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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14087
    artiebear said:

    Isn't that just a Gibson copy, wasn't this thread about custom guitars ? Apologies if not, if so why ?............... thats a local made Chibson as far as I can see
    It doesn't say Gibson on the headstock, and the round logo on the back of the headstock isn't "right" (for want if a better word - sorry). 

    I'd guess that the neck joint and heel don't look like Gibson ones either. 

    It is obviously in the style of, but it is not to my mind a fake as it would not fool anyone taking more than a cursory glance at it - the "Gibson" logo on the headstock on its own means this isn't a fake. 
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • TheGuitarWeaselTheGuitarWeasel Frets: 3683
    Seriously no pleasing some people...............
    Indeed ... 
    Chibson definition: contraction of 'Chinese Gibson'. ie. a guitar that seeks to fake a Gibson made in china and with an illegal Gibson name serial number and 'Made in the USA' stamp/decal. A guitar that by forum rules you may not post pictures of the branding (the headstock). 
    The guitar in the post by @Doug is none of those things. 
    The logo sails close to the wind, true ... much as the 'Burny' headstock logo does/did, but it's not a 'Chibson'. 



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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1404

    For instance Poopot on the forum had a tele neck made by us and didn't like the modern Gibsons he'd played so i let him play a few different LP style guitars which he liked better, he actually said why can't gibson make them like these, lol

    And what a neck it is!... it’s a pre cbs slabboard and it’s stunning to play. Over the years I’ve had lots of guitars and I’ve bought a lot of aftermarket necks and this isn’t the first custom neck I’ve had built... but, this knocks all of the others out of the park!... it just feels right!...

    I took a chance on this and ordered it blind when I realised they were building these necks, took a bit of a punt if I’m honest... but I needed a tele neck anyway and the cost was well within budget so I blagged my way into the build... best thing I’ve done in recent years!!!!!

    ive also played some of Darren’s LP type guitars and can honestly say they are better than anything Gibson have put out, better than the “true historics”... hate to use a cliche but they really do sing.

    if I can offload a kidney or one of the kids I will be commissioning one of those as well!...

    Now here’s the “regrets” part!... I should have got the same neck made as a strat neck instead of a tele neck, but only because I gig strats and not tele’s...

    if you are thinking about comissioning a build give @customkits a call first!...
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  • Simon_MSimon_M Frets: 95
    Unless it’s a set neck, pretty much every single part of a guitar is changeable and there’s so much information and training out there for free on YouTube and the like that most people could customise their own guitar to their choosing quite easily.
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  • hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 972
    edited July 12
    I'm having a guitar built for me now. I went that road because I wanted a guitar that was unique looking. I didn't want to copy the guitar every Tom, dick or Harry uses at the local dog and duck. By that I mean fenders, Gibsons even PRSs'. I want to be me. However I do like a certain neck feel, weight and shape. I know I don't get on with a strat shape for instance. I can guarantee not many will have what I'll have in a few months time. It will also be very well made with my preferences in mind I.e. taken measurements from guitars I do like It will sound awesome too I know that too once I've got all the hardware on it to my spec

    i agree with you though that id never commission a guitar that looks exactly like a les Paul. Just can't see the point and rather buy one in a shop after many try's on various guitars 

    The rest is in the fingers. An awesome player can make a cheap Chinese  guitar sound fantastic etc
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • DougDoug Frets: 116
    edited July 13
    artiebear said:
    Doug said:
    perfectly happy with mine Fat/Round necked LP DC Special built by @GSPBASSES , Faber nickel hardware from @streethawk , pickups from @theguitarweasel, wiring harness from Marc@Mojo and finished with lush nitro from @lamf68

    I hope that I'm too drunk and full of hurt after recent sporting events , but my bitterness is about to spill henceforth. Isn't that just a Gibson copy, wasn't this thread about custom guitars ? Apologies if not, if so why ?............... thats a local made Chibson as far as I can see
    How is it not a custom build?, It started out as a Gspb LP Junior. I asked him if it was possible to build one to my spec, which would include a fat round neck topped with an ebony, crown inlaid fretboard and smaller headstock. Routed for neck + bridge humbuckers, 1 vol 1 tone + 3 way toggle and drilled for a tuneomatic + stoptail.  I chose the pickups I wanted, I chose the nickel hardware, I also chose the custom colour for the finish. So which Gibson does this actually copy?. The only Gibson anywhere close is an early 80's Gibson Spirit as far as I can see, yet even then only because it's the same flat top body shape with two humbuckers. As regards Fake, Bollocks, for the reasons already mentioned and the fact it says Gibcon on the headstock! AND the builders name on the rear of headstock. It wouldn't and was never built with the intention to fool anyone. You may not like it, fine. As I said, I'm perfectly happy with my custom build, go read rule one
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  • BigsbyBigsby Frets: 257
    I'm having a guitar built for me now. I went that road because I wanted a guitar that was unique looking. I didn't want to copy the guitar every Tom, dick or Harry uses at the local dog and duck. 
    I can understand that - early this year I ordered a Gordon Smith to my own specs, including a custom colour they've not used before. As a result it's a unique guitar, at least it is until (if) someone else decides they want the same thing. :)  There's also something special about the fact that it simply wouldn't exist if I hadn't ordered it... 

    But it was a bit of a gamble - bear in mind most signature guitars are the result of a series of prototypes, despite the fact that they've been made for pros who you might think would've already worked out exactly what they want. For myself, I was just choosing from a set of options, and specifying a colour I like (and even then I made a mock up in photoshop to see how it all looked). The physical specs were based on a limited choice and preferences I've had for a long time. I think I would've had a very good chance of getting it wrong if I'd tried to create something highly original!
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 2562
    In 2012, I had a Guitar custom made for me by Ruokangas for the handsome cost of nearly £3K. As time passed I realised I made a gaff with the neck profile so I had it reshaped by the very talented Shane Haigh of Wakefield. Both of us were clenching throughout the process, but he made a great job of it.

    The only other thing I wish I had done differently is the Scratchplate Colour, I had a White one with it and wished I'd gone Mint Green or Parchment. It's too costly to get a new one from the Builder and I think it would be a faff to try and age the White Plastic of the current Scratchplate.

    Thing is, you have to know what you want, I took a gamble on the neck profile, I went for something different which is foolish when such sums are involved. The other thing "Colours" can change with taste, but I wish I'd seen more of the classic colour schemes before just going for White on the Scratchpate. I think I used to look at Guitars and assume the Scratchplate was white, I didn't know the Subtle differences when mixing colours.

    Everything else about the Guitar is stunning, it's a pure tone machine and I'd never sell it.
    Stupidity is what will kill us all in the end.
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