Abyss guitars?

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Deacon, Dec 23, 2004.


  1. Deacon

    Deacon Member

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    dsigman Gold Supporting Member

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    I have always liked the look of his guitars(never played one) but, damn you can get a lot of guitar for that kind of money from a lot of different luthiers whose guitars I have played. There is someone around here that has one of these Hollowbodies though hopefully he will speak up.
     
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    Yep ... I agree. It's a gorgeous guitar, but DANG ... pricey!! :eek:
     
  4. Dave Paetow

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    Tried 2 Abyss solidbody seven string guitars. Not impressed at all. Guys like Gustavsson, Stevens, McNaught, etc are making guitars on a much higher level.
     
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    Not to bug you about it but....
    what didn't you like? sound? playablility?
     
  6. Dave Paetow

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    Didn't like the build quality of either one. One looked like a high school wood shop project. The other one was better, but still not in the league of some of the other builders that have been mentioned frequently on this board.
     
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    Ouch!

    :p
     
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    He would have been better off (and sold more guitars) if he'd just made a copy of the Languedoc. It's the body shape that throws me off on those guitars, too exaggerated for me. Someone just paid $7600 for the one on ebay though so I guess he's doing something right.

    Chris
     
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    DAMN! I had no idea that would sell at the BIN. That is impressive!
     
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    The guy that bought that guitar had a -4 feedback. The guitar has since been relisted. No one is gonna pay $7600 for that guitar unless they just hit the lottery. Nothing personal against the guitar builder, it's just that you can get a lot of guitar from many amazing builders for much less.
     
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    Yeah, I saw it up again as well. I couldn't imagine anyone would pay that much for that guitar!
     
  12. rjlaero1

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    Those guitars look pertty impressive from pictures. Maybe it's a different story up close.

    Maybe you saw an early guitar. If there's a year plus waiting list....he must be doing better work than a high-school wood shop for $6000-7000.
     
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    Or maybe it just takes him a long time to build a guitar? They do look very nice in pictures. I would like to play one if I ever had the chance. :)
     
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    I've only seen one pretty recently and I didn't get to plug it in, but my experience was pretty much the same as Dave P's.

    Let's just say for the price they were asking I was expecting the build quality to be MUCH higher than it was. I've regularly seen some Epis with better attention to detail.

    I think the rub is that they look very sparkly in photos, and with a high price on the instrument there is a perceived quality by the viewer. Pretty easy to make a guitar look pretty at screen resolution. I personally would certainly not buy one based on the one I played, that's for sure. Play before you pay if you can.

    I should add that my hat's off to anybody that builds instruments themselves. It's a pretty hard market to crack and there are some extremely talented builders out there. I couldn't do it, I know that much.

    -e.
     
  15. Dave Paetow

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    I saw two. The first one was junk. A $100 Wal Mart guitar was better than that thing. I know the 2nd one I saw was a later one, it was improved and seemed OK, but it still had build issues. What am I supposed to say, I'm just being honest.

    Hey, the pix on the website look good, don't they? ;)
     
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    Has anyone seen or played any of the hollowbodies?
     
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    Yes, I have seen and played the hollowbody this year at the Chicago vintage guitar show. I'm not going to get into the "nitty gritty" details of the guitar, just that I agree with everyone elses' comments. They're ok, but they're definitley not worth the $$$ the builder is asking.

    These guitars are really nothing special, I think that an Epiphone Hollowbody is better than one of those Abyss Hollowbodies.

    They sure do photograph well though... ;)
     
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    I own an Abyss J2 as well as a 68 Gibson ES 335, A 72 Strat and a
    G&L S-500. The Abyss is hands down the best of them. It is the only one I play any more, i feel bad neglecting my other guitars, but the Abyss is that sweet. You cant put it down. It is so resonant that I play it unplugged as my bro plays his acoustic bass. The sound is great, it has a push-pull coil tap and the pickups, PAF Symeour D's sound amazing. I have been playing for close to 15 years and I have owned and sold and seen a lot of guitars, Abyss Guitars are worth every penny. And to everyone who is talking down about one of these, You dont own them-you dont play them every day and you especially dont play them after you play a 68 ES or a 72 strat. When you put the abyss up against those, you really see how great of a guitar it is. if you have the means, pick one up. I got my Abyss J2-for $3150-they sell from his website for $6500+. I got a great deal from someone who sold it to me on ebay less than a year after he bought it from Kevin at Abyssguitars.com.
     
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    Could you give some more details. Everyone is saying they are crap but wont give specific details. What were the particular parts you thought needed work or could be improved?
     
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    For that kinda dough I think I would check out a Sakashta Jam Master, or a Ribbecke. They may be a few thousand more, but worth it.[​IMG]


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