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#2
I've seen a few Ibanez custom creations and they're fantastic in every respect, but I don't want to think about how much they cost. Ditto Jackson and PRS. Any custom shop can do magnificent work, but you'll pay for it.
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#3
If price is a consideration you’re better off going with a custom guitar by a great luthier. The big brands don’t want to keep growing the custom shops, so any time demand rises, prices rice with it.
#6
Too many to mention. Of course, great as they all may be, they're still pretty different. You'd have to try out a couple of guitars to see who's products you like best.
#8
first you have to ask yourself why you need a custom shop guitar. what doesn't a production model have that you feel you need. a better idea about what you are playing and your current gear would help get you a better answer.
#11
Quote by FatalGear41


no that just says you can't order one. they are still making them.

but blackmachien and hufschmidt.

suhr is good if you need to play some blues every once in a while too.
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#12
I don't know where you at but I'd look at Carvin Custom shop. Their prices won't scare you away cause they cut out the middle man and sell directly to you.
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#13
Quote by AcousticMirror
no that just says you can't order one. they are still making them.

but blackmachien and hufschmidt.

suhr is good if you need to play some blues every once in a while too.


I'm afraid they're currently making a very few guitars and offering them to all of the people who put their names on a waiting list for guitars. Those people will get first refusal, and if nobody takes it, then it would be made available on the open market. Once the company runs out of the stock of exotic woods they currently have; that's it. At this time, there is no plan to restore Blackmachine guitars to any sort of regular production.

Very sad to lose a great guitar company.
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#14
Quote by FatalGear41
I'm afraid they're currently making a very few guitars and offering them to all of the people who put their names on a waiting list for guitars. Those people will get first refusal, and if nobody takes it, then it would be made available on the open market. Once the company runs out of the stock of exotic woods they currently have; that's it. At this time, there is no plan to restore Blackmachine guitars to any sort of regular production.

Very sad to lose a great guitar company.


wut. noooooooooo
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#15
....No they just won't all be built by Doug. Blackmachine will just be getting bigger.

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#16
wut. yaaaaaaay
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#18
Quote by n1ckn1ce
Carvin or Schecter

or jackson i love jackson or may-bay a dean
#19
Carvin would be my choice for a custom guitar on a budget. Or if you're handy yourself and want to care take in the process then by all mean go Warmoth.
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#20
Quote by Tom 1.0
....No they just won't all be built by Doug. Blackmachine will just be getting bigger.


Which, while mildly irritating, will make them more affordable to the general market. Hopefully they wont sacrifice much in the way of quality for price, but based on what I've heard about Doug, there's a **** all chance of that happening.

TS there are far too many options to give you a real response. Just google some luthiers and email them asking about options.

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#21
Someone mentioned Caparison earlier, should mention that they went bankrupt in May (well, their parent company did, the workers pooled money and bought it, plans to re-launch sometime in early to mid 2012).

As for the best, there really isn't one, it all depends on what you want. Find a local guy like I did (and many have suggested), see what they have to say and build from there, best advice I can give.
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#23
Quote by JustRooster
No more Caparison!? Well shit.


They'll be back.

Maybe.

I don't really care, they were horrifically overpriced anyway.

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Bowes SLx7
Washburn WG587
Washburn X40Pro
Washburn X50
Washburn HM24
Washburn WR150
Laguna LE200s
Arietta Acoustic
First Act
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#25
If you're in the U.S. Imma hafta throw Carvin another vote for a look. Maybe a DC or even a CS/CT.
#26
Ill throw a vote for ESP
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#27
Quote by Dellinger1988
Ill throw a vote for ESP


I would have, but they definitely fail the "prices" criteria.

From what I've seen though, their CS guys are ridiculous.
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#29
I would go with Vik, I've heard from someone with a BlackMachine that Vik's stuff is easily on par with Doug's.

I've also put an order in with Vik and if you want you check my build thread out in the building section.

Here's some of his work.









#30
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#31
If you have enough money, PRS Private Stock or Gibson Custom Shop but you'll need a lot of money for that....
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#32
Quote by Mehtabb
I would go with Vik, I've heard from someone with a BlackMachine that Vik's stuff is easily on par with Doug's.

I've also put an order in with Vik and if you want you check my build thread out in the building section.

Here's some of his work.



Isn't Vik pretty booked up for the next year or so? What with the Saviour run, Tosin's build, Bulb's build, etc?

My things:
Bowes SLx7
Washburn WG587
Washburn X40Pro
Washburn X50
Washburn HM24
Washburn WR150
Laguna LE200s
Arietta Acoustic
First Act
Valveking 112
VHT Deliverance

#33
If you're willing to pay anything then ESP. They can make insane guitars but they also charge insane amounts for custom builds. You can easily run into five figures just for a fairly basic one, I've read reports on the ESP forums of a few custom models running over thirty grand.
#34
Quote by grohl1987
If you're willing to pay anything then ESP. They can make insane guitars but they also charge insane amounts for custom builds. You can easily run into five figures just for a fairly basic one, I've read reports on the ESP forums of a few custom models running over thirty grand.


Where were you hearing that ?

Not long ago I saw a quite for like 5 grand for a pretty elaborate build.

My things:
Bowes SLx7
Washburn WG587
Washburn X40Pro
Washburn X50
Washburn HM24
Washburn WR150
Laguna LE200s
Arietta Acoustic
First Act
Valveking 112
VHT Deliverance

#35
Like I said dude, ESP forums. It's the crazy stuff in Japan. In fact just look up the Japanese ESP custom shop site.

If you want a custom build that's even a basic super strat they start you off at about six or seven thousand and go up from there. So it's easy to see how when you get gold leafed angels wing motifs and pickups hidden under veeners and 26.15" scale lengths and shit how you can hit five figures easily. Hell they charge an extra four hundred just for block inlays instead of dots.
#36
Quote by digman50
If you have enough money, PRS Private Stock or Gibson Custom Shop but you'll need a lot of money for that....


Gibson no longer builds one-offs.
#38
Quote by jpnyc
Gibson no longer builds one-offs.


yea they do. its just harder to get in contact with the custom shop in terms of one offs. but you can totally do it if you know the right peopke and have enough money
#39
Any custom shop guitar is going to be pretty much awesome, hence why you're paying so much. Top quality stuff, craftsmenship, etc.
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