Comparable company to Nash or Suhr

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  1. jlullo

    jlullo Member

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    Hey guys,
    What other companies would you say are at a similar level (as far as number of guitars they produce and quality) to Bill Nash and John Suhr?
     
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  2. mike@switchback

    mike@switchback Supporting Member

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    Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but doesn't Nash assemble parts guitars? If so, I'd say you're looking at apples and oranges between those two even before introducing any others...
     
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    The proverbial Apple and Orange.
     
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    jazzandmetal? Supporting Member

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    K-line and Tom Anderson.
     
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    Can't speak about the volume of guitars produced, but in terms of similar quality and consistency to Suhr I'd recommend the following Luthiers.

    -Grosh
    -Melancon
    -Rice
    -Anderson

    There are many others, but I've had personal experience with the ones listed above for Fender style guitars. The Fender Custom Shop is excellent too and where John Suhr built guitars for awhile.
     
  6. mattmccloskey

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    that is a weird question, considering Nash is not really known for consistency of quality, even amongst people who like his guitars. He does pretty basic vintage copies with relic finishes at moderate prices. Sometimes the string alignment is a little off, and the relicing looks fake on many of them. They are also non-custom guitars, you buy what he builds.

    Suhr, on the other hand, has a wide variety of custom models with loads of options, totally spec'd by the customer. Suhr uses lots of modern (or vintage) design ideas, plek treatments, SS frets, buzz feiten tuning, winds his own line of pickups, does urethane finishes, Silent coil systems,etc. Suhr is also extremely consistent and meticulous about set-ups, fit and finish. They are a bigger outfit and in general are a much higher end market than nash.

    The closest company (to suhr)in terms of quality and philosophy is Tom anderson guitars. They are similar in quality control, finish type, and scope of what they manufacture, although Tom has his own unique tricks worth checking out.

    As to companies similar to Nash, you could check out K-line- Chris is a nice guy, his prices are a little lower than nash, and his relicing looks more natural.
     
  7. jlullo

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    thanks very much guys, i appreciate it!
     

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