5 Contenders

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Strummerson, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Strummerson

    Strummerson Country Gent

    Jul 15, 2010
    Ann Arbor
    I'll be at Elderly in Lansing this week to try to narrow down a goal. Not sure I'll be able to pull the trigger yet, but there may be some possibilities.

    There are three solid body contenders:

    Reverend Rick Vito signature model. I like everything about this guitar except for its knobs. Probably switch them out for chrome, maybe with black perloid tops. But I LOVE the pickup pan knob, the art deco styling, the resonant korina body, and the fantastic frets and ebony board. Many of you have noticed me mooning over this guitar for awhile now around here. It's also by far the most expensive option.

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    Hanson Cigno. Awesome styling (though the headstock is very disappointing), sounds great on review vids and clips, 3 P90s. The body might be a little small on me (big men with tiny guitars look silly, and this one seems made for the skinny guy in the mod suit). I'd have to ebonize the board. Comes in a really nice burgundy as well as this sharp black (though I don't quite understand the chrome hardware against that big gold pickguard).

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    Richmond Dorchester. Love the Mosrite nod without being another budget knock off of an actual Mosrite. Lace alumitone humbuckers get rave reviews and look cool. I'd have to ebonize the board on this one as well, but it will remain unbound. What can I say, I like bindings...

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    Two hollow body contenders are in the next comment.
     
  2. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Age:
    32
    Oct 5, 2009
    Michigan
    I've only played the Rev. (this is just my opinion) but Revs dont throw my hair back all that much. But I cant see how one could go wrong with A hanson or the Richmond. This sounds like its going to come down to your preference to the alumitones or P-90's. I'll be interested to hear. Should I sneak over there tomorrow and play them all?
     
  3. Strummerson

    Strummerson Country Gent

    Jul 15, 2010
    Ann Arbor
    Hanson Chicagoan HCHP90. It's semi hollow with P90s. Looks really beautiful. Obviously a very different direction. Close enough and different enough from my Rose to look good together. Really promising reviews on this one.

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    Epiphone Zephyr Blued Deluxe. 17" bout and long scale. Love the natural with black dogears. I wish it only had two pups though. Three dogears looks crowded to me. But it would do the juke joint stuff and jazz and western swing better than any of the others, I think.

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    So beyond recommending that I let my fingers and ears decide, or voting for all or 3 of them (which certainly will not happen), I'm wondering about any info or experience, or just plain reaction any of you might have to any of these.
     
  4. Strummerson

    Strummerson Country Gent

    Jul 15, 2010
    Ann Arbor
    Heck yeah! I actually love the way this Rev sounds and plays. I'll be in Lansing twice next week. I'll shoot you a PM and maybe we can check them out together. I know such decisions are fundamentally personal, but another good set of eyes and ears would be most welcome.
     
  5. GentleBen

    GentleBen Country Gent

    Age:
    69
    Jul 29, 2008
    Huntsville, Al
    I really like the Zephyr but I prefer 3 pickup guitars especially when the middle is reverse wound (like my Gretchiphone). I have been wanting to try one of those 3 pickup Rivieras that GC sells. Maybe I will get to since they just opened a store a few blocks from my office.
     

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  6. Poppatwang

    Poppatwang Synchromatic

    931
    Jun 2, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Hamer Monaco III. Worth a look.
     
  7. Strummerson

    Strummerson Country Gent

    Jul 15, 2010
    Ann Arbor
    2-3x the price point I'm looking at. Gotta be under $1K, though I might be able to stretch for the Rev if the others don't match up.
     
  8. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Age:
    32
    Oct 5, 2009
    Michigan
    Totally. LMK.
     
  9. barrygnyc

    barrygnyc Synchromatic

    Age:
    54
    505
    Jan 1, 2011
    New York
    That's the nicest looking Reverend I've seen. I've always loved the art deco look and that one is just wow!
    The Hanson Cigno is also a pretty hot looking guitar.
     
