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Old 02-13-2013, 10:14 PM   #21
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I would say that for what you want to spend and what features you're expecting that you would be better served getting a used, minty example of a top of the line US built guitar. That way you have your cake, and don't have to eat that extra $1000 you paid for a $200 bridge.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:19 PM   #22
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Ahem....

http://www.suhr.com/guitars/modern-satin-by-suhr/

24 Stainless Steel Frets.
German Original Floyd Rose.
Suhr Pickups.
Made in the USA.

Also, the street price is around $1900.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:27 PM   #23
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$2400 isn't a ridiculous price for a handmade USA guitar, I agree.

I'm looking to stay under $1000, that's why I'm eyeing the Zoltan ASM from BC Rich.

In terms of quality and use, is their a distinct difference between the Korean and German floyds?
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:32 PM   #24
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or just get the one you like with EMGs, sell the EMGs, and buy different pickups.


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Old 02-13-2013, 11:08 PM   #25
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$2400 isn't a ridiculous price for a handmade USA guitar, I agree.

I'm looking to stay under $1000, that's why I'm eyeing the Zoltan ASM from BC Rich.

In terms of quality and use, is their a distinct difference between the Korean and German floyds?


I never noticed a real, tangible difference between them as far as sound goes. I don't own a guitar with a Korean OFR so I can't comment on durability, but most of the reviews that I've seen from guys that own both were good. Of course there are some who will swear that there is a difference, but I'd love to see them take the Pepsi challenge, so to speak.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:19 PM   #26
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Did you know Floyd arose has his own line of guitars out?

http://www.floydrose.com/guitars/index.php

Also, I know some Fernandes models use Gotoh's Floyd Roses. I don't know how those compare, but...
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:53 PM   #27
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$2400 isn't a ridiculous price for a handmade USA guitar, I agree.

I'm looking to stay under $1000, that's why I'm eyeing the Zoltan ASM from BC Rich.

In terms of quality and use, is their a distinct difference between the Korean and German floyds?


Under $1000????

You won't get an OFR for under $1000

The Korean Floyds use Zinc in some places. I have one on my Jackson and it worked fine until I had to retire the guitar for other reasons.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:18 AM   #28
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When you order a Carvin, you can add an OFR.


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Old 02-14-2013, 02:20 AM   #29
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Ahem....

http://www.suhr.com/guitars/modern-satin-by-suhr/

24 Stainless Steel Frets.
German Original Floyd Rose.
Suhr Pickups.
Made in the USA.

Also, the street price is around $1900.


My experiences with Suhr, the street price for the most basic versions of the modern is about $1900. When you see all of their amazing finishes and other options, it's hard to settle for less than $2500.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:05 AM   #30
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I bought a guitar that had an OFR professionally retrofitted. That method has its drawbacks, and it ain't cheap, but you can try that.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:31 AM   #31
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Under $1000????

You won't get an OFR for under $1000

The Korean Floyds use Zinc in some places. I have one on my Jackson and it worked fine until I had to retire the guitar for other reasons.


The FR-x000's do NOT use zinc anywhere on them, you are thinking of the Floyd Rose Special's. The FR-x000's use the same metals as the German's do for the base-plate (hardened Rockwell steel), Steel saddles and a chrome plated brass sustain block. The FR Specials use a Hardened Rockwell steel base-plate and zinc saddles/sustain block.


I personally like the FR-x000's more than the Licensed Schallers and the Gotoh's. And if they are using the same metals as the German OFR's (like Floyd Rose says they do) then they should hold up great over time. But really only time will tell on that one.

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Old 02-14-2013, 09:33 AM   #32
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Looked at the Jacksons, ridiculous price tags as always.

ESP, couldn't find any without EMG pickups.


Found this in 20 seconds...
http://www.espguitars.com/guitars/e...-fr2duncan.html
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:50 AM   #33
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Just buy a second hand RG550 and be done with it.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:40 PM   #34
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I never noticed a real, tangible difference between them as far as sound goes. I don't own a guitar with a Korean OFR so I can't comment on durability, but most of the reviews that I've seen from guys that own both were good. Of course there are some who will swear that there is a difference, but I'd love to see them take the Pepsi challenge, so to speak.


i thought the schaller one was noticeably nicer. It's pretty hard to take a pepsi challenge since there are obvious differences between the two. just looking at the thing you can instantly tell which is which.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:29 PM   #36
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New Esp Elite? dunno how much they are though?
http://www.espguitars.com/news/LTD-Elite.html
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:32 PM   #37
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New Esp Elite? dunno how much they are though?
http://www.espguitars.com/news/LTD-Elite.html

About the same as a used ESP.

Why not get a used ESP instead?
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:36 PM   #38
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Still think a used Charvel is pretty good if you can find one.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:15 AM   #39
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Not under $1000, but US Masters guitars have OFRs as an option, and most models with one start in the $1500-2000 range.

Yes, the options they offer can explode your budget. I want a Hornet- their version of the SG- and options I'm considering made it go from $1700 to over $2200...and I don't want a tremolo, either.


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Old 02-15-2013, 11:40 AM   #40
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Just my two cents - ESP M-II - I picked up mine a few months ago. Got it used, NTB with EMG's and OFR for $1000.

Keep an eye out for used stuff in your area. I find these creeping up in my area all the time (usually with sellers trying to get about $1.25k) and you can always swap out the pups if you don't like them.

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