Well, it looks like I'm a classical player in a room full of electric guitarists. I love my Martin, I have a DCX1E [link] , which I absolutely love. The action is low enough that I can do my pure classical style pieces, but the steel strings give me a good sound for performances (especially if I'm doing a self-accompaniment). Not much help if you're looking for an electric, but my absolute dream guitar (which I would never, ever dare to touch) is actually a custom guitar. There's a fellow in Switzerland who makes them by hand, and they sound incredible. Go look up Per-Olov Kindgren if you want to hear what one sounds like.
Well, my dream [i]bass[/i] would be a ritter. But if were talking the bass that i have a chance of getting, definitely the musicman stingray. Look em up if you dont know em, theyre amazing. Slappin all the way, just like my man Flea
Basses are guitars too, they just have the preface 'bass' in front of guitar. I actually got an Ibanez SR-400 a couple years back and literally could not be happier; don't think i'll be upgrading it in a long time. That being said, i've played a Musicman Stingray before, and they're the shit for most anything - awesome guitar.
As long as a guitar doesn't look like most of the ones shown here [link], I'm pretty much okay with any body shape (and, to be honest, quite appreciate one which differs more than a bit from the classic Stratocaster/Les Paul looks), so it's not an issue for me. Besides, after reading about their quality and versatility, and hearing what Adrian Belew has to say about them, I've come to the conclusion that one of those is my dream guitar.
i've played a buddy of mine's Epi g-400 on many occasions, i really like the feel of that guitar, very heavy and solid, which is reflected in the tone. Can't hlp but play Iommi sounding riffs every time i pick it up though, it's like it was made for them.
Who doesn't want a PRS. I honestly don't think there is a better major company at consistently making its guitars look like they're meant to be hung up in the Louvre, those finishes are so beautiful.
I've wanted a custom Les Paul with a Floyd Rose tremolo and 24 fret neck for a while now, but building one on my own is out of my price range (adds up to something like 1500 for parts alone, without paint).
Matt Pike's 9-string First Act is pretty sweet as well, it'd be interesting to try one out.
I'd like a baritone guitar as well, as I often play in A#. Either that, or a seven-string. Maybe a seven-string Les Paul, that would be pretty awesome.
Yeah, i don't even dream of having Les Pauls, way too expensive for me to even think about.
Whilst i know that Pike's is the original, doesn't Brent Hinds or Bill have one as well? (Mainly just wondering if they made other models). Do they even sell those? Regardless, Pike's is an absolutely beautiful piece of art. Seeing him play that guitar live makes you realize that it is just as much a part of him and his style as any other guitarist/guitar combo in the history of music. Also, he destroys that thing - both literally and figuratively.
i'm all about them Ibanez or Peavy 7-strings personally.
I'm not sure if they sell them, they were/are on the First Act site last time I checked, though that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
Regarding the expense a Les Paul usually entails - if I were to build a custom, it would be with Warmoth or similar aftermarket components, so you could feasibly build a 24 fret LP, even with locking trem, for around a thousand USD, which isn't too bad.
I wouldn't be against an Ibanez or any other guitar, if it was similar in neck profile and scale length to a typical Les Paul. It's not brand loyalty, just what feels best to me.
Dang, ESP makes some seriously killer guitars; I have one myself and totally recommend the brand almost above any other. How much does this thing usually run for? With a finish like that I could easily see in in the 650-750 range, but i'm just curious.
Espguitars.co.jp has it listed for 682,500 yen which Google suggests is around $8,400. I just saw one on Ebay for the equally reasonable price of $7,250 including free shipping.
I completely agree with you on the quality of ESP guitars as well. An old ESP Potbelly is always mentioned as the best guitar I've ever played whenever the question comes up. I notice you've neglected to mention your dream guitar though. Still dream shopping for the best dream one out there?
Also, congratulations on the incoming guitar upgrade! What are you thinking of treating yourself to?
Dang, well i'll never be acquiring a guitar as awesome as that then,
Yeah, mine is one of the mid-90's Les Paul LTDs and it plays so well. Black-top, but with that cream trim instead of the pearl (which i'm so happy about, not a fan of the pearl trim). But i got it used with two previous owners and it still plays like it's new; really don't have enough praises for that guitar.
But yeah, due to the nature of the music i play, and the tunings that it's played in - which i'm uncomfortable putting my ESP in - this is the guitar i'm looking at currently:
Yeah, I can't really see many scenarios in which I own one of those. I suppose that's why it's a dream guitar instead of a goal though.
That's a pretty sweet guitar you're getting, it looks like it's marketed towards downtuning so hopefully the stock pickups do a capable job of keeping your sound from getting too muddy. Unless you planned on throwing something else in there after getting it, of course. Just how far down are you tuning anyway? I messed around in drop f# for a few hours one night. It was uh, interesting considering I haven't gone much lower than d standard in years. I used to love playing in baritone but these days I just can't put together anything to play in those lower tuning. I guess it was just a phase that came and went.
Yeah, my hopes are that the stock pickups are all i need, really don't want to have to put in another $75 plus for pickups, that would suck. The last band i played with, and where i continue to see my writing go recently, has been in B-Standard.
Drop f# would be, uh, interesting, haha. I can't actually fathom what that actually sounds like.