If you've got £2,000 (approx. $2,960) plus to spend on an electric guitar, chances are you're looking for more than another plank to bash on weekends. This is the realm of the luxury guitar, the zenith of your G.A.S. ambitions - either a solo star, or the centre-piece of a collection.
However, with an big budget comes a big responsibility - and an even bigger range of potential six-string suitors. This kind of money gets you into USA Gibson and PRS territory, to the upper echelons of the Fender lines and - perhaps, more excitingly - to a world's worth of tone woods, exacting hardware specifications and incredible custom builds.
Here we've combed our reviews archives in order to produce our pick of the best luxury guitars available for over £2,000. However, a big price was not enough - no matter how big your budget, you want to get your money's worth - and only guitars scoring 4.5 stars or above in our rigorous tests were deemed worthy of inclusion.
Browse the gallery to see which instruments made the cut…
PRS McCarty 594
As PRS watchers will know, the McCarty Model – named after Theodore 'Ted' McCarty, Gibson's president during its 1950s to 1960s heyday and, much later, 'mentor' to Paul Reed Smith – originally appeared in the early 1990s and was the company's first attempt at a more vintage-informed guitar.
The focus of the 594 is a desire to recreate, as closely as possible, the 'holy grail' of vintage Gibson tone – a 1959 Sunburst, but in a modern double-cut guitar. "A way of getting someone who grew up in that world to be very, very happy," says Smith today. "Some vintage guitars stay in tune, some don't. This is designed to play and stay in tune."
"This is simply one of the most highly-tuned instruments money can buy."
FULL REVIEW: PRS McCarty 594 review
The SSC is clearly Stevens' and Knaggs' take on that Gibson and, by design, is made more classic here with a standard Tone Pros bridge/tailpiece setup rather than the 'Influence' bridge design, used on the Kenai and the SS1, which links the two parts.
Though far from a copy or clone, there's something timeless about this design. It's certainly less modernistic than his previous employers' Singlecut, evident in the more classic look of the three-a-side headstock, the almost pulled out Telecaster-like upper body, and the distinctive hook-tipped horn.
"There's nothing that rewrites the rulebook here: it's just great, classic vintage-informed guitar-making for those collectors and players who are lucky enough to have the funds."
FULL REVIEW: Knaggs SSC review
Patrick James Eggle Macon Carved Top
The Macon's back is chambered mahogany and the neck is built from the rosewood-like North African timber wenge (pronounced "wengay"), with figured maple running down the centre.
The neck has the lightest of sealing coats, and while the Macon's body is hand burnished nitro. It features Marc Ransley's Mojo pickups – a humbucker at the bridge and a P-90 in neck position.
"A simply brilliant instrument!"
FULL REVIEW: Patrick James Eggle Macon Carved Top review
Gretsch G6120T-55GE Reissue Chet Atkins
Broadly speaking, the 10-strong reissue models stick to the various specs of yesteryear, with subtle concessions to the modern player: we get TV Jones pickups, aged binding and inlays, pinned bridges (where applicable), bone nuts, 'Squeezebox' paper-in-oil capacitors with a treble-bleed circuit (on the master volume only), and vintage thick pickguards.
Irrespective of its history, this nitro- finished beauty is superbly built. It's not aged in any way, and has none of the construction quirks and blips that you'll find on an original piece.
"The Chet Atkins G6120T-55GE hollowbody with its lighter build and those DynaSonic-style single coils, really gets to the essence of the 'Gretsch sound'."
FULL REVIEW: Gretsch G6120T-55GE Reissue Chet Atkins review
Gibson True Historic 1960 Les Paul Murphy Aged
With the latest Les Paul Reissues boasting ever more vintage- accurate detail, Gibson has decided to change the name of the range to True Historic, to more accurately reflect what these guitars are all about.
All True Historic models (in '58, '59 and '60 guise) are available aged, for a hefty £1,750 up-charge; the legendary Tom Murphy is responsible for their creation, and they come with an exclusive hardback booklet proclaiming so.
