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#1
Let me start off by saying: By Brand-Name Guitar companies, i mean Gibson, Fender etc....essentially guitar companies whose name influences their prices...ALOT. Much like the quote that i tell my friends: "When you buy a Gibson, your buying a pretty good guitar and a 800$ headstock."

I'm basically wondering what some good quality "lesser known" guitar companies. I've heard Agile is basically the king of the "Generic" guitar companies...I've also heard of Hell Guitars (I'll post a video of one of their guitars a bit later). Those are BASICALLY the only ones i can name right off the bat.

I'm pretty much looking for a good guitar company that is relatively unknown to the mass public.

Heres that Hell Guitar i was talking about:

Hell BENDER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j59Zh_nJup8

Any links, recommendations, advice etc. will help. PLEASE...if you have nothing good to say, don't post...i don't want a troll fest. Thanks!
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#2
Vineyard although they seem to be really hard to find these days. i have one of their strats and it is my fav guitar (despite owning an 88 fender stratocaster plus deluxe). stays in tune fantastically (considering it has a 6 screw fender style bridge) and the pickups are way better than your average cheapie.
#3
Cool, i'll see if i can find one...Im trying to find a new guitar thats under 800$....i've been eyeing Agile for ages now, but i figured i might as well try to expand into new, somewhat uncharted territory.


EDIT: Im also looking for a massive upgrade over my Epiphone Les Paul.
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#4
I think you mean mass-produced and I don't really know of any so I'm gonna be following this thread.
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#6
Michael Kelly guitars are meant to be very good.

Also Cort seems popular also. Have a look at them.
#9
Rondo music, Italia, DiPinto, Eastwood, Arbor, and to probably a good many people Danelectro
#10
There's a brand called "Renegade", which does knockoffs of(to my knowledge)SGs, LPs and Teles, and my lead guitarist bought a Renegade Tele for $300 new, the thing stays in tune perfectly and sounds killer for just about everything(my lead plays everything from Tom Waits to The White Stripes to Sepultura and everything in between, and while he's looking for a Jackson to play his metal on, it's served admirably in the year and a half he's owned it), but after searching we can't find a brand with a matching logo, and the only brand to come up as "Renegade" online is a guy who does handmade Strats, but these were upwards of $800, and we only saw Strats on the site. Also, not sure if they're classifiable as unknown, per se, but Eastwood makes some really nice-sounding, well-built guitars at great prices.
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blackmachine



I looked them up...they actually looked pretty promising, but when i went to look at the price (i hit "Order") apparently they're closing down or something...2011 (i guess) is the last year they're making guitars, and they've already closed their doors...
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inb4 Agile/SX/Douglas.

If you literally wanted a guitar with no brand name on it, look for some 60's and 70's guitars on craigslist by Teisco or Kay.
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Kramer?

Kramer were the biggest brand of the 80's and they're currently owned by Gibson. But none the less Kramer still are an amazing brand.
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Kramer were the biggest brand of the 80's and they're currently owned by Gibson. But none the less Kramer still are an amazing brand.



Kramer was actually one of my favorite brands when i was a teen. Unfortunately, their fame has basically zeroed out.

EDIT: I didn't know that they were owned by Gibson...i guess you learn something new everyday though lol. Still, when i was younger, it was THE guitar of the house...my dad owned like 3 of them and each one was amazing. I might actually have to look more into them...i had almost completely forgot about Kramer
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inb4 Agile/SX/Douglas.

If you literally wanted a guitar with no brand name on it, look for some 60's and 70's guitars on craigslist by Teisco or Kay.



K, will do
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Quote by VintageAmigo
I looked them up...they actually looked pretty promising, but when i went to look at the price (i hit "Order") apparently they're closing down or something...2011 (i guess) is the last year they're making guitars, and they've already closed their doors...


no that's the last year their are taking spec orders.

he's making whatever he wants for a year.
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no that's the last year their are taking spec orders.

he's making whatever he wants for a year.



