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Any Giffin Guitar Fans Here?

Tiglath

Senior Member
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I've had three made over the last three years and it stopped me GASing for new axes. Well almost...

Great guy, excellent luthier, fantastic guitars...
 

XKnight

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Roger is my favorite Luthier and as you said an all around great guy. Excellent customer service and guitars that are one step beyond. Here are my two current Giffin's.


 

Irreverent

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I've had three made over the last three years and it stopped me GASing for new axes. Well almost...

Great guy, excellent luthier, fantastic guitars...

Yes indeed! I am blessed with a couple of Roger's works of art. I will try and get some photos up soon.

Let's see photos of YOURS!

Peace.
 

Tiglath

Senior Member
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Great guitars XKnight. Can you elaborate on the parts, wood, etc.?

How long did you wait?

Custom?
 

Tiglath

Senior Member
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Let's see photos of YOURS!

That's easy. Two of them are in Roger's site. This in the Standard Hollowbody Page. It's also the guitar on Roger's business cards.



I had Roger put a Pigtail bridge instead of the original one, but I kept the pups. They are non-descript buckers (WSC I think) made in Korea to Roger's specs. They are inexpensive I believe, but they sound as good as the $500 Tom Holmes on my Yamaha SG2000. Go figure.

It is a mellow sounding guitar ideal to play B.B. King stuff, and competes well with my ES335 in the cream department.

This is the first picture in Roger's Custom Guitars 3 page.



I wanted a Caribbean Sea blue color and the first try came out too dark. Roger stripped the paint and send it to another painter, who got a much better color. WRC Darkburst pickups, Korina body and neck, maple top, ebony board, coil splitter and phase change mini-switches, Pigtail bridge.

My latest Giffin didn't make the gallery, but I still like it. It's a custom Model T.




Roger did the Standard neck joint at no extra charge, I don't like the regular T joint. Black limba body and neck, ebony board, Joe Barden Bucker Rails, and coil tap (not split) mini-switches. Pigtail bridge.

I must say that while the waiting is way too long for a custom Giffin, I've learned to enjoy the process of having an axe "cooking in the oven." I check the Giffin site regularly and marvel at the guitars this talented man keeps producing.

Good to hear from other Giffin players.
 

Tiglath

Senior Member
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Correction. It's WCR pickups on the blue Giffin, not WRC.. And the board on the T is rosewood, not ebony. My bad.
 

stan p

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I do not play a Giffin but I like Roger's designs and his history with many famous players.
 

XKnight

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Great guitars XKnight. Can you elaborate on the parts, wood, etc.?

How long did you wait?

Custom?
Thanks! The burst is a Model T Deluxe and has a reclaimed Douglas Fir top, Mahogany body and Rosewood board. The pups are Amalfitano and sound like a killer set of aggressive PAFs.

The Standard has a curly Maple top which Roger calls Alien Maple due to the wild figuring. The body is Mahogany with an Ebony board. Pups by Kent Armstrong. I would describe the tone as a meaty LP mixed with Strat like clarity.

Both guitars are exceptional players and have their own tones. I was able to pick up the burst Model T new from a dealer and the Standard came to me in a trade. So, no wait time was involved other than shipping.
 

edwarddavis

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Great guitars , I have 4 of them, all models Ts with p90s . hope to get a standard someday .
Very nice , well made great sounding guitars
A few pics I had of my guitars which I did not take but these are mine with one one.


 

Route234

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The caramel one with white P90's is one of my favorites. I love the model T's. I think the Macro looks really interesting too. Would love to play one.
 

allo

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i cant post any pics but ..............i picked mine up in the uk not long ago. i was guitarless while awaiting a lp junior to be made for me and when it came up , a rare event over here, i just knew it was certain to be a good guitar to check out and keep me going .Having said that i dont really do hollowbodies , dont like ebony boards much, only like high medium frets ,much prefer nitro finishes and not really into double cutaways .plus im really fussy about pick ups ......... i concur with tiglath that the generic paf type are surprisingly good ! also, talking in shades , it has the clarity of a strat , the brilliance of a tele , the air of a 335 and the sweetness of a good sg and in there is a bit of lp too... whats that all about ....... i would love to have had the chance of one of rogers solidbodies as a preferance but my golly this is an intelligent and great sounding guitar if that makes sense . thanks
 

Irreverent

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Roger is my favorite Luthier and as you said an all around great guy. Excellent customer service and guitars that are one step beyond. Here are my two current Giffin's.

Mine now!!!

do you guys have any sound clips of a standard? i've been thinking about getting one.
I don't have clips. Mine wouldn't impress if I did. Just get one. If you let a clip make the decision for you, you would be making a mistake anyway.

Peace.
 

Carlo

Platinum Supporting Member
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I just received a Model T which I absolutely love. Roger is a great guy and great luthier, who just might have the cure for GAS. I know he has cured me from having to have a G***** or F***** logo on my headstock! The guitar feels just right in my hands.
I had a Model T before, just like the caramel one in Ed's pictures, but I didn't like the Black Limba for tone.
The Model T that just arrived is mahogany with South American rosewood neck, black with tortoise shell binding on neck and tortoise shell pickguard, Amalfitano P-90s. It is extremely resonant, sounds great unplugged, and plugged in the Amalfitanos kick.
 

Rockin J

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Wow. Just saw his feature in the latest Vintage Guitar mag. The pic of the flamed redwood top is amazing. Showed the wife who could normally care less and she loved the wood grain on this one. This guy has quite a notable client list. I bet his guitars smoke.
 

wichita

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I keep thinking about the one that I had here. That was an incredible guitar. Roger is so talented
 

cugel

Silver Supporting Member
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if i ever get money to burn i am talking to giffin
you guys are lucky!
his new "lp" offering is totally unique and i bet is a monster
ccheck it out
 




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