"Gibson has done it once again and made its Reissues even more enticing."
Turn the clock back to the early 90s and Paul Reed Smith – who had started his production factory in 1985 – frankly, was looking for clues.
While his 24-fret guitars, such as the Custom, had certainly grabbed the attention of serious guitar players, not all of them were taken by its sound. So Smith re-designed his soon-to- be-calling card with a shorter 22-fret neck, introduced the intonated wrapover Stoptail bridge and re-evaluated the key ingredients of his build.
"The McCarty has just gotten better – and then some."
FULL REVIEW: PRS McCarty review
Gretsch G6120 Brian Setzer Nashville
Brian Setzer has been associated with Gretsch guitars throughout his long and illustrious career. Taking on the mantle of a latter-day Eddie Cochran, his use of primarily orange 6120 models helped reinforce the identity of Gretsch as the instrument of rockabilly.
He and his band, The Stray Cats, also set a fire under a thousand cool cats who wanted to keep this exciting rock 'n' roll sub-genre alive and kicking. There have been various Gretsch Setzer models for years – who doesn't recognise the tell-tale 'dice' control knobs? But the latest clutch comes with several cool upgrades, making them some of the most interesting yet to emerge from the brand.
"Gretsch guitars have always been premium instruments and this Japanese version is no different."
FULL REVIEW: Gretsch G6120 Brian Setzer Nashville review
PRS P245 Semi-Hollow
PRS's 'P' series kicked off in 2012 with the P22. That P stands for piezo, and the P22 was the first PRS electric solidbody to feature the LR Baggs/PRS co-designed circuit that provides a highly credible acoustic-like voice in addition to the usual magnetic pickup tones.
The system launched back in 1999, as an option on the Hollowbody, but its size prevented it being fitted to a thinner solidbody until a redesign of the electronics led to the hard-tail 22-fret P22, followed by a vibrato version, and the 24-fret P24 Trem in late 2013.
The Semi-Hollow is rarer, because although semi-hollow guitars are featured in the more affordable USA-made S2 and Korean SE ranges, they've always been rare birds in the core USA line. Aside from Neal Schon's NS-14, it's the only other semi-hollow guitar (single- or double-cut) in the current high-end line-up.
"As the song says, it's not about the money. No, it's about the craft. That's what Paul Reed Smith has worked so hard on these past 40 years and that's what's displayed here."
FULL REVIEW: PRS P245 Semi-Hollow review
Caparison Angelus M3B
Rock players are generally spoiled for choice, but Caparison instruments are made in Japan and designed by Itaru Kanno, a former member of the Charvel/Jackon Japanese division from the late 80s – some true pedigree. The company claims to favour quality over quantity, though that comes at a price.
This extensively re-spec'd Angelus M3B was launched earlier this year and falls in line with Caparison's emergence as contenders at the higher-end of the rock market.
"The Angelus's construction and design has proven, in both models reviewed to date, to excel for rock and metal (especially the latter). You can turn the volume and gain up on your amp as much as you like, but sometimes that true metal tone comes from the guitar itself."
FULL REVIEW: Caparison Angelus M3B review
Fender Custom Shop Tele Caballo Tono
The Tele Caballo Tono - the name apparently translates to 'Tone Horse Tele' - is a diverse bitsta, and is part of this year's Limited Edition series.
With a two-piece alder body and one-piece quartersawn maple neck/fingerboard, its black Relic finish doesn't seem as trashed as many of the Custom Shop's ranges.
"Yes, just another Telecaster. But, heck, what a Tele!"
FULL REVIEW: Fender Custom Shop Tele Caballo Tono review
Fender Custom Shop Ancho Poblano Strat
The Ancho Poblano Strat is, effectively, a vehicle for the new-recipe Custom Shop Ancho Poblano hand-wound single-coil pickups that, obviously, aim to add a little more 'spice' to your sound. But it's not the only new idea here.
