Suggest some guitars for me based on these criteria:

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  1. freedom's door

    freedom's door Supporting Member

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    $1,000 or under, preferably around $800. Name on the headstock doesn't matter, built in USA is preferred.

    Essential:
    - set neck
    - short scale
    - 2 humbuckers
    - 12 or flatter radius
    - 1.68 or wider nut width
    - medium neck, .840 at first fret- .950 at 12th fret, give or take
    - at least one tone control
    - hardtail

    Preferred:
    - ergonomic body shape
    - 2 volume, 2 tone controls
    - satin finish on back of neck
    - locking tuners
    - rosewood or ebony fingerboard

    In an ideal world i'd wait for Suhr to put out his SC, but i already know it will be far out of my price range.
    I've looked at the new LP Studio 50's Tribute, but LP's are not the most ergonomic guitars.
    Carvin seems cool, although a bit over my price range, and i emailed about their neck specs, and the response i got made me think they would be way too skinny.

    Any suggestions for guitars that meet what i'm looking for?
    Thanks in advance for any replies!
     
  2. G Man

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    Used Hamer USA guitar of some sort.
     
  3. freedom's door

    freedom's door Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the reply- off to check ebay...
     
  4. Rock Johnson

    Rock Johnson Member

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    Call Steve Benford, he can build one for you for about that price range.
     
  5. dspellman

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    If there's no special reason why you need a set neck, the Carvin neck-throughs are outstanding and within your price range. I haven't measured their neck thickness since 2006 (last time I bought one), but I think they DO have alternate neck profiles now (though it may cost you a bit more as an option). Certainly it fits all the other criteria.
     
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    Used Hamer or Heritage.
     
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    thought about an ESP eclipse?
     
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    Carvin comes to mind. Great stuff and lots of options.
     
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    ESP is Japan for their higher stuff, Hamer or Heritage you are going to be hard pressed to find in the 800 range
     
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    Edwards is ESP, and they go for less than a grand regularly.

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  11. freedom's door

    freedom's door Supporting Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions!

    - the Hamers i looked at all had 1.65 nut widths- deal breaker for me
    - it was less than a year ago when i emailed Carvin about neck thickness, and i was told there was only one neck size, and it was .7 something at the first fret- way too thin
     
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    freedom's door Supporting Member

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    Do they have contours on the back?
    If not, i might as well get an LP Studio, no?
     
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    You pretty much described an SG. A faded or a used classic should work out for you.
     
  14. dspellman

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    Oh -- again, not a set neck, sorry, and not US-made.

    The Agile AL-3200 has neck-through construction, can be had in either a 1.68 or a 1.75" wide, neck depth specs are pretty close, 13.7" radius ebony f/b, real MOP inlays. The back is what's cool, however -- it's got a scarfed neck (there's really no neck heel at all) and there's a nice deep tummy cut. In the $600 range.

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    Thanks for the added suggestions, i'm going to email Benford, and see how much he would charge for what i want. If he's out of my price range, i'll look into SG's and those Agiles.
     
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    The Gibson SG faded is 699 and is a very decent guitar, USA made. You could always change out the pickups for some covered Seymour Duncans or Gibsons or whatever as funds allow, but the stock pickups are nothing to scoff at. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-faded-sg-special-electric-guitar

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    ESP LTD Viper Deluxe with Seymour Duncan JB/'59 covered pickups black cherry, locking tuners, etc.,
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    Construction: Set-Neck
    Scale: 24.75 inches
    Body: Mahogany
    Neck: Mahogany
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Nut: 42mm Standard
    Neck Contour: Thin U
    Hardware: Black Nickel
    Tuners: ESP Locking
    Bridge and Tailpiece: Tonepros Locking TOM


    Pickups:
    • Black Model: EMG 81 (B) / 85 (N) Active
    • See Thru Black Cherry Model: Seymour Duncan Custom 5 (B) / '59 (N)
    Controls:
    • Master Volume
    • 3-Way Toggle
    • Master Tonej
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    ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 antique black with gold trim. EMG version, JB/'59 pickup version available in amber burst.

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    Body: Mahogany

    Top:
    • Flame Top: See thru Blue and See thru Purple
    • Quilt Top: See Thru Green and Black Cherry
    • Not Specified: Black, Vintage Black and Snow White
    Neck: Mahogany Set-Neck
    Neck Contour: Thin U
    Scale Length: 24.75 inches
    Fingerboard: Rosewood (Ebony on VBK)
    Frets: 24 Extra Jumbo
    Nut: 42mm Standard
    Bridge: Tonepros Locking

    Pickups:
    • Bridge: EMG 81
    • Neck: EMG 60
    Hardware: Black Nickel (Gold on VBK and BLK)
    Tuners: ESP Locking
     
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  17. Deathmonkey

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    The discontinued SZ line from Ibanez might be something to look at.
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  18. Duffy

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    I have an SZ300 Goldtop I bought NOS and it is one of the nicest guitars I have. It has Duncan/Ibanez labelled pickups and sounds really good. I got it for a great price. Some stores still have these in stock and might be willing to sell them at a great price.

    One other thing is that the pickups are split coil, but I think they are series/parallel selectable and the so called split middle switch position is actually nice.
     
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    You guys are great- i really appreciate the info.
    Let me ask one more question- the sound i'm going for is 70's rock; basically Gibson into Marshall. Think Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley, etc
    Am i better off with covered or uncovered humbuckers?
     
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