#1
So guys, sorry about all the threads I thought I'd compile everything into a large thread instead of making TONS AND TONS OF smaller ones and clogging the site up. I thought you guys maybe able to help.

Ok so, situation is, I'm a guy who is unable to work or go into any education right now as I had a couple (One of which was unplanned) operations last summer and I have a few more to go, so I was going to buy a new guitar, to make up for not being able to play properly for the last year. Mainly because of recovery.

As mentioned in the other thread (Which Offworld pointed out, go used) So that's what I'm doing.

My budget is £400-750 but I don't have the top end of the money yet. It will at least be a couple of more weeks until I get that.

Things I've been offered (This is locally, but I'm not going to go and try them till I have the money AT LEAST)

£500 Gibson Swamp Ash Explorer- not sure on as ideally I was wanting a V because of results of the surgery and I don't think my back would be able to take a full guitar, rather than a guitar with a lot less mass. (Also, is Swamp Ash Heavy?)

£750 ESP SV-2 Looks nice, has one paint chip, but it's also in Oxfordshire, so I'd have to take postage into account, could be a deal breaker, also has Ebony and a Floyd.

Jackson Matt Tuck Rhodes £750 again, looks nice and I like the compound radius based of my two previous Jacksons, if it plays like my RR3 I'll be inclined to pick it up because it's similar, however it's in leeds, but the owner says he'll deliver for £5 extra

£600 Vintage Ibanez Iceman (1980) have no idea about it, just been offered it. No pictures of yet. Have asked...

Thoughts UG?
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#2
I have a Swamp Ash Les Paul Studio as well as a Les Paul Studio made out of mahogany.

The Swamp Ash is half the weight of the mahogany guitar.

Based on that, the Swamp Ash Explorer could be better for your back.
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#3
Quote by GaryBillington
I have a Swamp Ash Les Paul Studio as well as a Les Paul Studio made out of mahogany.

The Swamp Ash is half the weight of the mahogany guitar.

Based on that, the Swamp Ash Explorer could be better for your back.


Sweet, my back isn't really that bad to be honest and at gigs I just find a chair (or bring my own) and sit down. But that's really good to know that it's half the weight!
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Lakland J Sonic 5
Epiphone Explorer
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#4
I'd go for the Exporer too just based on looks.

The Iceman is actually surprisingly light despite being made of mahogany (I own an IC300 myself and love it, personally) but they are a bit awkward to play standing up because they are a tad neck heavy. But they corrected this problem by putting the neck side strap pin on the side above the neck instead of behind the neck joing among the bolts on later models. If he does send you pics and it has the repositioned strap pin you should definitely try it! The older Ibanez/DiMarzio pups have a nice sound to them if it's one of those models.

The SV-2, like all Flying Vs, is incredibly awkward to play sitting down if you do that.

As with all purchases, though, don't go buying something unless you try it first. That's the best advice I can give. Good luck though, man! Post some NGD pics when you pick something up.
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#5
Quote by TheStig1214
I'd go for the Exporer too just based on looks.

The Iceman is actually surprisingly light despite being made of mahogany (I own an IC300 myself and love it, personally) but they are a bit awkward to play standing up because they are a tad neck heavy. But they corrected this problem by putting the neck side strap pin on the side above the neck instead of behind the neck joing among the bolts on later models. If he does send you pics and it has the repositioned strap pin you should definitely try it! The older Ibanez/DiMarzio pups have a nice sound to them if it's one of those models.

The SV-2, like all Flying Vs, is incredibly awkward to play sitting down if you do that.

As with all purchases, though, don't go buying something unless you try it first. That's the best advice I can give. Good luck though, man! Post some NGD pics when you pick something up.


Yeah exactly, turns out the guy who's selling the Explorer made a douche move. Offer it to me for 500 then attempt to sell it on a local FB page for 550, think I'll be ignoring him as a seller if he's gonna do things like that.

