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Why buy a boutique guitar?

Most of our customers are well aware of the various brands of boutique guitars available, but we still get occasional questions asking what constitutes a “Boutique guitar” and how its associated price is justified. While most guitarists have long accepted boutique amplifiers into the fold, they often have a hard time letting go of the big name guitar brands such as Fender, Gibson, etc. As a rule of thumb, a boutique guitar company would be one that does not mass produce instruments in large quantities. With boutique guitars you usually end up with higher end appointments, such as hand-wound pickups, real nitrocellulose finishes, custom colors, and more. Many guitar builders, boutique or not, are using the same types of woods and components for their finished product, but it takes more than the raw components to make an excellent instrument. Don’t get us wrong… We’re not attempting to make the point that boutique guitars are definitely better than a name brand guitar, but we certainly know a name brand guitar isn’t better than boutique simply based on the name it carries. What we are saying is that the boutique brands absolutely contain options that should be explored when you are searching for the right guitar. A large part of the consistency of Suhr guitars is due to every guitar going through an electronic plekking machine. Many of the components are handmade for each guitar with the tooling marks left on the metal for a little bit of extra “Mojo” One of our favorite things about Trussarts is the unique “Rust-o-matic” finish which is created using a proprietary process in which the steel body of the guitar is exposed to acids. The popularity of Fano guitars is not just based on the quality of their construction, but how cool these things look! Dennis truly embraces the idea of a guitar playing well and looking good. The checking on some of the guitars we have seen is as though a guitar player was in a cramped basement for band practice and every time he turned to talk to the drummer, he nailed the instrument against a cymbal stand. While his guitars may not be flashy or wildly creative, Bill Nash is determined to ensure that each guitar he makes is going to fit the needs of the player.
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What is “Boutique”?

We’re going to examine the word “Boutique,” as applied to music gear, and consider how the defining criteria may have changed in the past few years. Boutique, as a description and a concept, was originally used in reference to custom-built amplifiers dating back to the ’70s. Dumble and early Mesa/Boogie amps were considered boutique. The boutique amp movement gained momentum in the early ’90s, when such makers as D’az, Trainwreck, Matchless, and Kendrick demonstrated the demand among musicians for these products. The boutique aesthetic soon made its way into the rest of the player’s signal chain, including, most notably, effects devices. Later in the chapter I wrote, “Part of the popularity of boutique may lie in its grassroots, back-to-basics appeal. There is a sense that you have a product of fine craftsmanship made by a real person who’s into what he’s doing, not some faceless corporation cranking them out by the thousands, always with an eye on the bottom line. We want to believe that the boutique pedal we’ve just purchased is a labor of love, made with the finest ingredients. It’s the difference between fresh-baked, homemade Tollhouse cookies and Chips Ahoy.”. The paragraphs above say as much about customer expectations and perceptions as they do about what qualifies an item to be labeled boutique. The delineation of what was and what wasn’t boutique seemed fairly clear at that time, precluding the need for any particular set of standards that would patently identify a product as boutique. A number of programmable digital effects now on the market are considered boutique. At the same time, a couple of pioneering boutique effects brands-namely Fulltone and Z. Vex-are now so widely distributed that they’re available at Guitar Center. These are just a couple of examples that blur the boundaries between boutique and mass-produced effects. It’s not surprising that the understanding and context of what’s boutique seems to have become hazy and less distinct to the average player. What exactly is boutique? Do we need a new definition, or do we need another word? Check with us next time as we get down and dirty with all the details.
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Handcrafted Tube Boutique Guitar Amplification

If you are a player that appreciates the king sized tones of Larry Carlton and Robben Ford then we have the amp for you. To get your taste buds going listen to the sound clips before you go any further you will hear “The Tone” of a great amp. These are short solo clips but give a real idea of what the amp can do. For possibly the first time in the UK a British boutique amp builder has gone in search of the fabled “D” or ‘Dumble’ sound. What started as a one-off custom amp request by Rob Rolph has become a mission to build a production model which holds true to the original’s legendary tone, build quality and durability. The character of the amp and behaviorof the tone controls are all affected significantly by the Rock/Jazz switch. There are various stages of extra boost available from the amp which work in both clean and OD modes, as mentioned earlier there is a Mid-Boost which alters the mid/treble content for a more focused tone, there is also a Pre-Amp-Boost which bypasses the tone stack for an increase in gain. The Master Volume affects both clean and OD sounds and sets the overall amp volume, and unlike many “D” type amps it is positioned post effects loop instead of pre. In some amps of this type it is the Effects Return that ultimately determines the amp’s maximum volume, not here. Please take note that the amp is entirely hand wired using traditional methods employing eyelet boards, common star grounding and point-to-point wiring. All amps are given a 100 hour burn in period on factory valves, to stabilise new components, plus detect any early life component failure, then it’s re-valved and re biased ready for delivery. Every amp is delivered with a 2 year limited warranty against defects or component failure for the original registered owner.
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