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What's the second best? China, Korea, Japan?
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What's the second best? China, Korea, Japan?


Japan, and they are not second best. I will argue that they are just as good as American made guitars.
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depends on the manufacturer at the end of the day. could be japan, the UK, germany, canada, australia... anywhere really

anywhere that guitars are made by skilled craftsmen, rather than mass produced stuff, will give you better guitars. the location matters far less than the methods of production.

that being said, some places, due to the type of labor laws present (or lack thereof) are prone to producing lower quality instruments: china, korea and indonesia usually fall into this category
#4
poland has great guitars, germany, japan of course. i'm am pretty sure, that the US isn't better than any of these.
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depends on the manufacturer at the end of the day. could be japan, the UK, germany, canada, australia... anywhere really

anywhere that guitars are made by skilled craftsmen, rather than mass produced stuff, will give you better guitars. the location matters far less than the methods of production.

that being said, some places, due to the type of labor laws present (or lack thereof) are prone to producing lower quality instruments: china, korea and indonesia usually fall into this category


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Japan, and they are not second best. I will argue that they are just as good as American made guitars.



I'm in that camp. Japan makes some great stuff.
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depends on the manufacturer at the end of the day. could be japan, the UK, germany, canada, australia... anywhere really

anywhere that guitars are made by skilled craftsmen, rather than mass produced stuff, will give you better guitars. the location matters far less than the methods of production.

that being said, some places, due to the type of labor laws present (or lack thereof) are prone to producing lower quality instruments: china, korea and indonesia usually fall into this category


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I have wanted to play a Maton for years, but there was literaly 2 shops in the entire US that carried them. I have seen very nice guitars from Italy, UK, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Japan. It really doesn't matter if the builder is top notch. I'm sure there is are few Chinese luthiers that can make Guitars on the level of Gibson, PRS, ect.
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mate, the best place that makes guitars is new zealand.

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seriously, insane guitars.
#13
I'd have to vote Japanese guitars in my opinion because they make the best guitars based on craftsmanship. The guitar fretboard is flawless, and the hardware is built to last.
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#14
Like everyone else said, how it's made is more important. For instance, Vigier guitars are made in France.
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Germany, United Kingdom make great crafted guitars. US and Japan arguably make best mass produced guitars.
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Most of the time, Japan > America > Korea > Indonesia > Vietnam > China.

It varies a bit on brand too, for instance, an American Jackson is obviously better than a Japanese Jackson. But they're the only company I know of (besides Fender, which is ditto) that produces in both Japan and America. So those would be the exceptions.
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Factory stuff: China, Indonesia and India are the current bottom-of-the-barrel, though they are getting better. Korea has become really quite good. Japan and america are on-par as far as I'm concerned.

Custom Shop/hand made stuff: anywhere. My personal picks, based on the (albeit limited) selection of custom shop and other hand made (or at least hand fitted and finished) guitars I've played, are Japan, then Poland, then the UK, then America, then Germany. This doesn't mean much though; with these high-end instruments it really depends on what kind of build you're looking for and which specific builder you go to.
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Gibson Custom> American Custom = Japanese Custom= UK Custom >Local Hand Made Shops> Korea Custom > Indonesia Custom >China

Gibson Custom is another thing. Well there are local custom shops everywhere, making perfect guitars. Also I've heard of some good brands in swiss.


For Standard series, America> Japan>Korea > Indonesia>China
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Gibson Custom> American Custom = Japanese Custom= UK Custom >Local Hand Made Shops> Korea Custom > Indonesia Custom >China

Gibson Custom is another thing. Well there are local custom shops everywhere, making perfect guitars. Also I've heard of some good brands in swiss.


For Standard series, America> Japan>Korea > Indonesia>China

Where did you come up with that list from? Because Gibson Custom is far from the best I can think of a few companys off-hand that their non custom shop stuff is lightyears above them. Suhr,PRS,Musicman,G&L
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#23
Japanese made guitars are generally really nice, as good if not better than the American ones. Pretty much any place is good, other than China, Indonesia, or something like that.
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My two Japanese made guitars are both awesome in construction and sound quality. No rough fret edges, good hardware, and they just feel like they are well made. My Korean guitar is also made really well, it feels quality and has held up over time. My Chinese Epiphone isn't bad either. It feels just as solid as my Korean made guitar, but the frets are a bit cleaner near the fretboard edge. On the Korean guitar, you can feel the fret edges slightly, but on the Epi, there is hardly anything if you run your fingers up the edges. So I'd give Japan the edge in overseas builds, with Korea and China coming in behind that, depending on what exactly you get.

From experience though, American instruments just have that extra build quality that puts them ahead of most overseas guitars. Some Japanese made guitars are great, but American guitars have always held that special detail in both construction and sound quality you don't often find on imports. Still, Japan makes some fine guitars, usually a slight bit cheaper than the American instruments. So dollar for dollar, it'd be close call between high end Japan and high end American.