Here's 6 of my guitars, all made by Custom Guitar Workshop
(guitars are made in Korea - but sold through a company here in Australia), and bought on **** Australia at Australasia Music Workshop
, where they sell the same guitars at much lower prices.
Above from left to right: LP Artist
, solid basswood body, set-in mahogony neck, GFS Alnico Vintage 59s pups, Wilkinson tuners ($299 AU, on sale), TE-1
, solid basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, GFS Alnico Hot Lead (bridge) + GFS Vinatge Alnico (neck) pups, Kluson tuners ($250 AU). TE-3
, semi-hollow basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, GFS Alnico Hot Lead (bridge) + GFS Vinatge Alnico (neck) pups, Kluson tuners ($199, clearance sale).
Above in the next photo from left to right: 607 Jazz Custom
, semi-hollow mahogony body, set-in maple neck + rosewood fretboard, EMG Select humbuckers, tuno-matic hybrid bridge, Wilkinson tuners ($379 AU on sale). WGR Hybrid
, solid basswood body, bolt-on maple maple neck, BS-108 tremolo, EMG Select single-coil pups, Wilkinson tuners ($490 AU), ST-2
, solid basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, rosewood fretboard, ST Vintage tremolo, GFS Factory Alnico Humbucker + GFS '64 Staggers Overwound single-coil pups, Wilkinson tuners ($129, clearance sale)
Total Price for all 6 guitars was $1746. When I was 19, in 1994, I bought a brand new Les Paul Standard for $2895 AU. In 1997, I bought a USA Fender Stratocaster Standard model brand new for $1795 AU (sold 'em both in the late 90s, early 2000s for less than 1/2 of their new price when I was hard up). They were both very fine guitars, but a lot of the money I spent was really just for the brand-name "mojo" only.
These Korean guitars I've been buying may not be quite as good overall but they give you about 90-95% of the real thing for about 10%-20% of the price of a big-named US model. Sure, I've had to do a bit of tweaking here and there to set 'em up to my preferences, and I've done a shielding job on both the Telecaster-style guitars (TE-1 & TE-3) but playing them all and reflecting on those expensive guitars I used to own, I can't understand why I paid so much for those US guitars, other than at the time I thought it was important to have Fender and Gibson on my headstock - but they weren't worth the extra money IMO. These Custom Guitar Workshop Guitar's are awesome and they're a lot better than things in the same price range, like Squiers, Mexican Fender products (- maybe even some Japanese Fender products) and Epiphone Gibson-style copies.
The pickups in CGW guitars are great - especially the GFS equipped models, as there's no severe volume mismatch between the bridge and neck positions on each guitar and the rest of the electronics and general construction is of very high quality for the price I paid. The EMG Select pups are quite low output - there's no battery preamp - but they have excellent clarity and a very smooth high end. All of these guitars play in tune and resonate very well. I've played quite a number of great guitars since I started playing in '89, but these CGW guitars sound and feel great. I'll never be lured into big-brand overpriced mojo again, now that I've discovered this guitar supplier. I don't know how they do it for the money, but I don't care and I haven't finished buying yet!!! And, these 6 together, pictured here, cost just a little less than the 1997 Australian price of a new Fender USA Strat. Even as I write, there are more CGW guitars coming in the post addressed to me.