Gonna try out the Jackson.
Bass Gear:

Mensinger: Speesy
Fender Precision 1989 (CIJ Rosewood)
Fender Steve Harris (CIJ)
Lakland J Sonic 5
Epiphone Explorer
Maruszczyk (custom) Jake

Ashdown CTM 100
#6
I like pointy guitars, but I don't find them comfortable to play, so I will probably will never own one. Still, were I shopping for one in your price range, I'd look at these:

DBZ Cavallo STE:
http://www.dbzguitars.com/guitars/electric-guitar/cavallo/cavallo-ste#sthash.S2hzFecy.dpbs
DBZ Cavallo EX:
http://www.dbzguitars.com/guitars/electric-guitar/cavallo/cavallo-ex#sthash.7dm6mx87.dpbs
DBZ Cavallo ST:
http://www.dbzguitars.com/guitars/electric-guitar/cavallo/cavallo-st-3#sthash.pHXkebTW.dpbs


Fernandes Vortex:
http://www.fernandesguitars.com/products/guitars/vortex.html
Fernandes V-Hawk:
http://www.fernandesguitars.com/products/guitars/v-hawk.html


Reverend Volcano:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/volcano/
Reverend Volcano RA FM:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/volcano-ra-fm/
Reverend Ron Asheton:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/ron-asheton-signature/

Personally, I'd probably buy a Reverend Volcano- specifically the RA. If you like the Volcano, contact these guys:
http://www.vintageandmodernguitars.co.uk

Used ones can also sometimes be found at Reverb.com
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
I like pointy guitars, but I don't find them comfortable to play, so I will probably will never own one. Still, were I shopping for one in your price range, I'd look at these:

DBZ Cavallo STE:
http://www.dbzguitars.com/guitars/electric-guitar/cavallo/cavallo-ste#sthash.S2hzFecy.dpbs
DBZ Cavallo EX:
http://www.dbzguitars.com/guitars/electric-guitar/cavallo/cavallo-ex#sthash.7dm6mx87.dpbs
DBZ Cavallo ST:
http://www.dbzguitars.com/guitars/electric-guitar/cavallo/cavallo-st-3#sthash.pHXkebTW.dpbs


Fernandes Vortex:
http://www.fernandesguitars.com/products/guitars/vortex.html
Fernandes V-Hawk:
http://www.fernandesguitars.com/products/guitars/v-hawk.html


Reverend Volcano:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/volcano/
Reverend Volcano RA FM:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/volcano-ra-fm/
Reverend Ron Asheton:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/ron-asheton-signature/

Personally, I'd probably buy a Reverend Volcano- specifically the RA. If you like the Volcano, contact these guys:
http://www.vintageandmodernguitars.co.uk

Used ones can also sometimes be found at Reverb.com



Are they in UK currency?

Ah, how was I going to know Fernandes and Reverend would be mentioned. Such pretty guitars!
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#8
Well, Vintage & Modern is a UK retailer- I've seen the Volcano there for @£600.

Reverb, OTOH, is sort of like eBay: stores and individuals alike can list products for sale, new or used. Some ship to restricted areas, some worldwide. AFAIK, though, its a US-based site, so prices are all listed in $.

As for Fernandes & Reverend...well, if Fret-King, G&L or Godin made pointy guitars, I'd post those, too!

US Masters is another high-quality guitar maker offering V & Explorer shaped guitars, but they're not in your price range, otherwise, I'd have posted those as well. (They have a similar business model to Carvin.)
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Mar 22, 2014,
#9
Oh sweet, I'll check em out. The Volcano doesn't look pointy enough for me like xD
Bass Gear:

Mensinger: Speesy
Fender Precision 1989 (CIJ Rosewood)
Fender Steve Harris (CIJ)
Lakland J Sonic 5
Epiphone Explorer
Maruszczyk (custom) Jake

Ashdown CTM 100