitars.com/prs/pages/cu22_10th_ps_112092.htm

Burning_Angel
07-15-2007, 12:19 AM
O_o look at all of the PRS fans...

I might pick one up when they actually have guitars with a locking trem : [. Or...do they already have one? O_o.

No, but you dont need a locking trem, do to the amazing locking tuners. Even without em, my Standard SE rarely goes out of tune. The tuning pegs/tuners PRS makes are top of the line.

spti
12-07-2008, 01:38 AM
Boy, all those millions of Stratocater players cannot be wrong!

There's their opinion (you know, Clapton's, Jimi's, Knopfler's, Gilmour's...) and my own humble opinion, which is that the Fender Strat is the ultimate thing. I absolutely love my Fender Strat, more than everything else.

I love my telecaster, and I love my Les Paul, but my Fender Strat is pretty special.

Tedward
12-07-2008, 01:42 AM
you cant really say what the "best" guitar is, you I would definitely say that either Fender Strats or Epi Les Pauls are the greatest, as in most famous.


although i like SGs wayyyyy more than LPs and strats in almost every respect.

Flux'D
12-07-2008, 05:00 AM
Best guitar in terms of tone...

The original Dean Baby's are sooo sweet, especially the Baby Z's. I don't mean the ones with a bolt-on neck, look for the ones made from '78-86ish with a set neck. If you've ever played one, you would know exactly what I'm talking about. They have so much soul in their tone, it's crazy. The older regular Deans sound pretty great too, but not like the baby's...


Also the older PRS guitars sound amazing too. I'd stay away from anything made since 1999ish. All of their stuff is made on CNC machines, so it's a manufactured guitar, for profit and not handmade for the player. Plus their necks have these giant ass heels on them...

JELIFISH19
12-07-2008, 05:09 AM
I like how a PRS looks, never played one though. The neck heel thing does look like it would annoy me though.

Paradise Guitars has some nice looking ones too, especially the rose and the rainbow ones.
http://paradiseguitarsusa.com/guitars.html

Swap-Meet
12-07-2008, 05:16 AM
never played something I liked more than my mustang, so i say the fender mustang

Probably becase Kurt made it popular -_-

Well it is a pretty good guitar, the neck is nice and small and it feels great. But the stock pickups sound like le crapola.


uhhh...no they don't

random_B-RAD
12-07-2008, 07:20 AM
What about Gibson Dark fire. It isn't out yet but it's gotten so many good reviews so far that it must be great.

no_thing101
12-07-2008, 07:24 AM
prs private stock=pure win

Deep*Kick
12-07-2008, 07:34 AM
Suhr anniversary models are sexy. But as has been said, best is relative so I would have to go for a custom...Ormsby.

bazzabalboa
12-07-2008, 07:37 AM
get a dean with a decent setup. prs's and strats are better quality out of the factory, but the best gutiar ive ever played was a razorback shards. it looks like cr*p but the the feel was amazing. the owner was a luthier and a big dime fan. loved that guitar. *sighs*

drewsta42
12-07-2008, 07:48 AM
One of the following might be my favorite ever. A nice, worn in Mexican Telecaster, a http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/4/7/0/271470.jpg Ric 330, or a http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/9/3/3/474933.jpg Gibson ES-335. As much as it pains me to say it, those two super-expensive semi-hollows are my favorite guitars I've ever touched.

tallaxegrinder
12-07-2008, 11:40 AM
i own two prs's. i can honestly say with no doubt in my mind they are the most consistently made, top-notch guitars.
these are the two i own, in case anyone's curious
http://www.prsguitars.com/sc245/index.html
http://www.wildwestguitars.com/prs/cu22/cu22_ap_rose_134838.jpg

TTC
12-07-2008, 12:18 PM
Japanese Ibanez Guitars
ESP Custom shop

imo

Rock Pig
12-07-2008, 12:28 PM
There's a lot of personal preference in guitars, ranging from neck size and 'board rafius to bridge type. You can either come to a compromise (average neck, vintage style trem, etc.), you can pick a best guitar for each extreme, or you can pick your favourite.
The former - A good Fender Custom Shop HSS Strat
For metal - Don't ask me
For not metal - Gibson ES335.
For Myself - An Ibanez JS1000. Fits me like a glove. Which is a shame, because it's somebody else's signature model D:

Sgt.Zen
12-07-2008, 06:40 PM
Ran Guitars. www.ranguitars.com

or

Carvin

ShredGod George
12-07-2008, 06:47 PM
Zerberus Hydra II

Final
12-07-2008, 07:04 PM
In my opinion PRS would be best.

