It has been for a long time. The instrument industry is about 2 things now.
If you want hand built quality, then go to a luthier or go to the custom shop of brand X. If it's a name brand custom shop, expect to pay name brand prices.
I'm sort of defending Gibson on this, but in most respects, I'm not. Every US manufacturer of PRODUCTION guitars is guilty of one thing or another.
1. Complaining about the cost of US made guitars is pointless. American labor costs is expensive and rising.
2. Face it. American workers as a whole, have become lazy and disenchanted. How many people do you know that actually take pride in their work? The American workforce has wanted more for less effort for years and it's not changing anytime soon. I don't see how it would be any different in a guitar factory.
3. How many of these guys do you think are actually guitar players that work at places like Fender, Gibson, PRS, etc...Probably more than the avg, but still a fraction compared to the rest of the workforce employed there. Those that don't play are just trying to make it through the day and collect their paycheck at the end of the week. They have no idea what a great guitar feels like.
4. New woods. If you honestly did not see this coming, you're an idiot. Plain and simple. Common sense says that if you've been raping the lands for certain species of woods for 60+ years along with production raising exponentially, those woods are going to become hard to get. If you can even get them at all. This has caused 2 things to happen. The price has gone up on these species and the quality available has went down. There is no such thing as cheap good wood within the industry standard woods. Gibson might have started doing it for the wrong reason, but you can count that other manufacturers will have to follow suit before long. I figured most of you would have figured this out after Bob Taylor made his little announcement about Ebony awhile back.
5. Quality and mistakes. I can't really argue this too much. This also coincides with .2. Sure, you don't see the glaring mistakes on MIC, MIK, MIJ, etc... that you do on American made guitars. That's because Japan is still probably the proudest country in the world, and they still take pride in their work. The other places, well they have to do a good job or else. They don't have a welfare system to fall back on if they get fired. Pride in your work. Is it acceptable for Gibson, Fender, PRS? No, it shouldn't be, but our current society has made it that way. You can complain about this stuff all you want, but in reality, us people on the forums is actually a small percentage of the buying public.