$50,000 for a NEW tele?

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  1. paulbearer

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    I get the above, but what does a master builder make from profit sharing?
    I would hope that the builders actually get a good cut of the margin since their names are what make it Master'built'.
    If they don't get a solid % (a couple/few grand?), it's gotta be a little painful to watch the $$$$ hit the revenue line. Or maybe they have a bonus based on sellthrough of product produced. ("conceived"?)
     
  2. SAVEStheDAY

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    It looks like something Martin Shkreli would buy if he wasn't in prison.
     
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    Ugly too
     
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    I'd be better off with a $1500 Tele and $48,500 worth of lessons.
     
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    Is that drywall dollars or life saving dollars......
     
  7. bokeh

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    People always say not to buy guitars as an investment, but this is the one that you do buy as an investment.
     
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    It looks about twice as nice as the $1399 one they've got down at my Sam Ash. Probably plays three times better. I'd still take 25 Music Mans instead.
     
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    So if you have $50k to burn on guitars you could buy this PoS, or an original Blackguard Tele plus an early 60s Strat......................

    Hmmmmm tough call:D
     
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    Normally I'd say guitars are never ever a good investment, but in this day and age, who knows. People are lining up to buy foreign government bonds with negative yields. If you're gonna lose money anyway, maybe this guitar really is easier to move around than a stack of cash.
     
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    Free violin bow with every purchase!
     
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    I don't know as I'm not a Fender Master Builder, but I expect that the Master Builders get their salary.
     
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    ^Dunno, I'd expect that those guys would command something beyond a weekly paycheck.
     
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    You could buy two all original '59 Teles for $50k...
     
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    Don’t worry. Someone will actually purchase it.
     
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    Let me quote myself from a recent thread: "When I look at a Hartung Embrace, I don't start adding up the cost of the materials any more than I do when I look at a Picasso." My point being: high-end custom guitars, wrought by elite artisans, are as much a works of art as they are functional instruments. Their values transcend the sum of their parts, and I would evaluate one instead by how it moves me emotionally.

    Well....I have found the exception. In this case, the price is so absurd for what it is that I can't help but start adding up the cost of materials. And labor. And shipping. And master luthiery. And hand-painting. And nostalgia. And a cut to JP. And anything else I can possibly imagine that would justify that price.

    I'm still coming up about $30k short.

    But as the punchline from that old salesman adage goes: "I don't need to sell a hundred thousand....I only need to sell one."

    And I have no doubt Fender will.
     
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    My favorite thing is how the high e string is drifiting off the fingerboard.
     
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    People are nuts, NO WAY:bonk
     
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    Ha master buildt and jimmy painted some of them. Little more than 800 bux...
     

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