#1
As the title suggests:

The purpose of this thread is to discuss good quality, good value for money, but less known brands.

Here are the 2 i've recently discovered that i was impressed with:

Fret King: Amazingly solid built, nice playing, beautiful sounding guitars for around the same price you'd get a MIM fender. I'd take an espirit 3 over any les paul or stratocaster anyday, even though i don't normally like odd shaped guitars. The only thing wrong with them is the factory setup - they tend to set the action very low which results in the higher notes buzzing out when you do string bends, but a simple adjustment can sort this out.

Indie: These are also well crafted, and around the same price as MIM fenders, though some get as high in price as a Gibson special/studio. They have a wide variety of guitars, from slightly innacurately shaped but not functionally compromised gibson and rickenbacker copies to their own unique designs. Much better factory setup too. I can't comment on the stock pickups as i've never gotten round to actually plugging one in, but they are very nice playing guitars!

Anyone else discovered any great but generally unknown brands?
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#6
Rick copies? nice. Xaviere guitars are nice, seem very solidly built, verrry inexpensive, and come stock with GFS pickups. Eastwood Guitars are also pretty nice. They do alot of vintage stuff, like a non-reverse Firebird copy, an Ultra GP copy, and some guitars that look like Danos and some other crazy stuff, too.

EDIT: The Indie two-tones with the stripes are soooo nice-looking. I wish they werent a UK brand.
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#9
Michael Kelly guitars seem to be gettin great press latley. I've yet to play one, but if they're as good as people say I may pick one up!
#10
Wesley and Eastwood I like Also, my friend has a CSI Les Paul copy. It's from the lawsuit era, so I reckon it's worth a fair bit. I love that guitar.


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#11
I've just remembered Adam Black guitars - i think the hardware was pretty shoddy, but neck-thru construction for £200? that was also a really nice playing guitar.

@TenSteel: you just reminded me, I've played a Michael Kelly hybrid, that also impressed me a lot - very unique guitar.
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...A little too proud, to be honest.
#13
I never hear too much about Johnson guitars but I've played the:



JH-100


and the JH-440 "Las Vegas"




Both very nice hollows. The Vegas is an affordable Casino-type guitar it can be modded (p/u's, strings etc.) to be pretty nice. Plays well off the bat and has decent tuners. The JH-100 is solidly constructed but the strings are absolute ****. First thing you should change if you buy it. I was definitely surprised.


*Edit-Both reasonably priced. The Vegas is about $350 and it's superior to the JH-100
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#14
Heritage guitars. They inherited Gibson's Kalamazoo factory after they moved (ex-Gibson employees) and now they make guitars - some for cheaper than Gibson prices.
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#15
B&K instruments they are are custom pretty much my teacher makes them as a side job to teaching guitar and bass and they have amazing sound
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I never hear too much about Johnson guitars but I've played the:



JH-100


and the JH-440 "Las Vegas"




Both very nice hollows. The Vegas is an affordable Casino-type guitar it can be modded (p/u's, strings etc.) to be pretty nice. Plays well off the bat and has decent tuners. The JH-100 is solidly constructed but the strings are absolute ****. First thing you should change if you buy it. I was definitely surprised.


*Edit-Both reasonably priced. The Vegas is about $350 and it's superior to the JH-100


My first guitar was a Johnson, a strat copy. I'm not sure how much it cost since it was a Christmas gift, but it was definitely less than $200. Good guitar, great value.
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#17
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As the title suggests:

The purpose of this thread is to discuss good quality, good value for money, but less known brands.

Here are the 2 i've recently discovered that i was impressed with:

Fret King: Amazingly solid built, nice playing, beautiful sounding guitars for around the same price you'd get a MIM fender. I'd take an espirit 3 over any les paul or stratocaster anyday, even though i don't normally like odd shaped guitars. The only thing wrong with them is the factory setup - they tend to set the action very low which results in the higher notes buzzing out when you do string bends, but a simple adjustment can sort this out.

Indie: These are also well crafted, and around the same price as MIM fenders, though some get as high in price as a Gibson special/studio. They have a wide variety of guitars, from slightly innacurately shaped but not functionally compromised gibson and rickenbacker copies to their own unique designs. Much better factory setup too. I can't comment on the stock pickups as i've never gotten round to actually plugging one in, but they are very nice playing guitars!

Anyone else discovered any great but generally unknown brands?

+1 on the Fret King - I've been lucky enough to see a few things that have come out of that workshop, like a Corona (strat type) with a gold plate scratchplate, JB Jr and a couple of Lil 59's and a Thinline Tele style with the same scratchplate and two ceramic P90's under the unrouted scratchplate...they never fail to amaze me. You're right about the action, it's usually super-low but every one I've played has always rung true all the way up the neck.
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#19
LAG

I'm not sure exactly how well they're known on this forum but hardly anyone ever mentions them and they're brilliant guitars. Comfortable, well built and sound great to me.

DAMMIT NOW I HAVE GAS FOR ONE AGAIN!
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#20
Swing

some years ago one of my friends visited Korea... I ask him to look for a cheap and decent Korean brand guitars and he sends me one of these
called "Bad Skin BST" model

and holy sh*t is it nice....... plus very affordable and damn sexy
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Swing

some years ago one of my friends visited Korea... I ask him to look for a cheap and decent Korean brand guitars and he sends me one of these
called "Bad Skin BST" model

and holy sh*t is it nice....... plus very affordable and damn sexy


That's a bad ass Tele!
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Mann 2350CS (Les Paul Copy)
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Line 6 Spider III 15W (Hey, I jam in my living room...)
#22
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LAG

I'm not sure exactly how well they're known on this forum but hardly anyone ever mentions them and they're brilliant guitars. Comfortable, well built and sound great to me.

DAMMIT NOW I HAVE GAS FOR ONE AGAIN!

i've seen some lags but never played them - i must give them a try sometime.
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#23
Reverend, realy nice guitars with good price.
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#25
LAG looks great, Suhr is great but doesn't seem to be very popular. Carvin as well.
#26
Italia make some really interesting guitars. I pretty much hate all of them except the Mondial, which is truly beautiful. My friend has one, and it plays wonderfully. Not too expensive either.

Pic of the mondial:
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i've seen some lags but never played them - i must give them a try sometime.


Only bother if you like Ibanez; if you're not a fan of Ibanez you probably won't like LAG.
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