Who is a Suhr-calibre Les Paul builder?

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  1. elambo

    elambo Member

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    I'm growing tired of dealing with little problems with my Gibson Les Pauls -- there must be an equivalent builder making high-end LP style guitars as John Suhr does with the Strat/Tele style...

    Who would that be?
     
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    Matte hit the big one...but there are others who will make you a single cut guitar of spectacular quality. Here are some more sugeestions

    1. Heatley Tradition
    2. McNaught Single Cut
    3. Mcinturff Taurus

    I have owned all three and I give the nod to the Heatley.
     
  4. matte

    matte Senior Member

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    Consider the perspective of a guy who has 14 Flametops in Beauty of the Burst.

    "Friday, I dropped by Wildwood to see their Johan Gustavsson Bluesmaster Custom '59. Even though they are all sold out, Steve [the owner] is nice enough to keep his around for folks like me, who are interested in actually holding one.

    Let me tell you, that is one fantastic guitar! I would post pics, but their own web site has far better pics than I could take. The guitar "felt" right! This was far better than any production guitar I have felt, besides the odd "exception to the rule". Resonance was great, neck shape and "fit" were great.

    I have been impressed since I saw Johan's website, after he posted here at the Forum. Well, in person, they are as good as they look. Not a super "10" top, but a beautifull flame top with plenty of 3-D action. This isn't a sales pitch.

    They are not cheap guitars. But, others I have talked to were also curious, and I wanted to report, after a first hand look. It is worth looking into, if anyone is at all curious. Johan, you have done a great job on that model.

    And Steve was a most gracious host. What a nice store! I can see why they are a Forum dealer. Bruce and Lance took some time to chat a little too [the store was moderately busy with "real" customers]. Definitely worth the drive out from Denver!
    Thanks guys!"


    Tom Wittrock
     
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    +1 for Heatley!!!!

    Bill
     
  7. MikeyG

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    haven't tried a Heatley, but I would call the other 2 "LP-inspired"..... tonewise I greatly prefer a real LP. (after a pickup change, refret, and yank the klusons). Just my $0.02.
     
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    +2 for Heatley
     
  9. elambo

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    I'm a big fan of the Burstbucker 2/3 combo. Do you think I could send a pair of these Burstbuckers to either Heatley or Gustavsson and have them use these pickups for the install? Is that asking too much?

    These two builders have caught my interest the most so far.
     
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    can't speak for Gustavsson but i know Heatley (Scott) would have no problem with that

    another one whose les paul inpired guitars you want to look into is our own Jason Shroeder

    he does 2 les paul inspired guitar and 1 double cut model

    modern looking les paul one ( called the Chopper)
    and one more 1 Traditional les paul shaped one

    here's a double he just finished for for someone here

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?s=&threadid=92212
     
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    Grosh set neck?
    Personally I am pretty partial to Les Paul Custom shop guitars particularly Class 5 and Elegant
     
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    Scumback Speakers Gold Supporting Member

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    LP inspiration?
    Since 1974, I've had this old 68 Custom...couple of dings, but pretty close to mint condition.
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    Got this "elf made and signed" Keebler a couple years back...probably the loudest LP (unplugged) I've ever heard...
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    Lately, I've been collecting early 60's Les Paul/SG's, too...
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    TCM Taurus sound really great, I've got a historic LP and a Taurus Sportster T, the LP sounds just like an LP and the Taurus is more refined and is an inspiration to play/hear. I love em both and have a hard time choicing one over another, but the TCM is one hell of a guitar
     
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    Nik Huber...
    I won't post any pics 'cause I don't want to stir up the usual sh*tstorm re. the singlecut issue (i.e. Orca model).

    If you're not exclusively bound to the short scale, the Dolphin (will update later w/ some sexxxy pics) will do you right.

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    YMMV, etc

    JJ

    (edited to add pic... one will suffice for now ;) )
     
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    Tim Diebert can make exquisite guitars that will do almost anything you want, the LP "recipe" included.

    http://www.timtone.com/

    - DB
     
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    Do any builders make exact vintage replicas?
     
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    giffin guitars??

    Doesn't Max guitars make am mean guitar.

    Gene Baker doesn't do re-pros but they are fine LP inspired guitars.

    cmn
     
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    I didn't realize Max was still making guitars. I was wondering if anyone made them currently. (I should have been clearer in my question!)
     
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