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  • Highest quality Korean-made guitars?

    Just a quick poll as to gauge everyone's opinions on the current crop of Korea-Made guitars out there.

    I know I'm missing a ton of them, so if I do, correct me.
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  • #2
    PRS.

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    • #3
      Schecter.

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      • #4
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        • #5
          PRS. I haven't found one with a flaw yet.
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          • #6
            St. Blues, Reverend or MK.

            I know St. Blues and Reverend are made in the same plant.
            Not sure about MK
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            • #7
              how many factories in korea are actually making guitars?

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              • #8
                Although I think they moved everything to the Gibson Quingdao plant, Epiphones were made by Unsung, Peerless, Saein and 1 or 2 others. In my experience the Unsung and Peerless Epi's were great. The Dillion's are also excellent.

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                • #9
                  I have not played a Reverend, but I have played some PRS SE's and the low end Gretsch stuff, and I still like my Agiles better (which are Korean made at the Unsung factory).

                  I played a Michael Kelly once that was pretty damn good too.
                  Originally Posted by Frets99


                  All guitars cost $300.
                  What you pay depends on the headstock.

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                  • #10
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                    • #11
                      Although I think they moved everything to the Gibson Quingdao plant, Epiphones were made by Unsung, Peerless, Saein and 1 or 2 others. In my experience the Unsung and Peerless Epi's were great. The Dillion's are also excellent.


                      I thought Samick made guitars for Epiphone way back when? Maybe the dot?

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                      • #12
                        I thought that was loooooong over, but I could be wrong. The Samick factory is shut down for good, I believe.

                        Now if you want to talk about awesome imports, let's talk Orville. I know, I know. Japanese, but hot damn those were a steal.

                        Now it looks as though they are way overpriced on the used market, which is a shame... If you were lucky enough to score an Orville back in the day, then you know what I'm talking about.

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                        • #13
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                          • #14
                            PRS, followed by Schecter, IMO.
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                            • #15
                              Yea it's been a while I guess. I was given an old samick dot clone that was supposedly exactly the same as an epiphone that was made by samick. I still have it around here somewhere. This is an experpt from an interview with the president of Epiphone...

                              EPI: I understand Epiphone has even opened its own factory in China. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

                              JIM: Sure. And I think it's a great follow-up to the topic of quality. Ten to fifteen years ago, many Epiphone guitars were made at the same factories where many other guitars were and are currently made. In this case, it's difficult, if not impossible, to have a substantially better instrument than your competition when the parts, process and people to make them are the same. Therefore, in order to produce a superior instrument, we needed to open our own factory. So in October 2002, we opened Qingdao Gibson - our own factory near Qingdao, China dedicated to making Epiphone and only Epiphone guitars. To my knowledge, we are the only U.S. guitar company with their own factory in Asia. That's a significant difference.

                              EPI: I thought all Epiphones were made by Samick. (smiling)

                              JIM: I think that's what a lot of people still think. But that never was the case. Fifteen years ago, a lot of, but certainly not all, Epiphone guitars as well as other brands, were made at the Samick factory in Korea. Today, they don't make any guitars for us. In fact, they closed the Samick guitar factory in Korea a few years ago.

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