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Post by Stefan 4 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:33 am

I played a new Gibson Les Paul next to my now Ibanez Artist in the shop - had no idea what the Artist was back then. The artist destroyed the LP that cost 5 times as much! That is what started my love with Mats Smile

Aria PE's are nice too.

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Post by G.A.S. man on Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:13 pm

Would say the U2 single  cut is the boy .  Though if you love Jimmy Page then its the double cut 59 in black  .. Just make sure its the one with concentric pots ....

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Post by Barry on Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:20 pm

G.A.S. man wrote:Would say the U2 single  cut is the boy .  Though if you love Jimmy Page then its the double cut 59 in black  .. Just make sure its the one with concentric pots ....
Yup. To be more specific the first '56 U2 RI Korean (not Chinese) circa 1998-'01
Be aware though that the metal used in the reissue bridge was not too strong and had a tendency to "sag" which buggered up the action.

I ended up replacing mine with a Wilkinson 'GE Smith' style telecaster half bridge: Post Info at Matsumoku
I hated to do it but it made sense at the time. I have since found a better fix which allows a non-intrusive repair: Repair

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Post by Greg P on Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:30 pm

Anyone know anything about Hagstrom guitars. Been looking at the swede gold top (les Paul shape) looks really nice but I've no idea if they're any good. I checked out the Danelectro guitars but didn't like the look of them. I'm sure they are great but not my cup of tea to be truthful.

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Post by Barry on Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:42 pm

Greg P wrote:...I checked out the Danelectro guitars but didn't like the look of them. I'm sure they are great but not my cup of tea to be truthful.
Puppy Eyes It ain't the look, it's the sound! A lot of pop artists cut their teeth on these in the 50's and 60's

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Post by grogg on Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:37 pm

Greg P wrote:Thanks again, you lot certainly know your guitars and you also own some amazing guitars as well. Don't mean to be rude but can you all refrain from showing me your Prestige 250's, they are so smart and to think that I once owned one....aaarrgh!!!


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Re: What to buy??

Post by gittarasaurus on Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:37 am

how about one of these...
uncle willie's hand made guitar
i have a Les Paul made by him and it is a fantastic guitar

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Post by Greg P on Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:46 am

Obviously the sound is the main reason to buying a guitar but I also want it to look good. Them Dano's just don't look good. I want both, sound and looks. So there!!

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Post by Westbone on Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:55 pm

Well just go out and buy yourself a PRS.

Stop pussy footing around..Cool

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Post by Greg P on Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:04 pm

Haha them Prs guitars are pretty tasty...

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:07 pm

Lol..... Greg it sounds to me that you need a spectrum, versatile, tough, beautiful necks on even bottom of the range ST, look great and sound good....... With upgraded pups ;-)
There's a nice looking black spectrum fx on ebay right now, or you could punt for my black SX or even my cheaper DX..... Or a Concord!..... Not one of mine thkugh, them concords are astonishing.

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Post by Westbone on Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:11 pm

The FX on ebay has damage to the top edge.
So the seller says. Asked for a picture but nothing as yet.

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Post by Westbone on Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:17 pm

No joke I've seen these and they're a well made guitar and an Yammy SG copy. Very good copy at that, all solid timber.
Pickups can always be changed.

 http://www.dhgate.com/store/product/musical-customised-oem-electric-guitar-tobacco/162660869.html

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Post by Greg P on Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:56 pm

I'm on eBay every day, addicted! It's really hard to choose a guitar with do much choice. I just don't want to part with my money and then regret the decision. I checked out the Uncle Willies guitars, they look superb to be honest. I reckon I will make my mind up by Christmas!

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Post by The Chad on Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:09 pm

Go for something far fetched and hard to come by, like a Prestige, Pantera X390 or X350, or one of the signature models like the Dana or Lynch.  That'll keep you looking!

Can't go wrong with a Les Paul if you're going in the Gibson direction, but how about a different look like an Explorer?  Or find an old Les Paul style Electra like the Omega or an MPC guitar. 

I'll usually prefer older guitars, they're much more rare and exciting to find.  Anyone can buy a new guitar, but only the persistent and obsessed can unearth a vintage-ish gem!

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Re: What to buy??

Post by Greg P on Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:22 pm

I agree with you Chad, really fancy something a bit different but has to be affordable. I would love to bit another Prestige 250, it's been 28 years since I've owned one of those! That said, I can't find one anywhere. Patience is the virtue as they say..

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Post by The Chad on Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:24 pm

Don't know affordable Electra's are over where you are, they're not too bad here in the States.  Check them out, you may fall in love.

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Post by Westbone on Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:01 am

gittarasaurus wrote:how about one of these...
uncle willie's hand made guitar
i have a Les Paul made by him and it is a fantastic guitar
Sure these are not imported from China?

Reason I say is that the carved Strat body in his advert is exactly the same as one or two advertised on DHgate, Chinese broker. ???

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Post by gittarasaurus on Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:46 am

here's a couple bits from another of uncle willie's listings....
 
 many customers email me and ask how my bodies and
necks can be sold so reasonably.
The answer is simple... 1) I sell at wholesale to the Public. I'm not making 3 tons of money and I don't
want to be Bill Gates.  2) I run a small, low overhead shop. 3)  The high end goods from the high end
makers will have much more attention spent in the hidden details. Cavities, etc. My units are designed
to look good where it counts and that's what you actually see when the guitar is finished. In addition, I
do not consider minor paint imperfections and such to be major issues. A handmade neck or body is
not going to be absolutely perfect. That's just the way it is. Unless, of course, you want to drop a few
grand. So, in a nutshell, that's how Uncle Willie does it.
 
Lastly, just a final note from an American Veteran of the Vietnam era..please support American owned business. It's the one thing each and every one of us can do to help our country and our economy. Every dollar that goes to China or any other country that supports the cheapest labor is a dollar that could have stayed in the USA and helped an American family. We need to stick together when it comes to these things.. sure, we all want the best price.. but at what cost..?? Shoes, clothing and many other things have all but disappeared from American factories. What's next..? Think of your future and Support American Business now. Just another Rant from Uncle Willie.
(bold text in the quotes by me)


to me, it doesn't sound like he is getting mass produced CNC bodies shipped from china 

here is a guitar i built with one of his strat bodies.

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Post by Westbone on Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:08 am

When I come across that guitar again I'll post it up.

There's 1,000's on their site.

 And I certainly don't believe everything I read.

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Post by Greg P on Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:38 pm

There's a spectrum dx and also a concord 2 for sale on eBay at the moment, both look in excellent condition. The concord looks immaculate and is more expensive. Any ideas which is the better guitar? I'm sure I'm in the right place to find out, cheers.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:47 pm

Personally I would go for the Concord as it suits me better, but each has its own strong points.
That CII on ebay is about £100 overpriced imho, and thats the reason its been there for months.

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Post by Westbone on Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:05 pm

You have Strats why another, as Vimes mentions it's way overpriced and it has a big gouge down the front of it. Concord III are the one's to go for. Far better than I's + II's

DX, nothing special, also depends which pups are in there too.

Go for the Rainbow I  ,great guitars. Make him an offer? £440 is a bit pricey, say £350.

Your going to have to  make your own mind up sometime as folks will have different preferences on here.
All about personal taste old chap...Smile 

Go for the higher end guitars, they'll always be higher end.

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Post by Greg P on Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:21 pm

Thanks again chaps, so hard to find the right guitar at the right price but for me, it's all part of the fun!

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Post by Westbone on Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:48 pm

Well have fun..Laughing ..good luck

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