Artist Signature Models Poll

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Yukimajo, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. Yukimajo

    Yukimajo Gretschie

    Nov 4, 2018
    Exeter UK
    With Fender's recent announcement of the cost of the Jimmy Page Dragon Tele, it got me thinking about what sig models I would like. So here is another hypothetical fantasy shopping thread!

    The Fairy Guitar Godmother appears and says that you can have one signature model but the only caveat is that it has to be something for your own collection; no getting the Jimmy Tele so you can trade it in.

    I tried to be avaricious about this but came to the inescapable conclusion that there are one signature guitar I would like:

    The Epiphone Jack Casady Bass

    As a bassist there are a few signature models, but they don't really vary from the stock models too much. The JC Bass, however, is an entirely different beast.

    I did think about the 12 string Tom Peterson White Falcon Bass, but I wouldn't know what to do with it!

    Over to you GT...
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  2. Armygirl

    Armygirl Country Gent

    Mar 14, 2014
    I saw that Ed Sheeren has just launched, at NAMM this weekend, a signature range with Northern Irish brand Lowden, who are known for their hand made, one off guitars, which cost a pretty penny. He wanted it to be 'affordable' and to encourage more kids to buy them and to get into playing more, so he has the smaller Wee Lowden in the range. I thought this was a brilliant idea. Youngsters love Ed and he has encouraged so many to play. His last signature Little Martin was about £500-600 so anything affordable would be good after that. So you can imagine how flummoxed I was to find that his new range of affordable guitars, for kids and beginners, is priced from £595-965! Who are you trying to kid Ed??? How many kids have patents willing to drop the best part of a grand on an acoustic guitar?? I bet even his don't!

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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Owning an artist sig model to me is pointless. It won't make me sound like the artist in question, and the prices are usually insane. Sure, it's a tribute, but, what does that really mean? The artist likely doesn't see any of the profits, and even if they did, they don't need my money. Enjoy the music instead. A name doesn't add any value.

    That all being said, I do have an "artist model" of sorts. I've got a '88-ish Peavey Generation III, which became the Cropper Special (Steve Cropper of Blues Bros., Booker T. & the MG's, and STAX fame). It isn't his sig model, per se, but it is the guitar he picked for it. It fills my Tele needs quite nicely.
  4. Yukimajo

    Yukimajo Gretschie

    Nov 4, 2018
    Exeter UK
    I generally agree, but Jack and Epiphone built this bass from the ground up as an instrument for Jack to play and they just happen to sell it as well. I have had a go on one and they are lovely basses.
  5. Jockabilly

    Jockabilly Synchromatic

    Sep 15, 2018
    I agree with Wabash. I haven't seen an Artist Signature model that is a guitar that is actually right for me. Sure there are many guitarists I admire but none play the same as me or are shaped exactly like me and so what's right for them is probably not what is going to be right for me.

    I have always felt somewhat uncomfortable with the idea of 'signature' anything. Strikes me as being a bit like playing 'dress up'. Many years ago I was rather flummoxed at a motorcyle racing event when a chap pulled up next to me in the bike park riding a Carl Fogerty replica Ducati, wearing Carl Fogerty leathers and helmet and, when he took the helmet off he most certainly wasn't Carl Fogerty.
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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I would like a 6120 DSW.
  7. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Yeah, i’d certainly like to have a 6120 nashville chet.
    The RHH model is pretty cool too.
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  8. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I have the one I wanted, the first signature Strat Fender made, done in the 80’s, the Eric Clapton Strat. They have been making it for about 30 yrs. No, It did not make play like EC but I love the mid boost and soft V neck on the guitar.

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  9. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Since I'm really only interested in Gretsch, I guess RRH or Setzer sig for me!
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  10. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    I like good guitars personally, unless it's a sig of someone I totally hate I won't let one being a signature model stop me from buying one if it clicks w/ me.

    I've got 6 sig models (a Joan Jett Melody Maker, a Lee Ranaldo Jazzblaster, a Johnny Marr Jag, a St. Vincent, a Wattplower, and a Valentine) and I would only classify myself a "fan" of Lee and Watt. All of them have significant advantages over the "standard" versions of the instruments they are based on for me (& the Wattplower, St. Vincent, & Valentine are pretty much entirely their own things). For me, it's got zero to do w/ "playing dressup" and very little to do w/ a quest to sound exactly like the artists whose sig model they are.

    I'm sure there are others, but the 2 sigs I could see picking up in the future that spring to mind at the moment are a single coil, vibrato version of an EBMM Albert Lee:
    and a Fender Justin Meldal-Johnsen Mustang Bass:
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  11. Alberta_Slim

    Alberta_Slim Gretschie

    May 18, 2018
    Frankly I'd be over the moon to have a DSW, Setzer, Cochran, RHH, Duane Eddy or maybe most of all given what Synchro had to say about his, a Hall of Fame Country Gentleman! But since this is fantasy time...

    An Epiphone Emperor Junior Barnard Signature. Carved top, repro DeArmond FHC Guitar Mic. With matching amp. Yeah, right. :D

    EDIT: Should point out in case some poor soul is taken in by my fantasy that it is just that: there’s no such model and never will be. I guess if the fairy godmother came and offered one existing signature guitar it would have to be the Hall of Fame.
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  12. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I don’t like most signature model guitars because they just seem like an attempt to get you to buy something based on someone else’s name especially with high end Gibson guitars or fender like these jimmy page model tele’s.
    I do think gretsch gets it right with theirs I own a 6120ssugr and that’s a setzer model. I bought it because it cage with everything I wanted in a hollow body gretsch. I think Gibson did a great job with the Lucile guitar and also fender with a few of the strays including the SRV although I would take the pick guard off it.
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  13. toddfan

    toddfan Synchromatic

    Mar 12, 2012
    I'll play....I would take the Clapton Fool SG, because it is the guitar that my musical idol, Todd Rundgren is well know to have used...and, I don't even care much for SG's.
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  14. Jet_streamliner

    Jet_streamliner Gretschie

    Nov 21, 2017
    0CE96FFF-00B3-40A4-875C-36465B843E68.jpeg I tried this one recently over in WI. Reverend Greg Koch signature “Gristlemaster”. Loved the pickups so will probably buy a set of his Fishman Fluences for my existing Schecter PT. She’s pricey for a Korean guitar (debating springing for one or going the much more cost effective route). But, having owned and enjoyed a few Revs - know they’re a great instrument.
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  15. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    G6120 EC Sig horth.jpg
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  16. Beardog

    Beardog Country Gent

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    I'd love a Music Man Valentine. Not a fan but love the guitar
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  17. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Music Man Albert Lee SSS for me, translucent blue. I like Albert Lee, but that is irrelevant, I just like the look of the guitar.
  18. RG7X

    RG7X Synchromatic

    Nov 11, 2018
    Los Angeles
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  19. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I have heard good things about that bass as well. It's a remake of an earlier model with some of Jack's personal touches added in. The only other two artists' models that have actually done well are Chet's and Les Paul's.
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