Out of sheer curiosity, does anyone make a V?

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  1. Lerxst2112

    Lerxst2112 Member

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    I don't remember ever seeing a small luthier crafting Vs... I know Ken Lawrence does Explorers...

    Just curious.
     
  2. HHB

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    Hamer make the best V in the business, it's their best sounding guitar IMO
     
  3. Lerxst2112

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    $15,000 for a Stevens V? Good grief! That's outrageous... If I had the money, I'd have no problem spending $8,000 on a Gustavsson... but $15k for a V?!
     
  4. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    A company called Arpeggio used to make one. They had an original to use as their template. AFAIK, Gibson crushed 'em like a bug :(

    It was a sweet V, though.

    I know a guy who knows a guy who's cousins with a guy who makes V's. ;). They're really nice, but they won't have the big G logo (if that sort of thing is important to you).
     
  5. Green Pro Am

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    GMP used to make a killer V.
     
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    Saul Koll, I own a superb V that he made, Check his website, there are some pics, he is tops.
     
  7. Lerxst2112

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    Nah, Gibson's name is not important to me. In fact, the last thing I want is Gibson's name on the headstock... wouldn't want people to think I was playing an inferior product, now would I? :)
     
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    Dean makes a helluva V in their USA line. Its worth your time to track one down and check it out.
     
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    Better buy soon, then, 'cuz by the time Jo's work is as widely known as Mike's, it'll be up there, too.

    Basic supply and demand, coupled with ones need to shift a (relative) lot of units (or not).
     
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    I agree. There is nothing, and I mean nothing that goes into a typical V or Explorer that makes it worth more than $2500 -3500 tops. Even some of the dressyer ones only run 5g. Hamer's are the ones to beat in this arena. The $800 gibsons aren't significantly different than the $8000 ones. Even when gibson had those customs (I think they just disco'd them, I could be wrong) with the nice mahagony bodys, multi ply binding, ebony boards and better pickups, they were only 3grand if memory serves. Nothing makes those repros worth 3x that.
     
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    +1 on the Saul Koll suggestion.
     
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    I think Scott Heatley has made at least one also.
     
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    What "goes into" the guit is only one or many variables that goes into determining a guit's price. And with Stevens, Guistavvson, DeTemple, etc. what "goes into" the guitars are not the most important variables in determining price. It is simple: as with any good, guitar prices will tend to increase to the point that the demand diminishes. And, as with any good, the guitar is worth what people will pay for it. Stevens is still producing guits at that price because he has enough people willing to pay him to do that. All other considerations are whistles that fade into nothingness in the wind.
     
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    What I mean mostly is that the construction is simple compared to arch top gutiars. There is little detail and inlay work. There is little in wood layers or finish issues. They are simple contruction for an experienced luthier. $2500-3500 max using good wood and a little hand finishing.
     
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    At $8,000.00 it's not for everyone but the quality is without a doubt stellar- Terry Mueller. He builds Korina Explorer's to '58 specs. He may do V's as well.
     
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    Kurt Wilson - small luthier in Illinois. Makes a beautiful V.
     
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    Even though I'm not a "V" guy, i'd love to see what Ron Thorn could do with one. Black limba, P90's, mmmm.

    But I'd still rather have another DC. =)
     
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