Up to this year, the Time Machine ageing consisted of various levels, in order of distress: the clean NOS (New Old Stock), the very mild Closet Classic, the bashed-up a bit Relic, and the very bashed up Heavy and Extreme Relics.
"If you're an old-guitar addict, this is a new fix."
FULL REVIEW: Fender Custom Shop Ancho Poblano Strat review
Nik Huber Dolphin Surfmeister
Since 1996, Nik Huber has been crafting stellar guitars from his small factory south of Frankfurt. They've always been superb, but his recent instruments are hitting the bullseye with remarkable regularity.
Sure, they owe inspirational elements to other great brands, but Nik's designer's sensibility and musician's understanding means his guitars contain enough of his own DNA to satisfy even the most critical eye.
"Expensive, but you get what you pay for; not just for surf players, it's a brilliant all-rounder and drop- dead gorgeous, too."
FULL REVIEW: Nik Huber Dolphin Surfmeister review
Vigier GV Rock
Vigier's take on the single-cut design was introduced to the world back in 2009 in the form of the GV Wood.
Named in honour of Patrice Vigier's late father, Georges, the GV range has since been extended to include the GV Rock and GV Metal, both with different appointments that reflect those respective musical styles.
"A versatile rock guitar that sports one of the most playable necks out there."
FULL REVIEW: Vigier GV Rock review
Patrick James Eggle Macon
Once the great hope of the UK's production electric guitar industry, Patrick James Eggle reinvented himself as an acoustic maker par excellence. But now he's plugged back in and is crafting electrics anew.
A guitar maker's instruments don't always reflect the style of music they like, or indeed play. Patrick James Eggle - he of the Berlin, fabulous archtops and acoustics - admits to having a rock 'n' roll heart.
"Un-showy boutique electric with vibrato chambered tone and highly contemporary rock 'n' roll voice."
FULL REVIEW: Patrick James Eggle Macon review
Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue
Silence. That was the reaction in the office when the lid was flipped on the latest R9's case. Just look at it: if you've ever watched or listened to Jimmy Page, Paul Kossoff, Eric Clapton, Peter Green or Billy Gibbons with misty eyes - or any of the other 'Burst-toting guitar gods in their prime - this guitar will stir something deep inside you.
Does it feel like a real '59? It probably will after about 40 years of playing. Is it the best R9 yet? Yep - the new pickups, new fingerboard and improved cosmetics are all very welcome appointments. With a wallet-crippling sigh, we have to concede that Gibson's 1959 Reissue is maddeningly, pant-wettingly want-worthy: it's a yes from us.
"The most historically accurate Gibson Les Paul '59 Reissue to date. Wallet-worryingly desirable and it sounds fantastic too."
FULL REVIEW: Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue review
Tom Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic
While trends come and go, Tom Anderson and his small but ridiculously talented team continue to produce one thing: astounding state-of-the-art electric guitars.
For some people, 'perfect' craft can be characterless, unappealing, whereas funky old guitars seem full of mojo. Many of us like our vintage vibe, but on a paid gig in front of a big audience, it can be a different story. That's where one of these super guitars comes into its own: a perfect working tool, perfectly made with sounds and playability to match. The 'best' electric guitars being made today? We think so.
"A truly beautiful modern take on a classic, with a light weight and exceptional build, playability and sounds."
FULL REVIEW: Tom Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic review
Caparison Dellinger-M3 MJR
Japanse firm Caparison has a near 20-year history. Today it is still focused on producing high-end rock and metal guitars, and the Dellinger-M3 MJR (the signature guitar of Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo) showcases that particular facet of the company's product line.
If you're in the market for a high-end rock guitar then this should definitely be on your radar. The build quality is first-class, and that stunning neck alone makes the asking price more palatable. These are happy days indeed for the modern shredder.
"A high-end signature axe with serious shredding credentials."
