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#1
Just out of curiosity, what are you guy's favourite boutique guitar makers?
I've listed companies here but never tried them before:
James Tyler guitars
Suhr
Nik Huber
Don Grosh
K-Line
LsL
Tom Anderson
Manson (Matt Bellamy's guitars)
Gene Baker B3
#2
Halo
Traben
...and that's about it.
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#3
Caparison.
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#4
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Caparison.

I played a Delligner ( i think? ) once and it was insane craftsmanahip you could feel eminating from it.

So light, too.
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#5
James Tyler headstocks look f**king terrible.

Suhr, EBMM, KxK and Daemoness are great.
#7
It's not really that exotic or anything, but they are very nice.

I really, really, really like the Mosrite guitars! especially the mark2 jr
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#8
Ormsby guitars in Perth are pretty good, can't say I've been fortunate enough to own one though:

http://www.ormsbyguitars.com/finished.html
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#9
ormsby make some funky ones hey? i saw one at the vic park music store when i lived there!
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#10
Oni. ...Whenever I get the money. It's just a short twenty-thirty minute drive away, too, so whenever I finally scrounge up enough and decide what I want, I can pick it up fresh...
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#11
A friend of mine is endorsed by Strictly Seven guitars. His model is extremely well made, and I couldn't really find anything bad to say about it.
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#12
Not really boutique, but without a doubt high end: ESP Original. Shit is serious.
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#13
Quote by vegas_shb
Just out of curiosity, what are you guy's favourite boutique guitar makers?
I've listed companies here but never tried them before:
James Tyler guitars
Suhr
Nik Huber
Don Grosh
K-Line
LsL
Tom Anderson
Manson (Matt Bellamy's guitars)
Gene Baker B3

Did you know they also make John Paul Jones' bass guitars and Jimmy Page is a regular customer? The shop is about an hour from where I live. I got there way too often. It's fairly small but the stuff they have in there... They let you play ANYTHING as long as you're polite.

A customer recently came in with a guitar he said looked like an Epi Les Paul Black Beauty but with a Bigsby. He said it was his Dad's but he died and this guy knew nothing about guitars. Turns out it was a factory condition 1958 Custom. They're selling it for £65,000 I think. They don't keep it in the shop.
#15
Languedoc
Carl Thompson
Greenfield

that will be all.
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#20
Fano: http://www.fanoguitars.com/
Carruthers Guitars: http://www.carruthersguitars.com/

I am trying to decide between the two for my next guitar. Though, a Fano is about half the price of a Carruthers, but every Carruthers I have played are perfect, he makes the only Strat type guitars i like (LOVE). I also want a rickenbacker... Both located relatively near me.
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#22
Brand name companies apparently can't make heavy metal guitars that "define the music" according to the folks at Daemoness Guitars.

"This is because they are to(o) closely linked with big business and the mainstream, which is uncomfortable with w(h)ere metal dwells within the human condition. My guitars are not sanitized to conform to the mainstream."

Yeah?...Your spelling doesn't conform either, pal.

You judge convention and then use that pathos......to sell guitars? Well....Apple sold a lot of computers exactly that way. I'll buy a guitar when it's made well and it sounds good. I can do without throwing a bunch of pretentious crap into the deal.

Sorry...bad day.
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#23
Quote by nitestick
Ormsby guitars in Perth are pretty good, can't say I've been fortunate enough to own one though:

http://www.ormsbyguitars.com/finished.html

I've seen his build threads here, he used to be a regular in GB&C.
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Adam S3A monitors
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#24
Fano and Grosh.
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#25
Quote by oneblackened
I've seen his build threads here, he used to be a regular in GB&C.

Oh wow, I had no clue *clicks search bar*.
My Gear:
Suzuki Classical Guitar from 60s
B.C. Rich Warlock
Epiphone Les Paul Junior
Monterey Steel String Acoustic
Maton M255 Steel String Acoustic
Agile AL-3100 w/ EMG 81/85
Bugera 6262-212
#26
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Oh wow, I had no clue *clicks search bar*.