Sudaka
12-07-2008, 09:12 PM
i think mine would be a Flying V shaped one, matte (os satin?) black with two blood red stripesthat starts at the at the end of the neck (next to the neck pickup) and ends at the end of the body, with some cool inlays, like a shark tooths, with two good metal humbuckers, one tone one volume knob, 6 strings, 24 frets, not sure, but i think with a good black floyd, with an head aiming to the sky, and i think that would be all.

is there anyone who would like to create it and then give it to me as a gift?

V.U.K
12-07-2008, 09:26 PM
PRS, Team J-Craft, Fender Strats and Gibson LPs are probably the best.

LPs for sustain and warmth, Strats for that classic twang feel, Team J-Craft Ibanez guitars for their amazing build quality and feel, smae with PRS.


Oh, and Gretsch, for making the best semi-hollows ever.

Pizza The Hut
12-07-2008, 10:35 PM
Best guitar ever made? Brian May's homemade Red Special.

As for the best production line guitar, a Les Paul.

danyellenik
12-07-2008, 10:40 PM
pizza, check your pm's, I've sent you a few, not sure if you've gotten them.

lunaticfringe93
12-07-2008, 11:29 PM
The G&L Comanche it takes every thing awesome and great about the strat and gives it 10x as many features and better build quality. G&L is the company Leo Fender made after he sold fender so you know its good.

CrimsonBizzare
12-08-2008, 02:29 PM
i think mine would be a Flying V shaped one, matte (os satin?) black with two blood red stripesthat starts at the at the end of the neck (next to the neck pickup) and ends at the end of the body, with some cool inlays, like a shark tooths, with two good metal humbuckers, one tone one volume knob, 6 strings, 24 frets, not sure, but i think with a good black floyd, with an head aiming to the sky, and i think that would be all.

is there anyone who would like to create it and then give it to me as a gift?

Created
http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/9928/ultimateguitarpu4.png

Given

Funny eh, eh :stickpoke

wannaberocker19
12-08-2008, 02:53 PM
I can't believe nobody has said Charvel yet... or Kramer. Those are seriously amazing custom guitars. Expensive though...

The best guitar all has to do with the type of music being played.

Blues - Gibson semi hollowbody i.e. 335, 339, 137 custom
Classic rock - Gibson LP or SG, HSS Strat
Modern rock - PRS
Metal - Jackson RR or Dean ML
etc....

I want a Kramer Baretta.... mmmmm!!

HollishGuy
12-08-2008, 03:31 PM
Versatility wise the best guitar would be a Strat or a PRS 513, but for me this guitar is the best ever made:

http://www.bb-er.de/guitars/images/guitars/ar300av/ar300av_ganz.jpg

I'd sell my family for one (well, almost).

Sonny_sam
12-08-2008, 03:31 PM
i own two prs's. i can honestly say with no doubt in my mind they are the most consistently made, top-notch guitars.
these are the two i own, in case anyone's curious
http://www.prsguitars.com/sc245/index.html
http://www.wildwestguitars.com/prs/cu22/cu22_ap_rose_134838.jpg


This, but I only own 1 (singlecut 245, in profile)

I agree that Suhr also make some beautiful guitars.

Rock Pig
12-08-2008, 03:38 PM
Frankenstrat.

adamlinsay
02-08-2009, 03:49 AM
the best guitar guitar ever made would have to be the les paul custom black beauty with 3 pickups and a whammy bar :)

random_B-RAD
02-08-2009, 04:01 AM
the best guitar guitar ever made would have to be the les paul custom black beauty with 3 pickups and a whammy bar :)
HOLY **** BATMAN! A WHAMMY BAR AND 3 PICKUPS! THAT IS SO UNREAL!!! Why did you bump a thread just to say the most useless thing ever.

necrosis1193
02-08-2009, 04:09 AM
the best guitar guitar ever made would have to be the les paul custom black beauty with 3 pickups and a whammy bar :)

Sounds meh to me.