Ah, cool! I'll look a bit more into them then lol
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They're still probably gonna be super expensive
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They're still probably gonna be super expensive



ah...are they normally really expensive? I didnt see a price for anything on that site
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Gary Kramer Guitar (GKG) They are super quality and virtually unknown. He is the Original Kramer man of the 80's, he is not affiliated with Gibson/Kramer at all.

You will have to wait for their new 2011 line to come out before you can see what will be available. They claim they will be out this month, right now there is nothing available at all on there site.
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#26
daemoness.

if you want a cheap guitar why don't you just say I want a cheap guitar.
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daemoness.

if you want a cheap guitar why don't you just say I want a cheap guitar.



He said he was looking to vastly improve from his Epiphone. He also said that he wanted to spend less than 800$.
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#28
oh you're not gonna find a massive upgrade for 800 bucks new.

Any ibanez prestige used will be a great upgrade.

a charvel promod is just a little out of your budget but it's the only thing for around 800 that's significantly better.
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#29
if we're talking boutique custom makers and shit..

Blackmachine
Jaden Rose
Mayones
Steinberger
KxK
Daemoness
Vigier
Decibel Guitars


EDIT: Upon properly reading the thread, if he only wants to spend less than $800, I don't see why having a known brand or not matters.
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#31
Jay Turser, if you get one of the higher models (i.e. My 220CS )

and Kona. Kona is a GREAT guitar company and very cheap. Not in quality. I have a Kona kids strat that is one of my favorite sounding guitars

it's too small for my hands though
#32
Godin Guitars is a Canadian company that makes some pretty good high quality stuff, I've seen many people play them, and they seem like pretty good guitars.
#33
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Godin Guitars is a Canadian company that makes some pretty good high quality stuff, I've seen many people play them, and they seem like pretty good guitars.


I can second this, Godins are rarely attractive but theyre great.
#34
Rally guitars... they have some really nice LPs on a budget.

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no that's the last year their are taking spec orders.

he's making whatever he wants for a year.


+1 if you reread it carefully... it looks like he's running outta wood. He'll probably go source for wood or re-think his operations before he starts up again.

BTW... nice suggestions on the Blackmachine & daemoness guitars Min.
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#35
if you are looking for a really high quality cheaper guitar that is not necessarily unknown, but not posted about on here to often, is Peavey.

i have two Peavey Wolfgangs, extraordinary guitars, they play better than the EVH branded ones that are currently on the market. i payed ~$400 for each one.

also i have a 1984 American Peavey Horizon II, and it is an excellent guitar all around. picked it up for $100.

peavey USA put some really nice guitars out in the 80's.
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#36
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i have two Peavey Wolfgangs, extraordinary guitars, they play better than the EVH branded ones that are currently on the market. i payed ~$400 for each one.


Haha... those is essentially the same guitar as the EVH Wolfgang.
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Rally guitars... they have some really nice LPs on a budget.


+1 if you reread it carefully... it looks like he's running outta wood. He'll probably go source for wood or re-think his operations before he starts up again.

BTW... nice suggestions on the Blackmachine & daemoness guitars Min.


I really want one but they won't make me a hollow
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Godin Guitars is a Canadian company that makes some pretty good high quality stuff, I've seen many people play them, and they seem like pretty good guitars.


YES!!!

especially the richmond line. they aren't too ugly (which is gorgeous by Godin standards), they play great, sound amazing and have very nice, small numbers on the price tags
#39
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I really want one but they won't make me a hollow


Don't you already have that PRS semi-hollow?

Oh wait... remind me again what is it exactly that you DO NOT have?
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Don't you already have that PRS semi-hollow?

Oh wait... remind me again what is it exactly that you DO NOT have?


Ya but I want a hollow seven string. Anderson refused to hollow my drop top 7 too and he won't make me a hollow baritone

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