Rick Kelly or Rocketfire?

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  1. pickslide

    pickslide Supporting Member

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    Hey folks. I want somebody to make me an Esquire and I have narrowed it down to Rick Kelly or Rocketfire. I hear great things about both and it seems like the price point is about the same. Any opinions on picking one over the other?

    Not looking for anything negative or any bashing here, just some opinions...perhaps from people who have played both?

    Thanks a bunch.
     
  2. aram

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    i've never played the rocket fires.

    i certainly don't mean this in a bashing sense- i'm sure his guitars are awesome- but they're really a different thing from Rick Kelly.

    It looks like Rocketfire assembles his guitars from pre made parts.

    I'm sure it's all top notch.

    But Rick Kelly hand builds each body and neck from scratch. Plus he uses old wood.

    So it's really a different thing.

    I'm sure you've seen this before, but here's my pine tele. The wood was cut when Lincoln was still president.

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    MrMunky Silver Supporting Member

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  4. jazzandmetal?

    jazzandmetal? Supporting Member

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    That was a bit of a tease MrMunky. How about some pics:drool
     
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    I like this pic! Great character.
     
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  7. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Rick Kelly just freshly liberated my future pine tele from an old Bowery beam. He really does bring them up from scratch, and you feel like there's something Old World going on when it all comes together. Plus, he makes some really nice beefy necks and the comfort/playability (and as the clip above shows, the tone) are really top notch.

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    The Rick Kelly thread here shows shots of an Esquire in his store window right now, it's great.
     
  8. pickslide

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    Thanks guys. Rick Kelly it is. I would rather a guitar made from stratch than from premade parts.
     
  9. Kmaz

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    aram, does your Bowery have that ultra-huge neck? The one he had there last fall made the '51 Nocaster seem dinky.
     
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    mine has his fatback neck, which i think is a little bigger than a nocaster, but not quite as huge as the ones in his shop. he calls those "double d's"

    I'm having him put one on the 67 tele body I bought from him for $800 a couple of months ago.

    the one on my pine caster is just perfect. when i let Bill Frisell play it, he said "wow, this feels perfect."
     
  11. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    ayep, Rick's necks were the deal maker for me. right after putting specs together i tried a '51 Nocaster out across the street and it seemed kinda puny.
     

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