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#1
I love discovering new and interesting guitar designs, and i've begun getting bored of the big classic brands like: Fender, Gibson, Ibanez etc.

I've found lots and lots of brands by searching, like Kramer, Schecter, Guerilla, PRS, Manson, but i'd really love to see how many other great brands that are out there, since i'm looking for a new guitar myself, but generally i'd love if everyone named their favorite under-acknowledged Guitar brand(s)!
#2
Jackson.

You can get a MIJ soloist for around 500 used, thin ass neck-through design. Neck is seriously thin.

I love any neck through model they have build that I have played so far. MIA or MIJ.
#5
PRS isn't really unknown tbh.

G&L isn't that widespread. Charvel as well.
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#6
For people on a budget, I would like to add Hagström (value for money, versatility), Michael Kelly(same as Hagström), London City(incredible value for money) and maybe Eastwood(vintage reissues that actually work out really well).

They all are very different, but I think you can hardly go wrong with any of these brands for the prices they list.
#8
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I went to check 'em out and I saw that due from Fu Manchu on there. I remembered you were into Stoner.


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#9
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Also Framus, Music Man and Peavey

This. I'd take one of these over an equally priced PRS any day.


Also, this brand is probably only underrated on these boards (what with all teh br00tz people around here), but: Gretsch.
#10
Both First Act and Parker.

Used by heaps of huge bands but not really used by many guitarists.
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#11
The amp brand bugera is quite amazing, I got the 333xl valve for 500 with a footswitch, its amazing for the price, good cleans, and specifically amazing distortion
#12
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The amp brand bugera is quite amazing, I got the 333xl valve for 500 with a footswitch, its amazing for the price, good cleans, and specifically amazing distortion

I can never work out where to thread the strings though
#13
Normandy guitars are amazing also people dont give the old aria's enough credit, I basically got a Jap Jackson soloist for £200 ( although paid £80 due to sale and trade in )
#15
i want to say agile, but i think they have earned all the recognition they deserve around here. music man guitars are some peices of work. only other thing coming to mind is Bernie Rico Jr.
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#16
I've played some really nice Corts.
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#17
Nobody mentioned Fernandes yet?

Disappoint.
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#18
Godin make some great instruments.
Maton - an Australian brand are also worth checking out - the Mastersound electrics, BB1200 and some of the mid-range (and up) acoustics have a great tone and are a little different from the norm as they are built from local tonewoods. Joshua Homme has a signature model that is definitely worth checking out.
Teisco guitars (an old Japanese brand) are pretty good too. There are a couple of stores here and there that have them in and they are reasonably priced. Just don't expect a metal-monster.
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Zemantis make some nice eye-candy. Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to play one whenI finally saw it in a store as it was some "mega-sale" day and evey guitar playing teen in a 300 mile radius was clamouring to get a the Ibanezzzezzz......
Danelectro's reissues are hreat to play. Our bassist plays guitar in another band and has a weakness for them. He has at least seven last time I counted. And a couple of basses too.
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#19
If you can find (and afford) one, try LAG Guitars. Their guitars are first-rate, and their Arkane A3000 is amazing:




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#21
+1 to Maton.
Being Australian I think of them as a well known, highly regarded instrument but on the world stage I suppose they are relatively unknown. Some Maton acoustics are simply divine.
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Fender 5F1 Champ clone
Atomic Amplifire
Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


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#24
Godin is pretty nice. I don't think it's really underrated and most of their good guitars cost a lot, but they make nice stuff and they aren't known very well.
#25
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Nobody mentioned Fernandes yet?

Disappoint.

i was beginning to think i was the only person on UG who'd ever played one.

they are great guitars for the money - not my sort of thing, but they sure are underrated.

+1 to godin, too. my friend has a godin, i can't remember what model it is, but it is an awesome guitar. he got it for a stupidly low price too.
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#27
japanese copies are where it's at for value (outside the USA, anyway)- things like tokai etc.

MusicMan is very nice indeed. Framus is nice too (as mentioned), but at the old prices, not the new.

Tyler, Vigier, stuff like that is pretty sweet too. Nik Huber.

I mean I dunno it just depends on where you go and who you talk to... what's obscure to one person is run of the mill to the next (aside from the obvious stuff like fender and gibson).
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#28
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I went to check 'em out and I saw that due from Fu Manchu on there. I remembered you were into Stoner.


I c nao

I had one before I even knew he had one. There is a video floating around of Wino playing the Fu Manchu guy's reverend, and he thought it was a great guitar.
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#29
Gordon Smith make great guitars. http://www.gordonsmithguitars.co.uk/
They are built to order and can be customised to your own spec, for a fantastic price.

My first proper electric was a Les Paul Jnr copy by Gordon Smith. It had a split coil humbucker in the bridge and a single coil in the neck. Very versatile, sounding beautiful and had one of the best necks I ever played.

Also Tokai are very highly rated, but I've not had any personal experience.
#31
+1 to Godin. Canada ftw!
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#33
G&L
MusicMan
Hagstrom

A couple ASATs:

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#34
I miss my Michael Kelly. They do the best LP style guitars in that budget by a mile IMO. Probably going to get another at some stage.
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#36
Carvin makes some good guitars with all the options you can add it's great fun to make a guitar with them.

Also check out Becker Guitars they are pretty pricey but sound nice as hell.
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#37
Quote by pbiggie
I had one before I even knew he had one. There is a video floating around of Wino playing the Fu Manchu guy's reverend, and he thought it was a great guitar.

Ha, that's cool. They look like sweet guitars to be honest.
#38
Quote by Dave_Mc
japanese copies are where it's at for value (outside the USA, anyway)- things like tokai etc.

MusicMan is very nice indeed. Framus is nice too (as mentioned), but at the old prices, not the new.

Tyler, Vigier, stuff like that is pretty sweet too. Nik Huber.

I mean I dunno it just depends on where you go and who you talk to... what's obscure to one person is run of the mill to the next (aside from the obvious stuff like fender and gibson).



+1 for Vigier but dont forget about Bernie Rico Jr.

Also Haywire has some nice custom builds
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#39
Rondo Music has a lot of awesome guitars for low prices. Have bought 3 of their guitars(a Strat, Tele, and Les Paul) and each has performed fantastically.
#40
Quote by FatalGear41
If you can find (and afford) one, try LAG Guitars. Their guitars are first-rate, and their Arkane A3000 is amazing:






Played a couple of these a few weeks ago in a used store in Dallas, they're okay, but I didn't really like the feel of them tbh. And LAG is a branch off of Marshall btw. I played on an Oasis electirc in the same store that they wanted $600 for. it was old and the bridge was worn, but the neck was the most comfortable neck in that entire store. never heard of the brand before, but I was impressed. Most of the guitars I was going to name have already been named, Cort, Fernandez, Charvel, Agile, and Alvarez are pretty nice.
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