eric_wearing
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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?
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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#2
That completely depends on what kind of guitar you're looking for.
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gregs1020
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#3
custom made in USA guitars for under $1300?

carvin maybe?
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eric_wearing
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@T00DEEPBLUE
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?
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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eric_wearing
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Quote by gregs1020
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/customshop/24fretcarvedtop.php
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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To be a good lead guitar you must be VERY GOOD AT RYTHM

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My motto: Play what the song needs you to play!
Last edited by eric_wearing at Jul 19, 2013,
dkcol
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#6
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.
eric_wearing
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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...
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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Robbgnarly
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#9
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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eric_wearing
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Peavy? I thought they halted the US Productions to keep up with Yamaha and such.
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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Robbgnarly
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Quote by eric_wearing
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
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
dannyalcatraz
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#12
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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ExDementia
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#13
Quote by Robbgnarly
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.
eric_wearing
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
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
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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Quote by eric_wearing
@T00DEEPBLUE
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.
dspellman
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Quote by eric_wearing
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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Quote by dspellman
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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Quote by eric_wearing
@T00DEEPBLUE
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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dannyalcatraz
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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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Quote by dannyalcatraz
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?

Quote by Roc8995
I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

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The slugs in the pickups for telecasters are from old winchester rifles, which is why they sound so country.
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Quote by gregs1020
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?




^^^^^ George Fullerton and Leo Fender (G & L) can not be beat for the money . period. ^^^^
you can get a whole bunch of a American made G & L on your budget
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For good American made guitars under $500, Peavey should be near the top of your list--you can find them used all over the place. Ones to keep an eye out for are the "Italian city" Leakesville-made ones--the Firenza, Torino, Milano series. In particular if you find a Peavey Firenza JX, Soapbar, or AX, snap it up because it will almost certainly be the best guitar you can buy in the price range.
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
I believe Brian Moore guitars are all made in the USA.

http://iguitar.com/aboutus.asp



Brian Moore guitars are mostly built in Korea, China (and, I believe, in Indonesia).
If you read that "about us" carefully, you'll catch that, but there's an "Our Company History" link on the current iGuitar website that will give you more information.
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J. Backlund guitars, made in Hixon, TN: http://www.jbacklund.com/

K-Line Guitars of St. Louis, MO: http://www.k-lineguitars.com/
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gregs1020
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i think K-Line is over his budget a bit. i'm seeing $2200 and up.
Quote by Roc8995
I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

Quote by JustRooster
The slugs in the pickups for telecasters are from old winchester rifles, which is why they sound so country.
dannyalcatraz
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#26
Ditto J. Backlund, but I'm...being thorough. If I find a maker I know is USA based, I'm posting it.

Besides, he may see something he really likes, and its good to have goals.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jul 25, 2013,
dannyalcatraz
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Los Angeles, CA's Xotic: http://www.xotic.us/
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!


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dannyalcatraz
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Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!


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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jul 27, 2013,
dannyalcatraz
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Something more traditional & affordable:

http://www.santoguitarusa.com/
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!


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