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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    Definitely some good advice here weather the guitar is $2k or $10k. I personally go for used gear more often than not but if I do ever order a custom build I think I’d expect about a year to get it which doesn’t seem that crazy. It makes sense that delays can happen since these are real people...
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    I When I found out about this builder I contacted them about a build (this was within the past few months) and build time now is quoted around 3-4 months.
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    That looks really nice! And I believe you are correct on the woodworking. They have a person that does all the CNC programming. He’s tagged them on IG a few times and he has a series just of Valravn builds. I believe he’s also in the Ukraine. https://instagram.com/alex.exwood?igshid=MDM4ZDc5MmU=
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    Blackmachine B2 inspired custom (Manninen)

    This builder is new to me. Photos look great! Glad to hear it’s a solid build and a good experience.
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    Most people in the poll said save more for something else or a basic Kiesel over the used Skervesen. Not really what I would have expected. But yeah those Ormsbys where you can choose your own wood I guess. I think that’s really the only option with them around that price. I was just trying to...
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    Said it pretty early in the thread but who cares about previous posts right? Also probably would have mentioned specifics not just brands? But if I must follow the poll and go buy one I guess I’m now in the market for “ save up more and buy a different brand” so let me know if you see any deals!
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    Don’t worry I’m sure somebody will post a “what should I buy” thread by the weekend.
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    I mentioned in an earlier post that it was just a poll. I’m not in the market for a guitar as I bought a used Carvin a few weeks ago as mentioned. I put up the poll because I already knew what I would do but wondered what others might do just for fun. You are correct and these builders don’t...
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    They are CNC bodies so that may cut down costs but they are not made in China. Maybe you’re thinking of NK? They are made in Ukraine. For reference my quote from them with options more exotic than Kiesel was over $1k less. This included Carpathian Burl, fishmans, 5piece neck, etc. I’ve never...
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    Yes a basic Kiesel is one of the options in the poll along with used models. Valravn also have builds under $2k which is also on the poll.
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    GC had an older Skervesen 8 Astilla earlier this month. No idea of the year since I’m not familiar when everything they have made but that was $1,999. There was also a fast sale on FB marketplace for an 8 Swan maybe for around $2200. I’m talking used not new builds obviously. But my point is...
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    Yeah good point. It looks like there’s always options like this from Kiesel on the used market. I’ve even seen an Osiris 8 go for as low as $1k with minor use.
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    I’ve seen 2 used 8 string Skervesen builds over the past month. Not sure how many owners obviously but they do pop up for $2k
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    Sure. Semi-custom it is. But yes a built to order with chosen specs (within the parameters of the builder) which from what I’ve seen is usually enough options for most people.
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    I talked to the Valravn guys a few weeks ago and they were still taking orders. I think they said they were on the far west of Ukraine so they could still ship. Also saw they posted a new build on reverb this morning.
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    That looks to be the most popular option besides “save up for something else”
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    For those that would buy a different brand, what brands?
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    This is really just a fun poll not real research. I bought a used Carvin 2 weeks ago and that would probably be what I did again, but wondering what the rest of the forum would do hypothetically.
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    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    Yeah I would personally gravitate towards used Kiesel or Carvin for that exact reason. I’ve seen a lot of them that just lived in a case their whole lives. But, no doubt there are a ton of really ugly builds out there that no matter what the price is I wouldn’t want it. Haha.


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