  10. Strummerson

    Strummerson Country Gent

    Jul 15, 2010
    Ann Arbor
    No love for the Richmond? It's the only one that is chambered. Premier Guitar review raved about it. Though to be honest, I've never read a bad review in there. Makes one suspicious.
     
  11. Poppatwang

    Poppatwang Synchromatic

    931
    Jun 2, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    I've seen used for around $1,200.
    Just noticed the Hanson's when Alejandro Escovedo started playing them.
    Looks like a genuine rock machine.
     
  12. Ripley1046

    Ripley1046 Synchromatic

    Age:
    33
    500
    Apr 4, 2009
    Manitowoc, WI
    I dig the look of the Richmond the most out of all of them, with the Epi a close second. Function-wise I've never heard the Alumitones, but would be interested to try them out. The cool thing about that guitar is, if you don't like those pups they look to be standard HB size, so there is a million options for different pups.

    I really dig the Reverend, but I would definitely want to put a trem on it. I'd also have to get it in my hands to make sure all the body contours were ok.

    I've really been getting into the whole blond p90 hollowbody thing for a while, so the Epi would also be a contender, though again I'd have to slap a wiggle stick on for good measure.

    If they were all the same price I'd probably go for the Rev or Epi. I like the Richmond, but I can't say I'd buy it without getting my hands on it (sounds like you have). I'm not really feeling the Hanson solidbody, and I don't really like 335/casino shaped DCs, so that knocks the other Hanson out to me.

    Overall, doesn't look like a bad choice in the bunch though, good luck on the decision making, and hopefully you can snag a cool new guitar soon.
     
  13. megabutter

    megabutter Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2010
    California
    I like the Reverend. That's a *****in' lookin' guitar.

    Hey Strum, Here's how the Broadway came out:

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    P90's and a Bigsby.

    It's a big ass guitar, but super cool if you go that route!!

    Oh and I suggest you let your ears and hands decide while purchasing all three. :)
     
  14. razor

    razor Synchromatic

    Age:
    61
    531
    Sep 26, 2009
    Hamilton, Ont, Canada
  15. Strummerson

    Strummerson Country Gent

    Jul 15, 2010
    Ann Arbor
  16. Strummerson

    Strummerson Country Gent

    Jul 15, 2010
    Ann Arbor
    Looks awesome!!! I'll play the zephyr, but three dogears looks crowded to me on that guitar. Oddly, I like the look of the three soapbars on the much much much smaller cigno. Don't know how that works. Maybe it's the ears, which I generally prefer. The bars are more streamlined. Wish the zephyr had two dogears. But right now I'm leaning toward a solid body for more diversity from my Rose, though I know a P90 17" hollowbody would be different. Ideally, I'd snag a Caddy Green Club with Dynas (a move I assume you'd support quite heartily) but it's out of range by quite a bit.

    BTW, yours is an 'elitist,' right? What's the difference?
     
  17. Strummerson

    Strummerson Country Gent

    Jul 15, 2010
    Ann Arbor
    Thanks for the input Rip. I actually don't use my Bigsby that much at all. I like the way they look, and would like to incorporate more, but I barely touch it at this point. Growing up playing violin, I use a bit of finger vibrato, and I almost always have a bit of trem for texture that I turn up or down for effect. If I were to go with the Hanson Cigno, I'd order it with the Bigsby, as it looks so much cooler, though it wouldn't cancel out the horribly misconceived 70s ovation headstock.

    The Hanson hollowbody is out, I think. Unless I absolutely love it when I see it there.

    I'll play 'em all next week.
     
  18. Manic

    Manic Country Gent

    Dec 5, 2009
    Based on looks alone, I would choose the Reverend. I love the styling.
     
  19. Manic

    Manic Country Gent

    Dec 5, 2009
    They don't review bad guitars. You simply never see a review of them appear.
     
  20. DrumBob

    DrumBob Friend of Fred

    Age:
    68
    Feb 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    I have a review of the Hanson Cigno up right now on www.boutiquegeartalk.com. I liked the guitar, but probably would not buy one. I really like their 335 style guitar, and that Epi Zephyr is totally cool, and seems ideal for your purposes.
     
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