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Rated 11 points - posted 10 years ago by JARM in category Music.
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Martin Report Abuse
110 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 3 comments
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I've played a bit of everything. Martin acoustics are not overpriced. The quality in the craftsmanship and the tonal quality and playability make theese the best acoustics ever.
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Great guitars. Not at all overpriced. If they were, they wouldn't be the #1 guitar maker in the world. Should be hogherbin the list.
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very good but over priced
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Gibson Report Abuse
Gibson makes some very fine guitars, some of which are expensive but worth the price for the quality of the product. Great for, rock and metal.
108 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 3 comments
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Rumor has it, many have been partially manufactured overseas, quality has suffered while companies such as Taylor, Carvin, even Brian Moore make superior interments to Gibson. Can no longer trust them.
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Over the past 20 years, just terribly inconsistent. Average quality, with a nice tone due to the short scale 24 ¾ neck. Look close at the neck, is it “real” rosewood?
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Gibson custom is the best electric guitar made. I own a Gibson custom ace frehley budokan and play a Marshall jcm 800. You don't have to own the most expensive guitar but you do have to have something to play up to. Gibson has always been my gold standard.
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Fender Report Abuse
Fender makes great sounding abd playing, guitars.Fenders are great for bluesy type music and popular among many guiar players.
106 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 3 comments
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I would like to see them come out with a new model.. Long over do.
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I had a Gibson's one also, but then i brought a fender's one also too. Then i put my hand down my pants and smelled my fingers.
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A brought a Fender guitar and i must say it is worth its price. I loved it. Besides i have a Gibson's one and both are great.
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Ibanez Report Abuse
Bands, such as Slipknot and Korn have used lbanez. This brand is legendary for metal.
52 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 3 comments
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I own two Ibanez basses. They both have been with my on my musical journey playing everything from bluegrass to death metal. This brand is very high quality, well priced and versatile!
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Much better then the press they receive..
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I have a ibanez gart60 and it is the best i've senn so far
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Taylor Report Abuse
48 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 2 comments
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The Taylor brand produces excellent instruments; however, if you compare feature to feature with less expensive brands, I feel that they are priced in the Martin and Gibson range with out the additional features or resale.
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This is one of America's Greatest Guitar Manufacturers..Sounds Great but is expensive but worth it for its quality.
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Epiphone Report Abuse
48 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 1 comment
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epiphone gives great quality for a very low price, good for rock and stuff... I have a epiphone les paul special 2
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DEAN Report Abuse
High quality guitars with very good playability and tone.
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PRS Report Abuse
46 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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A very good guitar but grossly over rated, and overpriced. They play very well, but the light weight body influences the tone, if the body was solid I think that would help PRS achieve that full and rich tone and possibly justify the $3000 sticker
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Should be up there with Gibson and Fender. Dean?? Give me a break.
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Should be number one. Some can even surpass the quality and playability of Fender and Gibson. Carlos Santana.....
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Gretsch Report Abuse
I have no idea why Gretsch is not on this list.
37 points - added 8 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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It is though...
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Yamaha Report Abuse
Yamaha makes great guitars for not too much money. Good sounding as well.
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Schecter Report Abuse
Great quality and pretty easy on your wallet.
31 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 1 comment
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Absolutely great guitar. Nicely designed and fun to play.
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Carvin Report Abuse
Flawless, custom shop build quality at a reasonable price.
25 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Indisputable quality, the real deal. A company that has struggled but still takes pride and manufactures a stellar product, opposed to the mass market guitars that appear too, and hit you with an unwarranted price tag.
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(should be in top 3) The Best quality guitar overall & dollar for dollar – Carvin (DC 400) all hand made in the USA. A trophy guitar. You may need to change a pickup, but by far, the most under-rated guitar out there. Why because there made to order and not sold in box stores, there for not promoted or mass produced. Note: being there made to order it’s hard to sell them used as it’s difficult to put a price on them. (they still remain the diamond in the rough) There body is also solid, not channeled like PRS and/or Taylor.
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Cort Report Abuse
Good guitars for damn good prices. You basicly spend alot of money just on the brand of the guitar with cort you pay for what you get at low prices for good quality guitars
25 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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nice guitar ad108a series
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Damn good and indestructable
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Godin Report Abuse
Awesome guitar and best bang for the buck
22 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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I can' t understand why this guitar is not rated higher. Got an LGXT a couple months ago, mid 80's, and this guitar totally rocks. I will tour with this guitar in Spain, because I know I have a quality instrument, you know the feeling when you strap it on that its virtually indestructible, and make you feel like a better player.
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Jackson/ESP Report Abuse
Excellent lead guitar used by, Metallica.
22 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 2 comments
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What kind of combination is this. why not fender/esp since jackson is owned by fender. Or maybe fender/gibson. Why not, combination have same logic. Please don't be noob and separate this for god sake. Also I don't remember that Metallica ever play Jackson guitars. Any way this confused me. But yes, both are excellent lead guitars such many on this list.
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why are these grouped together?
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Rickenbacker Report Abuse
All hand made and high quality is maintained throughout the entire line.
