Reccomend me a boutique guitar

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  1. josh1

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    Hey everyone I've grown tired of the typical suspects (Ibanez, Schecter) and I'd like to try something a little different. I like some of the guitars made by Guerrilla but my budget is around $1k.

    Locally there is a used Kiesel for $800 but Jeff has rubbed me the wrong way with his shenanigans. So anyway specs would be 6 string, 25.5, fixed bridge preferably. I wouldn't mind throwing in my RGA61AL in a trade. Does a "boutique" guitar for around one thousand dollars even exist outside of a used Kiesel?

    Thanks!
     
  2. budda

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    Can't get much of a boutique guitar for $1k. $2KUSD+ is where you'll start to see some stuff but really it's the $3k+ range you'll want to be in. Buy nice or buy twice.

    Save up and buy the really nice thing you really want.
     
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    no.

    >1k budget
    >boutique guitars

    pick one.
     
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    If by boutique you mean unique guitar, you can check out some of the smaller companies. You could easily snag a Solar for that price. You could probably find a used Ormsby, as well.
     
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    Thanks man. I meant more so smaller company rather than boutique. I just checked out the Halo website but I don't believe I've ever heard a positive review about their guitars.
     
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    Buy nice or buy twice. A small company is boutique. Custom means you decided every detail.
     
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    Closest you might get is finding a used Kiesel for around 1k on reverb as far as "boutique"stuff goes.
     
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    If I recall right, anything from this company is an automatic "do not buy" for some of us on the forum. If you buy anything from Halo you're taking your chances. You might end up with a good instrument. Or you might end up with a guitar shaped piece of wood unfit for use as a door jam.
     
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    You want a 6 string with a fixed bridge and 25.5” scale length.That is common as hell which is a good thing.

    By boutique do you mean you just want a unique shape or a pretty finish, and built well?

    If that’s the case just get a used prestige and pay someone to do a swirl paint job.

    What about “boutique” is it that you want? There are some solid and well playing guitars that can be had for under $1k. The geometry of the fretboard and the quality of the setup isn’t dependent on dropping an extra $2k. For example, my Agile 828 was, to this day, the best playing 8 string I’ve played and it was $600.
     
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    I think Halo has been slowly improving their reputation over the last 2 to 3 years. I wouldn’t be afraid to try one now but, with Balaguer offering a lot of the same customization at a similar price with no stain on their reputation, I would probably go with Balaguer.
     
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    just get a used kiesel.
     
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    Why exactly do you want a "boutique" guitar? What is it you're after??
     
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    I'm looking for a guitar from a smaller company. I've been playing Ibanez for years and I'd like to try something different other than other big guys like ESP, Schecter, etc.
     
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    G&L, Godin, Hagstrom, Yamaha

    wondering if you could get a used Washburn, Peavey, Hamer, something like that in your price range too - probably not anymore
     
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    Boutique guitar for under a thousand USD?! Maybe check out the "some guitars are too funny not to post" thread. :lol:

    Are used Kiesels even under a grand? I know I've seen some interesting ones on local trading sites for $1300ish, so maybe, but those might not have been in decent shape... if you found one for $800, you might want to check it out first. I might not go around calling an $800 Kiesel "boutique," though, since it's a different connotation.

    Or you might find a boutique guitar in an estate sale, where the family of a deceased guitarist have no idea what they have and don't want to bother appraising it. Might be a little morally gray in that case.

    Or just save up and get the actual guitar you want and will love for years.
     
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    Are we seriously calling Kiesel boutique in this thread?
     
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    For 1K you're better off looking into reputable brands anyway and buy from a vendor that allows for returns. The new LTD is looking really nice for the money.

    As pretty much everyone else mentioned, you're not going to find boutique stuff at 1k.

    But juuuuuuuust in case, if anybody sees a Ken Parker Archtop for 1k let me know? Pretty please? :lol:
     

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