Thinking of Selling All Of My Current Guitars For A Top Tier Custom Shop

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  1. MrWulf

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    So with that, which custom shops should i consider to for this particular venture, in particularly the US? This would be a highly thematic build so Carvin is already out as an option. And my budget is around 2k to 3k USD.
     

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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Don't take this the wrong way, but that budget isn't really going to cut it, especially on a "thematic" build with options that rival Kiesel/Carvin's extensive capabilities. I mean, $3k is barely top tier for production and semi-custom stuff.

    It would really help to know what exactly you're looking to build as not all builders offer the same options.
     
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    What don't you like about the guitars you have now?

    If your answer is short, you should keep your guitars and just put money away towards a custom.
     
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    Well, despite owning 20 guitar now, I sympathize with the sentiment: you only have one pair of hands, better to have one appreciably better guitar than a bunch of meh ones. But save the thematic stuff for when you have $4-5k to spend. Or hold out until you outgrow thematic stuff.
     
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    Welp, i figured as much. In any case my specs would be:

    5 pieces neckthrough with korina wings, flamed maple top, transaparant blue

    Compound radius pale moon ebony with piranha-esque pixie wings inlays, tung oiled neck

    Hipshot bridge, Seymour Duncan Black Winters 7, 1 volume 1 3 way switches

    This is basically based on a character of one of my favorite game in Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne in Pixie, which is one of the earlest monsters you could recruit in that game.
     
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    Honestly outside of the Ibanez Prestige that i will flip for a Carvin, not a whole lot, really. I love my collection but i wonder if instead of having like 4 of them maybe just downsize it to exactly one that tailored to my specification.
     
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    I always say more is better. But it’s nice to have one or too really nice pieces.

    That being said other the inlays kiesel could probably do it. Add the inlays kiesel can’t and 3k isn’t going to be enough for someone else to do that whole package.
     
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    Sounds like a "grass is greener" scenario. Now if you haven't picked up 3 of those 4 guitars in 6 months, perhaps it's worth exploring.

    It sounds more to me like you're bored of your stable than anything else. That said, it's your money so if you find something you *must* have, get 'er done.
     
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    777timesgod Stop reading this...I said stop!

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    Well keep in mind that if you sell 4 guitars or so, your rig will not be as versatile. Of course if it does not affect the type of music you play it is not bad but keep a spare guitar. The new one may have to go to the tech one day or you may need a tremolo one for a song.
     
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    Thats why i want to design this to be as versatile based on the features i like off of the other guitars. The tung oiled neck and flame maple cap of the Charvel, 27 scale length, matte finish and the reverse headstock of the Agile, the Black Winter pickup and the Piranha inlay of the Jackson, RGD body shape and neck through construction.

    But idk, maybe im just gassing.
     
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    How exactly did you arrive at the 5 pieces neck-trough decision, or is this just reading off a builder's list?
    If doing a custom I am sure that you can lower the amt of "pieces" :)

    TBH nothing sounds so out of the ordinary on this so probably just go for higher end guitar that has these options, minus the pixie inlays.
     
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    I just like the 5 piece that is on my Agile, lol.
     
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    I'm sure that Schecter USA would build that and knock it out of the park, but it'll be significantly over your budget. ESP would be even more expensive. I doubt Jackson would even do it. That pretty much leaves just the smaller shops. Could you find one that says they'll do it within your budget? Probably; but would they actually deliver and get it right? Big risk. I'd really suggest saving up more or reevaluating what you want from it.
     
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    Excuse my bluntness, but simply put: don't. Not only you'll end up guitarless while the thing is being built but also the budget isn't nearly enough for a reputable company to tackle your project (assuming the whole top tier thing, that is).

    Versatility is not derived from "putting stuff you really like into one guitar", but rather the sum of construction, specs such as electronics, scale length, neck joint and materials used and the differences between instruments that you'll find in between them. While you can get a good "jack of all trades", the specs you are thinking of such as baritone scale coupled with Black Winters make that axe a metal beast first and foremost.

    I have no idea if you're playing live, and that being the case, even when you do get the money to have a proper build happen make sure to have some kind of spare. Shit does happen, and frantically changing a string while the band and audience stare at you isn't the best way to present yourself, assuming something more serious doesn't happen, like a dead pickup selector switch.
     
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    I don't really have anything against selling your guitars for 1 but I would caution you against the Theme.

    How often do you see custom guitars go up for sale? Everyday. People order them, get the, and they may play great but sometimes you just don't get on with said guitar. In most cases you can easily sell it and remake most of your money back. With a "Themed" guitar that's a hell of a lot harder.

    Guitars that special only really work when you're fortunate enough to have money to spend on guitars regardless of how many you already have sadly.

    I won't advise you against selling guitars to buy another because I think having one incredible guitar is enough for some people. It's currently my situation.

    So I'd maybe think about selling and looking for a used custom shop guitar in your price range, Schecter, ESP, Aristides, Mayones. It'll really open up your options.
     
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    So seems like most people are cautioned against it so I guess not :( As sad as it is everyone is being very reasonable with their idea and I can't really say anything about it. Even if i'm just a bedroom rocker at best and terrible noodler at worst.

    Maybe I'll just stop by Sully and build my own guitar then.
     
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    Being the gear whores we are, you will still want for other guitars after you get your "dream" guitar, anyway. Don't fool yourself into thinking it'll satiate all guitar GAS. in a few years, you'l be back to having more guitars anyway because you decided you wanted one with P90s, or a different trem, or you just fell in love with a paint job, or different electronics that can't easilly be swapped out, or a baritone scale length, etc etc.
     
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    I Would not do it. First of all like said before, it's quite nice to have a second guitar, if you are playing live or not. If there are problems with one, u can use the other.
    More guitars will always be more versatile.

    To go full blown custom 3K is not enough.

    I would sell one or two, add some money on top and buy a more expensive one, or just wait until you have enough cash. Customs can be cool, but can also a huge disappointment...

    On the other hand, it's just what I would do, if you are gassing for a full blown custom, sell your gear and buy a custom, and make sure you do a proper NGD :)
     
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    If you are going to play live, make sure you have a backup.

    Beyond that, it's good to simplify and have something you love. Also note that you can get pretty close to maximum playability buying something high end that takes a big hit on the used market (Used prestige for low price and great feel, used EBMM Petrucci for moderate price and very high end feel).

    If it's more that you want your ideal aesthetics, Kiesel isn't a bad way to go. They make very pretty guitars. Most things I have heard about quality have been positive, but there have been some mixed reviews.
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    To be honest, I'd say to do it *if* you're not a professional musician, especially since there is that personal inlay thing. I didn't go custom to get a special set of features, I went custom to have a custom decoration that Jackson wouldn't do. My Amfisound cost me 3500ish ballpark (been a few years now, they raised up their prices since I suppose) and although it *is* a very specialised guitar (RR shape with single pickup, and an M6 at that,doh) and I have bought others since, it's still there, I still play it and it is *my guitar* that nobody else has.
    I think the main sticking point is, I bought it as a 40ish year-old working adult and not as a pennyless student.
     
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