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Old 10-03-2011, 02:32 AM   #1
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UNKNOWN guitars worth every dime THREAD

What guitars have you found were worth investing in their obscurity. For example, some UGers previously bought Emperion guitars, and based on feedback from one of them, things did not go smoothly. There was trouble with something (pickups/wiring) can't remember exactly. He had to go through a big hassle to get what he wanted.

So basically I am trying to generate a list of obscure or nonmainstream brands that were worth investing in and maybe we can compile a useful list for reference. Please indicate what you felt was your favorite aspect of the guitar, what genre(s) you play, and price for comparability.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:40 AM   #2
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I know they are well known amongst many guitarists, but Samick makes a good guitar. They own the factory that makes many of the Korean brands, and their own guitars are just as good. They can usually be found for dirt cheap in pawn shops, and often have good tuners and pickups. You won't see them in Guitar Center though, except maybe used.


I play mostly metal, and Samicks range from around $500 to $200 usually depending on whether you go new or used.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:43 AM   #3
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I own a Laguna and I must say that it is a dam fine guitar.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:53 AM   #4
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Sorry I created a duplicate thread by mistake; it contained the 2 following posts:

chadreed32 wrote:

DeVries

......errm maybe not

But I keep hearing about Samick and the likes, people seem to be happy with them


Kirky boy wrote:

At least at a budget level (can't say for their higher end stuff) Aria, I have the joy of owning one and it is an excellent guitar or about 200, the floyd on it is excellent, despite being licensed, and othrs that I have played also feel good.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:09 AM   #5
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Heratige guitars. Grossly underrated.



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Old 10-03-2011, 03:18 AM   #6
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Heratige guitars. Grossly underrated.






I would know, it's the brand Alex Skolnick plays, and he loves them to death. I Would love to try them one day.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:09 AM   #7
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I bought a Barracuda LP Copy 2 years ago. It looks very very similar to Ace Frehley's...minus the middle pickup. I bought and added a Dimarzio Super Distortion Pickup to her and now...I wouldn't trade or sell her for anything. People always compliment me on my LP and wonder what year she is...hahaha The guitar plays and sounds exactly how I want it to. \,,/
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:20 AM   #8
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:53 PM   #9
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I know they are well known amongst many guitarists, but Samick makes a good guitar. They own the factory that makes many of the Korean brands, and their own guitars are just as good. They can usually be found for dirt cheap in pawn shops, and often have good tuners and pickups. You won't see them in Guitar Center though, except maybe used.


I play mostly metal, and Samicks range from around $500 to $200 usually depending on whether you go new or used.


I've found Samick to be a very mixed brand. I tried two Samick Strat knockoffs and they both had shoddy tuners and one had a really bad jack, but my brother owned a J-bass knockoff which he gave to me and I think that sounds just as good as, if not better than a Fender MiM J-Bass, and it was $200 new. Some are duds, but some, like my brother's bass, are gems. xD

Reverend guitars are rather solidly-built, the pickups are a little muddy but they're just as good for the money as Epiphones IMO, and they seem to be more retro-oriented anyways, so I doubt you'd buy one for playing Slayer or Possessed.

Also, there's a brand called Renegade that makes knockoffs of Strats, LPs and Teles for cheap prices(the Tele I saw was $300, the LP I saw was $400 and I don't know how much the Strat I saw was)and I can't find them online(I found a brand with the same name but it's some guy selling handmade Strats for upwards of $1000), nor have I heard anything about them aside from my experience with them, but my friend's owned a Renegade Tele for about 2 years now, and he's played just about everything from Sublime to Sepultura on it and it's taken it all nicely, and it plays very nicely.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:27 PM   #10
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First Act guitars. If you flame this, then you should go to their website and look at the real First Act guitars. A lot of people think that they only put out super low end guitars, but that was just to keep their custom shop going considering the cost of anything from their custom shop is pretty high
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:58 PM   #11
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First Act guitars. If you flame this, then you should go to their website and look at the real First Act guitars. A lot of people think that they only put out super low end guitars, but that was just to keep their custom shop going considering the cost of anything from their custom shop is pretty high

So you think the First Act custom shop is underrated but the cost is pretty high?

I honestly don't see how a custom shop can be in this list.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:40 PM   #12
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I used a really nice vintage cort electric for years. I've gone through a dozen guitars but that one will always be with me. Recently, I picked up an old madeira lp dc copy with p90s that has become my fav. I was astonished at the quality difference between it and the brand new gibson equivalent. I'll keep my Madeira and shame on gibson
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:49 PM   #13
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Sanox Sound Creator, they are pretty rare, but I belive they are Matsumoto (or however you spell it) made from the late 70's early 80's. Great build for a cheaper guitar.

I see them every once in a while for $300-$600 on Ebay, Craigslist, Kijiji
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:56 PM   #14
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Vineyard. these are getting pretty hard to find and i'm not sure what happened to them. i have a Strat copy and honestly it's still my fav guitar (despite owning a high end fender strat). the guitar stays in tune even with whammy abuse and plays great. the stock pickups have that cool vintage strat sound with just a little more umph.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:01 PM   #15
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Does OLP count as unknown? If so, OLP. They made (the brand is now obsolete) really great copies of Music Man Guitars.
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Allow me to add Moonstone Guitars:



Expensive and rare as hell, but very good indeed.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:44 PM   #17
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Crestwood guitars. Cheap, but my old les paul style had the most beautiful finish, and the pickups had more bite than anything else I'd ever played.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:44 PM   #18
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I got my N.J. warlock for 100 from a friend, which had a few problems such as minor chips no one who wasn't playing it would notice, and the post was ruined.

Still considering the fact these went for 400-500 at the time.... totally worth it.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:36 AM   #19
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I have heard about Mayonais guitars, but never actually played them. They are polish and some say they have great quality/build.
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:01 AM   #20
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I'd like to take a step back in my guitar playing life and add VGS to the list. Great build quality, awesome bridges on the midrange guitars. Select series VGS... Still good build quality, but most of them need a little attention from someone willing to modify them.
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