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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Kayle McGuire, Jan 9, 2018.
The word "ethnicity" as far as I understand it, implies a whole lot more of cultural, religious, and other attributes that makes the original question either suspect or inaccurate.
Even what I think of as made in USA, my Gibson flattop (#1 acoustic), has rosewood from India (allegedly), mahogany from Central America, spruce, wires (maybe) and plastic from the USA, ebony from who knows where; I'm not sure where the tuners were made or where the materials were sourced... IDK, maybe the spruce is Canadian, it is very polite, after all...
so what's the point, really? @Kayle McGuire?
2 from Corona 1 from Montana
Then (in order of how much I use them)...
I love all of my guitars equally now so:
1 USA - National reso (still honeymooning)
2 Mexico - tele and strat (tele with CS pups and the strat about to get Xmas CS pups)
2 Korea - an Epi Bass and an Epi semi hollow (with U.K.(?) Humbuckers, U.S. switch and pots)
2 China - a dirt cheap Epi acoustic and a pricey Eastman acoustic
All are really well built IMO.
In my barn.
"What, were you born in a barn?"
Imported directly from the Delta Quadrant...
Yes, most of my players are Texican.
it was made here (of domestic and imported parts):
I had the opportunity to work in Korea 2016 and I was able to go the Nagwon Music Mall (worlds largest music complex). I bought my Epi 339 Pro on one trip and my Andrew White Freja acoustic on the next. I spent about nine hours in the place and saw maybe a third of it.
Every guitar I own is made in Mexico. 4 fenders and one Taylor.
My #1 was built in my garage, in the U.S.
But I'm closer to Tijuana than I am to downtown San Diego, so maybe we should score it as half MIM.
18 guitars / basses / acoustics
8 -- USA
4 -- China
2 -- Mexico
2 -- Japan
2 -- Indonesia
A year ago, my #1 guitar was a MIC Gretsch Corvette (with TV Jones pups, wherever those are made) and my #1 bass was a Korean “JB Player” P/J copy. Today my #1 guitar is (I think) an MIM Tele with SD pups and a G&L bridge, and my #1 bass is a Chinese “Austin” P copy. So it depends...
Gigging guitar - ESP LTD - Vietnam.
House guitar - Partscaster, so 'Made in Great Britain from international parts'.
Emotionally attached instrument I learned on - Korean Squier Strat.
...and an indonesian 'Vintage' SG - which has so much presence it's untrue for the price.
The term "ethnicity" did not give me problems, but the word "main" (as in main guitar) did. This excludes others, and that's a painful scenario. It helps a little to refer to "main" acoustic and "main" electric, but the choices would still be painful.
My main acoustic is my Hohner G940. It was made in Japan, and I bought it new in the spring of 1983, so I've had it for nearly 35 years. I've got other acoustics and acoustic/electrics, but if I were forced to keep just one, it'd be my Japanese vintage Hohner.
My main electric would be my Logan Custom "Firecaster." All four of my electrics (teles) were made by Bob Logan of Logan Custom Guitars, in Delafield, Wisconsin. But if I had to choose between them, it'd be painful, but I know without doubt that it'd be my Firecaster. It is a tele style (hence the "caster" part) made from lumber salvaged from our house fire in May 2010. The house was completed in 1936, so the lumber is old growth construction grade, and is at least 82 years old. the guitar is as personal as a guitar can get.
Problem for me is that I have four guitars that I equally consider “main” guitars. I tend to cycle through them. Two Gibsons, one Fender, one Gretsch. All made in the US except the Gretsch (Japan). All excellent.