I've been researching the usual suspects (Epiphone, ESP etc) and had pretty much narrowed it down to the Ibanez ART100. Aside from being in my price range, it has almost uniformly great reviews. Then I found an online classified ad for a new Devlin Echo Series DV-400. Now, the prices are similar ($375 for the Ibanez, $400 for the Devlin -- but the Devlin comes with a soft case) and it seems like a solid guitar on paper, but of course I'm wary about a mostly unknown brand. The few reviews I've found for other Devlin models are positive, and their custom pickups are very highly praised (I've read of some guys installing them in higher end guitars).

Here's a comparison:


* Style: Set Neck
* Body: Solid Mahogany
* Neck: Maple
* Markers: Hand Set Abalone
* Fingerboard: Rosewood
* Frets: 22
* Binding: 5-Ply
* Tuners: GROVER Rotomatic
* Bridge Pickup: Alnico Custom Wound Humbucker
* Neck Pickup: Alnico Neck Deluxe
* Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
* Tailpiece: Gold Stop
* Electronics: 2-Volume / 2-Tone
* Toggle: 3-Way
* Scale: 24 3/4”


* Neck: Mahogany
* Neck Type: ART (set-in)
* Body: Mahogany body
* Frets: 22 Medium frets
* Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
* Inlay: ART special on 12th fret
* Bridge: Gibraltar III bridge
* Neck Pickup: Ibanez Artcore ACH1-S
* Bridge Pickup: Ibanez Artcore ACH2-S
* Hardware Color: Chrome
* Scale: 24 3/4”

I guess I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the Devlin? It certainly seems like it has slightly better components (the Grover tuners, for example). Assuming both have similar "feels," which one would you choose?

just curious...why not look into agiles?

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Even though based on my rig, you can tell I'm a huge Ibanez fan, I'd say go with the Devlin. I've heard good things about it, and it certainly does look good on paper. Besides, I really don't like the look of the Ibanez Les Paul copies much. Definitely go out and try both, because you may like the playability of the Ibanez, but based on looks and specs, I'd go with the Devlin.
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Oh, I did, but I don't have a local dealer.

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just curious...why not look into agiles?
Hi. I don't mean to sound like an ass, but have you looked into Epiphones? They are the sibling of Gibson and the Epiphones I've played sometimes sound better than the more costly originals. Check out the Guitar Center web site. They have several, including a 'goth' (love their looks), that are very reasonably priced. Happy hunting.
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epiphones are over priced and u can get better copys for less
but if ur not prepared to buy out of your area i doubt u would be able to get one
for example any mij lp copy eg tokai
also +1 on agiles
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Oh, I did, but I don't have a local dealer.

There is no "local dealer" for Agiles, they're online only.

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Have a look at Tokai and Rally is well.
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Look at Tradition's guitars, They all have raving reviews at Harmony Central and I've seen them for $400 in stores (Over $200 less than MSRP)

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