Lets look at our guitars thread.

Lets look at our guitars thread.

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smn159

5,227 posts

153 months

Sunday 4th February
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American Standard?

JLC25

449 posts

58 months

Monday 5th February
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BRISTOL86 said:
Just bought myself new guitar (I’m a one guitar guy so it’s a big deal for me) and a Helix LT and I’m kind of in love with it
Welcome to the White Strat and Helix LT club!

davidd

5,861 posts

220 months

Monday 5th February
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bga said:
rsbmw said:
I'm interested in opinions and what people would expect to pay for a similar guitar built to spec once I post pics, before I reveal all!
Ballpark figure of £2.5 - £3k should cover a bolt-on neck that is top notch. Price may be a bit lower if warmth/usacg/musikraft parts are used but its the time invested to finish & setup that you are really paying for.
Yes that's the sort of figure I've been quoted..

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BRISTOL86

1,072 posts

41 months

Monday 5th February
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rsbmw said:
American professional?
Is the right answer!

BRISTOL86

1,072 posts

41 months

Monday 5th February
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JLC25 said:
Welcome to the White Strat and Helix LT club!
Haha thanks, it’s good to be here. After a couple of different strats that I liked but not loved, this feels so right! I’ve never bonded with a guitar instantly like this.
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rsbmw

2,268 posts

41 months

Thursday 8th February
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Well my body is all cut and routed, ready for spraying. Swamp ash, I'm sure you'll have noticed.



Ekona

1,542 posts

138 months

Thursday 8th February
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Ooooh that’s pretty smile

smn159

5,227 posts

153 months

Tuesday 13th February
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This turned up today. All work has now been suspended while I carry out a full evaluation

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Escapegoat

3,853 posts

71 months

Tuesday 13th February
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Here's one* that's on the way out unfortunately:



34 years old and still going strong. It just lost out in the double-cut shoot out to my #1:



That's despite the SG having the neck pickup in the right place, and 4 controls. Both are light (SG is just 6 pounds) and both have the early '60s Gibson neck profile.


* Three sold already this year, and now down to about 12 (or at least 12 that Mrs Goat knows about). Next - to choose one of two Strats ... frown

Gaz.

52,316 posts

187 months

Tuesday 13th February
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What are the 12 that remain?

Love the DC.

Escapegoat

3,853 posts

71 months

Tuesday 13th February
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Gaz. said:
What are the 12 that remain?

Love the DC.
That DC, regular LP standard, LP Jr, 335, Tele, two Strats, Thorn, Yamaha silent acoustic, Cuban-style Tres, Jazz bass and a silly pointy thing.

davidd

5,861 posts

220 months

Wednesday 14th February
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How do you find the Yamaha silent guitar? I keep looking...

Escapegoat

3,853 posts

71 months

Wednesday 14th February
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It does what it does very well. It sounds nice - always quite polite. Mine's the SLG200 - which has some DSP smarts to model a mic-ed acoustic - you can blend that with the piezo signal. It definitely adds more 'body' to the tone, and does a good enough job for recording and headphone practice. And I can see why some play it live (no feedback).

Caveat: part of playing an acoustic is the feel of the big sound box, and the sound of it being right there within your arms. When you dig in, it's really ... er ... real. So playing the Yamaha is psychologically quite different - even with a very nice set of studio monitors. In contrast, the Tres (which is converted from an old cheap S&P cedar acoustic) is a riot - it's alive in your hands. No-one will ever say that about the Yamaha.

HarryFlatters

3,997 posts

148 months

Wednesday 14th February
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Doesn't look like much yet, but it's going to look like a Cabronita / 72 Deluxe hybrid once it's finished...



rsbmw

2,268 posts

41 months

Wednesday 14th February
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Well my custom job is sprayed and relic'd! Lake Placid Blue over Sunburst. I've hidden the maker just for a bit of fun (but will reveal all soon), interested what people think and how much you would expect to pay for this. All hand built by a British luthier, including the pickups (which clearly aren't in yet!). The answer may surprise you.

Hubba Hubba







Edited by rsbmw on Wednesday 14th February 15:44

JLC25

449 posts

58 months

Wednesday 14th February
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rsbmw said:
Well my custom job is sprayed and relic'd! I've hidden the maker just for a bit of fun (but will reveal all soon), interested what people think and how much you would expect to pay for this. All hand built by a British luthier, including the pickups (which clearly aren't in yet!). The answer may surprise you.

Hubba Hubba
Yup I'm 100% I know the Luthier now! - Can't wait to hear how you get along, looks as good as everything else he's done.

Gaz.

52,316 posts

187 months

Wednesday 14th February
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rsbmw said:
Well my custom job is sprayed and relic'd! Lake Placid Blue over Sunburst. I've hidden the maker just for a bit of fun (but will reveal all soon), interested what people think and how much you would expect to pay for this. All hand built by a British luthier, including the pickups (which clearly aren't in yet!). The answer may surprise you.
I wouldn't pay for it.

rsbmw

2,268 posts

41 months

Wednesday 14th February
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Good for you.

Escapegoat

3,853 posts

71 months

Wednesday 14th February
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rsbmw said:
Good for you.
Well you did ask what people thought!

If you're going to be as touchy about it - as if people were telling you your daughter was ugly - it's probably better not ask for opinions. smile

FWIW, I've had a relic. Best thing about it is that you never worry about the (inevitable) first ding, and you can use it to prop open a door without a care. Quite hard to sell on, though, IME.

rsbmw

2,268 posts

41 months

Wednesday 14th February
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I’m not touchy, was never into relics either before I saw this guys work, but there are plenty of other parts of the forum available if you just want to act like a dick to other people. We don’t tend to do that on this thread.

Expect they would be hard to sell on, but I’d have no interest in selling on a guitar that I’ve commissioned. I won’t even get rid of the 20+ year old epiphone in the garage that I’ve not played for years!

Anyway regardless of whether you like relicing, I’m sure any guitar player can appreciate a guitar handmade by a British Luthier. The point of my posts was to show what you can get, for far cheaper than an off the shelf “custom shop” Fender.

The guy who is making this is Dean Fraser, a real craftsman. One of his other works is a guitar he spent 20 years making completely out of matchsticks. I know what you might expect that to look like, but check this out

http://www.fraserguitars.com/product/matchstick-54...

The 60's strats he charges £795 for, similar to a 'budget' range PRS SE. The swamp ash and overspray upgrades ran me £150ish so I'm in for less than a grand, for this level of instrument that's impressive.