D'Pergo is pushing the limits!

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  1. Mowcheeba

    Mowcheeba Member

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    $300 consultation fee? What the h..l?

    Talk about bold. Even if the guitar was from another galaxy I would not pay that kind of money just to discuss a possible buy.

    D'Pergos own words:
    If you would like to discuss a custom order, but are not immediately placing the order, the non-refundable consultation fee is $300 which will be applied towards the deposit when your order is placed.

    I know it is probably one of the best Strat/ Tele style guitars out there but c'mon........
     
  2. DonW

    DonW Velocity Town Angel Gold Supporting Member

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    What that tells me is that one ought to be serious about having a custom build before they bother to call. With all the hubub about build time it seems like a smart move in a capitalist system. I can't imagine how many tire kickers have taken build time away from current orders. I see no problem with it. Be ready to buy when you talk, that's all.
     
  3. tonedaddy

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    Time is money.

    Why should a builder spend that time spec'ing/designing/consulting YOUR guitar with you for free if you're not ready to go ahead and order?
    (Or more importantly, why would you take advantage of all of a builder's time and effort designing YOUR guitar if you're not ready to step up and order? After all, if you don't continue with the order, the builder has given you his time and effort when he could be making money.)

    The design consultation is not for general questions & info (that's free).
    Plus, the fee is completely applied/absorbed in the price of the guitar if you go ahead and order later.

    I'm not a D'Pergo owner, but I don't blame him a bit for charging it.
    I'm surprised it's not standard in the industry.
     
  4. mwoeppel

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    He must endure a lot of tire kickers.
     
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    A design consultation is not simply "talking about their products".

    It's when a "custom Build Sheet (spec sheet) is created that outlines the details and recommendations for your custom order."

    But you actually already know that, so.....
     
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    Not likely with that policy in place.
    The tire kickers are likely wasting the time of other builders while he's making money.
    :D
     
  7. mwoeppel

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    LOL! so true. He's thinking like a businessman, not a craftsman.

    Tony Bruno uses Ultrasound to do all that stuff for him, and who can blame him? Most "craftsmen" are not real good people people, so good on him!
     
  8. JoeB63

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    $300! That's nothing. I charge $500 for a guitar consultation. Therefore my S and T-style guitars must be the finest. PM me to schedule a consultation. Paypal not accepted. Certified check only.
     
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    Seems excessive to me, especially when it used to cost nothing? Did they drop any other prices?
     
  10. matte

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    seems more than fair to me. anyone can make money. nobody can make time.

    the man is brilliant and his work is exceptional.
     
  11. whoismarykelly

    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

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    He's already well over the limit at $1500-$2000 more than the rest of the strat/tele copies on the market. The pricing of everything he does is part of the hype.
     
  12. matte

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    stefan is building extraordinary instruments with specific and unique enhancements (from raw materials to tuner screws) for discerning players. everything, from soup to nuts, is carefully considered and addressed.

    perhaps his expertise is not warranted for all but to marginalize his work (as an instrument that could be replicated by any number of other builders) is absolute ignorance.

    have you actually played any of his guitars? if so, which model(s)?
     
  13. matte

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    played one? hype is nothing more than your relationship to his work.
     
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    I haven't heard anyone who owns one say that it wasn't worth the cost.

    The fee appears to say that if you want him go down to the nitty-gritty details with you, you should be planning to buy a guitar. Sounds fair to me.
     
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    They are special instruments and I agree with Matt . Consultation fee is understandable.
     
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    Nobody forces anyone to buy anything. If something doesn't meet what you're willing to pay, don't buy.
     
  17. whoismarykelly

    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

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    Played two - a strat and a tele - while on tour this summer. They were nice, but not $5000+ nice.
     
  18. matte

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    to you. expense is relative to income.
     
  19. whoismarykelly

    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

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    indeed but I have never let income stop me from buying anything.
     
  20. matte

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    do you have a black amex card?
     

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