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#1
...At some point over the next 12 months. Before you ask, no I'm not a spoiled rich kid. I work and I earn my own money. The last guitar I bought was a Taylor 412ce about 4 years ago, so I think it's about time to treat myself to something new. I used to have plans to eventually get an 814, but I've grown to HATE the Expression System. Anyway, moving on...

Obviously I'm going to go the custom route. Any suggestions on where I should look? Who should I turn to? Any suggestions at all? I remember hearing good things about Kronbauer guitars on another forum. I live in the US on the east coast, in an area that is a short drive away from Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, and DC, if that makes a difference. What say you all??

$3000 is what I want to spend, but I'd be willing to go over that limit (but not by too much).

And before some jerk decides to flame me, let me say--considering the amount of money I'm going to be spending I'm OBVIOUSLY not going to base my decision solely on what UG says. I would like to hear some suggestions, though!
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Last edited by BigFatSandwich at Jan 26, 2009,
#2
not sure what stuff you're into, but Martin Guitars brought out a John Mayer Special Edition recently... i got the chance to play one a few weeks ago and the tone was beautiful.

it's around $3,000 and looks pretty stunning.

so if you're into chilled indie/blues/pop then this might be worth looking into... here's a pic...

http://www.whitehouseofmusic.com/guitar_images/John%20Mayer_f.jpg

and here's a video...

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/martin-omjm-john-mayer-000-acoustic-guitar-demonstration/1697781677
#3
with that kind of money id custom order from the guy who makes Rodrigo y Gabriela's guitars in Ireland lol

http://www.franktateinstruments.com/index.html
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#4
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not sure what stuff you're into, but Martin Guitars brought out a John Mayer Special Edition recently... i got the chance to play one a few weeks ago and the tone was beautiful.

it's around $3,000 and looks pretty stunning.

so if you're into chilled indie/blues/pop then this might be worth looking into... here's a pic...

http://www.whitehouseofmusic.com/guitar_images/John%20Mayer_f.jpg

and here's a video...

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/martin-omjm-john-mayer-000-acoustic-guitar-demonstration/1697781677

Thanks, but I'm looking to go totally custom so I can get exactly what I want (for example, I've decided a cutaway is a necessity).

Quote by TK1
with that kind of money id custom order from the guy who makes Rodrigo y Gabriela's guitars in Ireland lol

http://www.franktateinstruments.com/index.html

Haha, why do I get the idea those are going to cost me a lot more than I wanna pay?
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#5
I don't believe you'll be able to easily find a Luthier to make a custom guitar for you for only $3000. Most start at about $4000+ if I'm not mistaken. I could be wrong though.
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#6
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I don't believe you'll be able to easily find a Luthier to make a custom guitar for you for only $3000. Most start at about $4000+ if I'm not mistaken. I could be wrong though.


You are mistaken I will do it for only $2900. You send a western union money order right now though. Email for details.
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#7
Quote by captivate
I don't believe you'll be able to easily find a Luthier to make a custom guitar for you for only $3000. Most start at about $4000+ if I'm not mistaken. I could be wrong though.

I'd be willing to go that high--if need be. I know (for the most part) what I want and I'm having trouble finding it in a mass produced guitar.

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You are mistaken I will do it for only $2900. You send a western union money order right now though. Email for details.

The money is already on its way! I'll send the email after it gets there!!!

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#10
You might be able to get a Breedlove custom, which would be win, but I doubt it for that price.
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#11
You could also look into Lowden. I don't believe everything they offer is completely custom(although they do have a custom shop as well), but the kind of options they do offer might be enough for you. Starting prices are also $4000+, but they're damn good guitars.

Here's an example of a Lowden played by Andy Mckee
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=JsD6uEZsIsU&feature=related&fmt=18

If I'm not mistaken, that one should be an S body.
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#12
I agree with the Lowden. Damn fine instruments....Andy Mckee's not the only one with good taste. Don Ross, Thomas Leeb, and if I'm not mistaken, Antoine Dufour all use, or used to use them.
#13
Quote by captivate
I don't believe you'll be able to easily find a Luthier to make a custom guitar for you for only $3000. Most start at about $4000+ if I'm not mistaken. I could be wrong though.


