Who will be the builder of your choice?

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Izy, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. Izy

    Izy Member

    Messages:
    450
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Location:
    The Red Dot
    Hi,

    I'm new here.

    Have been reading a lot of post.

    So it made me wonder,

    If you would to have someone build a strat, a tele, a LP style and an archtop guitar who would be the builder of your choice?

    I know very little about the small company luthiers so i would like to know who are rated among the best in building these guitars.

    Of course if you could include a price range that would be even better. :)

    So could anyone fill in the blanks below?

    Strat: ???
    Price range: ???

    Tele: ???
    Price range:???

    LP: ???
    Price range:???

    Archtop: ???
    Price range: ???
     
  2. niersbach

    niersbach Member

    Messages:
    1,904
    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2002
    Location:
    Raleigh NC
    All in my own very humble opinion of course

    Strat: Suhr, Anderson, Grosh
    Price range: anywhere from 1500 used all the way up tp 3500 new

    Tele: Same as strat
    Price range:

    LP: McNaught
    Price range:2800 - 3800 used depending on appointments Over 3500 new and on up to 6k also depending on appointments

    Archtop: No Idea, would probably just get a PRS
    Price range:

    Other small companies that are extremely reputable at the moment....Thorn, Heatley, Swan, and countless others
     
  3. derek_32999

    derek_32999 Member

    Messages:
    3,323
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    www.jetguitars.com, www.driskillguitars.com, and www.thornguitars.com. as far as les paul types go ... price- i know jets are about 4k and up, thorns and driskills are easier to customize through direct contact with the makers.

    with strats and tele's anderson :) used 1500-2500, new- i think up to 4k(with all bells and whistles)

    archtop- i have been reading a lot about yamaha's aes and sa models etc, they are supposed to be real sweet under 1600 bucks

    hope this helps
     
  4. arriba

    arriba Member

    Messages:
    459
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2003
    Location:
    Bay Area, S.F.
  5. John Mayes

    John Mayes Member

    Messages:
    306
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2004
    Location:
    Norman, Oklahoma
  6. abergdahl

    abergdahl Member

    Messages:
    3,415
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2002
    Location:
    Stockholm; Sweden
    For the semisolids and solids Chapin and/or Koll. For an LP style JGguitars (Johan Gustavsson) for an archtop Ribbeke or Meizner.
     
  7. MOJO

    MOJO Member

    Messages:
    3,317
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2002
    Location:
    Brooklyn Ny
    for an Archtop inspired = Thorn or Artinger

    Strat/tele inspired = any of the above mentioned + Scott Heatley makes some pretty nice tele's also

    Les paul = definately Scott Heatley,Thorn's new SC model,or our own Schroeder SC model
     
  8. BattleAngel

    BattleAngel Member

    Messages:
    951
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2002
    Location:
    Brooklyn, New York
    I've got my dream guitar coming in from Ruokangas, it's a quasi-strat style with three beautiful custom made p90 pickups, a spanish cedar back and arctic birch top and fretboard.
     
  9. MJR

    MJR Member

    Messages:
    585
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    Saint Louis, Missouri
    These days, every guitar I think about getting has the name Koll or Lentz on the headstock. :D
     
  10. Fantom1

    Fantom1 Member

    Messages:
    1,996
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2004
    Strat/Tele type guitar: Lentz

    LP: Gustavsson

    Archtop: Absolutely no idea.
     
  11. big mike

    big mike Consigliere Staff Member

    Messages:
    26,648
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Location:
    NorCal
    Strat: Chapin Houla
    Price range: As I would get it, around 2800

    Tele: Chapin Hawk or T Bird
    Price range: As I would get it, around 2800

    LP: Thorn Artisan Deluxe (as LPish as possible, I prefer having a double cut)
    Price range: Around 3K as I would order it

    Archtop: Not much of an Archtop Guy. if I was going to do that, likely Koll
    Price range: Dunno really.
     
  12. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    8,252
    Joined:
    May 10, 2004
    Location:
    Northern MD
    Strat: Don't play 'em...wouldn't know where to start

    Tele: Chapin, Callaham, Trussart

    LP: Mcinturff Taurus or Gemini

    Archtop: Waiting on Terry to unveil his, but might end up going Motorave.
     
  13. Izy

    Izy Member

    Messages:
    450
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Location:
    The Red Dot
    Wow!

    Thanks guys!

    I will look at all these builders, and make a decision.

    In the meantime, i think i probably should starting setting aside an amount every month. :D

    Will post after i reached a decision but one thing is for sure,

    My archtop will not be a Vintage D'Angelico. They may be sweet but i don't think i have that type of $$$. :p
     
  14. decay-o-caster

    decay-o-caster Member

    Messages:
    7,415
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    The Greater San Jose Metroplex
    Chapin for Strat or Tele - ~$2400+
    No idea for an LP
    Saul Koll for an Arcthtop - ~$5000 or so
     
  15. The Eristic

    The Eristic Member

    Messages:
    1,632
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2003
    Location:
    Cartersville, GA
  16. Scott Peterson

    Scott Peterson Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    36,917
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2002
    Location:
    Michigan
    Strat/Tele: Gerard Melancon (been there/done that!)
    LP: Ron Thorn (have a double cutaway from him, have an SC on order); or Scott Heatley.
     
  17. Down and Out in NYC

    Down and Out in NYC Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,677
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2004
    Thorn, Heatley, Mcnaught, Mcinturff for LP style.

    Melancon, Suhr or anderson for strat or Tele style.

    I dont own any of em..............................yet, but im about a week away from my first mel :dude
     
  18. fatback

    fatback Member

    Messages:
    3,686
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2004
    Location:
    lost in the fog...
    bolt-on: Lentz, Vinetto, GVCG (2-3k)

    set neck: Grosh, Thorn (3-4k)

    I'd love to try some guitars from JG, Koll, Chapin, Heately, and others that I first saw on TGP. There are so many folks building cool guitars these days that it's getting hard to choose.
     
  19. flash1

    flash1 Member

    Messages:
    174
    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2003
    Location:
    Sequim, Wa
    strat- Chapin houla (preferrably goldtop)
    tele- Chapin hawk
    lp- Bill's building a Bloomfield tribute for me, I'll report back. Oh yeah, that's Bill Chapin.
     
  20. PlexiBreath

    PlexiBreath Member

    Messages:
    1,203
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Location:
    La Quinta, California
    Strat:
    Either a Suhr Classic with the Silent Single Coil system, or a Fender Custom Shop.

    Tele:
    Many good choices, I'd go for a Suhr, but Fender Custom Shop, Chapin, DeTemple are all great.

    LP:
    Only a Gibson Custom Shop Heritage series. I haven't heard or played anything else out there that nails the Les Paul thing like the real thing.

    Archtop:
    A Michael Lewis!!! I have the San Rafael model and absolutely love it! My second choice would be a Gibson L5.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice