stephanie.gardi
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I'd like to buy my husband a second electric guitar for Christmas as a surprise. He currently has a Fender Stratocaster (American built) and I'm looking for something with a different tone so he has more flexibility (something with Humbucker pickups most likely). He generally plays the blues and classic rock. I'm not very savvy on the subject. All I really know is that he was a bit disappointed in the Les Paul Gibsons (not enough bang for the buck) and was impressed with the Taylor Solid Body. I'd like to keep the cost under $1000 (a used guitar is perfectly fine even though it's for a gift). Any thoughts?
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To compliment his Stratocaster a very popular choice would probably be a Gibson Les Paul Studio or Gibson Les Paul Tribute. Another choice could be a Gibson SG Special. Those are all humbucker based guitars that can be had brand new for under the 1G mark. All of the ones mentioned are great guitars for his style and have a lot of history in the genre. Also, seeing "Gibson" on the headstock will definitely make him smile.

If used in an option you could look for a used Gibson SG Standard.

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I'm going to stun JustRooster by recommending a Reverend. . I own a couple, and am buying more.

Very nice guitars for the price: korina body wood, good controls, nice neck. Designed iln the USA, made in Korea, set up in the USA. They have a lot of models. My suggestion would be for a Flatroc, Charger, Manta Ray, Club King, Sensei, or possibly a Double Agent, but most of them could fit the description.

http://www.reverendguitars.com/category/guitar/

Wildwood has a broad selection of their new guitars, and they have one used one of note worth considering:
http://www.wildwoodguitars.com/electrics/reverend.htm
http://www.wildwoodguitars.com/products/12803.php?CategoryID=87&n=29

And this is a good site to find used Reverends (besides eBay):
http://reverb.com/marketplace?query=Reverend&condition=all&price_max=1000&sort=price%7Cdesc

Another worth considering would be the Godin xtSA. Helluva lot of quality guitar, made in Canada. New, its just a smidge over your budget.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/xtSADTR/
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dannyalcatraz
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Hey, JustRooster, what about some of the Tele-style G&Ls?
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dannyalcatraz
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Does it happen? Yes. And from what I understand, that problem is inherent in the tilted headstock design- virtually anybody's LP style guitar would have the same issue.

Is it common? No.
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I am really enjoying the new Gibson SG Standards. You're going to hear more horror stories about Gibson than you are going to find horror. People like to talk.
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Damn, what a wife you are! :P
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
Does it happen? Yes. And from what I understand, that problem is inherent in the tilted headstock design- virtually anybody's LP style guitar would have the same issue.

Is it common? No.


yeah pretty much. it's definitely worth bearing in mind, though. if you have young children or pets (for example) who are constantly knocking things over then it would be worth keeping in mind.

hard to know about the gibson thing- on the one hand i agree with rooster, but on the other hand if he's made pretty clear that he thinks gibsons aren't worth it he might not be so pleased. you're going to know him better than we are, lol.
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I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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So he doesn't want a trem? It has to be 24 3/4" scale? All mahogany like a LP?

What about PRS? Excellent choice for anyone looking for a blues/rock machine.
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Being the gracefully clumsy sort myself, and having 2 border collies, I tend to buy hardshell cases, and several of my guitars are hung on the wall. Those that are on stands? They generally have some kind of mechanism to keep them on the stand.
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
Hey, JustRooster, what about some of the Tele-style G&Ls?



G&L ASAT Special, G&L ASAT HB, or if he's feeling froggy the G&L SC-2. Depends on if he's truly a single coil guy who wants some extra beef.


The G&L ASAT Special is one of my favorite guitars of all time. I've owned 2 and would highly, highly recommend them.

Quote by stephanie.gardi
One of his concerns about the Gibsons was the neck breakage problem . . . any thoughts on that?



G&L ASAT's do belong to the almight bolt-on master race, to which your husband does seem to be a part of

In all seriousness, G&L is probably my favorite guitar brand. I was recommending Gibson at first to be safe because not all guitarists are comfortable with some of the lesser known guitar brands.

The man who founded Fender guitars (Leo Fender) actually started G&L. In fact, they were all directly designed by Leo Fender. They are what many Strat/Tele purists consider true "Leo" guitars. If you're interested in hearing more about G&L, check out the first page of my thread on them.

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gibsons not enough bang for buck?

he sounds like a Carvin man! except there is no stock car vin...almost all are customizable which makes buying for somebody hard.

for 1000 you can get a solid carvin, but nothing too nutz. then again, the nicest gibsons are on part asthetically with the crappiest carvins (again, from a looks/wood perspective) so i think your coming out about equal.

something different, i would stick to hum buckers. has he ever said anything about what he would want if not a strat, gripes about his strat? for example, a humbucker tele might be enough of a change, or you can go lesp aul style, double cut super strat style, or a PRS / carvin style (those baseline right around 1000).

http://www.carvinguitars.com/customshop/solidbody.php
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neck breakage - look, any guitar with a set neck and an angled headstock will be prone to this, not just gibbons. so thats about 90% of guitars. fenders are built like tanks. straight headstock, and nothing on them is "precise" per say. the construction of a strat is basically all bolt on parts. great guitars, but its the truth. whole darn thing is screwed together. very modular, tough design.

you really cant find anything tougher than a strat or tele. perhaps a music man.
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stephanie.gardi
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Carvin? I'll give them a look. He hasn't mentioned any other guitars since buying the Strat (he really does love that thing) but fell in love with a Taylor Solid Body Classic when we were looking. I really appreciate everybody's help here. I know absolutely nothing about electric guitars and you've all given me a really good place to start with my research.
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If you know the exact one he loves, then get him that.

