Schroeder Guitars appreciation thread!!

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by lookslikemeband, Nov 23, 2005.


  1. lookslikemeband

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    After looking and looking around for my next "big" buy.... I'm about 99% sure I'm going with a Jason Schroeder Guitar.

    Man... talk about GREAT work and a very cool guy to talk to (via e-mail of course!).

    I can't WAIT to play one (I'm mainly a PRSi guy, so this should be a fun one!).

    Anyone else have any experience with a Schroeder guitar??

    Thanks!

    Lance
     
  2. Glowing Tubes

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  4. Praline

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    How many guitars has he built? I have never seen one.
     
  5. Norcal_GIT_r

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    I cant say enough about my Schroeder double cut.
    It's the most amazing sounding and feeling guitar I've ever played.
    I cant even play PRS guitars anymore..:D
    I've been in the studio recording a CD for the last few months and have all my guitars down there and we always come back to the Schroeder takes for final tracks. The only thing I've used my PRS CE24 for was a little whammy lick on one song. Other than that my Schroeders tone slays my PRS.
    Funny thing is, I have PRS Dragon 1s in it as well as a Barden in the middle.
    Here's a couple of shots.

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  6. Norcal_GIT_r

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    If you want to see all the sick guitars Jason is building go here
     
  7. Praline

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    I wanted to see pictures of guitars that are already built, but I don't really see any completed guitars - there's only ones in progress? Does that mean yours is the only one finished?
     
  8. Glowing Tubes

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    Hey man, your guitar is beautiful!! PRS clones? Hmm, why not. If somebody can build it better.. Wonder if there could be trouble for having the exact same body..
     
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    i believe Jason already spoke with Paul and the suits regarding the design (before he started selling to other). Paul was fine with it,their are subtle differences between the 2
     
  11. edgarallanpoe

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    I really like the design. Jason's guitars are thicker than a PRS and there are other subtle differences between the two guitars. Jason's potential is huge, but right now it is just potential. I have placed an order for one, because after several conversations with the man I really believe in what he is trying to do. I also try to support small builders who are willing to listen to what I need. Jason has been wonderful in that respect. I also like the fact that all he asks for in the deposit is money to cover the materials. A $500 deposit is very reasonable. Most other builders will ask for a 50% deposit. When you are looking at a 3K guitar, it hurts to have 1.5K of dead money for several months or even years in the case of some builders. All of this made me willing to take the leap of faith. I have full confidence that he will deliver.

    My order is very specific and is a combination of several of the finest guitars I have ever owned. I am a big fan of the PRS ergonomics. They are amazingly comfortable instruments to play. Unfortunately for me, I don't care for their tone. The thinner body with the maple cap gives the guitar a strident top end that I just don't care for. I love the look of maple, but the tone disagrees with me. The finest guitar I have owned is a custom Baker B1. It is all mahogany with no maple cap, long scale, and a friggin tone monster. Another guitar that I love is my Matte Henderson Baker B1 with a hum/p90/p90 setup. So...what I am ordering from Jason is as follows.

    Schroeder double cut
    Single piece mahogany body with a Baker B1 depth
    Mahogany neck
    Snakewood fretboard...nod to Nik Huber on this one, my buddy owns a Huber with a snakewood board and it is amazing.
    Hardtail
    hum/p90/p90 setup ala the Henderson Baker...either Voodoos or Hauessel pups, I haven't decided yet.
    Black with either cream binding or snakewood binding, it depends on how crazy Jason decides to be.

    IMHO the combination of features combined with Jason's beautiful design and clean lines will make for one mutha of a guitar.

    The guitar will be called the Mamba
     
  12. Norcal_GIT_r

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    Thanks man, but my guitar is NOT a PRS clone and does not have the exact same body. The actual dimensions are quite different. The cutaways are not the same.
    If you put my Schroeder next to a PRS you will clearly see it is quite different. Yes they are both double cuts but thats where it ends.

