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After a 7 year hiatus from playing, I'm looking for recommendations on US made (due to CITES & supporting American economy) custom guitar builders. Not essentially factory semi custom builds (choosing options on their models) and not a company that is US based but outsources majority/all work to factory in China/overseas, which have been main varieties I've come across. Looking for preferably in the $1500-2500 range with highest end being roughly 3000. I'm not looking for a collection or heirloom, aka "display case queen" aesthetic guitar, but a durable, very well made absolute tone monster regular bedroom & studio player. Aesthetically solid with some custom look aspects like modest custom/semi custom fretboard inlay, overall color, binding and fairly standard things of that nature. Builder who has good knowledge & understanding of tonal effects & relationships between body shape, specific wood species of body, neck, fretboard & possibly cap, materials bridge, saddles, strings anchor to body & type, tuners, etc has. Tonal, sustain, dynamics, stability & durability different construction techniques/designs have, etc. That can help me piece together the right combination of the above along with pickup types, configuration & such, neck shape & radius, nut width & string spacing, best scale length for fret number for best intonation, string tension & playability for desired tuning, etc. Has good selection of tonewood that is of elite tonal quality and is willing to source very specific wood if that's what's decided on. Does nitrocellulose lacquer finish I am aware that a number of builders won't make exact body shape copies (some won't make guitar with body shape modestly resembling them either) of a certain major Nashville company due to threats of lawsuit over ownership of those body shapes & their likeness. There's plenty of LP style guitars that don't differ very much from original body shape & dimensions, there's some ES double cutaway semi hollowbodies as well, but frankly not all that many lefty SG types (with how much smaller the overall body is I think variances in shape have larger effect on tone) that have desired quality, features & specs I'm after. This may be the biggest problem as I'm a lefty and am leaning heavily towards an SG body guitar. I know there's a couple UK builders & Tokai, but those don't quite meet what I'm looking for. Hawkings custom guitars seems to fit the bill except they won't build Gibson body shapes. I haven't contacted them yet to see if and how close/different to a classic SG shape they'd build as I want to see what options are out there 1st so I'm not wasting anyone's time. So who are your recommendations and who should I avoid for US custom shop builds for SG type guitar? Side note, suggestions on left handed, factory or semi custom build, nitrocellulose finish Silverburst Les Paul (mahogany body, maple cap, 3 piece maple neck, rosewood fingerboard) preferably 1 piece body with some neck shape & spec options guitars and same options for left handed Fender (Strat, Tele, Jazzmaster & classic Fender wood combos) guitars, some neck shape & spec options, ideally 1 piece body with custom options for bridge/trem types, both preferably ballpark of $1,250 or less? Please put appropriate model(s) after builder name to keep things clear, SG, SB LP and or Fender. Thanks
The Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster guitar is an exact replica of that revered instrument, down to the extremely worn Three-color Sunburst alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It even has five Sperzel® tuners and one Gotoh® tuner, and the 12th-fret dot marker is white plastic rather than the original clay. It also features three custom-wound ’60s single-coil pickups, aged chrome hardware, 21 medium jumbo frets and a synthetic bone nut. Our homage to a true and truly missed master. - Model: Custom Artist Series Rory Gallagher Stratocaster - Year: 2018 - Finish Color: 3-Tone Sunburst - Finish Type: Nitrocellulose Lacquer - Weight: 7.50 lbs. - Body Wood: Select Alder - Neck Wood: Quartersawn Maple - Neck Shape: Early '60s "C" Shaped Neck - Neck Dimensions: .800 1st - .940 12th - Fingerboard: Rosewood - Inlays: Clay Dots with One Mis-matched White Plastic Dot at the 12th Fret - Scale Length: 25.5" - Width at Nut: 1.650" - Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" - Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo - Pickups: 3 Custom 60's Single-Coil Strat Pickups - Bridge: Vintage Tremolo - Tuners: 5 Sperzel Die-Cast Machine Heads with 1 Mis-Matched Gotoh - Case: Fender Brown Hardshell Case - COA: Yes Brand New Guitar and Never Played, Price : $4.250 (free shipping everywhere for all member this forums) My Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Payment Method: Paypal Shipping Method: Everywhere/Worldwide, with International Priority Mail Or hit me up on reverb: https://reverb.com/item/26644082-fender-custom-shop-stratocaster-rory-gallagher-30th-anniversary-artist-signature-edition?utm_source=android-app&utm_medium=share