Your Favorite Boutique Instrument, 2010-2019

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  1. ford

    ford Modz Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Suhr will always be a Small Company Luthier in my mind!
     
  2. cardinal

    cardinal Supporting Member

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    From our very own @B. Howard

    He's not responsible for the tacky sticker but is responsible for the rest of the kick ass 8-string Superstrat. He builds what others won't, and just knocks it out of the park.

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  3. 3waytie4last

    3waytie4last Unfluencer Gold Supporting Member

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    Love those every time I see them in the Luthiers thread. One of these days I'll pull the trigger.
     
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  4. cosmic_ape

    cosmic_ape Supporting Member

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    I bought this one on a whim. I don't think it's ever been offered in an all Black Limba configuration before. It was a "luthier spec', so to speak.

    I have never commissioned a custom instrument. I always seem to stumble upon existing pieces. This guitar is no exception. Maybe not my "favorite" per se, but definitely an educated guess that turned out better than anticipated.

    My second Nik Huber. It won't be the last.

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    philiprst Supporting Member

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  6. Mobass

    Mobass Silver Supporting Member

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    Radack Pony
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    Close 2nd Radack Big Horn
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    Reyybarra Supporting Member

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    KHK Silver Supporting Member

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    scottcw Low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    What are the specs on that Chapin?
     
  10. Gilky

    Gilky Gold Supporting Member

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    "G" style, the Yarons...

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    "F" style, the D'Pergos...
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    and in between...
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  11. Jeff Gehring

    Jeff Gehring Silver Supporting Member

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    What a friggin' golden age we're living in! If I had to choose, it'd come down to these two:

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  12. KHK

    KHK Silver Supporting Member

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    This is a reanimation of the original config which I have been tweaking since new. Myrtle over ash, medium C figured maple neck, rosewood board, Fender scale, 1 11/16 @ nut, 12 degree radius, Arlo pickups. This guitar is perfect in every way and Bill is very under rated. I have one of his hawks and am thinking about a T-Bird.
     
  13. datguytim

    datguytim Supporting Member

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    These 2:



    I've been playing for over 4 decades - played thousands of guitars & these 2 are at the top of the heap for "boutique" guitars.

    Echopark La Carne Custom Korina
    Williams Korina V58

    Both feel, sound and play like complete extensions of my nervous system.
     
  14. pattste

    pattste Member

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    Dude! We need details. What are these?
     
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    Stringmaster Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Jeff Gehring Silver Supporting Member

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    The top one is a Thorn Artisan SFC, by the indefatigable Ron Thorn. It has a korina body and neck, maple top, and Braz rosewood board, with Fralin PAFs and a mojoaxe wraparound bridge/tailpiece.

    The Firebird-like one is a Kauer Banshee Deluxe. Spanish Cedar body and neck, with a buckeye burl top. The pickups are Wolfetone Kauerbuckers. This guitar is made out of about 50% upsiedaisium, it is super lightweight.
     
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    bikeracr Supporting Member

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    That Thorn is incredible! I have been wanting an Artisian like this for some time.
     
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    Shark21 Silver Supporting Member

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    I know. I know. But it is an incredible guitar!
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    I love this one. Retro style and cool.

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  20. dbeeman

    dbeeman Gold Supporting Member

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    Hard to pick just one. I am very happy with all my guitars.
    Thorn Deluxe 90 with Throbaks, 1 piece top is great in every way...
    the design, the execution, the sound and the playability.

    My other Thorns speak in their own way as well.

    My Suhr S was my first custom ordered guitar and has the best straight ahead strat tone and playability.

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