    And yes Jason has been in contact with the folks at PRS and it seems they dont have problem with Jasons guitars.

    Jason has been building guitars for many years. He just started building guitars for clients recently. I'm the only one besides Jason who has a guitar yet. It kinda started when I asked Jason to build me a guitar. Seeing we live close to each other Jason decided to build me a guitar. If I didnt like it he'd just keep it. Turns out I love it!! Well after documenting the build on my guitar and Jasons Chopper guitar, there was tons of interest from others who wanted Jason to build them a guitar. So Jason then decided he'd start taking orders. This was about 6 months ago.

    To the guy who said he has only one going didnt look in the right place. Theres got to be atleast 6-12 people who are members on this forum who have guitars being built as we speak. all of which are documented on the forum I posted in my previous post.

    Seeing how great my guitar turned out I'm sure all the rest are just going to be better each time.

    All I can say is when I can afford a second Ill be placing my order.
     
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    Sorry, no offense intended. Just from first glance that's what it looked like.

    Nice stuff, love to hear more about them as people start getting their orders.

    RC
     
  14. Norcal_GIT_r

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    No offense taken.
    My guitar looks similar because I've been a hardcore PRS player since 1986 and the shape is what I'm used too.
    But I did not want a copy. I had ideas on what I liked about my PRS guitars and features I wanted that are not available from PRS.

    Jason has always been straight forward about never wanting to creating a clone or copy of anyother companies guitar.
    He has some really inovative ideas of his own that he basis his guitars on.
    I just don't want people to assume he's building copies because of visual similarities.
    It's kind of the same boat as Ron Thorn. At a quick glance you see a PRS Santana body style, but in reality it's nothing like a PRS.
     
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    I too have commissioned Jason to build a guitar for me. I was a little sceptical at first, but due to a referral from a friend & after multiple emails, a phone call sealed the deal. Even though he's clear across the country, I found a much greater degree of interactivity with him, than I could get from any local luthiers. Not only was the communication better, but his openness to design deviations & real talent for innovation put him in a class with the best! I hit him with some "I'd love this, but I don't know if it's possible"'s & he absolutely floored me with his combination of creativity & technical expertise in a genuinely artistic framework. I also asked for some options & he asked why & when told he didn't just tell me, "I don't think that will get you what you want", but followed with, " We can do X & Y to get what you want, without losing Z, which I know you want". His use of the word "we" is a key. We work on the design, then he builds it. He doesn't try to give you what you ask for, his aim is to get you not only what you want, but what you'll love. I wanted to get in on the ground floor with a builder who I believe will become a "Major Dude". As far as I'm concerned he IS a Major Dude already! His time is coming...he deserves it....& I'll have Schroeder #9! That makes me a major LUCKY Dude! He Da Man!
     
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    I've checked out the "Tour Guitar" on his site, and it's pretty cool. Nice workmanship and top notch materials. Seems like a pretty good guy, too.
     
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    very nice neck joint. Looks much better than the PRS, I guess it helps a lot in the playing does it?
     
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    Another one with a JS on order, Chopper with RW neck and Ebony board. Can't really add much that hasn't been said before.... for me there was a definite vibe with Jason on a personal level, along with a belief in what he's doing as a professional. Best of luck to him, I'm sure good times lie ahead.

    Q.
     
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    i'm another one with a guitar on order. I've appreciated all the contact Jason has made with me and taking the time to answer all my questions, etc.

    dave
     
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    We've done this several times over the last few years and in fact we have a guitar making the rounds right now.

    The various responses have been interesting. Some players have been grateful to get the opportunity, playing it for their allocated period of time and shipping it on to the next player as promised and in a timely manner. Sometimes getting it to the next stop has been like pulling teeth, with delays of several weeks. And on a couple of occassions, players have insisted on buying the test guitar and the tour came to a sudden and satisfying end. But there is no substitute for a hands on test so we'll keep doing it. I'm glad to see Jason taking a similar path. We have a couple customers in common and I hear nothing but the best about his work.
     

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