Signature guitars

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  1. Kalamazuu

    Kalamazuu Senior Member

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    If I ever get a sig, it will be because of the features, not necessarily the artist.

    And pretty much every sig of a sig les Paul is exactly the same as your standard LP, save for the ZWs and a few others.
     
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  2. cookieman15061

    cookieman15061 Senior Member

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    Both actually. My Lennon Casino I bought because I've been a huge Beatles fan since I was 4 years old. It's also why I bought a Hofner Bass.

    My candy green Clapton Strat I bought because I loved the color and the boost.

    My Mark Knopfler Strat had the color, pickups and fretboard I was looking for so it didn't matter who's name was on it.

    Last but not least is my Slash LP Goldtop and since I won it I'll keep it.

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  3. AngryHatter

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    I have a Jimi sig strat - off the shelf.
     
  4. UncleMonkey

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    I'm not one for signature guitars mainly because the guitars my heros play are regular guitars that they have modded to suit themselves. They didn't buy someone else's signature guitar to get a certain sound so why should I. I want to be my own hero I guess.
     
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  5. jlb32

    jlb32 Senior Member

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    Most of your guitar heros probably started playing the type of guitars they are famous for because of someone they considered a hero. When starting out most are influenced by someone and that usually carries over into creating their own style.

    I would guess a big percentage of your guitar heros were trying to emulate their heros during their journey to success. Alot of their guitar choices are probably due to their heros choices.
     
  6. Electroman67

    Electroman67 Senior Member

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    Good questions Spot, i have an Epi Ace LP that was given to me 12 yrs ago and i was asked previously if i could have any guitar, which would it be. I answered the Ace LP and then went on to explain the difference between gibby and epi.....i love the guitar to this day, it is a staple in my stable. With all the Ace worshiping i did when i was learning to play, i hold the guitar close to me. < btw i really appreciated your post in the Ace thread-was a nice break to actually hear something other than someone repeating a news article>

    Second question...i ran across an incredible deal on a used MIM olympic white strat on CL. During my entire 2 hr drive to go get it, i envisioned how i was going to make it a po' boy version of an Eric Johnson strat. Stayed up till zero stupid thirty the next several nights readin all the strat mod threads/posts & buggin the chit outta flicka about strat stuff. But, no Spot, i didn't go out seeking this guitar, was a right place/right time thing.

    Edit, i did install fralin vintage hot p'ups and a blender pot, had the frets leveled and a small shim on the side of the neck to straighten the string alignment, had the trem profesionaly blocked. It's golden, and it is indeed....my po' boy EJ style strat. :dude:
     
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  7. Malikon

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    I always wanted (and still want) a cream Custom Shop Yngwie Fender Stratocaster with the scalloped fretboard. That's the only sig guitar I wanted because I liked the artist as well as the unique features of the guitar. (scalloped boards are rare.)

    I've owned a couple sig guitars in the past (not counting the LP which is, by it's very name, a signature guitar), but the ones I owned in the past I got because of the guitar itself and really didn't care about any signature attached to it.
     
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  8. BlackSG91

    BlackSG91 Banned

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    Here's a signature guitar I'm working on for my niece. It has a Malmsteen/ Blackmore Rainbow thing going on here, but totally unique. My first time scalloping a finger board.:hmm:

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  9. Earl Gray

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    I love my Robert Johnson Gibson L-1. There's a lot of hate out there for the signature but it's cheaper than the other L-1. I don't get it but there you go.
     
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  10. zontar

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    I'd say a Les Paul counts--especially if you have one with low impedance pickups...

    But I didn't get one because of Les Paul, I got one because my friend had two, and I loved those guitars.

    I get guitars because I like hem, not because of who played them.

    I'm unlikely to get any current signature guitar because they tend to be over-priced.
    But if I did get one--it would be because I like it & the price was good, or I won it or I got it as a gift.

    ..not because of whose name is on it.
     
  11. Arzachel

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    just found another for sale quite close and at a good price

    damn you MLP and you're way of making my bidding finger go into spasm

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  12. PNB92

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    I'm always on the look out for a John Mayer signature stratocaster. Mayer is a huge hero of mine, and is easily one of my all time favorite guitarists, but I'm looking for that guitar because of the pickups it comes with, rather than Mayer's name on the headstock. those Big Dipper pickups aren't sold individually, and sound good enough to be worth the price of the whole guitar in my opinion.
     
  13. murmel

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    I have two signature guitars and four signature amps (not counting Les Pauls per se).
    I do like most of the players the sig belongs to, but not all of them.
    What I like about signature stuff is that it often has unique features and a unique look.
    Sometimes the unique look can also be a negative thing.
    Many would argue that sig stuff is way overpriced, but thats not true in all cases.
    e.g. the JCM800 KK is the cheapest way to get a new 2203 and if you count in the noise gate and eq. it gets even cheaper. Still my nr. 1 amp.
    The AfD 100 had the unique powerscaling and awsome sound.
    The 2555SL is a silver jubilee just cheaper and newer.
    The Chad Kroeger sig. was a lot cheaper than a trans amber standard or trad would have been and there isn´t even his name on it. Great guitar and in this case the sig thing actually devalued it.


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    those are worth a pretty penny these days, buying it was hardly a mistake
     
  15. Midnight Blues

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    The two that I own; a Frampton and an Alex Lifeson ES-355 (not really a signature, but rather an "Inspired By), I wanted because I loved the look and the tone. Even though they are two of my all-time favorite players.

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  16. UncleMonkey

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    I guess what I'm saying is if you are an amazing blues player who is the BIG thing and his guitar is a Signature BB King Lucille or a Signature SRV strat guitar companies are not going to be tripping over themselves to offer you your own signature guitar. If he plays an ES-355, even if it is modded and looked like Lucille Gibson would be pushing him to have his own Signature "Ester" ES-355.
    I don't knock musicians for have Signature guitars. I think it works out great for the company, the musician and the consumer and there is a huge market for them.
    The only Signature guitar I would be interested in would be a Blackwater, not because I like Nickleback or Chad but because if I was to build a guitar those are the mods and colors I would want.
     
  17. Spot

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    Wait a minute…………………………………. The Slash, Lifeson, Ace – any of the sig Les Pauls are actually signature guitars of a signature guitar. That’s pretty deep.

    :hmm:
     
  18. Sinned

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    Gibson B. B. King "Lucille" personally signed by B. B. King
     

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  19. Mr Insane

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    I don't care much for his playing, but I would love a 2008 Slash LP.
     
  20. northernguitarguy

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    When I heard there was going to be an Ace signature, I got pretty excited. That is, until I got a look at the headstock and the lightning bolt fret markers (as well, the price seemed ridiculous). It just didn't seem right to be a grown man with a pic of Ace on his guitar. I might like a sig but the detailing often turn me off.

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