FULL REVIEW: Caparison Dellinger-M3 MJR review
Vigier Excalibur Thirteen
The long-running Excalibur, introduced in 1991, is a much more mainstream vision than many of Vigier's earlier designs, but it's the guitar that has put the brand on the international map: a complete redesign of the double- cutaway bolt-on. The Excalibur Thirteen builds on that base to create a truly versatile instrument.
If you see your instrument as a tool to do a professional job, and not a too-cool-for-school accessory, Vigier will probably already be on your radar. This model is a stupidly well made and thoroughly professional workhorse that by design is genre- and style-spanning. If you haven't tried one, we suggest you do.
"State-of-the-art solidbody with impeccable build, playability and versatile sounds."
FULL REVIEW: Vigier Excalibur Thirteen review
Case J2 Semi-Hollow Double Cutaway
Kent-based guitar maker Jon Case's instruments have always been impeccably crafted, with an ultra-clean design. But what seems to have happened over the past few years is that his craft has been doused in vibe and class.
Yes, £3,500 is a considerable outlay, but for a semi-custom build of this quality, made by one man, not in a factory, it's not over-priced. If off-the-shelf doesn't do it for you, Jon Case can help.
"Simply a superb modern semi-solid that any serious player should investigate."
FULL REVIEW: Case J2 Semi-Hollow Double Cutaway review
PRS 30th Anniversary Custom 24
The Custom is Paul Reed Smith's signature guitar, so naturally it takes centre stage for this year's 30th anniversary celebrations.
From the effortless playability through to the intonation, tuning stability and hugely versatile sounds for a really wide range of styles, it never lets you down. And to our ears this is the most classic-sounding Custom to date: underneath the oh-so-pretty appearance is simply, if you can afford it, one of the best working tools that money can buy.
"Subtly upgraded over the standard Custom 24, a super, classic-sounding take on PRS's solidbody electric classic."
FULL REVIEW: PRS 30th Anniversary Custom 24 review
Gibson 50th Anniversary 1963 ES-335
While Gibson's original 1958 dot-inlaid unbound fingerboard ES-335 is ultimate vintage spec, this one aims to recreate the equally short-lived second variation - from 1962-64.
It's a wonderfully touch-sensitive guitar right across its considerable range - an absolutely stunning instrument in every respect and it's the best contemporary example of an ES-335 we've ever played.
"If you've ever wondered what the fuss is about, track down one of these guitars: the ultimate genre and style-spanning tone machine."
FULL REVIEW: Gibson 50th Anniversary 1963 ES-335 review
Gibson 1959 ES-330 TD 2014
Pulling the beautiful ES-330 TD from its hard case is as close as many of us will get to time travel. Gibson's V.O.S. treatment isn't relicing as such, but the slightly dulled finish and hardware certainly creates an old appearance: this is not a bright, shiny, new-looking glossed guitar.
We're struck, too, by the light weight: compared to a Les Paul, it's like handling an old Italian violin. Its weight, acoustic and plugged-in sounds and sheer character make it, for any player whose reference point lies in the late-50s and 60s - be it jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll, soul or pop - an immense draw.
"Arguably not as versatile as an ES-335 due to its hollow body, but its lightweight feel and hugely evocative sound are exceptional."
FULL REVIEW: Gibson 1959 ES-330 TD 2014 review
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Schecter USA Production Hollywood Classic
Schecter's Hollywood Classic clearly sits in the PRS-style camp, a set-neck mahogany/ figured maple guitar that packs a high specification with options: including a pre-defined selection of pickup, hardware and finish options.
Whatever choices you may make (playing with Schecter's Custom Configurator is a lot of fun), you'll find you get a quality build, a range of stunning tones and a great looking guitar.
"Great build, resonance, playability and rock tones: a 'posh' guitar that would be a fine stage/recording buddy."
FULL REVIEW: Schecter USA Production Hollywood Classic review
PRS Brent Mason Signature
This PRS 'homage' to Fender's finest features a quarter-sawn pattern-profile maple neck bolts on in traditional fashion, while the hallmark PRS scoop on the treble cutaway and rounded heel make top fret access more than comfortable.
