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    A guitar company wants to make a signature guitar. You have full say in design/specs/etc. The problem is, you aren't a fan of that company for whatever reason(s). Do you do it?

    I wouldn't.

    The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

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    "If the numbers are correct..." - Dr. Dre

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    • #3
      If they could make me the exact guitar I wanted, I would go for it, unless I was opposed to their morals or ethics.

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      • #4
        It depends on how badly I needed the ends. Normally I’m too happy to play everything under the sun to pick one specific brand.


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        • #5
          I would not have to be a fan of the company to yell "yes" very loudly.

          As long as the brand was not openly raping and pillaging people. (not including animals for the sake of this discussion lol)

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          • #6
            I wouldn't if they couldn't build what I actually would use. For instance, if the headstock was part of the company's brand and all their guitars *had* to use that headstock (but I never would), I'd pass.
            Generally, there are a lot of compromises (usually due to cost) that artists make in order to get a signature guitar. I am sure most people are ok with those tradeoffs. But if I had a fan base big enough to sell a few thousand instruments, I'd want them to get exactly what I use. I'd also like to be able to take a guitar off the shelf and have it sub in for my personal instrument at any time and not feel like I have 'less'.
            Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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            • #7
              One thing that always annoys me is having a version of the artist's signature at every single price-point.

              Having one version for production and another at custom-shop is OK I guess, but I'd rather the production model be what the player actually uses live, and the custom-shop version be either snazzed-up bit or maybe have the same guitar but with an "alternate hardware package" or even like 22frets vs 24,,ect,,.

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              • #8
                IIRC from one of the James Brown interviews, that was one of Eddie's requirements for his "signature" amps and guitars. If Eddie needed a replacement, he wanted to be able to go to the nearest store and buy one to use on stage.
                I miss the 80's (girls) !!!

                Seymour Duncans currently in use - In Les Pauls: Custom(b)/Jazz(n), Distortion(b)/Jazz(n), '59(b)/'59(n) w/A4 mag, P-Rails(b)/P-Rails(n); In a Bullet S-3: P-Rails(b)/stock/Vintage Stack Tele(n); In a Dot: Seth Lover(b)/Seth Lover(n); In a Del Mar: Mag Mic; In a Lead II: Custom Shop Fender X-1(b)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JamesPaul View Post
                  IIRC from one of the James Brown interviews, that was one of Eddie's requirements for his "signature" amps and guitars. If Eddie needed a replacement, he wanted to be able to go to the nearest store and buy one to use on stage.
                  Yup that's how it should be. How can a guitar be a sig if it's stripped down on quality and hardware to the point the artist would not want it themselves? (!!!)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CaptainWhizz View Post
                    If they could make me the exact guitar I wanted, I would go for it, unless I was opposed to their morals or ethics.
                    As I said initially....for whatever reasons.
                    The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nsatke81 View Post
                      It depends on how badly I needed the ends. Normally I’m too happy to play everything under the sun to pick one specific brand.


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                      So you would go for it and join up with a company you are not fond of for whatever reasons for the cash? I couldn't / wouldn't do it myself but that is me.
                      The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dave74 View Post
                        I would not have to be a fan of the company to yell "yes" very loudly.

                        As long as the brand was not openly raping and pillaging people. (not including animals for the sake of this discussion lol)
                        Ha! So a literal "Oxblood" color option would be out.
                        The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                          I wouldn't if they couldn't build what I actually would use. For instance, if the headstock was part of the company's brand and all their guitars *had* to use that headstock (but I never would), I'd pass.
                          Generally, there are a lot of compromises (usually due to cost) that artists make in order to get a signature guitar. I am sure most people are ok with those tradeoffs. But if I had a fan base big enough to sell a few thousand instruments, I'd want them to get exactly what I use. I'd also like to be able to take a guitar off the shelf and have it sub in for my personal instrument at any time and not feel like I have 'less'.
                          That would be ideal.
                          The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dave74 View Post
                            One thing that always annoys me is having a version of the artist's signature at every single price-point.

                            Having one version for production and another at custom-shop is OK I guess, but I'd rather the production model be what the player actually uses live, and the custom-shop version be either snazzed-up bit or maybe have the same guitar but with an "alternate hardware package" or even like 22frets vs 24,,ect,,.
                            I think it is cool that PRS has the Tremonti model and then the Tremonti SE model for a more cost effective price point.
                            The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bogner View Post

                              So you would go for it and join up with a company you are not fond of for whatever reasons for the cash? I couldn't / wouldn't do it myself but that is me.
                              If I was going on a tour, knowing that it is difficult to make any money without sponsorships, yeah…I’d play a LTD, BC Rich, Dean, Solar or Schecter. It doesn’t have to be a Jackson—I just need a bridge humbucker.

                              Most of the imports from bigger companies aren’t that different…especially if they make them for the artists.

                              The reality of the situation is that I never met a guitar that I didn’t like for something.


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