I purchased an Acoustic-Electric from Jon Kammerer for much less than that...but it wasn't a full bodied model. With his design, the unplugged sound is surprisingly rich with decent projection. Still, I understand the OP is looking for an acoustic.

http://kamererguitars.com/content.php

For a bit more, I've always wanted to get a Gottschall, but they start at $3900EU.

http://www.gottschall-guitars.de/

I was once in negotiations with Roger Bacorn for a guitar, but ultimately, I had a family situation that drained my resources, so I had to pass. Still, he makes amazing instruments.

http://www.bacornguitars.com/
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#14
What exactly are you looking for in your guitar?

And if you like your Taylor, you could always consider ordering from their custom shop. If you like Taylor but really want to go high end, you could custom order an R. Taylor. They are amazing guitars and will build you anything you want, though they do start at above your price range.

http://rtaylorguitars.com/

Somebody mentioned Breedlove above, and that's a great option also. I actually have a custom shop Breedlove that was a little over $3000 new and it is an amazing guitar. I highly recommend their custom shop as well.

http://www.breedloveguitars.com/instruments/guitars/custom_shop/index.php
#15
You may want to try Paul Woolson. He is a great guy and an incredible builder. I have played quite a few of his guitars at Artisan near Nashville, TN. Also, if you don't want to spend near 5 grand because you want the cutaway, you may want to look at Santa Cruz, Collings, or Goodall as well. They are made in small numbers and all of them sound amazing. If you want a turbodriven Taylor then Goodall may be exactly what you want. Have fun with your search.
#17
It's in Franklin. Go to www.artisanguitars.com

It's in the Factory if you know where that is. It's really in the Cold Springs area.

They are really nice people. They hand you any guitar you wish to play and then clean them when you are done. It is an amazing store. Just email them and they will tell you how to get there if you can't find it on google or something.
#18
Get a santa cruz.
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#19
Andrew White I think has some in the 3.5k plus? Or, he did 5 years ago x.x
#20
There's about a 1% chance that you'll be interested in this but there's a small shop in Richmond, VA called Guitar Works. The guy that owns the shop makes his own guitars. I've never played one of his guitars but I know the SHOP is well-respected in Richmond and so I would think that the guitars are good. Also, the last time I was in there, there was a Taylor 816ce priced at $2,500 and if you go to a Guitar Center the same guitar will go for $3,000.

I don't have extensive experience buying guitars and I don't know anything about custom guitars but there it is for what it's worth.

http://www.guitarworksinc.net/index.asp

EDIT: all of his guitars are pretty cheap so if you're going for something custom and high end then look elsewhere.
Last edited by JHogg11 at Jan 26, 2009,
#21
Quote by BigFatSandwich
...At some point over the next 12 months. Before you ask, no I'm not a spoiled rich kid. I work and I earn my own money. The last guitar I bought was a Taylor 412ce about 4 years ago, so I think it's about time to treat myself to something new. I used to have plans to eventually get an 814, but I've grown to HATE the Expression System. Anyway, moving on...

Obviously I'm going to go the custom route. Any suggestions on where I should look? Who should I turn to? Any suggestions at all? I remember hearing good things about Kronbauer guitars on another forum. I live in the US on the east coast, in an area that is a short drive away from Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, and DC, if that makes a difference. What say you all??

$3000 is what I want to spend, but I'd be willing to go over that limit (but not by too much).

And before some jerk decides to flame me, let me say--considering the amount of money I'm going to be spending I'm OBVIOUSLY not going to base my decision solely on what UG says. I would like to hear some suggestions, though!


check out some nice Martins, or maybe Gibson.
#22
Well....I don't know how you would feel about this....

But what about hiring out one of our resident UG luthiers? There are come insanely talented folks in GB&C. I'd just start a thread seeing if anyone would build you a custom acoustic
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#24
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Well....I don't know how you would feel about this....

But what about hiring out one of our resident UG luthiers? There are come insanely talented folks in GB&C. I'd just start a thread seeing if anyone would build you a custom acoustic


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

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Log off and play yer guitar!

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#25
Thanks for the advice, everyone. I'll be looking into pretty much everything each one of you suggested. I've got a lot of research to do!
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#26
Sorry, guys. I had to remove that other forum link. It's against the rules to post links to other guitar sites that have forums. I think it's actually a warnable offense, but I think that's stupid so I just delete them.
#27
Shall I suggest cole clark as well?
This one's a Fat Lady 3 in rosewood, but i'd like to suggest tasmanian blackwood.

