Saturday, 1 March 2014

Off the peg .... or not...

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.



8 comments:

  1. The Sigil looks like some pieces fell off. What I'm accustom to has clouded my judgment. .

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  2. I followed the build on Ben's blog and you are right at a point he took a saw to it and made it less conventional but I think it really works.

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  3. I gave my husband an Anniversary Edition Les Paul about 25 years ago. Judging by the look on his face everytime either he or my son, plays it...I did good.

    Sherry

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    1. You did but it is just now I look at these kind of things and they are unique and just as good, if not better in ways.

      My LP is at the menders - I'll post on it soon... I lesson is stupidity and humility

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  5. "Off the peg" guitars suit almost all players. Although I have a custom built guitar I find that it is no better or worse than any of the other factory built instruments I own. After all, it's what you do once you have plugged the thing in that makes the difference. :-)

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  6. Wow! That’s some sweet guitar, right there. Of course it really does pay to have a branded guitar although on the pricey side. Their branded nature gives us the sense that we possess something rare or unique. Yet the reality is that these guitars are not really custom made or unique, as they’re mass produced. I do agree with you that it is really better to invest on a good and unique guitar.

    Cherie Seldon

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    1. I sort of have both thinking about it... A PRS, a Gibson, so typical stuff in high quality factory produced but also Gordon Smith (see top) which is rarer and more individual it isn't £2,000 less than the Les Paul in reality - and also a very rare Peter Cook Custom which is old and a little cranky at times but unique indeed. I'm very lucky

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