I was doing my usual wandering around sites related to guitars on the web today.
Now let me be honest - Gibson, Fender, PRS, Ibanez and many other names will make people think that these are the pinnacle of guitar building skills etc. And let us be honest they are great but they are pretty much all churned out by the dozen, hundred, thousand from factories with much of the work computerised etc. and you're buying the same as the next guy into the shop.
Let us take a Gibson Les Paul - the iconic Standard. Today they are often more than £2000 a pop for essentially a bulk standard Standard - good guitars but £2000 a pop. I came across this on Feline Guitars site.
Yes a custom hand made LP a like from a custom builder here in the UK. Look at the neck joint - terrific. Crimson Guitars in Somerset recently featured them working on a LP standard where they were dropping in a tremolo and doing a neck mod like this - the picture below shows a hole they found you could lose more than one plectrum in!
So hang on... yes the guy had a £2000 guitar (maybe second hand etc. I'll accept) and then had all this done to it. But Crimson or another could have built from scratch - up to him but...
Seriously - looking at that Feline Lion I'm half tempted to sell my LP Custom and buy something like this - this one being already built not a custom order is only £1995. Yes I know a lot of money but really compare that to Gibson and others prices for factory fodder... hmm...
Crimson has this tasty custom Sigil on their site for £1975... Different original UNIQUE! etc.