It is one superb bolt-on that provides versatile humbucking and single-coil sounds and ticks stylistic boxes from jazz right through to classic metal. So long as those birds don't bother you, PRS may just have finally nailed the bolt-on. And some.
"A superb take on Fender's finest with hot-rod trickery from one of the world's top players. PRS's finest ever bolt-on electric? We think so."
FULL REVIEW: PRS Brent Mason Signature review
Tom Anderson Raven
Tom Anderson guitars and their modern aesthetic might not be your idea of 'cool', but very few guitar players would deny the quality of build, playability and sound.
However, this J-type design good shatter some perceptions. It's a guitar with superb intonation and musicality, but one that still thrives under a fuzz pedal. An Anderson with attitude? Not what you expect perhaps from a 'posh' brand, but it's what we hear. In spades.
"One of the least 'posh' Andersons, this subtly downsized 'J' is Tom's favourite. Play one you'll find out why."
FULL REVIEW: Tom Anderson Raven review
Manson Guitars ET-72
If you desire to hone the bottom-end response of a heavily distorted, humbucker-loaded electric - that's where the ET-72 hits pay dirt. The E-series offers a great balance of clean and distorted tones with much of the flabbiness of traditional twin-'bucker electrics obliterated.
It's supremely executed. Whoever is building and finishing the bodies and necks over in the Czech Republic definitely deserved their Christmas bonus this year, and the finishing touches performed at Manson in the UK make it just that bit easier to justify parting with the business end of two grand.
"The ET-72 is easily one of the most playable seven-strings we've ever wrapped our hands around, made more versatile thanks to the Floyd."
FULL REVIEW: Manson Guitars ET-72 review
Fender American Vintage '59 Stratocaster
For the vintage freaks, here, in the to-die-for curves and radii of the '59 body, is a fine example of How It Should Be for the most elegant and ergonomic guitar design of all time.
Meanwhile, if the Faded Sonic Blue finish doesn't make your heart skip a beat, well, then you - or, possibly, we - need help. What's more, tonally, it's surprising just how universally grown up and convincing it sounds in any classic Strat environment, not least when compared with any number of Fender's similar looking guitars for far lower prices.
"Outside of tracking down a good vintage example or visiting the Custom Shop, this guitar is the most authentic vintage-style Stratocaster available on the planet, bar none."
FULL REVIEW: Fender American Vintage '59 Stratocaster review
Nik Huber Orca DSB
Frankfurt luthier Nik Huber's elegant Orca is one of his most popular and long-standing models. There's no disguising its heritage, but this Orca DSB has received high praise from several players on the team who don't usually go for boutique guitars.
It's flashy in a weirdly understated way, but purposeful to the nth degree. It's a guitar you know will do the business, but won't scream 'poseur' - and may actually be taken out and played!
"Nik Huber needs little introduction to the high-end guitar world. Great craft, vintage-credentials - this is a truly superb single-cut."
FULL REVIEW: Nik Huber Orca DSB review
Extremely well made, the Studio is a staggering, well playing and good sounding electric guitar that touches numerous bases sound-wise, with some rich 'single-coil' colours and plenty of wonderfully organic, old school rock punch.
It covers a lot of ground, but then so does the PRS Custom, or the 513, or even the 305. So does the Studio have your name on it? Well, it's a must-try for the player who wants versatility, but sits a little more on the Gibson-side of the tracks.
"For any player who values a guitar's sound over fashion, the Studio is going to take some beating. A high-level, thoroughly pro and highly versatile instrument."
FULL REVIEW: PRS Studio review
PRS Paul's Guitar
PRS Paul's Guitar is essentially a production version of the guitar that the acclaimed luthier and brand name-sake himself uses and it dramatically illustrates the change, sonically, in PRS guitars.