HOLY **** BATMAN! A WHAMMY BAR AND 3 PICKUPS! THAT IS SO UNREAL!!! Why did you bump a thread just to say the most useless thing ever.

Why are you biting at somebody for contributing to the topic?

Anyway, if I have to choose one that exists, Brian May's Red Special. If not, 24 maple fret Fender stratocaster with three tappable two-magnet humbuckers, a thick neck, two-point tremolo and Brian May-style switching plus a button killswitch and a toggle killswitch.

Diamond Dave
02-08-2009, 04:25 AM
I rate Ormsby's guitars very highly from what ive seen, and the Jackson SL1's are amazing as well

SpellCaster
02-08-2009, 04:27 AM
Steve Vai's Jems.
John Petrucci's 7strings

I will sell one of my balls just to touch one of them.

JF-SH1
02-08-2009, 04:42 AM
I think that if Schecter re-introduced the C-1E/A and put in some better stock humbuckers it would be the worlds greatest guitar. That and gave it a 24 fret neck. I don't play on those last two but 24 fret necks feel natural to me. Plus semi hollow body, piezo system equipped, two volume, two tone knobs... God I want one...

spazlogic
06-17-2009, 11:56 PM
Anyone who enjoys playing a strat or a tele owes it to themselves to try a G&L version of that guitar...you can get a Fender that's as good as a G&L, but you have to pay a lot more to get a guitar of that caliber if you go with Fender...just my opinion, but see for yourself! I have a G&L ASAT and its amazing for $1,300.

Phence
06-18-2009, 12:04 AM
For some reason, I am going to agree with the PRS with the bird inlays. It's such a heavenly thing. :)

G'Day_Mates
06-18-2009, 12:17 AM
PRS 513. Buy down here its around 7 grand :(

ModestAxis
06-18-2009, 12:18 AM
any of those custom guitar... they are so unknown yet they deserve more attention. (look at the ****ing paint job on it...)


http://www.gigliottiguitars.com/

Ps: everybody should visit the link its really worth it..


http://www.gigliottiguitars.com/pictures/5.html

Tracy Conover with one of the sexiest guitar ever made.... (she sure aint bad looking either)

oneblackened
06-18-2009, 12:30 AM
PRS Custom 24. I love it! I just wish it didn't have a gigantic-ass neck heel.

al112987
06-18-2009, 12:47 AM
As far as I'm concerned...

http://www.burstserial.com/gallery/main.php?cmd=imageview&var1=1959%2F9+1081%2F9+1081-01.jpg&var2=2

That guitar is perfection.

apak
06-18-2009, 01:04 AM
MIJ Strats with floyds. Theyre freaking gems and are impossible to find and this one for sure:
http://www.espguitars.co.jp/edwards/cy/image/E-CY-165CTM_BKCH.jpg hell ****ing yes
http://www.espguitars.co.jp/edwards/cy/image/E-CY-165CTM_BKAQ.jpg
only problem is 27 frets, but still, beautiful.

look at that 9 pc neck!
http://www.espguitars.co.jp/edwards/cy/image/cy_thru_heel_2.jpg

mamosa
06-18-2009, 02:07 AM
Anyway, if I have to choose one that exists, Brian May's Red Special. If not, 24 maple fret Fender stratocaster with three tappable two-magnet humbuckers, a thick neck, two-point tremolo and Brian May-style switching plus a button killswitch and a toggle killswitch.


Why would you want three two magnets? At least have one pickup with one magnet so you have a real humbucker in there.

framusmayfield
06-18-2009, 02:15 AM
This:
http://www.themusiczoo.com/images8_08/PRS_10th_PrivateStock_114293full.jpg

MannyC2107
06-18-2009, 02:55 AM
I actually like the R.R.1
Get it in white with black bevels, good fret access, mother of pearl inlays, quartersawn neck, ebony fretboard, original floyd. :)
It plays great and looks pretty good, too.