I haven't tried any taylors (they're more acoustic guitar makers, I think... haven't tried those, either ), but I think they're meant to be good guitars. Could be wrong. I've sometimes seen some good deals on them (as i said, they're more known as acoustic makers so the electrics maybe didn't sell so well), so bear that in mind and keep an eye out. You could get one for way less than the usual selling price if you're lucky.
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I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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In fairness, it IS a $1300 guitar. I saw a used one online for under $800, but it was the SSS version, so it wouldn't have the HBs that are part of the wish list.
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Maybe something thats a semi-hollow? (A mix between an electric guitar and an acoustic guitar. More electric than acoustic however)

EDIT: To toss out a suggestion, maybe a Godin 5th Avenue? Quite a few models to choose from. All made in Canada or New Hampshire, for about $1000, give or take a couple hundred.

http://www.godinguitars.com/godin5thaveseriesp.htm
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I agree with AWACS on a semi or even full hollowbody guitar. The latest Gretsch $800 model is quite nice, A/Bed next to a Tennessee Rose, and liked it better. He already has a solidbody, so go for something to take him to a whole new sound and feel. Whatever your decision, be sure you get return and refund rights with it. I assume you don't play, and in a way could be compared to him buying you shoes (hope that doesn't sound sexist!). And good for you wanting to get him a new toy!
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Quote by AWACS
Maybe something thats a semi-hollow? (A mix between an electric guitar and an acoustic guitar. More electric than acoustic however)

EDIT: To toss out a suggestion, maybe a Godin 5th Avenue? Quite a few models to choose from. All made in Canada or New Hampshire, for about $1000, give or take a couple hundred.

http://www.godinguitars.com/godin5thaveseriesp.htm

The Godin Kingpin II. Very nice for the price.

http://www.godinguitars.com/godin5thavenuekingpincwp.htm

And as long as we're tossing out semihollows & hollowbodies, I'll reiterate my suggestion of the Reverend Manta Ray:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/manta-ray-290/

http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/manta-ray-hb/

...and further add the Hagstrom Tremar Deuce F.
http://www.hagstromguitars.eu/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=1891&category_id=56&Itemid=36
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Hagstrom-Tremar-Deuce-F-Electric-Guitar-109278382-i3154478.gc

While the Reverend and Godin would be my personal 1st & 2nd choice out of that trio, the Hagstrom is an interesting one your husband might prefer. It has the humbuckers with 2 volume and 2 tone controls typical of Les Paul style guitars, and the humbuckers are individually splittable for singlecoil type output. While the Rev can do something similar with its Bass Contour knob, the Hag has the 25.5" scale that is the same as your husband's Strat, so it may feel more comfortable to him.
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Does he need or want a hollowbody, though? I tend to work on the principle that unless you're sure you want a hollow or semi, it's safer to stick with a solid.
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I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

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Sounds like you should be looking at PRS guitars. They're well made and have good value.
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I recommend an SG. It still has the double cut away feel he'd be used to with playing a strat, it's got two humbuckers. Strats and SG's/Les Pauls make a good combination.
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#23
What your husband needs is a new amp.
I recommend one of the new limited edition cream Vox AC30s.
http://www.voxamps.com/custom/ltd-cp/
Trust me, he'll still be thanking you for it in 30 years time.

If you still wanna get him an axe, I would steer clear of the big G and go after less expensive things but still interesting.
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I know that other people have already commented on this but wow, your husband is one lucky man!

That being said (and it needed to be!!), have you thought about a semi-hollowbody guitar? Maybe like an ES-339 sort of guitar? It's a matter of personal taste of course but it'd compliment a strat very well and if he likes to play the blues, well... that just works...
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I guess you could also look at the Godin LGX or xtSA . Seems like a similar shape to the Taylor he was looking at - but! they have piezos (to sound like an electro-acoustic guitar) and even synth access for some of them (although he'd have to eventually buy a synth module to use that). You should be able to find a used one for the price you're looking at (or a brand new one for the xTSA - and boy would I love to have one...).

Literally, you get an electric guitar, an electro-acoustic guitar and a synthetizer (once you get the synth module) all in one, absolutely gorgeous-looking guitar...
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Quote by stephanie.gardi
Carvin? I'll give them a look. He hasn't mentioned any other guitars since buying the Strat (he really does love that thing) but fell in love with a Taylor Solid Body Classic when we were looking. I really appreciate everybody's help here. I know absolutely nothing about electric guitars and you've all given me a really good place to start with my research.


Thing about Taylors is that you really want to contact Taylor Guitars and ask if there's anything "special" in the back room in terms of a solid body electric. Those guys put together some absolutely amazing guitars from stunning woods that aren't production items. They DO sell them, and you CAN get them and all you have to do is indicate that you know about them and want one.
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Yeah, that'd work too. Sound is pretty different from the ES-types no? I've never tried one...