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Old 11-19-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Looking for a new 6 string, but too picky

Alright, I've been looking and I've been having a hard time trying to find one that meets the requirements I'm looking for.. I'm outside Vancouver BC and this is what I'm looking for..

25.5" scale length, with an unpainted neck, 24 frets on a maple fretboard, no or very minimal fretmarkers (side dots for sure though), humbucker in the bridge and either a single coil or humbucker in the neck, don't care for a middle pick up but will deal with a single coil there, all rear mounted too. I don't really care about body construction but if it's bolt on i'd really like something very streamlined (ie aanj or something similiar), can be active or passive electronics as i can change this pretty easily but would prefer passive. pretty open on price, say under $2000?

some guitars I've come across so far are a godin redline 3 (only 22 frets though), hellraiser extreme (ugly cross fretmarkers), ibanez rg3xxv (really dig the reverse inline 6 but the blue fretmarkers are off putting, also not sure what the build quality would be like on a $700 ibanez), jackson phil collen signature (not sure what neck profile is like, and not a fan of the fender headstock), bc rich zoltan bathory assassin (ugly abalone binding and 3rd fret lion inlay, also worried about build quality as i never hear anything good about bc rich)

any suggestions or input would be appreciated! thanks
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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How about a Carvin DC or Bolt? You can get them pretty much however you want. So an unfinished neck and no fret markers would be no problem.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/dc127

http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/boltplus
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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FR or fixed bridge?

This is the best I can find so far: Ibanez RG920MQM


If you don't want a trem, you can always block it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #4
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Try an SG, that's 24 frets with two humbuckers
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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Hmmm not that easy... because of the maple fretboard (although ebony sound almost the same)

Loomis' model has it, but has active pickups (that you can replace) and cross inlays

http://www.schecterguitars.com/Inte...oomis-6-FR.aspx

Caparison has some great models (but they are expensive), check the maple fretboard ones

http://www.caparisonguitarcompany.c...dellinger-ii-wm

http://www.caparisonguitarcompany.c...em/dellinger-m3

http://www.caparisonguitarcompany.c...s/item/horus-wm

http://www.caparisonguitarcompany.c...s/dellinger-mjr

The Pro Series Dinky from jackson might do

http://www.jacksonguitars.com/produ...rtno=2914102598

http://www.jacksonguitars.com/produ...rtno=2914102521

Kramer striker

http://www.kramerguitars.com/Produc...triker-211.aspx

Ibanez ones:

http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-RG3XXV

http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-RG920MQM

http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-RG350M

http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-RG350MP

I hope it helps
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:51 PM   #6
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Suhr Modern Pro M4 sounds perfect for you.

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Old 11-19-2012, 10:18 PM   #7
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Don't really care about a trem tbh, i never use them but it seems every guitar I ever own has one haha as long as it's not an edge 3 anyways.

Thanks all

How do the dinky size up with soloists? Other than being a bit smaller anyway?
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:41 PM   #8
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FYI, there are other Godins that meet most of your criteria- the Freeway SA, the Progression RG-2, and the (recently discontinued) Velocity, to name a few- but they all sure the problem of having only 22 frets.

Similarly, the G&L Invader Plus (and others) have it all except the 24 frets.

The Fernandes Revolver has a variety of options, but ALL are 24 fret. My Ravelle Elite was MiK and right at $1000, but I think even their JP models are under $1500. There may be other Fernandes models that you'd like.

Like Carvin, US Masters offers a variety of standard, but customizable- models. It think they top out at 23 (?) frets, though.

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

A bit more exotic are Bowes guitars, which have pretty much your wish list...and 25 frets.

Jon Kammerer is a luthier out of the Chicago area whose standard designs start at $995 (each model having a set of standard options, like number & type of pickups), with full customs starting at $2000. I have several, and they meet every one of your requirements*. Look him up on Facebook; malware killed his website. You might also check out luthiers in your area.











* among those I own are a semihollow in cherrywood with an ebony fretboard (24 fret) and an all maple solidbody with a Birdseye fretboard (24 fret) and a trem. Both are 25.5" scale and have 2 HBs with splitting. I know Jon prefers LR Baggs, SDs and Golden Age pickups.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:38 AM   #9
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Awesome thanks

I wish I knew of some local luthiers haha
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:51 AM   #10
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Well, I'm in the Dallas area, and I met Jon at a guitar show.

I have since found luthiers by simply using online searches. In fact, I found out just last month there's a guy whose address is just about 7 miles from my house. Gonna check him out someday. (Hell- we might even go to the same church!)

No guarantee a luthier will be AFFORDABLE, though.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:12 AM   #11
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unpainted neck is easy. wetsand it off if you want some color, or go all the way down and use a tru-oil type finish. i have done that on a few guitars.

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:54 PM   #12
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sounds easy enough with a bolt on neck, with a neck thru though how would you approach that? just pick a line and sand to that and oil as you would or do you have to use a gloss finish on the neck then?
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:56 PM   #13
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and yeah, affordable is a whole other thing. a guy i work with showed me some strat copy he bought from a local luthier, said it cost him $3000, i don't think it was worth a cent over $500 haha if even that
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