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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-13-2004, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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If you could compare guitars and cars...

What car-brand would you compare Ibanez, Fender, Gibson, and all the others with?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-13-2004, 05:51 AM
 
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JEM10TH -> Rolls Royce

Ibanez overall would more be like a speedy car to me, Fender symbolizes a cadillac and Gibson a big fat truck. Or is that just me?
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It's harder to align entire brands, but i can draw some comparisions with specific models.

To me, the JEMs are like the last-generation Lamborghini Countach. Built for performance, but the styling kinda got out of hand, with too many wings, fender flares and vents punched in the body.

Strats are like an old Datsun pickup truck. Built for utility, but easily souped-up to race across Baja. They take a beating and never die.

The Les Paul... hmm... Maybe more of a late '70s Ford Thunderbird. A little bloated and overweight, and kinda strayed from the original design goal, but riding on the success of the name.

PRS is sort of like a Corvette. Young guys like 'em because they're great performers and can look pretty hot. Older guys like 'em because they're in their midlife crisis mode, have too much money, and think that buying one will make them popular with the ladies.

Steinberger is like classic Porsche to me. They're highly engineered, and they single-mindedly stick to their principles, no matter how "out there" their ideas are.
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I'd answer that question, if only I could stop buying guitars and buy a car so as to get some firsthand experience with one.

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It's harder to align entire brands, but i can draw some comparisions with specific models.

To me, the JEMs are like the last-generation Lamborghini Countach. Built for performance, but the styling kinda got out of hand, with too many wings, fender flares and vents punched in the body.

Strats are like an old Datsun pickup truck. Built for utility, but easily souped-up to race across Baja. They take a beating and never die.

The Les Paul... hmm... Maybe more of a late '70s Ford Thunderbird. A little bloated and overweight, and kinda strayed from the original design goal, but riding on the success of the name.

PRS is sort of like a Corvette. Young guys like 'em because they're great performers and can look pretty hot. Older guys like 'em because they're in their midlife crisis mode, have too much money, and think that buying one will make them popular with the ladies.

Steinberger is like classic Porsche to me. They're highly engineered, and they single-mindedly stick to their principles, no matter how "out there" their ideas are.
This could be the coolest post I've ever read LOL!
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-13-2004, 11:33 AM
 
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Darren,
I enjoyed your post, but I must disagree with your Les Paul analogy. Have you both driven a late 70's T-bird and played a Les Paul? Not much/any similarity there. LP's are fat and heavy (in a good sense), but mine have played brilliantly. Not an axe that i would bring to a drag race, but more like something I would take a nice long drive with. I would liken the LP custom to a Mercedes S-class, or a Bently/Rolls. The standard LP is more like a Mercedes E-class.
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What i meant by the T-Bird comparison was that the Thunderbird was conceived as a sporty touring car, and it evolved into a big, heavy luxury barge. I think the Les Paul definitely fits that description, but could be tuned to be a bit more sporty. Maybe the Mercedes S-Class or is a good comparison, but i wouldn't give the Les Paul that much credit. Maybe a Cadillac Eldorado.
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I have always comapred the Ibanez JEM in general to the Lamborghini Countach. I really think it's the Countach of guitars no doubt about that. I get the same feelings whenever I see one or the other. It looks like it's always "going" even when it's standing still. It's very bold and sporty, yet very elegant and mystical at the same time. The universe would probably be compared to the Lamborghini Diablo.

The only thing is, is that the Jem is much more practical and versatile of a guitar than a Countach is as an automobile.

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That aspect of the analogy (sporty to barge) was certainly not lost on me, as I agree. The Rolls/Bently comparo is probably shooting a little too high, at least for a stock LP. I do liken my LP standard to my E-class however. Heavy, sturdy, predictable, safe, reliable, comfortable, looks good, runs well, but not terribly expressive.

Actually, the El Dorado analogy works well for me. American - made "luxury".

In a little over a year I'll be able to compare my JEM to a C6 Vette...
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-13-2004, 02:19 PM
 
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I once played an el cheapo POS "budget" guitar - it reminded me of one of those cars that clowns drive, you know: the ones that fall apart in mid motion. Where do clowns buy those from anyway? And is there some kind of special clown insurance?
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-13-2004, 02:41 PM
 
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My first guitar was a "Montoya" Strat copy. It cost $25. It played and sounded like a $25 guitar, too. It had these oversized single coil pu's - not quite like a P90, it had this funky trebly inherent eq spike at about 800 -1000khz. I wish I still had it though...just because.

My first car was a 1974 Pontiac Catalina station wagon, it didn't cost much more than the guitar. It came complete with a faux wood paneling exterior - real chick magnet! It had a 400 cu in. V8 - 4 barrel carb, that I wish I had in my current ride...
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-13-2004, 05:30 PM
 
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hmmm...just thought: are we all buying these hyper exotic Jems because of inadequacy in other areas of our manhood? Nothing overcompensates like a monkey grip.
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Ah Hamand, straight back into the gutter!
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Fender - Ford

Gibson - Chevy

Ibanez - Mitsubishi

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