What guitar am I describing?

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  1. Rook

    Rook Electrifying

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    I'm about at my wits' end trying to find a guitar that'll do. I know whatever I get I'll be happy with, but I can't satisfy myself enough that I want something to let go of the money.

    I play a lot of very jazzy music, but like to rock out every now and again, I do have a UV though so it doesn't need to cover any extreme territory.

    Here's what I like...

    High end, don't want a Schecter or something, it'll most likely be USA made, but I haven't ruled out the Japanese brandfs
    Double cut, strat-like shape (not SG type).
    Ideally bolt on, but not crucial.
    Rosewood or Ebony boards, generally Rosewood. Not Maple though.
    I'm not fussed by 22 or 24 frets, I'd probably take 22 if I was doing a custom build, but it's not crucial.
    It has to have a trem, this is essential.
    Mahogany or Alder body.

    I've thought of
    PRS Customs (which I'm revisiting), but they're pricey
    Jackson USA Soloists but they're very bright, I already have an RR1 and they're pretty hard to find around here
    Ibanez JEM's, one of which I've already had and as cool as they are, they're not for me and I have a UV
    Music Man, Morse or Petrucci, but I've had a Petrucci and just didn't clck with it, I can't for the life of me find a standard Morse with a trem that isn't blue. I hate blue!
    ESP, been there, done that, had 2 standards and got bored of them. Don't like the 'image' they carry, as gay as that sounds.

    Anybody? I'd appreciate any sensible suggestions...
     
  2. AvantGuardian

    AvantGuardian Orange Vigilante

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    Carvin? They've got a number of bolt-on models and I'd say the quality is pretty high-end.
     
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    Rook Electrifying

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    I couldn't try one, too risky. Very very good suggestion though, i'll see if there's anything Carvin for sale around London.
     
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    Variant Banned

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    Jazzy, but rock out... I'm with the above. Carvin. Holdsworth model in particular. :agreed:
     
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    stryker1800 Sweet Pickle

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    Suhr, just bought a pro modern, since you don't want maple you can get them with Pau Ferro which I understand is similar to rosewood. I don't know what their pickups are like for really jazzy stuff but they certainly aren't high output.
     
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    xeL SS.org Regular

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    PRS CE series, theres a particularly nice CE22 on eBay right now that shouldn't go for a whole load.
     
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    motomoto SS.org Regular

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    ^what he said + a set of P-Rails for ultimate versatility
     
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    davidb1986 SS.org Regular

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    What about a Music Man Silhouette? They're American made, Strat-like shape, bolt on neck, can have rosewood or ebony fretboard. Sounds like the guitar you described to me.
     
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    Underworld SS.org Regular

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    +1 to the Musicman Silhouette these are awesome guitars.
     
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    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    Carvin bolt ons are quite excellent, they are about as good as you can do for a reasonable price without going full custom. They are often overlooked due to the low USA price (I know they gouge internationally unfortunately), but are on par with their other builds, they do not have less awesome, just easier to build so cheaper.

    I have a contour, you have seen the mods I did to that guitar so I thought it was worth while (those mods on whole are around 500+$) on a guitar that was 1300 USD at the time or something (+ shipping etc)
     
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  11. ItWillDo

    ItWillDo MOUTHOFTHERIVER

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    How about a Caparison TAT/Dellinger/Horus? If I had money this is what I'd go for.
     
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    jl-austin SS.org Regular

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    Never mind, didn't see the no ESP at first, sorry.

    Although, it sure does sound like you want an ESP (except without what ever image you have of them)! :)
     
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  13. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    Don't forget to look in to G&L.

    EDITED TO ADD: Like maybe a Legacy Deluxe.

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    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    Have you considered Vigier or Tom Anderson?

    Also what about J-Customs?
     
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    Demiurge Intrepid Jackass

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    OP- you're looking for high-end, but the PRS SE Torero at about $1k looks like it would match most of your criteria. They are sharp-looking and I've heard good things.
     
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    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    A very good point, I overlooked them (shame on me) but those should be available to try in the UK. That onei s ridiculous. They have a knew steel saddle/steel block trem out too the "DFS" (dual fulcrum steel) as well as added SS frets as an option (but wouldn't do it for me in August...:scream:)
     
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    Tom Anderson guitars are super nice, but they have a hefty price tag for the most part, but they have some of the most unbelievable tops I've ever seen.
     
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    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    I'm GASing pretty damned hard for an SC-2 these days.
     
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    Dvaienat SS.org Regular

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    I think you want a USA Jackson DK1. It's exactly what you want. It can be had for just over £1200. Comes in loads of different finishes. You're bound to find one you like. Plus, Jackson quality is top notch. Amazing guitars.

    Jackson® Guitars : The Bloodline

    If you like neck-thru and mahogany, maybe an SL2H-MAHQ:
    Jackson® Guitars : The Bloodline

    I'd personally recommend the SL2H-MAHQ or the SL2H-MAH.
     
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    jymellis Talk To DeWalt

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    ibanez S - series?
     
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