Bob_Smith
06-18-2009, 02:58 AM
for metal... prob a high end ibby rg with dimarzio air norton, area '61 and d sonic
blues... fender strat i guess, with texas specials or big dippers
modern rock, undoubtedly either a belman albatross grand or belman hornet grand
belman is a custom brand from melb, aus that went out of business 2 yrs ago :/

wolfy808
06-18-2009, 04:25 AM
Gibson '59 Les Paul. Top of the heap, no question about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHEcs6ATCao

Adrian89
06-18-2009, 04:46 AM
you are going to kill me but i think Vīs and explorer's shapes had changed the way of making guitars since they come out :). Also I recognize Strat shape is the most used guitar , maybe its versatility or its icon status, dont know

power freak
06-18-2009, 05:21 AM
The best 3 I've actually played:

An early '40s Gibson L7; I wish I had the dough for one of these; sounded simple beautiful.

Steinberger GM7T; pre-music-yo era; no truss rod and with the active preamp. played like nothing else I've ever touched. Truly awe inspiring; with the active preamp you could get a fairly decent tone out of the stock EMGs also.

I played a sadowsky hollowbody that was very nice as well but I forget the model number/name of it...

Stuff I haven't played but wanna try out:

A Dave Myka hollowbody; this guy is the Stradivarius of the guitar world I swear...

A Matt Artinger hollowsport

My latest purchase that I cannot play until I get home either tomorrow or the day after. :mad:

:cheers:

MLilienthal
06-18-2009, 06:04 AM
I'd say the Fender Stratocaster. It can be used for so many styles of music and is in my opinion the perfect guitar. If it wasn't good then so many people wouldn't use one.
So many people use them because they made such a huge cultural impact on society that they are now iconic. They are good guitars but as far as electric guitars go the technology is seriously outdated
Technically the "best" guitars in the world would a handcrafted concert classical guitar built by a skilled luthier, but best really comes down to every individual person

The reason so many legendary guitarists used strats is not because they are the perfect guitar but merely because they were the best technology, and coolest looking instruments available to them at the time

Matt-92
06-18-2009, 06:28 AM
Rickenbackers! Really well made, long lasting guitars. Not everyones cup of tea though. And Rickenbacker are a bitch to deal with :haha:

sashki
06-18-2009, 07:46 AM
Well, it's easy to determine a GOOD from a BAD guitar, but the BEST guitar is down to preference.

I'd say that historically, the Les Paul and Stratocaster have proved themselves to be the best guitars. I mean, they're both over 50 years old, but they're still the industry standard today. I'd say about 80% of all popular guitars today are either based on, or draw heavy influence from, Fender and Gibson designs.

Lil Macker
06-18-2009, 10:33 AM
So many people use them because they made such a huge cultural impact on society that they are now iconic. They are good guitars but as far as electric guitars go the technology is seriously outdated
Technically the "best" guitars in the world would a handcrafted concert classical guitar built by a skilled luthier, but best really comes down to every individual person

The reason so many legendary guitarists used strats is not because they are the perfect guitar but merely because they were the best technology, and coolest looking instruments available to them at the time
But then why do people still play them today? :confused: Half the stuff that comes out that has new technology and all that (VG Strat, Robot Guitar, Line 6 Variax don't kill me for not thinking of any more because they are well known) is shot at for some reason or another (too unrealistic sounding, not a 'real' instrument, seriously, I've heard them)

Anyways, if I had to choose one, I'd say a 24 Strat shaped guitar, with three tappable active humbuckers, that can be used as passive ones if you take away the battery, a Floyd Rose, and a free Line 6 Vetta amp. It would look ugly, but it would be able to play everything.

Duv
06-18-2009, 10:49 AM
i think to qualify as one of the best guitars ever made you have to consider the all round package of price/availability/range of styles/build quality/manufacturer/how long it's been around/legendary-ness etc.

Can't really look further than the Fender Strat if i'm honest, and that's not just because i play one. Les Paul's would have to be up there aswell because they tick the boxes (only let down being price i would say).

Give it a few years and PRS could really become a much more prominent manufacturer. They make excellent guitars, going on what friends who own have told me the build quality/reliability is good also. Can cover a wide range of styles aswell.

Ibanezes are good guitars, not suited to my style really but i can really see why they are 'perfect' for some people. I also really like the necks on a lot of models.

Gretsch, like Ibanez make good guitars, but are a bit too nichey to be best ever.

A good case could probably be made for the telecaster, but i think it will always be in the shadow of the strat in terms of wide-ranging appeal.

Guitars are getting better and better though (in general terms) so let's just see what the future holds for us.

