Who will be the builder of your choice?

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  1. Izy

    Izy Member

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    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

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    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

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    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
     
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    For the semisolids and solids Chapin and/or Koll. For an LP style JGguitars (Johan Gustavsson) for an archtop Ribbeke or Meizner.
     
  7. MOJO

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    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
     
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    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

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    These days, every guitar I think about getting has the name Koll or Lentz on the headstock. :D
     
  10. Fantom1

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    Strat/Tele type guitar: Lentz

    LP: Gustavsson

    Archtop: Absolutely no idea.
     
  11. big mike

    big mike Administrator Staff Member

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    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

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    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

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    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
     
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    Chapin for Strat or Tele - ~$2400+
    No idea for an LP
    Saul Koll for an Arcthtop - ~$5000 or so
     
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    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

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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

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    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.
     

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