Which can be seen here. in this Fat Lady 2 AC
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#28
Those are beautiful!
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!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#30
They really are, aren't they?

The only problem is that they're nearly impossible to find in the US. If I remember right, there are only about 10 dealers nationwide.
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As usual Natrone's mouth spouts general win.

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man, Natrone you're some kind of ninja I swear


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plexi


i realize the longshot that is. little giant to humongous one.


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#31
Another fine luthier, Ervin Somogyi, whose work I wished was in my possession:

http://www.esomogyi.com/models.html
http://www.esomogyi.com/options.html
http://www.esomogyi.com/soundhole.html

But here's the problem with his stuff:

http://www.esomogyi.com/prices.html

My price for a guitar is currently $25,000, plus whatever customizing features or design elements you want, plus applicable tax and shipping. For a more complete quote, please read the "about my current pricing" section below.


That's the kind of stuff you read, go "tee-hee-heeee" and then *thunk* you find yourself on the floor in a puddle of drool with your dog looking at you with concern.
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!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jan 27, 2009,
#32
Quote by dannyalcatraz
Another fine luthier, Ervin Somogyi, whose work I wished was in my possession:

http://www.esomogyi.com/models.html
http://www.esomogyi.com/options.html
http://www.esomogyi.com/soundhole.html

But here's the problem with his stuff:


That's the kind of stuff you read, go "tee-hee-heeee" and then *thunk* you find yourself on the floor in a puddle of drool with your dog looking at you with concern.



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As usual Natrone's mouth spouts general win.

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man, Natrone you're some kind of ninja I swear


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plexi


i realize the longshot that is. little giant to humongous one.


Rest In Peace Stevie Ray
#33
My dogs are glad I made your day!
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

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Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#35
I've purchased many guitars over the years. The best guitar I've ever played so far is my current beauty.

Taylor 714ce 2008 Fall Limited - koa back and sides... plays better than the 914ce and is made by hand.

I've never had the sheer number of compliments on the guitar (grand auditorium style, cutaway body, perfect weight) and more importantly, it's sound.

You can get one for just under $3000 and it blows away guitars more than twice it's price, hands down.

You owe it to yourself to go to a taylor resellter (Guitar Center does, not sure who else carries them) and specifically single out a 2008 Fall Limited Edition 714ce with the KOA back, and expression system. (Electrical acoustic)

Make sure they have it loaded with the Elixir Polyweb acoustic lights. Find a sound room, or a quiet area, and start playing. In fact. Make sure you do this AFTER you find whatever other guitars peak your interest. Pick up the taylor last, because it will ruin all the other guitars if you do it first, you'll love it so much.

I was a strictly dreadnaught player for the longest time. Got rid of my Martin DC Aura D14 because I simply stopped playing everything else. I would reach for the Taylor every time.

It has it all, looks, style, comfort, sound, weight... and is specifically set for the elixir polyweb lights.

I doubt you can find a custom guitar cheaper than $9000 that sounds, plays, feels and looks better than this beauty.








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#36
Kuzio Yairi is a famed Japanese Luthier. In North America Alverez distributes them, but they actually don't do anything in regards to building them. They are 100% hand crafted and carved, They have a dovetailed neck which is no longer done on production guitars even though it's stronger, they have an extended truss that no other manufacturer does, the Nut is made of Bone rather than plastic... the list goes on. They also have quite a growing list of noteable players that are just discovering them. Zakk W. for one went Yairi only once he tried them.

Depending on what you get price will be $1400 to $3000.

http://www.yairi.com/coinfoky/kycoinfo.html
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#37
oh... the K. Yairi Guitar "factory".

http://www.yairi.co.jp/home.html
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#39
Quote by Milez5858
oh... the K. Yairi Guitar "factory".

http://www.yairi.co.jp/home.html


I've been trying that link for a while...no success.

Perhaps Godzilla got him?
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!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#40
I believe Martin, Yamaha, Takamine, and well pretty much most shops have a custom build shop on site so you could probably get a custom acoustic from just about anybody. I'd just go with something you like. The one benefit to going with a "brand" is service after the sale to maintain that beauty. My brother bought an expensive guitar from a luthiere in Nashville (no Names as his problem could be a one off) but he's had nightmares with his guitar and finds it impossible to get a luthiere near him to work on it, they won't touch it, but that might be because my brother can be....let's say an unpleasant person to be around so that could play into it too.
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