#1
Does anyone know where to have a guitar custom built for under 1000 bucks?

I am deeply in love with the Gibson Les Paul Supreme, but will not pay $3,409 for a guitar.

I was wondering if anyone knew a site or shop that will build a guitar to my specifications and it doesn't cost more than $800 just for the body?

Any help is much appreciated.
#2
carvin maybe? not sure never really looked into building one, but i think carvin will build custom guitars, or you buy the parts and put it together yourself
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#3
usacg, warmoth, for individual parts. but other than that, good luck finidng a company that'll build it for you completely for under 1k
#4
A small luthier.

really the only way i know of that would still give you a good price.
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#5
If you can expand your budget a few hundred, I think you'd like a good Carvin CS6.
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If you can expand your budget a few hundred, I think you'd like a good Carvin CS6.



I agree with this statement.

Carvin makes some really nice custom instruments for a reasonable price.


Other options include finding a local luthier and getting a price quote or trying to buy a used custom instrument that matches your specs.

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#7
Build your own guitar. If anything, a local luthier should be able to do it for pretty reasonable, or carvin
#8
If you go Warmoth and buy an unfinished body and avoid things like a Floyd Rose, you should be able to do it, but a small luthier is probably your best bet.
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#9
I'd raise your budget to at least $1200 and go Carvin.

I wouldn't know what luthiers charge though.
#11
Heritage are priced like Gibsons. Carvin won't feel like an LP but are well made, high quality guitars. (their better stuff approaches Gibson prices though) The only bummer being you'll only know if you like it after buying.
Gibson Traditionals give you todays version of the "old" Standard LP and cost $2300 CAD. I have one and I'm very happy with it.
I just played a Gibson R0V2 today and can't stop thinking about it, it was that good, but that's another story. Custom Shop and pricey!!
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Gibson Traditionals give you todays version of the "old" Standard LP and cost $2300 CAD. I have one and I'm very happy with it.

but supremes and traditionals are vastly different.

maybe a used carvin because lower demands for them drive used prices down.

i've seen supremes as low as $1700 used, maybe just keep saving and hope for the best?

also, how do i say politely that your taste is aweful?
j/k different strokes etc.
#13
I'd go with carvin seen as your in the US
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but supremes and traditionals are vastly different.

maybe a used carvin because lower demands for them drive used prices down.

i've seen supremes as low as $1700 used, maybe just keep saving and hope for the best?

also, how do i say politely that your taste is aweful?
j/k different strokes etc.


I don't think I'd pay well over 3K new for a non-custom shop guitar though! You could easily get a new VOS 57GT or R8 for that money and it would be a superior guitar IMO of course.
The supreme just seems to have a lot of bling on it (AAAA top, Gold HW, split block inlays, flashy TRC etc)
Like you say different strockes for different folks.
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#15
I think I might go with a small luthier, although I kinda want to build one. the only problem is the chambering. I'd go with carvin or heritage, but I really want the gibson 490r and 498t pickups.
#16
I'd go with Carvin, and with the money you save you can swap the pickups for some Gibson ones (though why you'd want to do that I dunno, it's cheaper to get an Alnico II pro and a Custom 5/Custom Custom if you want that tone).
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I don't think I'd pay well over 3K new for a non-custom shop guitar though! You could easily get a new VOS 57GT or R8 for that money and it would be a superior guitar IMO of course.
The supreme just seems to have a lot of bling on it (AAAA top, Gold HW, split block inlays, flashy TRC etc)
Like you say different strockes for different folks.

i wouldn't go with a supreme, ever. for pretty much the same reasons you listed. i've seen used R7 or R8 for under $2k. about the same as a good used prs. side by side i preferred a mccarty at the time.

i had an 08 standard, it was a good guitar. sadly at the time my yamaha did a better "paul" tone that it did.

TS - i'm all for the "find a nice used carvin or prs singlecut" for a few hundo more.

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