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Washburn Report Abuse
20 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 1 comment
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Least likely to respond to customer's inquiry
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B.C. Rich Report Abuse
very great guitars for heavy metal
17 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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My 5 string Warlock NT has been a great bass for about half a decade. Before I even play a note, the bass lets fans know that I mean business. It has a very rich bluesy tone and can be adjusted to growl like a good metal bass should. For originality in design and innovation, this brand should be higher up on the list.
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Steinberger Report Abuse
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Hofner Report Abuse
15 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 2 comments
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Sounds great but is kind of rare to find.
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im searching for hofner bass that used by paul mccartney in malaysia..
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Ovation Report Abuse
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Kramer Report Abuse
Ed Van Halen & Richie Sambora played Kramer, Has an great sound.
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Michael Kelly Report Abuse
12 points - added 10 years ago by kranked - 3 comments
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I love my DF5. I have had it for a decade now. It's been with me to Iraq and back and I even performed with it on a music slot after Austin City Limits and on stage after the Charlie Daniels Band.
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I must agree that this guitar company is one of the best kept secrets in the music industry. They make fine quality guitars that ' ll make you think more than twice about buying a Gibson. Mine was a Patriot Custom and boy did she sound sweet!!! I traded her, but if I ever come across another one, I'm gonna snatch her up right there.
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i came accross michael kelly guitars two years ago and having bought and use a hex deluxe and vex deluxe giging in a 5 peice classic rock band they have proved to be the best guitars i've bought i,ve owned two gibson les paul deluxes two usa fender strats and as i repair and work with all types of guitars every day i would highly recomend these guitars and i forgot to mention i've just bought a new patriot premium.
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Seagull Report Abuse
10 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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I just don't see how you can get a better guitar for the $$$. These wonderful guitars are North American crafted and handmade in Canada. The pricing structure is inline with a vast number of guitars coming in from Asia. I purchased a Seagull Natural Elements Hearts of Cherry and solid spruce top, and couldn't be happier. These guitars are available at all major retailers. Just go in and play one of their very reasonably priced guitars and you'll truly love it!!!
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Norman Report Abuse
8 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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As good or better than Seagull (same company)
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CRAFTER Report Abuse
8 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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i have one... really nice sound.....medium price....GAE-8/N that's what i have now......
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Parker Report Abuse
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G&L Report Abuse
Built by Leo Fender and George Fullerton in the original Fender factory. Extremely playable and very sought after by discerning guitar players
7 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Better than fender
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I own three of these from the Leo Fender era. As a luthier by trade I can say with some authority, these are superior in every way to Fender.
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Blueridge Report Abuse
Known for their affordability and craftsmanship. Some of best Bluegrass players in world play a Blueridge.
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Rondo Report Abuse
3 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 1 comment
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I bought an Agile Intrepid Pro B stock a couple months ago. The craftsmanship is flawless and came set up well from the factory!
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Suhr Guitars Report Abuse
Great tone, professional musician's guitar, Quality wood, quality sound
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Eastwood Report Abuse
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Mayones Report Abuse
Their custom shop is incomparable to any other guitar manufacturer. Perfect Quality.
1 point - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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I own a setius gtm 6 transparent dirty red burst very quality guitars made in Poland with nothing but perfection in every way put into every detail and for nearly $3000 dollars it better be
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Manson Report Abuse
The handmade, custom guitars of Manson are unmatched in quality. They are favourites of Matt Bellamy in muse. They also look and sound amazing.
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Simon & Patrick Report Abuse
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Art & Lutherie Report Abuse
1 point - added 9 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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I love mine. Top notch.
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Kasuga Report Abuse
Trustworthy brand.
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Takamine Report Abuse
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VALENCIA Report Abuse
Known for the good craftsmanship, beautiful and distinct sound.. with its good quality and affordable price
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McIlroy Report Abuse
McIlroy have managed to create a distinct and unique sound and tone from their guitars along with extremely high quality which really sets them apart.
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Langcaster Report Abuse
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Tacoma Report Abuse
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Boss Report Abuse
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Dean/PRS Report Abuse
Extremely high quality guitars with a array ouf sounds, blues,rock,metal great sound on anything really, used by Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park.
-2 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 2 comments
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santana
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Dean and PRS are completely different companies. Just pointing that out.
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Spear Report Abuse
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Gremlin Report Abuse
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Maestro Report Abuse
Affordable price with no compromise in quality. The SD1 for beginners even produces great sounds.
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Ferrington Report Abuse
Rare Guitar...
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Minarik Report Abuse
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Garrow Report Abuse
A small manufacturer in Orlando FL who specializes in custom Fender-style guitars. Very well built and setup to play right out of the box
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Zachary Report Abuse
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first act Report Abuse
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Les Paul Report Abuse
Slash of the band Guns N Roses used Les Paul.
-29 points - added 10 years ago by JARM - 2 comments
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thats not even a brand
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A Les Paul is a guitar m odel, not a guitar manufacturing company. It is made by Gibson, which happens to be #1 on this list. It should not be on here.
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flying v Report Abuse
-31 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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What the hell? This list is..... well i was happy to see some correct spelling and complete sentences after scrolling down a bit. Lets just say that. Manufacturers? Les Paul? Flying V? What about Snickers? Or Wal Mart? You also forgot to mention Gucci and Louis Vuiton. So Yeah!
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That's not a brand
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