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Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by guitargeek94, Oct 17, 2012.
Yep on both counts.
as a guy with 3 set neck P90 thorns...
and I WILL have a Kauer P90 starliner...
Yeah I forgot about Kauer. I'll get one someday as well.
Also Schroeder, Grosh, and LSL have P90 offerings i would rage/
Set neck: Thorn, Stevens, Kauer, LsL, Briggs, Collings, and Schroeder
Bolt-on: Thorn, Lentz, Grosh
There are many many more. These are on my eternal list.
Can't believe no one has mentioned Hamer USA...
For sure. Hamer rocks. I have an eclipse that I'll take to the grave. Flat radius though for sure.
Thorn would be my first choice either bolt on or set neck, but I'd also look into Grosh, Anderson, Suhr, if I were to also consider a bolt on.
Look no further...Ron Thorn with his staple-top GT-90 pickups. Simply fantastic.
Pete Skermetta. If you search Skermetta on here you will find pics of my red p90 monster of a guitar. Anyone who has played it has been blown away.
The Collings 290 is an incredible guitar.
Collings (Damn these are good)
LsL (Topanga model, killer)
You could pick up a good mid 60s Gibson with P90s for considerably less than most of the suggestions listed thus far..and not lose a ton on resale. Might be worth considering.
Also...although TGP loves P90s, they're not for everyone. Depending on your point of view, they are the best of both worlds (single coil versus humbucker) or the worst of both worlds!
Where in the world are you located?
McInturff Sportster is an incredible build and sound, if you can find one...
Also +1 on the Fender Tele Jr. Quality product, limited run, reasonable $.
Peter Dudley from Dudley Custom Guitars... Here's my "Old Black" P-90/Firebird custom.
Damian its all good, we're all in to the music scene, doesn't matter, I see that you make your own guitars, will check them out as well, after all I've been surprised at the times where I have played guitars made by well known luthiers and find out they just don't seem to suit me.
By the way I reside in south east asia, and in particular Malaysia so finding anything near boutique is out of the question here. However Australia will be my residence from next year onwards so maybe that will help?
Hmm, I wouldn't really be able to describe, but here's a general idea. I'm looking something totally different than my strat. I want something that is effortless to play, I understand some guitars that have vintage specs are rather uncomfortable, as from some reading I understand vintage guitars weren't the most smooth and effortless to play. Maybe some modern features like a 12 radius board or SS frets would be nice.
In terms of tone a neck pickup that sounds sweet,thick and can really get some sick lead tones would be good. As for the bridge I wouldn't like something harsh or nasally sounding, just straight out thick articulate rock and roll tone. Aside from those a nice jazzy/blues/jazz fusion tone is mainly what I'm looking for.
Hope this helps.
K-Line just came out with a Junioresque model. If it's half as good as my Springfield it's a winner.
Good list. Jason and Matt are both guys I really like their designs.
Haven't been fortunate enough to try an artinger, but a friend has a few, and loves them. Discussed a build with Matt one time, but I never pulled the trigger. Then Money got tight. Oh well. Would've been cool. Spruce top over mahog with buckers...almost RF like.
Another guy to consider is Dan at DGN guitars, http://www.dgncustomguitars.com
He builds some fantastic "gibson-ish" guitars, he'll do a lot of stuff custom, neck shapes, semi hollow, hollow, solid, etc. He also winds his own pickups. I tried his take on a Jr at the last NY/NJ amp show, and it sounded great! The P90 had a halfway tap on it, so it was over 10k not tapped, around 6 or so tapped, was a cool feature. Plus too, he'll wind what you want. He's a great guy too, easy to deal with....