The "NAMM 2021" Thread

Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by DrakkarTyrannis, Dec 28, 2020.

  1. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands SS.org Regular

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    People say this a LOT for artists playing Epiphones, LTDs, PRS SEs, etc... But never really have proof its a thing.

    I can see a hybrid approach though. A guitar prototyped and built in China, then sent to the US for inspection and setup. IIRC, at least with World Music, prototypes were made on a different part of the floor.
     
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  2. axil

    axil nya

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    Hes not Matt Heafy, but Jeff Waters is also someone who had/has Epiphone Sigs that he actually uses. Im pretty sure he even turned down Gibson and went with Epi specifically for pricepoint reasons so Annihilator fans wouldnt break the bank.

    I think these days its a bit of a harsh assumption that Epi endorsers dont play their own guitars, but maybe im out of the loop. Im more of an Ibby, ESP fella : )
     
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    Honestly, the two Epiphones I have right now play great, and I'm looking at swapping the 2019 SG for a Les Paul just because of the problem that all SGs have - neck dive. It plays great and looks killer, but when I actually play it, I'm killing my wrist.

    I've had far more luck with picking a random Epiphone off the wall and plucking down several bills for it then I have looking at any Gibsons that were twice as much.
     
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  4. I play music

    I play music SS.org Regular

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    Epiphone with a professional fret job and setup probably plays better than your average Gibson from the factory anyway

    I think the artists play the actual Epiphone but they are maybe a bit worked over especially frets so they play nicely
     
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    Every artist should do this... with an Epi, a Gibson or an ESP. Unless you are paying more than 3k$ I would ALWAYS do a professional setup (including fret dressing/level, polish, etc.) if I were a professional musician. And if I am paying more than 3k$ for a guitar I won't do it because I would expect this was done in the factory before leaving, like an Aristides, a CS ESP, etc. so, probably would have to do it with several guitars in that price braket (but if it is needed then the brand... well, you know)

    I mean, is your profession and it is your tool. You better have it in good condition to do the job. Unless you don't care...
     
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  6. Spicypickles

    Spicypickles Sweeps & Mops

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    I don’t have any proof of those kinda shenanigans, but I do know that you can get a custom ESP and back when they had the drop down menus for options LTD was one of them.

    I don’t recall ever seeing a one off with an LTD badge, but I could see artists getting really gnarly guitars, but with Ltd tags to promote their sig models. Like I said though, no proof and I kinda doubt it ever happened. But for sure, there is a lot more attention paid to their prototypes and personal guitars.
     
  7. I play music

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    What I meant is that the guitar company probably does this "special care" before giving the guitar to the artist
     
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    Ok, right, got it wrong.

    "sponsored" prof tech setup before leaving the house... :lol:
     
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    I meant more like “artist endorses a piece of gear they don’t use/barely use” like a pedal, or amp, or w/e but in the studio and live it’s almost always something else.

    I can’t imagine many guitarists not playing their sig guitar, unless it’s one of those $400 “sigs” that were common for big name artists with options at multiple price points.

    And that Jeff Waters V is awesome.
     
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    NotDonVito molesta la breastas

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    perfect guitar to play this album on
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  12. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Man I loved Skid Row
     
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    Fuck. Kramer came out swinging with 80’s cheese. Love it.
     
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    Dang, even the rosewood FB (the bane of my existence) looks good on that thing. I SHOULD be in here talking about how cheesy the airbrushed graphics are, how the rosewood poo brown sucks, and a million other things about that. But I'll be damned if that's not a hot looking guitar. I bought a Lynch Kamikaze last year, out of nostalgia, and never even play the thing, so I shouldn't buy this. But, they did a great job on the specs. 100% 1980s, but appeals 100% to 2021 me.
     
  15. feraledge

    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    In all reality, those production models are fine enough guitars with a solid set up and most bands started with that level guitar. The artist has a lot more to gain if they’re in a decent sized band and playing an affordable version of their own sig. They’re going to sell more if they’re playing the guitar and not just the inspiration for it.
     
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  16. manu80

    manu80 Jackson for life !

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    those were announced already for 2020....kind late release but with covid's s***t....finally they're here.
     
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    I've wanted a snake for a year now, so finally I can get one. Or at least try one since I am sceptical about the quality of Kramers.
     
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    Surveyor 777 I measure things

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    I'm waiting for the Kramer Nightswans with the Aztec finish to come out. Heard about them last Summer and asked my Sweetwater rep about them. Been on pre-order for quite a while and the release date keeps getting pushed back. I'll keep waiting-wanted one back when I was in High School (@ the end of the 80's) so waiting a bit longer won't hurt.
     
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  19. technomancer

    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Given I don't even think they've been shown publicly you probably have a long wait yet.
     
  20. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    The final version MHK sig guitars will have black Fluence pickups with the gold stripe, and the 7-string MKH sig is going to have a longer scale length. Guitar also has a thinner neck.

    Also seems like he's going for a chambered/weight relieved body.
     
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