His threads are amazing. I've learned a lot, and since he's an expert, it kind of makes me come in my pants.
#27
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Daemoness. Dylan's guitars look ****ing amazing, and according to their players they're the best guitars around. I know Nolly owns a couple, and they seem to be semi-popular over on SS.org. I can't wait to buy one myself.
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What bridge is that? A small part of me wants to say a Schaller but I could be wrong. I had the privilege of playing a guitar with one such bridge and it's insanely comfortable...

And while we're on topic, I'd say Blackmachine, Caparison (absolutely adore the TAT II), or Hufschmid are on my top list...
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#28
^It's a Schaller Hannes.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#29
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#32
PRS, Fanno, and Alemblic are all pretty awesome.
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#33
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Acoustic:

Silvertone D09

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#34
Hufschmid Guitars for me just because I've played 2 of his guitars which sounded amazing and played like butter but also by the way he warmly welcomed me when I went to visit his workshop 3 years ago.

And now I bump into this and its giving me massive GAS! (from flickr account)

#35
does james trussart count? my first vote would be that.
other --> brad freiheit guitars(stopped building)
--> still building as far as i know, huffschmid guitars.
#37
I like PRS, Mayones, and Carvin's. I know the latter isn't really "boutique" perse, but close.

Caparison and custom shop Jackson/ESP's are nice too.
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#38
Not boutique per se, but for sheer high-end quality I really don't think you can beat Gibson, Fender and PRS. Their custom shops/private stock models, I mean. Like it or not those three have more buying power than any other companies in the world so if you want a Les Paul made with the very best woods money can buy then you have to go Gibson, if you want the very best Stratocaster then you need to go Fender and obviously PRS have the market cornered on their Custom 22/24 design. No other company, especially not smaller localised ones, can afford to match what those three will pay for the best woods. That's why you'll never see a guitar with a nicer flame top than a PRS 10-top, you'll never find a more resonant SG than a Gibson Custom Shop and you'll never find a Telecaster with as much blues spirit and country twang as a masterbuilt Fender.

The metal market is a little more divided. I would say Mayones is the best from what I've played but they're a little limited and very slow plus their customer service is shit. ESP has the best custom shop but most of their stuff they restrict to Japan only so the rest of the world only gets basic, generic builds. Ibanez, Washburn and Schecter just aren't to my taste but I respect that if you pay them enough they will hand you something that's built flawlessly.

From what I've been able to tell a lot of those smaller companies that people tout as being the best really aren't all that great. They don't have the buying power or the sheer manpower of bigger companies so they do have to cut corners whether they want to or not. They can't get the very best wood and their parts are often no different to the ones on the very standard production Fenders, Gibsons and Ibanez models. They talk a lot of smack about soulless corporations and how they're the only ones making things the right way and how it can all be personalised but at the end of the day they still try to charge an awful lot per instrument and they don't have the security or the means that a bigger company does. If I'm handing voer four or five grand for a custom guitar I'd much sooner give it to Mayones or Gibson or Fender than four guys running their own tiny company in the middle of butt**** nowhere. They might mean well but I want to get the very best instrument possible and they're not going to be able to supply that, no matter what they may claim.
#39
Quote by grohl1987
No other company, especially not smaller localised ones, can afford to match what those three will pay for the best woods. That's why you'll never see a guitar with a nicer flame top than a PRS 10-top, you'll never find a more resonant SG than a Gibson Custom Shop and you'll never find a Telecaster with as much blues spirit and country twang as a masterbuilt Fender.

They can't get the very best wood and their parts are often no different to the ones on the very standard production Fenders, Gibsons and Ibanez models.


I don't know where you got that idea.

Small companies have access to exactly the same suppliers as the bigger ones. I've seen plenty of small companies and luthiers that use nicer woods than your average PRS, Fender or Gibson.

So yes, you certainly can find plenty of nicer tops than a PRS 10-top, you can find more resonant SGs than the ones coming from the Gibson Custom Shop and you can find a twangier Tele than a Fender. That's not to say those companies don't make nice guitars, hell, they make great stuff, but the idea that they can somehow get their hands on better materials is nonsense.

Consider this: companies don't pay for the wood, the customer does.
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#40
Post your Suhr!!!

Or Caparison!!!

Or Jackson!!!!

Or East thingy!!!!

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