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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-03-2009, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

Anyone had a chance to test drive one of these yet? I keep checking our local GC, but they haven't had one yet. Seems to be a poor way to sell guitars, by NOT having one in the store....ever.

http://www.playlaguna.com/greg_howe.cfm

* Louisiana Swamp Ash body
* AAA Flame Maple Flat Top
* All-Maple neck and fretboard
* Custom DiMarzio™ pickups
* 5 way “Super Switch” for a myriad of tonal possibilities
* Laguna locking trem system
* Die-Cast, high ratio tuners
* “Awesome Orange” custom finish (AO)
* Designed and assembled in the USA


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-03-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

Never heard of the brand. If it didn't have Howe holding it, I wouldn't even be tempted to try it. He's been to the gym, and the guitar looks kind of weird. But it can still be a good guitar.
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

It sure does look beautiful. Love the orange top against the maple board. nevr heard of it before.
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

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Seems to be a poor way to sell guitars, by NOT having one in the store....ever.
I agree, they had a Laguna guitar insert inside their mailer a month or two ago. The first page was this Greg Howe model. I really like orange finish, and think it looks great with the maple fretboard. The headstock on the electrics look like a shark face profile. I have not seen it at any of my local GC's either.
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

I played one at my local GC and I have to say I was very impressed. Plays as good as any of my $2000+ guitars. I will probably pick one up this year.
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

here he is talking about the guitar.
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ko5SRCYZ7a0
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

I saw the insert and was very intrigued as well. Until I saw the price. I like Greg and appreciate the Laguna "plant a tree for every one we cut down" philosophy, but $1000 for a GC "house brand" guitar is a bit steep. (Much like if Sam Ash picked up someone to endore their Carlo Robelli or Brownsville lines, and built them a signature model).

I'll probably still check one out when they arrive locally, but for that same $1000, I'd lean more toward a Charvel SoCal.

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for a USA made guitar $1k is pretty reasonable.
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

I like the Laguna, except for the headstock. Here's a picture from his european tour two months ago:

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I like the Laguna, except for the headstock. Here's a picture from his european tour two months ago:

And so sharply dressed...
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

The headstock definitely could go! That orange flame on maple board is very nice....

I'd rather throw my money at a used RG565, which has very similar features....
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

Nice guitar, but for a grand I don't want GC's house brand, licensed Floyd, etc. Also the phrase "designed and assembled in the USA" does not mean "Made in the USA". It means it is assembled here. I bet every piece of it comes from China or Indonesia. Korea if you are lucky.
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And so sharply dressed...
You didn't hear that the "homeless bum with a tin can asking for change" look is in this year??
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You didn't hear that the "homeless bum with a tin can asking for change" look is in this year??
"And so sharply dressed" Is a quote from Meet the Robinsons. When Bowler Hat Guy say the frogs sitting at the bar.


I don't go for the "bum" look personally.
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Re: The Greg Howe Laguna LE924FRTAO

I played one tonight at the GC in Phoenix. Wouldn't have known it was the Greg Howe model except I'd seen him holding one in an ad.

It reminded me a lot of the Fender HM's Greg used to play. Neck radius is flat, just like the HM's, back contour is similar, just a little thicker. Played really well right off the wall. (Setup was much better than the $1,300 & $1,400 Ibanez RG re-issues.)

I was very surprised. It seemed like a really well made guitar and played like a dream. It was GC, so I can't give an accurate opinion on the sound.

I would probably be very tempted to get one - the Schaller-type Licensed Floyd was a bit of a put off though. But If I found out that their Floyd was made with hardened steel and had a brass bridge block I would buy one.
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