You’re non Fender choice.

Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by Stratafied, Dec 31, 2020.

  1. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    To me, the best thing about boutique builders isn't just good wood and high build quality.
    It's consistency: every guitar that goes out the door is a good one, or they never leave the shop.

    Every Suhr I ever tried was great enough to be considered very special by normal standards.
    James Tyler makes some exceptional S-types too. Amazing live feel, and super necks.

    Been a fan of PRSs ever since I got my first back in the 80s.
    Have never played a Silver Sky but I'd love to try one out someday.
     
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  2. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    Been a fan of PRSs ever since I got my first back in the 80s.
    Have never played a Silver Sky but I'd love to try one out someday.

    To me, the cool thing about smaller boutique builders isn't just good wood & high build quality.
    It's consistency: every guitar that goes out the door is a good one, or they never leave the shop.

    Every Suhr I ever tried was great enough to be considered very special by normal standards.
    James Tyler makes some exceptional S-types too. Amazing live feel, and super necks.
     
  3. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    Been a fan of PRSs ever since I got my first back in the 80s.
    Have never played a Silver Sky but I'd love to try one out someday.

    To me, the cool thing about smaller boutique builders isn't just good wood & high build quality.
    It's consistency: every guitar that goes out the door is a good one, or they never leave the shop.

    Every Suhr I ever tried was great enough to be considered very special by normal standards.
    James Tyler makes some exceptional S-types too. Amazing live feel, and super necks.
     
  4. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    warmouth and thats it.
     
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  5. StummerJoe

    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    Sparque Strat-Talker

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    J Reynolds.

    I love the light weight.
    They stay in tune.

    Great combination of features.

    ;)

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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Fender is the last resort. Tokai or Fujigen have always been top of my list.
     
  8. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    suhr has the best build quality and specs for my taste, but they are very expensive.

    a close match for a third/half of the price is Warmoth (knowing I had to put it together) . I am really satisfied with their cost/benefit ratio

    Another option I've been wanting is Ibanez AZ, but they never released a 22 fret version for lefties, which is a bummer.
     
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  9. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Strat-O-Master Platinum Supporting Member

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    I like Fender. I like Squier.

    But I also like G&L or Music Man. I don't currently have a G&L, and my EBMM guitars are the St. Vincent models, but I like the Cutlass.
     
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  10. stratocarlster

    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member

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    New Suhrs start at $4700 here in Australia, about double the price of a decent Fender (I'm assuming the Am Pro II counts as decent).
    Clearly the Australian distributor operates on a very low volume, very high margin pricing model.
    The inflated price aside, it's the lack of originality that would prevent me from buying one. Classic S, Classic T, Classic JM ... seriously, what a safe, boring strategy. Fender copies. No doubt executed beautifully (except the ugly headstock) but at nearly $5K you would expect that. At least PRS, Reverend and others took a gamble, followed their hearts and designed their own guitars.
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    In the UK Suhrs start around the £2.5k mark, which is the same as a low-end Fender Custom Shop model, or about a grand more than a USA Pro - so yes, it would appear you Aussies are paying a premium!

    When I was looking for a high-end strat, I tried many, many Fender Custom shops, the Silver Sky, and many Suhrs. Both the Silver Sky and the Suhrs were streets ahead of the Fender models (even the masterbuilt stupidly expensive ones), both in terms of fit, finish, feel and sound. Interestingly when playing the Silver Sky felt more like a Fender than the Suhrs - there are some very subtle things going on with Suhr neck shapes, neck joints and carves that make quite a difference when you actually play them.

    BTW I don't actually own a Suhr - I ended up saving my money because the difference between all those high end guitars and my long-developed partscaster was too small to justify the cost. I just know that if I had cash to burn that's what I'd go for.
     
  12. ChrisD

    ChrisD Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I'm definitely in the Fujigen/FGN camp
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    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    I got my Suhr for $1300 LESS than the Fender CS GT11 I had bought a couple of months before, and it is a superior guitar IMHO, and make no mistake - the CSGT11 is a KILLER guitar. The Suhr comes standard with stainless steel frets, silent system for the single coils, proprietary 18:1 locking tuners that are soother than anything I can think of, and a build quality that can only be matched not surpassed.

    Sucks to want high end gear Down Under, you folks get hosed from everything I have heard.

    Also, I happen to like the beak headstock.:p
     
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    Tguitarfloyd Strat-Talk Member

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    Just wondering....is Mario out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee?
     
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    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    G&L Legacy or S500.
     
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    PRS Silver Sky......
     
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    meatwad New Member!

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    Love my 80's Charvels.
     
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    Harley Benton. Yup. ST-62DLX. I've never owned a better guitar. Go ahead and roll your eyes,that's your prerogative. :D

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    GitGeek Livin' After Midnight Gold Supporting Member

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    No rolling eyes from me. I've had a couple HB's, still have one and think they're a great buy and a great build. I see you put some strap locks on. I guess it's a keeper for you. At least for a while. ;)
     
  20. unionjack515

    unionjack515 Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes. He also runs Guitar Mill.
     
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