Ok, so I decided a little while ago that I want to reward myself with a custom guitar when I graduate with my PhD in about 2 years.
The issue is, I can't really nail down all of the specs, mostly due to my inexperience. Every guitar I have owned has either been basswood or mahogany. I will say that I vastly prefer mahogany though.
So far, I am pretty sure about the following specs.
26" scale (or close to it)
H-H direct mount with 5 way switch
Ebony fretboard with side markers only
RG style body with additional carves to the horns
Either quilted or flamed maple top, thinking purple for the color :fr00t:
Thin (ibanez like) neck with flat radius
Jumbo SS fret wire
Custom control layout (sometimes ibby controls impede my picking motion, and I have to take the volume knob off to get a little more room)
Preferably an EDGE pro7 trem, but could do OFR7 too (sometimes the fine tuners impede my picking motion as well)
Neck through construction
I still cannot figure out what to get for the body woods. I think I am going to try to play a bunch of guitars, but it is hard to find shred guitars that are ash or walnut and such. Any suggestions?
Also, for luthiers, here are my top choices:
1) Mike Sherman
2) Bernie Rico
4) Roter ()
Does anybody have any suggestions for this guitar? I am thinking my budget is probably going to be around $4k, and I realize that I will probably have to start this build 8 months to a year in front of my graduation date, with half of the money down.
I would really like your feedback on experiences with these builders (Roter was a joke), and also what production guitars I should play to get a better feel of how the wood combo will affect the tone and feel of the guitar.
Rep to those with good input!
Black Limba? Rob has a blank sitting around, looking for a home.