#1
All right, tons of threads like this every day hehehe, but I help a lot in the GG&A forum, so I deserve to be helped too :P

so yeah, I am looking for a new guitar, that I'm going to get in december/around christmas, but I want to have 2 months to try a lot of them so I don't spend my money in the wrong place.
Budget: around 1000$ (Canada), will stretch a bit if it's worth it (around 1200-1300, can't go over that)
I don't need a certain amount of frets.
Now, I'm looking for a guitar with a clean tone, I don't need hot pickups that'll give me the br00t4lz, I'm more of a clean player, and my Ibanez RG gives me the distortion I want. I also have a modified yamaha pacifica with fender texas specials in it, so I don't need that twangy tone. Additionally, I have a Fender Jaguar HH (with seymour duncan alnico II pro in the bridge and SH-2 in the neck) and a lawsuit era Ibanez les paul (1978).
So as stated, I would like a guitar with the best clean tone possible, may it be a solid, a hollow or a semi-hollow. I would like a pretty warm and round tone, but chimey a sparkly, kind of fat but with a good presence.
Some guitars I've thought of already are :
Gibson SG Classic (with P-90s)
Gretsch G5120
Gretsch G5122 (seems to be roughly the same as the 5120 but with a double cutaway)
Fender Thinline telecaster
Epiphone Casino
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin (thanks Don't Panic Ok?)

I'm looking for suggestions, and feel free to tell me if my ideas are bad. I play alternative rock, there's a link to my band's myspace in my sig and I have 2 clips in my profile. I like to play stuff from Depeche Mode to Placebo, David Bowie, Kill Hannah, etc.

Sorry for the huge wall of text, I am starting to look for the one guitar I'll love to play with =) I already love my guitars, but I feel like they're missing a bit of something, I know my budget won't allow a custom shop guitar, but I know it'll allow me to get a guitar I'll be able to love.

EDIT: Oh, and it's not necessary, but I'd appreciate if the guitar could be relatively light and small, simply because I play a lot of gigs and I'd like it to let me have as much stage presence as I want, but that's not a priority at all, just a bonus :-)

EDIT 2: Oh, and I have pedalboard with 14 pedals (+2 footswitches) and I use them a lot, if it changes something, I know my pedals sound better with my RG when I use it in coil split mode, so I'm guessing my pickups can't be too hot
Last edited by Darkflame at Nov 1, 2009,
#3
lol yeah, my budget is limited
althought if I tell people around me how much I'm ready to spend, they'll call me crazy and say it's just a guitar xD
right now, I'm heading a bit toward the fender thinline 72, but the Gretsch is quite close, I've always loved Gretsch...
However, that thinline is pure sex
#4
For what you say about the tone I'd suggest a Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin, it might be a big large for your preference tho'. However it is an amazingly well built guitar, and in my opinion no archtop matches it in value to price. Definitely try one out, it sounds equally orgasmic with the tone rolled all the way down as it does turned up.

DON'T PANIC! DON'T PANIC!
THEY DON'T LIKE IT UP 'EM!
#7
I've played one of those Gretcsh guitars, and they're pretty nice. I also have a high opinion of the Godin.

However, you might also want to check out Carvin. I don't own a Carvin, but I know several people who do- all very, very happy.

They seem to have everything you want, and are within your price range. Usually, people order exactly what they want, but they also have a small stock of guitars to sell as-is.

If you look around these pages, you'll see at several guitars in your price range.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/guitars-in-stock/group.php?cid=AE&dir=R
http://www.carvinguitars.com/guitars-in-stock/group.php?cid=SB&dir=R

And if you like what you see, but don't see "The One," you could always just special order one.
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#8
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#9
Quote by dannyalcatraz
I've played one of those Gretcsh guitars, and they're pretty nice. I also have a high opinion of the Godin.

However, you might also want to check out Carvin. I don't own a Carvin, but I know several people who do- all very, very happy.

They seem to have everything you want, and are within your price range. Usually, people order exactly what they want, but they also have a small stock of guitars to sell as-is.

If you look around these pages, you'll see at several guitars in your price range.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/guitars-in-stock/group.php?cid=AE&dir=R
http://www.carvinguitars.com/guitars-in-stock/group.php?cid=SB&dir=R

And if you like what you see, but don't see "The One," you could always just special order one.

I'll look at these, but I'd really like to try the guitar out before... Is there a way to try Carvin guitars, or are they only sold online ?

And to the post above, I'm not a fan of strats, I modded my pacifica as one to get some of the tones I couldn't get otherwise, but I've got enough of them for now, thank you though :-)
(I don't really care where it's made as long as it's good, by the way )
#10
AFAIK, unless you know someone who owns one or can find a used one, the only way to try one out is to order one and take advantage of their guarantee.

According to this page, you have 10 days to try out the guitar- starting upon your receipt of the instrument.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/mbg.php

The only way to appreciate the performance of a Carvin product is to use it in your own environment, giving it the test of "real world" performance. Take 10 days to try out Carvin products. Your trial period starts when the merchandise is received by you, not when it's shipped. Really give it a workout. If you're not satisfied for any reason, send it back for a prompt refund or exchange - you would only be responsible for the shipping.
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!
#12
Well, good luck with your search...and regardless of which axe you buy, let us know!
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!
#13
I will, that's for sure !
I went to a music store today and tried the thinline telecaster, the gretsch g5120, the godin and the epiphone Dot and Sheraton.

All in all, I wasn't amazed with the dot, it left me quite indifferent, it was a good guitar, but it deserves its price tag, nothing more. The Sheraton, however, was a pretty solid guitar, felt good, had a nice neck, some nice tones, looked great.
The godin impressed me, actually, I was sure I wouldn't like it that much, but I did, I just wasn't so sure about the neck, but I'll play it again that's for sure.

Now, about the 2 I was expecting the most from.
The fender Telecaster 72 thinline, well... deceived me a lot, it didn't feel nearly as good as I thought it would, and the tone was way too shrill for me. I didn't like it as much as I wanted to, even the looks kind of disappointed me...
The Gretsch G5120, however, impressed me. it felt amazing, sounded amazing, looked beautiful... Really, this is the one I'm considering the most seriously now. I was sure it would be much heavier and bigger than it actually was, but it was great.
So now, I'm going for the Gretsch. However, I'm going to look at more guitars before I decide. I also absolutely want to try the 5122 because i think the double cutaway looks badass
#14
Just for the sake of accuracy, I must correct something- Carvin actually has free-standing stores in California, so if you live in that area, you can indeed go and try out Carvins without ordering one online.
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!