1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

What are the best non-Fender guitars you have played, or want to purchase?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by 63dot, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,152
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2006
    Location:
    USA, but more importantly, planet earth
    Over 30+ years of playing, I have owned more Fenders, especially teles, than anything else ('65, '68. '78, '90 Am. Std, Squier tele, Fernandes butterscotch tele copy).

    Outside of Fender, I like:

    Gibson Les Paul Studio faded

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-les-paul-studio-faded-electric-guitar

    Ibanez Joe Satriani signature model

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guit...-guitar/519400000001000?src=3WWRWXGB&ZYXSEM=0

    Ibanez RGD

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guit...-guitar/584139000002000?src=3WWRWXGB&ZYXSEM=0

    Epiphone Casino

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-casino-electric-guitar

    Where I can afford the above from $400 to $800 dollars online, I can't afford the following:

    Ibanez George Benson signature model

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-gb10-george-benson-hollowbody-electric ...$3,100

    Gibson L-5

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-custom-l-5-ces-electric-guitar ...$8,700

    Ibanez JS-10 Chrome Boy Joe Satriani signature model

    http://www.1classifieds.co.uk/0/pos...ME-BOY-CHROMEBOY-JS-10-GUITAR-pound-2300.html ...or $3,500 dollars, used
     
  2. ab2012

    ab2012 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    677
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Location:
    new jersey
    Love my Dean Leslie Weat signature.
     
  3. Batman

    Batman Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    614
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Location:
    Northampton, UK
    Played a nice Japanese made Tokai Love Rock Les Paul copy a few years back... Was only £500, I was a fool not to buy it!
     
  4. dog fart

    dog fart Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,895
    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I've wanted an Iceman since the first time I saw one. I'd prob look a little silly playing one now.
    I've wanted an Epiphone Casino at least as long. I will have one
    Then there's a Gibson Les Paul in black. I also want a Historic R-4. If i find that one in black well,,,,,,
    1964 Gibson LP/SG I was born in '64, it's only natural
    Then there's all those Fender products
     
  5. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,152
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2006
    Location:
    USA, but more importantly, planet earth
    OK, jump!

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...PC-CHY-104658687-i1565889.gc?&source=4WWRWXGB

    On Friday, I saw a 1964 ES-125 for $1299 and it was really sweet, even with Grover replacement tuners.

    I am a 1963 type of guy, from avatar. :)
     
  6. Durtdog

    Durtdog Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,955
    Joined:
    May 19, 2004
    Location:
    Tennessee
    I'm on the lookout for a Peavey T-60.

    Saw one on eBay the other day for $1599. I don't want one that bad.
     
  7. fezz parka

    fezz parka ---------------------------

    Posts:
    13,841
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Location:
    Del Floria's Tailor Shop
    Search Tempest, DD. Searches all of the CL's. You should be able to find one around 350.
     
  8. Jimmy Dean

    Jimmy Dean Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,002
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Location:
    Portland, OR, houseboat
    Three of the best guitars I have owned were a '69 Gibson Dove, a 90's Gretsch Rancher & an 80's Ibanez L-5 copy. I also really like the Yamaha APX series, I've owned 2.
     
  9. Turtleface

    Turtleface Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    264
    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2011
    Location:
    Phoenix, Az
    Really? Did not know that trick. Handy fellow, you.
     
  10. fezz parka

    fezz parka ---------------------------

    Posts:
    13,841
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Location:
    Del Floria's Tailor Shop
    I'm just a goober who has a GAS problem.:lol:
     
  11. Blues Hurler

    Blues Hurler Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    774
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2003
    Location:
    North Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I've got a Les Paul Studio Tribute 60's gold top with the P90's. What a great guitar, and only $815 with nice gigbag brand-spanking new. A steal, and a keeper. I love the thin-skinned guitars and satin necks. Also, I think my ES 135 with trapeze is a seriously underrated guitar.
     