Earthly jazz tones, sweet Fender-y cleans, classic rock... just good sounds with balance. We thought the 408 was good, and we still might choose that for heavier tones from its bridge pickup, but with this combination, not to mention the more classic drive thanks to the control positions and the fast three-way toggle, we have a new favourite. At least in terms of sound...
"Aesthetically, it might not be to everyone's taste, but the sounds are spectacular - and it will hold its value, too."
FULL REVIEW: PRS Paul's Guitar review
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Gretsch G6137TCB Panther Center-Block
You'll have heard Gretsch hollowbodies referred to as the ultimate video guitars, but you won't have seen too many players in the rock idiom lean on them as their main squeeze. That's where the Gretsch Center-Block series comes in.
There's no getting away from it: this is a very expensive guitar priced firmly in the pro/serious collector/custom shop ballpark. But the Panther is a real star. Kind of a stripped-down/rocked-up Country Gentlemen, it ticks the relevant rock'n'roll, indie and alternative boxes, looks and sounds killer, and is a stable, well-sorted six-string.
"Although there's less bling here, the Panther is a great player and offers the best value of the Center-Block range!"
FULL REVIEW: Gretsch G6137TCB Panther Center-Block review
The original hot-rodder, Grover Jackson, is back with the Concorde, an addition to his GJ2 brand that unashamedly echoes the glory days - a time when instruments made in his modest Californian repair shop were the symbol of an entire genre.
That such an important figure in the entire evolution of the electric guitar is back to doing what he loves would be interesting enough, but the fact that the quality of these guitars is up there with those that still bear his name is even better.
"A piece of rock history with tones that will surprise with their versatility. Just go steady with the points!"
FULL REVIEW: GJ2 Concorde 5 Star review
With more than a nod to the jazzers in our guitar-playing community, PRS has crafted a sumptuous semi acoustic in the JA-15.
Tonally, it's quite superb, especially for jazzier and bluesier work where the JA-15 really sounds like an old guitar, and would be our suggestion for a more classic jazz player moving into more modern fusion, perhaps. Truly awesome.
"The oldest, jazziest-sounding PRS Hollowbody to date. For a compact, modern archtop, we've not heard better."
FULL REVIEW: PRS JA-15 review
ESP Eclipse-I CTM Vibrato
This is a very well-conceived and executed and the construction and finish are first class. Yes, a couple of grand will buy you a used Gibson Les Paul Custom in good nick but the Eclipse has always been about offering that classic package, streamlined for a modern-rock demographic.
It probably won't eclipse the appeal of the original US classic for the purists but others will be over the moon with the gravity of what this vibrant variant has to offer.
"The Bigsby might alienate ESP's metal fanbase but the retro appointments have transformed the Eclipse into a modern classic."
FULL REVIEW: ESP Eclipse-I CTM Vibrato review
PRS 408 Maple Top
Whatever sonic sorcery is at play here, the 408 not only includes all of Smith's '21 Rules Of Tone' tweaks that have been implemented over the years - the first model to do so - but it sounds fantastic.
There's some serious voodoo going on under the hood here. Smith has soaked up the past and produced a guitar that looks to the future. A must-try for any musician serious about their sound.
"It may not be the only PRS guitar to offer humbucking and single-coil sounds, but the 408 is the best yet."
FULL REVIEW: PRS 408 Maple Top review
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With a street price of two grand or so the Leela 40 is no bargain-basement beauty. But compared to £6,000-plus for a Gibson L-5, it's a steal.
Nothing short of stunning in the looks department, it also plays superbly and wouldn't disgrace any top recording artist. Indeed, the fact that players as diverse as Martin Taylor, James Dean Bradfield, Bill Nelson and Big Jim Sullivan happily endorse them should be enough to reassure doubters.
"As a celebration of 40 years of guitar craft, this anniversary, and very limited, Leela is highly apt: a very classy solid-topped archtop."
