Any opinions on Ron Thorn as masterbuilder for the Fender Custom Shop?

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  1. meowmers

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    Does it sound like a strat?
     
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  2. Alan Dunn

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    What sort of coin and wait times are we looking at for one of Ron Thorns Fender builds ? I'm guessing because I have to ask I can't afford one.
     
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    Yep, Ron's a master! Check out the IG feed and try to keep up with the awesome combo of classics (hello shell pink relic), remodels (Korina Korina Palomita!!!), and the brand spanking new (California with Vibromaster, wrapover J-Bridge, good lord!). I realised I'd become a fanboi when he even got me to like Antigua Burst:

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  4. chichi

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    You see the light! The Band!!!!!!

    I missed these 3 guys (Tony and Steve Austin). 3 super nice and skillful luthiers. Every time I picked up my SoCal SS I stared at the fretboard inlays perfectly cut by Tony for a long time first before playing it. And every time played that AF guitar fretted by Steve I also enjoyed looking at the details of the fretworks....how can it be done this perfect?

    Great to hear you have Steve with you now.
     
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  5. ChipOnly

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    Looking forward to the thread in which Mr. Thorn is instead asked to weigh in about our job performance, if our employer should be satisfied. :)
     
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    That is tough to do in any industry. How to improve a good product but keep the essence of what makes it good.
     
  7. nowhere

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    Those two guitars! I remember seeing pictures of them on another thread. Both stunners. If the neck on the blue one had any more flame it would give third degree burns to anyone who touched it. I also love the original details that you can see in things like the bridge and the neck joint
     
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  8. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    I post one or the other every chance I get. I remember when Ron told me he was coming out with the bolt ons...I was really excited!
     
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    nerd.


    :p

    love ya man!
     
  10. big mike

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    1 volume
    1 tone
    1 pickup

    utterly mind blowing guitar.
     
  11. RevelBandGuitar

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    Ron has come up with the coolest CS stuff I’ve seen in years! I’d kill for an American Vintage-level line based on some off the Offsets he’s come up with.
     
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    That is a badass guitar...and it's red!
     
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    @blues bird

    OP where did you go? You looking to have a guitar built?
     
  14. nowhere

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    Despite starting to play way back in the late 80s and being a gearhead I didn't even know about Thorn until I got involved here. There's a whole level of design and craftsmanship that I was unaware of until recently. I just hope someday I can put the money together for a Thorn, Suhr, Kauer, or McInturff. If the money is there I'll still have the problem of feeling unworthy of an instrument at this level but I'll do my best to deal with that:)
     
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  15. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    I guess I was fortunate enough to meet Ron fairly early on, it was from this forum I was directed his way. I wish I remember who suggested I check out his site, but I don't. Not only did lead to some great guitars, but some great friendships as well. Ron became a great friend, and I met so many cool people over the years and formed more friendships. Good times!
     
  16. John Hurtt

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    I should have shown the maple on the green one, it does not suck...my bad! :D

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    Beautiful!

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  18. WayneM

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    I always like a nice neck....
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  19. kev

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    Were I to ever have the cash flow for a FCS, there is no question that I would request Ron Thorn.

    Until then, the Thorn G/T I lucked out on is a once in a lifetime guitar, truly next-level.

    and, uh, I'll be saving up for one'o'them Tele Magicos...wow...like Geddy's '70's Jazz bass had a fling with a modded Tele Thinline, while they each wished they'd asked out the Gretsch at the end of the bar instead...lol
     
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  20. Man_on_the_Silva_Mountain

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    He has great taste in cars .. '67 GT-350 with a Paxton is worth every single bit of space in a time machine .. See? .. The Paxton .. No gawdy hood .. Just those glorious factory body lines .. Good for you, man .. Why take an unnecessary step backward?
     
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