The thing is, if it's a low margin product, they WILL stop making it. Boards and shareholders don't allow companies to keep doing things out of sentimental reasons.
You know I take the potential loss of quality in the future over the known, currently ongoing issues of random weight relief, plastic fingerboards and laminated fingerboards any time.
Or everyone could just start playing G&L.
...Or do what I'm doing, building my own guitar. There is still many options out there and even if Fender becomes 100% crap, it isn't the end of the world, just the end of Fender.
BTW expect a NGD from me soon (give/take a few weeks) with my project approaching completion.
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Ask music store employees where their bread and butter are.
Hint: it's not the premium guitars.
Last edited by LesStrat; 07-12-2012 at 02:16 PM.
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Bullsh*t.And we've already got "Norlin, The Sequel (Only Worse)" going on at Gibson.
There is no comparison, they are making FAR better instruments than in the Norlin era, QC is FAR better, far better than Fender's. You might not like the price, you might not like Henry, but don't talk out of your fanny.
The manager of one of my local stores that I've known for a long time told me that he can sell about 30 "Strat Packs" or MIM standards for every one American or CS Fender. The margin is also better on the cheaper guitars. Basically, if his Fender dealer contract didn't force him to stock about 6 CS guitars all the time, then he said he wouldn't even order them because they sit on the wall for a year or longer before they sell.
That's really all there is too it. Someone is not talking out of their ass or spewing bull**** just because he'll take most Norlins over most of what is coming out today. Both periods are bad; don't get me wrong. And I wasn't trying to make some grand point about what is, absolutely. I was just voicing my frustration with the big U.S. guitar companies.
There are more cool models and cool colors today, and the custom shop is good. But the quality of so-called "craftsmanship" is much worse today, and the wood seems just as bad, if not worse. IMO, what they are doing today actually makes the Norlins look halfway decent in comparison.
Not sure what I think about this. Tough time to go public right now. It'll be interesting to see where the price settles out after a few days post IPO.
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I spoke/wrote too hastily. Fender pulled in more than $700M in 2011, according to a Reuters story. Nearly 3/4 of the way to a cool billion. For a guitar/amp producer in a tough economy, that's pretty good.
Still, once "FNDR" goes public, the push will be on to improve that number, year after year, quarter after quarter.
As long as I can get a good American-made Strat or Tele, I'll be happy.