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Old 01-15-2013, 02:36 AM   #1
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Looking for a new guitar

I've been playing a Gibson SG for quite a while now. Although its a great guitar, I'm looking for something new. I'm interested in guitars that are not major brand guitars, like GIbson or Fender.

I think eccentric would be the right word to describe what I want. I definitely want something unordinary but not too ridiculous. Most of the unknown brand guitars that I've checked out either look like knock off strats or they look like parts of a car.

Anyway, I've had my eye on a Collings i35 for a while now. I like the big 335 sound but I still want the grittiness that I'm not sure the Collings can deliver.

I'm open to anything, really. Except if they look like robots or car engines.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:01 AM   #2
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Hmmm...decent guitars that aren't cookie cutters of the big boys, but aren't ridONKulous.

1) Close cousins of the LP can be found in the Malden Karma and the a Fernandes Ravelle. Fernandes also has the Vertigo and Vulcan that are unusual.

2) Reverend does their own take on retro-styled guitars with fairly hot pickups. Really nice for ballsy rock & roll.

3) Steinberger is known for their headless guitars with the tiny, trapezoidal bodies. They have a couple of variations as well- all headless.

4) J. Backlund guitars takes a retro-futuristic approach, with guitars that look like they came from a 1950's surf Sci-Fi adventure.

5) Parker's entire line has its own vibe.

6) Licea guitars are a new tale on the guitar, using bamboo as their body material.

7) Myka guitars are very nice, and at the extreme end of the line, start looking like something Roger Dean might paint...

8) Crimson Guitars has gorgeous instruments.

9) Patrick Eggle makes very nice guitars. Only ever held one...should have bought it.

10) Brian May sells replicas of his own guitar.

11) Phantom Guitars makes improved replicas of old designs like the Vox Teardrop.

...that's off the top of my head, without getting into the out of production lines (like Timtone) or stratospherically expensive & nutty (like Teuffel).
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:53 AM   #3
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I've been playing a Gibson SG for quite a while now. Although its a great guitar, I'm looking for something new. I'm interested in guitars that are not major brand guitars, like GIbson or Fender.

I think eccentric would be the right word to describe what I want. I definitely want something unordinary but not too ridiculous. Most of the unknown brand guitars that I've checked out either look like knock off strats or they look like parts of a car.

Anyway, I've had my eye on a Collings i35 for a while now. I like the big 335 sound but I still want the grittiness that I'm not sure the Collings can deliver.

I'm open to anything, really. Except if they look like robots or car engines.


Maybe an Eastwood? They're kinda out there, but not to extremes. What's your current rig and what sort of sound are you looking for? Because "gritty" means different things to different people.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:06 AM   #4
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Of course, for the price of a Collins, you could go full custom, too.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:37 AM   #5
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Look Knaggs Guitars Influence KENIA T2 or Knaggs Guitars Influence KEYA T2
These are great guitars!!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:00 AM   #6
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Danny, this thread is perfectly crafted for you!

TS: this is Dannys area of expertise, he'll guide you.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:16 AM   #7
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have you heard of: Suhr, Tokai, Greco, Tom Anderson, Vigier, Valley Arts?
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:49 AM   #8
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How much you trying to spend? Warrior Guitars have some beautiful guitars but they'll rack you anywhere from $7000-$30000 The few I have seen are hands down the most beautiful and finely crafted instruments I have ever seen. Beautiful beautiful guitars.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:02 AM   #9
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I think you should investigate Eastwood and Reverend guitars, as mentioned earlier. They could fit your description.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:18 PM   #10
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def checkout www.rondomusic.com
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:28 PM   #11
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Danny, this thread is perfectly crafted for you!


It's kooky-spooky!
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:14 PM   #12
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These all look very interesting. I definitely wouldn't consider my music to be "Indie", but I am really fascinated by the types of guitars they play. My style would be more in the blues/jazz/pop and experimental realm...so I'm not sure these guitars would fit into the kind of music I play. I like how the eastwood guitars look, but they sound pretty twangy to me. I guess what I'm looking for is like an es 175 or 335 with a little more edge to it.

I'm playing out of a 60s silver face Princeton reverb, for those who want to know. "Gritty" is kind of vague, I know. Trying to describe that vintage rustic sound you get out of old vintage guitar, which obviously varies with each different guitar you play...but hopefully you get what I mean.

Are there any websites that sell obscure, vintage guitars? If there's a site like that I think I'd have more luck in finding what I'm looking for, but google has been of no help.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:51 PM   #13
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Elderly Instruments and Charlie's Guitar Shop could be good places to look. I'd also check out a guitar show.

For blues/jazz/pop with grit, hmmm?

I think the Malden Karma and some of the Reverends are still in the running. Maybe some others like Parker & Myka.

You might also like what you get out of a more traditional bodied guitar made with non-traditional materials: Nicole makes guitars with corian. James Trussart and Normandy both use aluminum. Those materials might alter the tone just enough...

(Still need a budget: I can recommend axes from $500-20K+...)

Luthiers or bigger customizable guitar companies like Carvin or US Masters have enough options to fit your needs if you have the $$$ and they have an appealing body style. (US Masters would be a bit grittier than Carvin.)

Certain PRS models might sound appealing, but they may not be visually eccentric enough to satisfy.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:45 PM   #14
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If you still have interest in Fenders or you don't mind choosing one, check out the Pawn Shop range. I couldn't recommend them more, I got the Mustang a month ago and it's a really sweet guitar. All of them have unique designs. The new Super Sonic they're bringing out might appeal to you, it's got a glitter finish and a reverse body and headstock.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:16 PM   #15
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #16
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If you still have interest in Fenders or you don't mind choosing one, check out the Pawn Shop range. I couldn't recommend them more, I got the Mustang a month ago and it's a really sweet guitar. All of them have unique designs. The new Super Sonic they're bringing out might appeal to you, it's got a glitter finish and a reverse body and headstock.


DUDE!!! I just checked that thing out the Super Sonic online today. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Hiow do you like your mustang?
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:24 AM   #17
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DUDE!!! I just checked that thing out the Super Sonic online today. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Hiow do you like your mustang?

Its neck is amazing, the pickup splitting is pretty cool too, the guitar is definitely worth the money. The Candy Apple Red finish on it is neat
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:49 AM   #18
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Have a look at some teiscos or dannelectros.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:46 PM   #19
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Here's something "different":

http://visionaryinstruments.com/
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G&L are a little off the beaten path. Might fit the bill for your type of music.
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