Ian Anderson Standard / Gustavsson Bluesmaster '59 discussion

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by dczay, May 21, 2013.

  1. dczay

    dczay Gold Supporting Member

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    I have searched the topics on TGP reading about both of these finely crafted guitars, the Ian Anderson Standard and the Gustavsson Bluesmaster Custom '59. Has anyone either owned both or at least played both and can comment on the differences, feel, tone, etc....... Since they are both relatively scarce I am hoping to get some feedback. Thanks.
     
  2. stashman

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    check with Lambone, he has owned both (I am sure some others have as well)
     
  3. matte

    matte Senior Member

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    my body.
    i've had 3 ian andersons in house and at least 20 jgs.

    pm me.
     
  4. Nitebob

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    Talk to Matte dczay,

    NITEBOB
     
  5. custom_guitars

    custom_guitars Member

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    I'm curious too. Maybe you could send me a copy of your response?
     
  6. JBS

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    20 JGS! That's crazy! Jealous man :aok
     
  7. dczay

    dczay Gold Supporting Member

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    I did, he knows his stuff. Thanks for all the responses and PM's.
     
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  8. Shark21

    Shark21 Silver Supporting Member

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    My Ian Anderson is the finest guitar I've ever owned. I have fifty high-end guitars and have owned hundreds. Never played a JG. I'd like to have both. Just haven't had the chance to purchase a JG when I had the dough!
     
  9. trickness

    trickness Analog with a side of DSP

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    My 2 cents, having owned several JGs and played an Ian A: the Ian A is awesome and at a much higher build quality level than Gibson Custom Shop stuff. They're great guitars.

    The JG stuff I've owned all had a very old guitar feel and tone, so much so that you can compare it to vintage instruments, but at a fraction of the price. Every one of them had really superb touch responsiveness too, almost like the guitar knew what you were going to do before you played it. But again, not modern feeling or overly bright to do that. I've played the TGP game and been through a bunch of stuff trying to find "the one" - in my book, pretty much any guitar JG has built is "the one".
     
  10. amc

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    imho.....
    there are a number of master luthiers here at tgp that create
    functional art with flawless construction and impeccable care.

    in no particular order, all of the following master craftsman
    breathe the rarified air at the top of their game:

    (in no particular order, a partial list......)
    johan gustavsson, ian anderson, jack briggs, terry mcinturff,
    gene baker, nik huber, dave mcnaught, bill chapin, john suhr,
    james tyler, gil yaron, joe driskill, gerard melancon, etc., etc......

    all of these luthiers are capable of producing superior instruments
    that overshadow the standard fare from gibson, fender, et al.

    back to your question regarding jg compared to ia guitars.

    both are incredibly fine singlecut set neck double humbucker
    guitars. imho, both are in another league than the best historic
    gibson les pauls from the custom shop.

    if i had not acquired my jg bluesmaster with dom ramos
    rod magnet humbuckers, i could not have imagined a finer
    guitar than the ian anderson standard.

    if money is no object, i would take the jg over any other
    guitar. with these phenomenal dom ramos pu's, it is the
    best sounding guitar i have. (a bold statement indeed).

    if the same dom ramos pickups were in my ia standard,
    it very well might sound as good as the jg. the construction
    quality of the ia standard is on par with the jg
    (which may be considered an even bolder statement)

    without question, the price difference between the jg and ia
    should be factored into any purchase consideration.
    if at all possible, make an effort to try examples of each.
    [​IMG]
     
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  11. dczay

    dczay Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys for all the responses. Yes, for most of us price is a consideration. That said, I'd rather extend myself a bit and have an instrument that inspires me vs owning a dozen that do not. Any and all comments are truly appreciated.
     
  12. dczay

    dczay Gold Supporting Member

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    AMC, are the JGS bodies physically smaller than the Anderson body or is that an optical illusion in your photo?
     
  13. Rex Anderson

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    Lot's of threads here recently about Gil Yaron. Don't forget to look at his guitars as well (unless you're set on the Tele body shape).
     
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    I found the Ian Anderson a little uncomfortably large bodied (and I'm 6'4"). Not sure if JG's are smaller. I'm sure I'd have gotten used to it but after Les Pauls and strats isn't want comfortable right off the bat.
     
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    Holy cow! Never seen the two side by side. Is the IA really that much bigger than a JG?

    I played a JG and felt it was about the same size as a LP. Is the IA a really big guitar, like almost 335 size?
     
  16. Lambone

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    I owned one of each at the same time for a bit. Bother were bought used, here...i didn't end up keeping either of them but they were cool.

    They were both really freakin good in terms of tone, resonance, and quality of construction. I probly don't know my **** enough to even really distinguish the nuance between them much. Plus they had different pickups.

    Value-wise the IA was close to, if not just as good a guitar for about half the price.
     
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  17. amc

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    that pic is more of an optical illusion than a large size difference between the jg and ia though the ia is slightly larger.
    [​IMG]
     
  18. Rex Anderson

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    I like the fatter horn and the rounder bottom on the IA-it does appear a bit bigger but "rounder".

    And wow, that's quite a nice pair!
     
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  19. KennethC

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    Are you comfortable with a tele? The IA is pretty darn close to the size of a tele, and maybe just a tad thicker, and not a whole lot heavier either (mine is extremely light). When Ian told me that the body would pretty much be the size of a conventional tele body, I was surprised, but I just did a comparison yesterday and he was speaking the truth. Also, Ian somehow makes the IA such a wonderfully playable guitar - every one of my friends who has tried it has mentioned that without fail. If you find a tele uncomfortable, however, then you would prob feel that way abt the IA.
     
  20. magnus02

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    I'm not crazy about the tele shape either. I mean I LOVE tele's but they just kind of jab into my ribs when I'm sitting and the IA did the same.

    I'm a huge fan of Michael Stevens and the belly cuts on his guitars. Unless someone is building historically accurate copies of certain guitars then I don't see the harm in making them more ergonomic.

    But hey, if it sounds good and doesn't bug most people then I'm not hating. Just didn't work perfect for me when I first picked it up.
     

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