#1
So i've owned a few guitars, and all of them have been made by well-known manufacturers (i.e. fender, gibson etc.) and want to try something new for a change. I want to get a high-quality guitar that people haven't heard of before(sort of like a conversation piece at jam sessions). I've looked at a few, such as Hagstrom, Reverend Buckshot or Dingwall. I'd also prefer to buy them online because I've looked around my area and can't find a brick and mortar dealer. Who here buys these kinds of guitar, and which websites sell them?
#2
I own a few different Agile guitars...and they are great guitars. They're pretty well known here on UG (as are Hagstrom)...but most people haven't heard of them.
#4
Both Hagstrom and Reverend guitars are great companies and are perhaps even better than any of the "well-known" manufacturers that you listed.

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#6
I have a Douglas six-string fretless bass. I haven't had a problem with it yet. For $200, I was amazed with the quality.
#8
i agree with whoever said hagstrom. hadnt heard of it in my life but my friend let me play his and i fell in love with it.
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#11
Univox Hi-Fliers, Mosrites, Danelectros,Wandres, Airline, and National are some you could look into.
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Univox Hi-Fliers, Mosrites, Danelectros,Wandres, Airline, and National are some you could look into.


Lower end Danelectros don't look so great though
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#13
Cort, US Masters, Carvin, Charvel maybe?, Or a Custom warmoth. I didnt hear about any of them until This site!
#14
Godin guitars!
They are awesome, and even their lowest end models(500$-ish) are made in Canada, not in Mexico, China or wathever and are great, way better than anything of the same price from a big company like Fender and such. I love mine, you can buy them at Musician's Friend
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I own a few different Agile guitars...and they are great guitars. They're pretty well known here on UG (as are Hagstrom)...but most people haven't heard of them.



I have an Agile AL-2500 and it's great.


I plan on buying more Agiles in the future. After seeing the quality of these guitars, spending money on something just because it has a popular brand name on it seems really petty to me. I'll stick with my knock-offs.
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#16
Hagstrom FTW! I have a ultra swede and it plays better than life. I'd check into those if I were ye, coil taps and the most bitchin neck ever? its nice
#17
i have noticed that there are some really nice custom brands out there such as high end first act. or cort. i have noticed that everyone ends up come back to the gibys or fender eventually. its not worth the money
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#18
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I have a honey sunburst Les Paul, and it's beautiful. It could do for some really nice pups to get the most out of it, which i'll do one day, as well as coil splitting like i did in my SG. These are great guitars that will rival higher end mass produced ones. I'm really wanting to get a Reaper model or maybe a superstrat model next...
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#19
There was a no-name Japanese Jazz bass copy at a local store a couple of weeks ago. I was dead-set on buying it, but someone got there first.
It felt great, looked great, sounded great, even though it wasn't a Fender. I probably wouldn't trust a Chinese no-name guitar, though.
#20
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#22
I have a Fame the Paul gothic, cost me about 600 euros and its handmade in Poland, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, AlnicoII pickups and a solid black matte finish with cream binding, that machine is Awsome,and the feel is.....godly. Really, a Standard LP doesnt sound or feels the same, Alder boldy is really surprising for 4,5 kg of les paul
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#23
that does sound like a pretty nice guitar but i dunno if i'd want an LP made of alder...my experience with alder is that it feels really light, REALLY light, like the kind of light that i can literally break the body in half using my hands alone...i'd be scared using it lol
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#24
this guitar is particulary heavy.... more than my back can bear, but the tone is AWSOME, not light at all, and full lp thickness, so.... if you want a pic to see it
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#25
I've put some money towards a reverend club king HB. Should be getting it around january.
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#27
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Godin guitars!
They are awesome, and even their lowest end models(500$-ish) are made in Canada, not in Mexico, China or wathever and are great, way better than anything of the same price from a big company like Fender and such. I love mine, you can buy them at Musician's Friend


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#28
Sorry to spoil the fun but Godin, Reverend, Hagstrom, Carvin, Charvel, and Warmoth are actually all fairly common brands - maybe not as well known as say Fender or Gibson, but there are professional touring guitarists that play those brands.
#29
Why not have a browse around the TC Ellis site and get him to make you something? Not only rare at the moment but comparatively inexpensive for what you get. He's just done the 'Debbie' series of Les Pauls with Maple necks and BKP pickups to give you an idea. There's gorgeous Strats with Maple capped Mahogany bodies and EMG pups. Really, you name it. He is a guitar maniac and I suspect his heart is in traditional or exotic wood combinations. Not sure how he'd react if you ask for Basswood or Nato or the like.

Another UK maker is Gordon Smith. Several stock designs that are not the usual copies. Or if your wallet is aching, Whitstable Guitars has a Pack Leader that he might be parted from. Only about 70 were made. I owned one and they certainly turn heads where guitarists gather. They sound pretty wonderful too.
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#31
I got mine from guitarfetish.com it's a Xaviere XV-500 and I simply think it's wonderful- and it was about $ 200 US with a hard case included. You can even shop for blem models they have. They have Gibson LP copies, Fender Strat copies, Fender tele copies, ES-330 copies, and they are on YouTube if you want to get a look at how they go. I love mine, the pickups are pretty decent too.
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#32
Nice quited tops and inlays........decent price.

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#33
Quote by slash_rocks2005
that does sound like a pretty nice guitar but i dunno if i'd want an LP made of alder...my experience with alder is that it feels really light, REALLY light, like the kind of light that i can literally break the body in half using my hands alone...i'd be scared using it lol

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My Jaguar is made of alder, and it weighs a ton.
#34
^i'm not claiming to know much about alder bodies lol, i'm just saying the two i've played at shops were alder, but i guess they were prolly made to be super lightweight...i know one was an ESP (or was it LTD? whichever is the sub-brand) Viper and it was flat black....but the feather-like weight scared me away from it for sure
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"They call him the 'Sand Spider.' -Why? -Probably because it sounds scary"
*Agile AL3000 Les Paul w/ Alnico IIs
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*Dunlop CFH
*fellow LEO feel free to give a shout out
#35
They might slightly hard to get, but I'd recommend you to check out Michael Kelly's.
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