This, at minimum. I just found a 2000 Standard (which I'd take any day over recent ones) for $1200 in mint condition other than a tiny barely noticeable ding. If I can find that than there's 90's Gibson gold out there for $1K.Early 90s Gibson Les Paul Studio with ebony fretboard
Players Strat MIM.MIM fender player's strat. It's basically an american standard strat now.
Gibson SG Standard
Fender American Tele or Stratocaster.. there’s probably many variations of each of those in that range.
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson Firebird, Explorer, Flying V
Gibson Les Paul Junior, Studio, Tribute..
Plus a plethora of others but those listed are the popular ones among the bunch..
If there is one guitar, it would be a used Gibson Firebird Non-reverse Studio. 3 P-90's, Coil Split, great release value. I would install a Free way switch and get the pickup configuration of a Strat and Les Paul; doesn't get better than that:If you had the $1000, what guitar would you get and why?
It’s been a few years but I was in guitar center and played most of the Les Paul models from CS all the way down to the satin model that was like $799. Can’t remember the exact model name on that one. I was actually pretty impressed with the whole line as far as sound and playability. And, I always tweak the action on any guitar I get and I didn’t find one that was unacceptable. This was like 5 guitars. And was really impressed with the sound and playability of the Satin model. Beat the heck out of a ton of other guitars in that price range.I still like the concept and the heritage, it’s just the execution on those sub-$2K instruments that has never met my expectations. I’m really hoping the new CEO will usher in a new and better era for Gibson. I don’t have an axe to grind with the brand, in fact if I had found a really good one in the last 8 or so years that I’ve on-and-off looked, I would’ve bought it.
I’ve heard guys say the higher end guitars are better, and they probably are, I’m just not at a place in life that I want to spend that much on a guitar.
I’m so pleased to see this answer in the first few replies. IMO the S2 line, and the Vela in particular are some of the best guitars out there right now in the “not a lawyer guitar” category. I’ve been GASsing for a Vela a lot this year, and will pick one up soon for surei gotta say, i got a satin Vela this year (part of the S2 line) and its fantastic. i really really think the S2 line bares consideration for a unique $1k instrument choice. i echo the above statement about the quality of the S2, made in usa but still affordable