Zemaitis guitars

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  1. J Purcell

    J Purcell Member

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    I know Zemaitis is back in production but who else is making decent Zemaitis replicas?
    The new Zemaitis are still pretty pricey.

    Thanks, John
     
  2. DANOCASTER

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    Basically , Zemaitis has now licensed Greco ( who made most of the copies out there ).

    Other than that - there are several lawsuit jap models floating around - some better than others.

    Also, Xavier is making a shelltop w/ a very similiar vibe for UNDER a grand thats supposed to be a really nice guitar
     
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    I had a really nice Japanese Deviser pearl top Zemaitis copy that I sold to a guy in Nasville a couple of months ago (Im located in Sweden).
    The guitar was avesome, nicely made, good hardware and pickups, and I really liked it (but needed the money). The only thing that I had against it was a rather thick finish on the top of the body, but maybee needed to protect and smooth out all that pearl.
     
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    This is a handmande one I bought used that was made by a NYC luthier. Tom Holmes PAFs. Very Nice engraving job , I think

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    When I win a lottery,.... that's what I want!!!"
     
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    Here is my one off copy. Girthy and ringy. Great guitar! M.E.

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    Really, really sweet! Who is that luthier?
     
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    I WISH I could remember. He wasnt well known at all in electric circles but apparently, not unlike Tony Z , made some really great high dollar acoustics. I guess he farmed out the ingraving w/ pictures of actual Zemaitis tops to a NYC artisan who specialized in engraving. It's pretty deep - much like the real ones - most of the copies are either shelltops, or engraved but nowhere NEAR as nice as the real McCoy. This one's top comes REALLY close

    It sounds amazing and looks indistinguishable from the originals (that I've seen close detailed pictures of )

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  9. John Catto

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    Here's my metaltop replica. I built this one last year

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    Wow, John. That's one of the most beautiful guitars I've ever seen. What fantastic workmanship, and beautifully conceived. Just very very striking.

    Did you do the engraving, also? If you wouldn't mind, could you give some details of the process? I'd love to know more about what you're doing along those lines.

    Ed
     
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    Wow John, that is stunning!! M.E.
     
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    GIMME GIMME GIMME !!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Nice work John! Reminds me of my old National. Just beautiful!
     
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    I had no idea John. That is incredible looking.
     
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    John,

    Simply put mmmmmmnnnmmmmm!

    That's insane. How in the hell are you not doing that for a living....or are you? Not normally my cup of tea, but damn, that guitar looks positively sumptuous.

    very sexy,

    Later and congrats on that guit!


    Jack
     
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    SIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool:
     
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    murkat I like sea otters Silver Supporting Member

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    To John, that is beautiful. I hope you enjoy that wonderful piece as I would if had one. I am speechless. Could I use your pic for my desktop with your permission? I am in augh.
     
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    The irony about the Greco Zemaitis instruments is that they are probably better playing guitars than the origionals.
     
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    That is one of the most beautiful guitars I've ever seen. O.K. John, did you do everything?

    All I can say again is. . WOW!
     

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