Who makes the best custom guitars??!!

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  1. Sid

    Sid Member

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    OR for those who cant decide....Who made your favourite Guitar???

    Lets Discuss....

    Preferably not more than $3-4k....
     
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  2. Alpedra

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    This topic reeks of flamebait.

    But, I´ll bite anyway.. :D

    With so many amazing luthiers with so many different styles, it´s impossible to answer that question, you know? Tyler, Suhr, Anderson, Thorn, Gustavson, Ruokangas, D´Pergo, Artinger and so many more (I just wrote the ones that came to my mind at this minute). All of them are great and any of them can build you a "dream guitar". In the end, it´s more a question of "personal taste" in guitars, than a "which one builds the best guitars" ;).
     
  3. cnardone

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    +1.
     
  4. samtheman

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    ...There is no *best* one (IMO) :BluesBros

    /sam
     
  5. John Mayes

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    Which is the best flavor of ice cream?

    We can't answer the question for you. We can only answer the question for us. Too many good choices to choose from. Check em all out and go with the one that floats your boat.
     
  6. lfyost

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    I think we should all use thread as a license to buy one of each!
     
  7. Joe_Steeler

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    Suhr
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    Just can't go wrong with either.
     
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    Unless you want a setneck guitar :rotflmao

    -Austin
     
  9. Terry McInturff

    Terry McInturff 40th Anniversary of guitar building! Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree that there is no real answer to this question.

    It may be helpful to your thought process if you can determine exactly what style of guitar that you are most interested in; having arrived at that, there will be builders with a solid record and reputation for virtually every style of guitar.
     
  10. go7

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    Agree there is no best. For me it`s Scott Heatley set necks.
     
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    Who builds a guitar that will stop your GAS and will let you use your time and mind for playing? You do! :)
     
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    i've got my Baker and Anderson already... but I'm sure there's a Chapin, Danocaster, and/or RS Relic ahead of me someday....

    Cotton
     
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    What type of music do you play, what kind of shapes and sounds do you like? Can't just put out the $$$$ should figure if you want something Tele, Strat, LP, LP Jr., Metal with pointy headstock, hollow body etc.
     
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    Hey guy's, not so serious. ;) I think the OP was just starting a discussion on what *you* think is the best.

    FWIW, I have to say that Koll is my favorite or my *best*. His guitars have a smile on their faces. They're made with a love of simply making guitars. It's apparent when you talk to him. My Korina DL Thinline feels, looks and especially sounds incredible. Certainly a step up.

    That said, there are so many builders with nearly identical qualities. It's just that Saul's aesthetecs appeal to me more.

    The D'Pergo guitars I've seen are so simple but so eligant it's crazy. Like God made the peices of wood specifically for that particular guitar.
     
  16. winstabull

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    There is only one way to decide. Each builder must send me a sample and I will report my findings. :crazyguy
     
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    The answer is ---






    Whoever builds the guitar that you like the best.
     
  18. tradarama

    tradarama www.PRIMEGUITARS.com Silver Supporting Member

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    Heatley, Myka, Koll & Briggs (all depending upon options).

    If you can get a mint used one (or pay more) I say Stevens & DeTemple are difficult to beat.....
     
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    Add McNaught to the list. The construction of a McNaught, especially the set-thru neck, is hard to beat!

    Ron
     
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    I consider most of the luthiers discussed on these pages as semi-custom which is not a knock in any way. A custom builder, in my mind, will build whatever you want within physical and legal reason. That's why I like John Bolin as a true custom builder but there are certainly some great luthiers mentioned above.
     

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