ASP499
06-18-2009, 11:10 AM
Well there is no best guitar. Old and custom strats are great, same goes for ES-335s. New boutique guitars today are also great (alembic, languedoc, detemple, pensa, ect.) There will never be a best guitar because one guitar cant satisfy all of the styles perfectly played on an electric. And legendary guitarists of yesterday and today used/use strats because they like how they feel and sound, thats all.

Skynyrd890
06-18-2009, 02:21 PM
I personally have never played a guitar that I enjoy, fits me, and is made as nice as my Schecter C-1 Plus... I was about to settle for a used Gibson LP Studio, but played the Schecter and loved it. Only things I've played that come close are PRS guitars, and I prefer the neck on my Schecter to the necks I've played on most PRS guitars...

EndTheRapture51
06-18-2009, 02:46 PM
PRS Custom 24.

It has everything you need, 24 frets, great upper fret acces beautiful woods and cosmetics, amazing quality, and coil splitting humbuckers. Its a perfect guitar, flawles in nearly every way, until they get rid of the stupid neck heel.

darkcheef
06-18-2009, 04:06 PM
PRS Custom 24.

It has everything you need, 24 frets, great upper fret acces beautiful woods and cosmetics, amazing quality, and coil splitting humbuckers. Its a perfect guitar, flawles in nearly every way, until they get rid of the stupid neck heel.
If you are talking about the SE then no, if you are talking about the regular 24 then no. IMO the modern eagle series is one of the best guitar's made by PRS.

And to the guy who said "strat's, why else would alot of people use them?"
Alot of people use epiphone special's but does that mean it's good? Not at all

EndTheRapture51
06-18-2009, 04:16 PM
If you are talking about the SE then no, if you are talking about the regular 24 then no. IMO the modern eagle series is one of the best guitar's made by PRS.


IMO that is a key word, dont dismiss my opinions then put IMO something else is better, it makes you look subject,.

IMO PRS Custom 24's are the highest quality, and best, mass produced gutiars world wide.

steve108819
06-20-2009, 02:05 AM
Oh, and Gretsch, for making the best semi-hollows ever.
I second this, while adding their full hollows to it.

mamosa
06-20-2009, 03:02 AM
AFAIK, Steinbergers have the most superior build design of any guitar ever. I've never played one, but from what I've read, they should be more popular. But they aren't.

But PRS makes the nicest guitars I've played. The Modern Eagle II is sex. When I picked it up in a store I nearly dropped it after depositing a large load of semen down my leg. Good thing I held on, though. The price tag was like 5.5K

Emoishboy
06-20-2009, 03:37 AM
One word: ORMSBY.
Best guitars EVER. I promise. =)

I'm in love with the Alexi V.
But I have to say, my favorite ever has to be the les paul. As long as it doesn't have Gibby pickups in it anymore. SD FTW!!

MLilienthal
06-20-2009, 04:32 AM
But then why do people still play them today? :confused: Half the stuff that comes out that has new technology and all that (VG Strat, Robot Guitar, Line 6 Variax don't kill me for not thinking of any more because they are well known) is shot at for some reason or another (too unrealistic sounding, not a 'real' instrument, seriously, I've heard them)

Anyways, if I had to choose one, I'd say a 24 Strat shaped guitar, with three tappable active humbuckers, that can be used as passive ones if you take away the battery, a Floyd Rose, and a free Line 6 Vetta amp. It would look ugly, but it would be able to play everything.
People still play them today, like I said, because they are considered classic iconic guitars
and I don't mean technology like you're thinking, I'm talking about construction technology

Blompcube
06-20-2009, 04:50 AM
I think that the best guitars ever made are the 1950s Gibson Les Pauls. I played a '53 on tuesday (the '53 goldtop featured in the haynes gibson les paul manual and on many later XTC songs, ever heard of XTC?). I have never played anything so brilliant. I also played a '59 DC junior which was fantastic too, even if the neck was a bit chunky for my liking. I'm told that back in those days all gibson guitars were that great and that's why they earned the reputation they have - it's just that lately they've been struggling to keep up with that reputation whilst meeting the extremely high demands.