  12. Scooter91

    Scooter91 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    992
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2009
    Location:
    Southwest MN
    I think I saw that one, did it still have the plastic on the pickguard? I got my 80 Natural/RW for $350, came with a bunch of NOS parts installed and the old parts, got my 82 natural/maple with no case for $225, needed some work. Keep beating the bushes, they're out there! ;)
     
  13. franchelB

    franchelB Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    56
    Posts:
    3,567
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2005
    Location:
    Irving, United States of Texas!
    I have a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, and a Taylor 355CE. I play those when I'm not playing my Fender
     
  14. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,152
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2006
    Location:
    USA, but more importantly, planet earth
    God, that GAS problem plagued me from 1981 through the mid-1990s. When I finally got rid of guitar collector's addiction, my life came together just like when an alcoholic stops drinking or a drug user gets clean.

    I bought nearly 60 guitars in that 15 year period and I never had the income to justify that. But as soon as the addiction passed, I developed my work life, got a couple of college degrees, and improved my interpersonal relationships.

    Most importantly, I actually became a lot better at guitar once I stopped collecting and put my energies to playing the stupid thing as opposed to buying and selling them impulsively. The more guitars or the better they got, the more miserable I became. If I had a vintage Fender Telecaster, then it wasn't enough until I got the "best" vintage Telecaster in the perfect color. I had a great Gibson PAF pickup, but since it wasn't from a 1958-60 Les Paul but from a 1961 SG Les Paul, it wasn't as real or good enough in my mind even though Gibson used the same PAF in both guitars!

    Being a serious collector is a miserable thing if you put your self-esteem and too much attention to it and you realize you are just another miserable GASSER at the guitar show or vintage guitar boutique shop. Besides law school, I have never met such an unhappy crowd of people who always insisted the glass was half empty vs. half full.:cry:

    ps - I have two guitars purchased in the last 11 years (and relatively inexpensive ones to boot) and that's my limit and I will really only buy one if I have to replace it.
     
  15. jwsamuel

    jwsamuel Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    3,970
    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Location:
    Upper Holland, PA
    I traded for a G&L ASAT Z-3 last weekend and love it.

    Jim
     
  16. ianasdfg

    ianasdfg Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,221
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2008
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    About a year ago I was trying a lot of PRSs, and seriously toying with the ideal of a McCarty model ... though in the end I just wasn't that enamored with any of them so tried newer Gibson LP Standard Goldtop that had come into the store. It had a 50's neck and one of the lighter chambered bodies.

    I already have an old non chambered Gibson Les Paul Standard with a 60's neck that sounds great for recording solo's, etc.

    However this particular Goldtop also had a real liveliness and resonance to it that you could feel and hear, and was a joy to play. People slag of the newer Les Paul's ... but this one blew me away.

    Still the best guitar i ever played was a humble 50's classic player tele, they do vary, but I once came across a special one, that unfortunately someone else spotted too before I got around to buying.

    If money restricts you the Casino is the best value non fender I own.
     
  17. tweedtone

    tweedtone Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    54
    Posts:
    1,511
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2004
    Location:
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Someday, I want an three pickup Ibanez Destroyer a la Phil Collen. Just because.
     
  18. Durtdog

    Durtdog Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,955
    Joined:
    May 19, 2004
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Just bought a G&L ASAT Bluesboy. Mighty fine guitar, really versatile.
     
  19. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,152
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2006
    Location:
    USA, but more importantly, planet earth
    I am happy with LTD Viper 301 and Ibanez Artcore AS-73 that I have now. It's only if I have to replace one that I would get something like an Epiphone Casino.

    If I wanted a backup guitar (besides a Telecaster), then a Casino would be on top of my list. If money was no object, then the John Lennon Casino would be great. I played a limited edition one, three grand years ago, and that thing was the best non-tele guitar I have ever played at any price.
     
  20. ianasdfg

    ianasdfg Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,221
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2008
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    I got a Casino with Bigsby (has Limited Edition Custom Shop on back). They're not a lot more than the regular model though seem to be a little easier to play. It's Chinese made though the neck, fit, finish, etc are immaculate and I could get action low without any hassle. A great guitar.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.