Svl guitars

Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by dean111music, May 7, 2014.

  1. dean111music

    dean111music Strat-Talk Member

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    What's everyone's views on these guitsrs?

    Matt schofield and now Robben ford use them.

    Simon law copied matts 61 fender strat to the last detail saying it's the best strat he has ever work on.

    He now does lots of different models uses top notch materials.

    Brazillian rosewood, old stock lightweight one piece/2 piece wood, loads of other stuff here

    Yeah they look great...

    http://www.svlguitars.com/specifications



    Big question... If you could go with fender custom build or a SVL what would you do?

    I'm in this position so help would be great!!!
     
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    Clark Kent Banned

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    That website doesn't appear to be working here in the states. Tried it from 2 different computers. :( Was really hoping to get a look at them. Can you post some pics?
     
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    fumbler PhD-Stratology

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    The link works for me in NJ.

    They look nice but there are a lot of builders doing old school strats and teles. GBP2600 for a strat seems a little high but not too crazy. They might be worth it; especially for our brothers in the UK.

    NOTE: As they get better known I would expect their headstock shape to change. In a hurry.

    Seems like he knows his stuff

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAwETdKosY8
     
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    Yeah the sites back up now. Guess it was just down for a bit earlier. They sure are a thing of beauty, but the price... ouch. $4400 USD? Wow.
     
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    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

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    No doubt at all that SVL are quality guitars.

    All you have to ask yourself though is "Do I want a copy, or the real thing" ?

    I know what I would want !

    Cheers,

    Rastus
     
  6. dean111music

    dean111music Strat-Talk Member

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    I've heard nothing but good about them...

    But yes would you get SVL over a fender?
     
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    dean111music Strat-Talk Member

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    A few from svl
     

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  8. dioulios

    dioulios Strat-Talk Member

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    If you want a guitar with speqs as you want them (I mean a guitar made the way you want it ) you either do it yourself or order a custom one from a luthier.
    If you need the "F" logo on the headstock and play an "original" then there is only one way...
    And of course all this depends on how deep you want to put your hand in your pocket..
     
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    dean111music Strat-Talk Member

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    Or get a fender custom build
     
  10. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster

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    Maybe turn the question around - why would you buy an SVL over a Fender? £2600 is an awful lot of money, especially when you realise how cheap partscasters can be to put together yourself. What would the SVL give you that a Fender wouldn't or couldn't?

    One thing is almost certain though. If you decide that your new SVL isn't quite as good as you had expected, or maybe your taste in guitars changes, you'll get a lot less selling a guitar custom made by a small maker few people have heard of than you would if you bought a Fender. It would probably be worth less than half of that £2600 the day after you bought it.
     
  11. dean111music

    dean111music Strat-Talk Member

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    There has been a couple of SVL on eBay which have sold between £1750-£2160

    I was quite surprised but I guess a lot of people want them.

    Yeah £2600 is a load of money...!

    Would the sensible thing be to buy a guitar that is already made ? As custom ones you don't know what your getting
     
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    dioulios Strat-Talk Member

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    Too much money if you ask me (for a not big luthier name).
    Anyway how about this:a second hand custom made guitar?This way you will have a chance to test the guitar.
    This is how I got mine:the guitar was built,the guy who order it played with it about 30 min,stored it in the case,then I got it in a trade 2 months after that.It is still like new.

    ;)
    Even if I play it a lot...
     
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    Gotta say the Daytona Blue model looks pretty sweet...
     
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    There are SO many builders doing Strats. Do your homework and research. My personal favorite custom build company is www.RockNRollRelics.net
     
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    SVL

    I own an SVL 61' Reserve which are one of his pride and joy's. I have had actually still have custom shop strats. To be honest the SVL blows my strats out of the water in tone and resonance. I happen to be a friend of Matt Schofield so was able to get his opinion comparing these types of guitars. He says hands down, the SVL 61 reserve is a DNA clone of his 1961 Strat.

    To listen to my Custom Shop strat side by side with my SVL meant putting my strats back in their cases and putting them in the closet. I had a hard time with that because having real Fender CS Strats meant a lot to me so it was hard to walk away from them. But I couldn't deny the difference in tone. In the end My SVL 61 Reserve is my #1 now.
     
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    If anyone is interested I have SVL 61 listed in the for sale section. Thanks.
     
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    Very pricey. I could buy 10 awesome Fender copies for that $$
     
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    Sorry to bring back such an old thread, but had to ask... can you specify one or two piece bodies from Fender custom shop?

    Can you get Brazilian Rosewood anywhere?
     
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    A - I doubt it. Why would you want to? That's just not how Fenders are made, never has been.

    B - Hopefully not.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Because:

    Each guitar is built one at a time from the very finest sustainable tone woods, every guitar is sprayed from the wood up with ultra thin coats of nitro cellulose, this helps the wood to breath and remain very resonant.