Warrior guitar owners?

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  1. beatlenut

    beatlenut Member

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    I did a search and didn't find much on here or Google for that matter. I've been intregued for 4 years now and finally got to play/see one and was very impressed. A friend picked up a used Soldier for $1600.

    I've got a chance at a used Purple Soldier for $1800. Worth it?

    Mahagohny body, gold hardware, block inlays, Seymour Duncan 59 in neck , custom in bridge, 5 way switching (single/humbucker). Purple solid finish.
     
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    Actually I've owned 4. The first 2 were early models I regret selling. Both had the Purple Heart Tone bars thru the body. The third was a newer model. It looked, played, and sounded killer by itself. Comparing it to the other 2 older models, it appeared cheaply made, didn't have the Tone Bar, Sperzels, and was sent packing. The last one was a dud, and also went as fast at it came. To answer your question, they can be really nice guitars if bought right. I think $1800 is on the high side for a Soldier, but that's going on buying 2 Guardians for $2,000. Hope this helps.
     
  3. beatlenut

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    It's 4 years old if that matters any.

    Neck: 3 Piece Mahogany / Purpleheart 24 Fret 25" Scale
    Body: Scuplted Mahogany
    Fretboard: Ebony 24 fret 1 11/16" @ Nut
    Inlay: Sword on 12th, mother of pearl abalone blocks on others
    Pickups: Seymour Duncan '59 Neck / Custom in Bridge (humbuckers)
    Electronics: 5 Way knob (to select between humbuckers and single coil)
    Hardware: USA Tone Pro Bridge (all hardware is gold, custom purple stone knobs)
    Tuning Keys: USA Sperzel
    Finish: Purple (custom), matching headstock with custom sword
     
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    How's it play? How's it sound? My biggest turnoff on the newer Warrior's have been lack of good pups (That one seems to have) and lack of Sperzels (Has them too, cool!)
     
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    I got an older model that was NOS. I really like it. It's easy to play and stays in tune, even with heavy hitting due to the tuners and what not. I also got some nice upgrades like Bartolini Pickups. Good guitar. Very versatile.
     
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    For what it's worth, I recently had the chance to buy back one of my old Warrior's. If it was $500 cheaper, I would have been all over it.
     
  7. beatlenut

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    It would be an internet purchase. No chance to play it. That doesn't matter to me. I've bought a ton of guitars that way and only returned 2.

    If $1,800 is too high, what would be a good price?
     
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    I'm sorry, I forgot to ask...Maple top? Or just Mahogany? A nice Maple top would make it worth around $2,000 to me. No nice maple top? I'd say $1500. YMMV. Any pics?
     
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    All Mahogany and solid color. I'll keep watching here, but I doubt he will drop $300. We shall see.
     
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    My 3 years old Warrior Isabella is very fine!
    Mahogany made: both body and 3 pieces neck.
    Gold hardware, 5 position switch, warrior angels pickups
    and L.R. Baggs acoustic saddle.
    It was built for the 2003 Nashville NAMM show.
    They were nice to help me on shipping to Europe too.
    So, I do recommend them:

    http://www.warriorinstruments.com/

    :AOK
     
  12. hawaii5_o

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    I also own an Isabella. Had it made w/ a "gold top", and ended up having them just do gold all the way around with some very nice binding (can't remember the wood). It has a mahogany body w/ ebony fretboard. Duncan p/u's. I tested several different combinations and decided on a '59 in the bridge, Pearly Gates in the neck. Has a 5 way switch (coil tapped in the in-between positions). Very responsive instrument. Definitely the nicest elec. guitar I've played. Not sure what the operation is like now but the owner, J.D. crafted mine. It was about 8 months of wait time, this was almost 3 years ago. He even sent me pictures of my guitar in it's various stages of production.
     
  13. beatlenut

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    I emailed him an offer of $1,500 and never received a response. Oh, well
     
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    On epay as well as Harmony Central, etc. IMO, they don't hold the value like some other guitars, so when you do find them, you can sometimes score them for the right price :)
     
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    I've owned 3 great ones, from a looks perspective. Only 2 of the 3 played great. In their more expensive lines, looks come first, tone second. I've found their Soldier and Guardian lines are the best of both worlds, and cheaper.
     
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    IMO they are nice pieces of furniture.
    I would never buy a new one. Cant stand the neck, pickups or resale value.
    They are more for looks than playability to me. Everyones different though.
    Good luck.
     
  17. ZackKhoury

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    The re-sale value is awesome!

    The Sperzel tuners are on all of them.

    and as for no good pups?

    Are you serious?

    Seymour JB and pearly gates or dimarzio xms?

    you have got to be kidding me.

    any warrior owners left around here?
     
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    I don't own a Warrior but I've played many of them.. along with one of their rare accoustic guitars which was really great. They make a really great guitar in my opinion and J.D. and his family are really nice people! I really like the Isabella.
     
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    There's a huge warrior thread a dozen threads or so below this one.
     
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