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Old 05-29-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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Looking to get a really really unique looking, awesome sounding guitar($2000 Budget)

So here's the deal. First post ever. Been using this site for who knows how many years. Hoping this thread might start some buzz. I'm going to buy a new guitar, budget is $2000. It must be electric/6 string/standard scale. My initial though was a Gibson Firebird that I will do some cool after market mods too, but I'm looking for new ideas. If you had $2000 to spend on a guitar, what would you get. Maybe you'll give me an idea for a guitar I've never though of. Hopefully you can post a link of where I can get it. I'll definitely post a pic of whatever I end up getting.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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For a unusual guitar on a $2k budget, I'd go for one of Jon Kammerer's flag or camo guitars.* The designs you see are not paint jobs, those are woodworking.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDf-iGuBPeI&sns=em


(This assumes, of course, that his prices haven't changed since I last bought a guitar from him.)

Find him here:
http://jonkammerercustoms.com/


* or some design of my own choosing, using the same techniques.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:44 PM   #3
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https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd....012784649_n.jpg


Here is my last project...an SG with all gold hardware, bigsby bridge and lace custom etched "dragon" pickups. I like some crazy weird stuff, so I'm hoping someone can give me a new idea or two.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:48 PM   #4
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That's the kind of ideas I'm hoping for. Thanks. I was in the army for 5 years, maybe an ACU camo pattern on something, LOL. I hope you guys keep em coming. I'll probably make my decision in the next two or three weeks
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:01 PM   #5
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Another custom shop I've dealt with is RockBeach.

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/boggs.com/

I have a custom Camelback III and his take on tricked-out Telecaster in the works, to be completed this year.

If I were to spend money on a $1-2k+ non-custom guitar that was still a departure from visual norms, I'd look at:

J. Backlund
http://www.jbacklund.com/

Reverend (one of the sig models or limited editions)
http://www.reverendguitars.com/category/guitar/

Fret-King (one of the Blue or Green labels or a STVDIO)
http://www.fret-king.com/intro.htm

Then there is the customizable guitar business model- Carvin and US Masters are exemplars. The designs may not be all that unusual but the craftsmanship will be high:

US Masters
http://www.usmasters.com/allmodels.htm

Carvin
http://www.carvinguitars.com/customshop/
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:32 AM   #6
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THANK YOU very much. You gave me a ton of new ideas too look at.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:31 AM   #7
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I'd get a Suhr Pro Series.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:52 AM   #8
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2000$ budget? Whoa man, go all out! And after 5 years in the military, you deserve it
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:30 PM   #9
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Try one of these.
The man there was tempting me with a gold plated thing - he knows me too well!
Lots of options and scope for customisation

http://www.alumisonic.com
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:25 PM   #10
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Ah, The Judist beat me to it!

There are a lot of luthiers out there doing killer aluminum guitars, these days: besides Alumisonic, there's James Trussart, Grath, Normandy...I have a bunch bookmarked if you want to go that way. They don't sound like wooden solidbody guitars, so I've been told.

One stands out as doing something truly different in terms of visual aesthetics:

Visionary Instruments
http://visionaryinstruments.com/
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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Oh yeah- Normandy has an Army Green anodized aluminum you might like:

http://www.normandyguitars.com/guitars/army-green.htm
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