School me on alternatives to fender and gibson

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  1. eddy b.

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    I just got a G&L Tribute BluesBoy for $380...That is different but just as nice as my ‘99 Corona “Fat” Telecaster..... so G&L
     
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    I’ll echo what has been said here. If you want a les Paul but not a Gibson just go play every epiphone you can find and buy the best one. They are great guitars and pretty affordable.

    if you can find an old eighties Burny or Orville les Paul for the same price as an epiphone or a little more buy it They are great guitars, every bit as good as a Gibson.

    if you’re just looking for alternatives then there are plenty. A buddy of mine has several Reverend guitars and they are awesome. There are a bunch of companies doing cool offbeat stuff like Eastwood. In general it’s amazing the kind of quality you can get for a couple c notes.

    IMO the best $300 you can spend is finding a used Danelectro dc59 or U2 from the 90’s made in Korea reissues. I had and sold several back in the day, regretted it for a long time. Now I have a DC59 that I’ll never part with.

    newer ones aren’t bad, but they aren’t as good either. Look for a quarter sawn headstock (tilted back like a Gibson) instead of a straight headstock (like a fender)
     
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    If you want a Les Paul but not a Gibson you get a Yamaha SG 1000s or 2000s. Job done.

    Yamaha is probably my favourite guitar brand. Designs, quality control, consistency, playability....all great. But they're not going to be much less than a Gibson.
     
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    G&L > Fender
    Guild Starfire > Gibson ES series
    Heritage > Gibson Les Paul
    Used Carvin's can be a ridiculous deal on set neck quality builds. Not at all Gibson clones but worth every penny. There are more quality brands than ever but if you are concerned about resale buy used or stick with known brands.
     
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    Epiphone. They do it all. My lifers: IMG_4080.JPG
     
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    I’ve had some real good luck with schecters lately and you can get those in any configuration you want.
     
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    I like Heritage and Eastman, esp. for semi-hollows. But if you want quality and affordability, I like Epiphone, Ibanez, and Mexican made Fenders. The Ibanez Artcores are good values, esp. the hollow bodies, but some of the hardware (trapeze tail pieces) may have issues. My thing these days is buying quality Chinese or Mexican made instruments and putting in boutique pickups made in the US... Fralin, Duncan, Lollar, TV Jones.

    A big shoutout for Gretsch, too, but you will not find any imitations in their lines, esp. in pickups. The Filtertrons have a unique sound with a lot of punch and twang. I've only owned USA made Gretsches, but friends tell me they have no complaints with those made elsewhere.
     
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    My top two 'alternatives':
    1) Reverend
    2) Godin
    If you can get past 'headstock brand phobia', both are incredible bang for the buck, and if country of origin is a concern, Godin is built here in NA (both Canada and US).
     
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    I haven't tried one, but I'm hearing really good things about Eastman's LP solid body.

    https://www.eastmanguitars.com/electric

    Reviews are that it's better than a real Lester in almost every way. They aren't cheap, but they are cheaper.
     
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    For Fender Tele, Strat etc: G&L, MIM Fender, Dean Zelinsky
    For Gibson LP: Look at Fender Series 24 that were built for a while. My LP type was solid Mahog not chambered like many Gibsons. Or there are Epi versions.
    For Gibson hollow/semi: Epiphone, Ibanez. Ibanez a step up from Epi IMO. But years and styles vary.
    PRS SE: Had 2 of them, both didn't do it for me. They appeared to be Phillipine Mahogany. Which is not Mahog at all.
     
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    depends on what you're after but I picked up a Tribute LP in a hard case for $799 not too long ago, perfectly nice guitar, 490 pickups, maple top, plays great, sounds great. Secondhand American standard tele or strat is a completely pro guitar that you should be able to pick up for $6-700. Or go all the way to Custom Shop quality (not kidding about this either) and pick up a used Ernie Ball Music Man. I bought a Cutlass for under a grand new (well, a penny under a grand) and it's the best strat I've ever played much less owned.

    Nothing against the other stuff mentioned here -- love to try a revstar, and if a reverend eastsider s fell into my lap, I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers. Love to try eastman & heritage for 335-type things too. but you can buy high-quality fender & gibson stuff for reasonable money if you look long & hard.
     
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    Michael Kelly.

    If you want a quality guitar that's close to a Fender or a Gibson, try a Michael Kelly.

    I think they're equal to American Fenders, some do not, but some think they're better.

    I'll have to find the thread.

    Also, G&L Tribute.

    Very well made for the price, and the pickups are the same as in the USA models.

    The pickups are like fuller-sounding, more powerful Fender pickups.

    You cannot go wrong with a Michael Kelly.

    Mike
     
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    I can agree with that. I haven't played a Tribute yet, but if they're built two thirds as well as my U.S. Legacy, they're a steal for the money. Fender probably builds more guitars before lunch than G&L builds all week.

    Yes and no. Build-wise, my SF-V is mechanically outstanding and a great looker but has had some problems with the pots and switch getting crackly, which I wouldn't expect in a guitar that's only 18 months old. The sound is more jangly than what I associate with a humbeckered ES, and with odd-sized stock pickups, you can't just drop in a pair of Gibsons.
     
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    Shimamura Music Corp. has a History brand made for it by FujiGen Gakki (or sumpin like that).
     
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    I grabbed one of the few rare guitars at GC that play well yesterday, a G&L ASAT for $300 used.
    The bigger rectangular MFD pickups are maybe a little P-90 like, and it's an overall very good budget import guitar compared to all the affordable options of today.
     
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    Reverend

    Insane quality for the price, great electronics, set-up in the US before shipping, you really can't go wrong

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