FULL REVIEW: Peerless Leela 40 review
Jackson Chris Broderick Soloist 6
The Soloist 6 is a breathtaking guitar. The 44.5mm thick body is rendered from a slab of heavy mahogany, topped with two carved chunks of book-matched quilted maple.
The fact is, for the right player, the Soloist 6 is every bit as desirable as your Gibson Les Paul Custom or a fully-loaded PRS Custom 24. The Soloist 6 is stunning in every regard: looks, playability, tonal palette.
"Combining Jackson's know-how and Broderick's desire has given birth to a truly inspiring modern rock guitar."
FULL REVIEW: Jackson Chris Broderick Soloist 6 review
Vigier Excalibur Special 7
Vigier is a brand that more players need to be aware of and experience, as every single one we've tried over the years has been of the highest order.
Naturally, a seven-string guitar will have a far more limited appeal but as such instruments go this is certainly among the best we've played and is, in our opinion, fairly priced. With this standard of construction, the gorgeous neck and organic tones, you really should tread the stairway to this seven.
"If you're in the market for a high-end seven-string that doesn't necessarily scream 'metal' right in your face, this is a serious contender."
FULL REVIEW: Vigier Excalibur Special 7 review
When the history of the electric guitar is written, Grover Jackson will surely merit a chapter of his own. Now the production line meets custom shop quality of his GJ2 brand is a sharp reminder of just why that space is warranted.
The supremely playable Arete packs a great list of options from which to spec up your very own instrument - a cornerstone of the whole boutique deal.
"Very natural feeling thanks to the oil finish, this guitar plays wonderfully."
FULL REVIEW: GJ2 Arete 4 Star review
Collings I-35 LC
The concept of a smaller-bodied thinline semi is not new - Gibson even got there first - but to find one so perfectly reasoned and so stringently put together, makes one glad to be in this job.
You could examine the I-35 LC for hours and not discern a flaw; play it all night and not find a bad sound, a choking fret or a dead spot (not unheard-of on semis). But above all is a feeling that you may just have bonded with a new friend, or perhaps discovered a wonderful old relative you never knew existed. A stunning guitar.
"Once again, Collings redefines the term boutique guitar. One of the finest thinline semis we've ever played."
FULL REVIEW: Collings I-35 LC review
Knaggs Chesapeake Severn T3
The Severn reflects long-time PRS employee and founder of Knaggs Guitars Joe Knaggs' passion for his 1961 Fender Stratocaster, his go-to guitar for many years.
This is right up there with any of the top-quality electrics being built today - and that certainly includes those from Nashville and Stevensville. Initially, the range seemed ultra-expensive, but this Tier 3 model, which will no doubt hit the streets for less than the full retail price, is certainly in the right ballpark. In fact, for such quality and small-scale production some might think it's too cheap.
"A very fine interpretation of the classic single-coil guitar with an old-style, clear and ringing sound and a feel to die for."
FULL REVIEW: Knaggs Chesapeake Severn 3 review
Knaggs Influence Kenai T3
While the aforementioned Severn is Knagg's take on the S-type, the Kenai is clearly taking its cues from the Les Paul.
While it displays it roots - but with more than enough visual differentiation, the resonance is the icing on the cake - the enhanced ring and sustain keeps you going back for more. This is a truly great guitar.
"If you like your single-cuts to sound old, clear and soulful, try this."
FULL REVIEW: Knaggs Influence Kenai T3 review
Don Grosh has been building guitars since 1985, first for Valley Arts and then, since 1993, for his own brand.
Guitars such as this aren't about value - there are plenty of those out there. These guitars are about you, the player, finding your voice - and if that's Fender-based, with the added thickness of P-90s and a superb boutique 'old-style' build, then we highly recommend you check this one out. It might just be the sound you've been imagining.
"Far from a copy but infused with Fender flavour, the ElectraJet is superbly executed with great sounds, highly detailed build and loads of options. Join the queue…"
FULL REVIEW: Grosh ElectraJet review