Originally Posted by tribedescribe
What kind of music do you play? Are you a Gibson or Fender guy?
Do you want a "handmade" guitar, or are you open to some of the custom boutique builders?
While handmade guitars offer uniqueness and more options. You would be hard pressed to find a better guitar maker than Suhr and Anderson. Tom Anderson's guitar team only produces 1 or 2 guitars a day and offers lots of custom options. I own their Anderson Cobra with m-series pups. I have never played a guitar so perfect in regards to sound, action, intonation, and finish.
If you go down this road then please also check out Knaggs Guitars... they are made in even smaller numbers than TA and Suhr, and although Joe Knaggs is an ex-PRS designer I'd say his eponymous guitars are a little more vintage inspired than those of his former boss. He's got Fender influenced and Gibson influenced guitars, it just depends what you want. The build quality is immaculate and his ultimate goal is sustain, sustain, sustain, no matter what 'tier' you buy into. They're not inexpensive guitars but compete in similar price brackets to Suhr and Tom Anderson and are worth every penny IMO. I have a Severn, which is his take on his own personal 61 Strat and it's just excellent.