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Old 07-19-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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Where do I start looking for American made guitars?

So these are what my budget plans are for guitars:

Currently my budget is gifts/hand-me-downs(ie $0) < $150
The Next tier I plan on is between $150 < $500
I am not going to go over what I have for that other than one or two custom guitars for no more than $1300.

Now, based on this, I want to know where I can find American made axes from American companies *put's on Stars n Stripes trucker cap* need t'be righ' hyea in 'Murica!

All joking aside, I really wanna know more about reasonably priced American guitars. Nothing against Made In X labels, but let's leave reasons outta this. All I know is the custom shops for First Act are legit, and I wanna avoid Fender and Gibson (just my way, hope it doesn't make me hipster )
Where should I go and what brands should be checking out for the mid range prices and the custom prices?
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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That completely depends on what kind of guitar you're looking for.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:07 PM   #3
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custom made in USA guitars for under $1300?

carvin maybe?
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:08 PM   #4
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waddya mean? like acoustic or electric? (obviously electric) or do you mean features of the guitar? (to quote a certain famous guitarist when asked what he looks for in a guitar "six strings") Or am I not understanding?
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:14 PM   #5
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custom made in USA guitars for under $1300?

carvin maybe?


Maybe I should push that up to $1,500 but those Carver's look nice to me thanks http://www.carvinguitars.com/custom...etcarvedtop.php
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #6
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You might want to checkout the new PRS S2 series.
While some of the parts are not from the USA, at least they are built here.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:32 PM   #7
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help again guys. Any word on the mid ranged stuff? I've heard Yamaha is a great mid-ranged guitar, not sure if it's American made though...
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:49 PM   #9
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Peavey USA made guitars are an exceptional value and depending on the model can be bought for $250+ (make sure it is the USA made and not the import) used

Carvin are good if you want customizable, but you can not play them first which is a big turn off for many
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Peavy? I thought they halted the US Productions to keep up with Yamaha and such.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:30 PM   #11
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Peavy? I thought they halted the US Productions to keep up with Yamaha and such.

Peavey does still make a USA line, but I'm talking about the older models you would have to find used
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:45 PM   #12
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Here's a completely non-exhaustive* list of American guitar makers not named Fender or Gibson (or their subsidiaries):

Brian Paul Guitars
http://www.brianpaulguitars.com/Home_Page.html

Carvin
http://www.carvinguitars.com/index.php

Driskill
http://driskillguitars.com/

G&L
http://www.glguitars.com/index.asp

Jon Kammerer
http://jonkammerercustoms.com/newsite1_003.htm

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

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

Ward Guitars
http://wardguitars.com/index.html

Honorable Mention

Godin (Canadian)
http://godinguitars.com/godinproductlistingp.htm








* I say non-exhaustive and I mean it: I have several hundred guitar makers' websites bookmarked, and I find new ones all the time, all over the world. Near as I can tell, here isn't a major metropolitan area in the USA that doesn't have at least one quality builder in it. I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and I know of at least 3 here- not including the makers who are based here but have some or all their manufacturing based overseas, like Tampa Bay based Electra ( http://www.electraguitar.com/ ) or Fort Worth's Tradition ( http://www.traditionguitars.com/ ).
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:05 PM   #13
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Carvin are good if you want customizable, but you can not play them first which is a big turn off for many
You can if you live in California

****ing great guitars though. I stop into their headquarters every once in a while and play around. I will definitely have a Carvin some day. Just some of the best guitars I've ever played.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:54 PM   #14
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Here's a completely non-exhaustive* list of American guitar makers not named Fender or Gibson (or their subsidiaries):

Brian Paul Guitars
http://www.brianpaulguitars.com/Home_Page.html

Carvin
http://www.carvinguitars.com/index.php

Driskill
http://driskillguitars.com/

G&L
http://www.glguitars.com/index.asp

Jon Kammerer
http://jonkammerercustoms.com/newsite1_003.htm

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

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

Ward Guitars
http://wardguitars.com/index.html

Honorable Mention

Godin (Canadian)
http://godinguitars.com/godinproductlistingp.htm








* I say non-exhaustive and I mean it: I have several hundred guitar makers' websites bookmarked, and I find new ones all the time, all over the world. Near as I can tell, here isn't a major metropolitan area in the USA that doesn't have at least one quality builder in it. I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and I know of at least 3 here- not including the makers who are based here but have some or all their manufacturing based overseas, like Tampa Bay based Electra ( http://www.electraguitar.com/ ) or Fort Worth's Tradition ( http://www.traditionguitars.com/ ).


Glad for the help again, you guys are awesome
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:15 PM   #15
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waddya mean? like acoustic or electric? (obviously electric) or do you mean features of the guitar? (to quote a certain famous guitarist when asked what he looks for in a guitar "six strings") Or am I not understanding?



Generally speaking, people buy a custom guitar so they can have it built to their exact needs and specifications. If you're that vague about what you want from a guitar, I really don't see the point on spending so much for a custom made one.
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Thanks for the help again guys. Any word on the mid ranged stuff? I've heard Yamaha is a great mid-ranged guitar, not sure if it's American made though...


Oy. Yamaha is Japanese (think motorcycles, pianos, etc.).

Taylor makes some really nice solid body guitars. Difficult to find, but very nicely made. Carvin builds semi-custom guitars (I have a bunch). Both build their guitars down in San Diego.
Pick up a copy of Vintage Guitar magazine; you'll find ads for custom, semi-custom and production guitars from a ton of small manufacturers here in the US. There are a few that are in your price range. You'll also find Andersons, Suhrs, etc. are available, but you'll probably have to look for well-kept used guitars to stay in your price range. Ditto Collings and others.

Korean guitars own the under-$1000 market in terms of quality and bang-for-the-buck, but some are just outstanding. Chinese and Indonesian guitars hold down the bottom of the market, especially guitars under about $250.
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Oy. Yamaha is Japanese (think motorcycles, pianos, etc.).


And damn good pianos, at that.

FWIW, there are some Indonesian makers who are trying their damnedest to move up in the market.
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waddya mean? like acoustic or electric? (obviously electric) or do you mean features of the guitar? (to quote a certain famous guitarist when asked what he looks for in a guitar "six strings") Or am I not understanding?

Features. You haven't mentioned anything about features at all. Your OP is extremely vague.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:00 AM   #19
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I believe Brian Moore guitars are all made in the USA.

http://iguitar.com/aboutus.asp

Many of the big brands have particular lines that are made in the USA, like Dean.
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I believe Brian Moore guitars are all made in the USA.

http://iguitar.com/aboutus.asp

Many of the big brands have particular lines that are made in the USA, like Dean.

i believe the USA brian moore stuff will be over budget.

great list you come up with tho, how did i of all people forget G&L?

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