Kanthras
06-20-2009, 10:01 AM
A black superstrat with good pickups and OFR. No abalone binding. No AAAAAAAA flamed spalted maple top with wenge and padauk pinstripes and 500 emerald inlays. I hardly even care what kind of wood it's made from. I'll go for mahogany I guess because I like my guitars to have some weight to them.

cornmancer
06-20-2009, 10:15 AM
I think either SRV's strat or Clapton's Les Paul from the blues breakers album, if they said those were those were the best guitar's they'd ever played then it must be true. But yeah I don't think an argument can be made that one is the best, but my personal favorite's are strats and Les Pauls, I want a LP so bad :cry:

cohen5250
06-21-2009, 06:22 AM
Ibanez RG Prestiges. Nothing... can stop them. :p:

Kanthras
06-21-2009, 07:19 AM
Ibanez RG Prestiges. Nothing... can stop them. :p:
Except my sledgehammer.

(or an Ibanez custom shop guitar)

sashki
06-21-2009, 08:39 AM
People still play them today, like I said, because they are considered classic iconic guitars
and I don't mean technology like you're thinking, I'm talking about construction technology
They're classic iconic guitars because they've been a part of every generation of music.
Compare other guitars that have been around for equally as long. Let's say the Rick 360 or the Gretsch 6120. They're both great guitars that have been around for ages, but neither is quite as wide-spread as the stratocaster. Why? Because the stratocaster was used EVERYWHERE.

-It was always more affordable than other large brand guitars, like Gretsch, Gibson and Rickenbacker
-It was versatile, and could be used for many different music styles, from country to heavy metal.
-It had a very good tremolo system that had a larger range than the Lyre Vibrola, the Bigsby, or other competing tremolo systems. Leo Fender developped other trems, which were meant to be an improvement over the stratocaster's, but history has shown otherwise. I'd say this is a clear sign of a good product.
-Its design allowed customisation, when the stock guitar's ability wasn't enough.
-It was pretty light and ergonomically shaped.
-Everything about the guitar is thought out and has a purpose. It's a tool to get the job done.

Either way, whether it became legendary due to its users or its quality, it's still a ****ing good guitar.

[/fanboyism]

hunter73135
06-21-2009, 08:49 AM
Gibson Les Pauls & ES 335 , Fender Strat and Tele.
These are the originals which all that came after are judged by. What has come after are either copies or have thier origins in these guitars. There are other guitar makers that make fine instruments and every player has to decide on what's best for them.
You have to give respect to the legends that still sell to this day that have been played by probably every great guitarists past and present and by the inovation they brought.
IMHO these are the "best"

MoleMania
06-21-2009, 09:36 AM
http://www.geocities.com/anastassiaskye/scorps/uli4.jpg


Uli Jon Roth's sky guitar is incredible. There's one version that has 42 frets!

Gargoyle2500
06-21-2009, 10:33 AM
Any Mosrite guitar. Why? I'll tell you why: Semie Moseley was a genius at building electric guitars!

Here's some features they have:

Extremely low frets and zero fret make for extremely low action

The neck is small

Overwound pickups make for delicious tone

Tremolo rivals Bigsby

They're beautiful guitars

http://www.edroman.com/guitars/mosrite/images/msrtgt3.jpg

I didn't even talk about some of the more obscure models like the Brass Rail which is supposed to have sustain like you've never heard.

MoleMania
06-21-2009, 10:56 AM
^Shame that they look ugly as hell IMO. :p:

Blompcube
06-21-2009, 11:31 AM
^Shame that they look ugly as hell IMO. :p:
i like the "retro" look of mosrites, even if they tend to look better when played lefty.

PlaguePlaymate
06-21-2009, 02:03 PM
I'd say a PRS SE custom 22. One of my friends let me try it out once and it was quite possibly the best guitar I've ever held. I'm actually trying to get one on eBay soon (since I'm nowhere near a Guitar Center)

MetaMegaMagic
06-21-2009, 02:24 PM
Ibanez Prestige Series are my favorite guitars I've ever played besides USA Jacksons.

amx05462
07-06-2009, 03:52 PM
the best guitar ever made is the fender american stratocaster. it can take a beating and keep o playing every time

nuff said.

FrogSoup21
07-06-2009, 04:04 PM
I would say a classical guitar. I prefer the feel, it has a more human quality than electrics and is more organic. You dont have to fark around for years searching for tone, the tone is inherent.


But i would probably say a 70s Santana PRS with 1 piece brazillian mahogany back and neck. Very versatile, has the beef and sustains for days.