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yeah, my mistake. I meant Mustang, not Jaguar.The Jaguar was a step up from the Strat. And no, if I wanted a Strat I would not settle for a Duo Sonic or a Music Master. I glad Fender offers Strats at different price points.
Ha! That's funny! You should see what my 66 year old mother spends on yarn, knitting needles and other accessories. She gets pretty worked up over it too, when she sees that she's missed a stitch and has to pull out several rows of work.Might I recommend picking up knitting as a hobby. It's cheaper and therapeutic. Great for anger management.
You thought you were making an argument in favor of something? I thought it was some kind of sarcasm performance art.Most of the responders missed the point entirely. The argument was in favor of a fixed quality guitar for a fixed price that would include a guitar at the status of 'the best the company has to offer'. As far as labor (not parts) costs go it costs about the same to make a pro level guitar than to make a cheapo. But I figured it would get mistaken that way.
I understand being ignorant; I have that problem in several areas. What I don’t understand is the compulsion to advertise it.Free enterprise for the most part is a good thing. At times it is not so good. The world is full of shuckers and hustlers and no industry is exempt from them. The Guitar Industry is no exception. When makers begin to offer a single model of a guitar with levels of quality you know it is time to rethink it. Back in the 50's and 60's a Tele, for example, was just that a Tele. Oh they came in a few colors and you could have them eventually with a maple or rosewood board. But that was it! The same model that Mike Bloomfield used on the famous Dylan Sessions at Columbia Studios in NYC (the one that Al Kooper innovated his brilliant organ work on "LIKE A ROLLING STONE" et al) was the same model Tele any dreamer could have purchased at any store that carried them across the country. NOW THAT WAS EGALITARIAN. You could get that guitar for the same exact price that Bloomfield or some kid with a paper route would pay.
We all had the same shot. And no matter where you bought it or who you were you had an equal shot at getting a pro guitar and you got it for the one and only price offered. But today...wow! Teles (or Strats, or Pauls or most any guitar) come in such a variety of price levels. It used to be that the pickups on a Tele were the same on all of the Teles made. That is the way it should be today. They made the best pups and guitars they could and offered them at a nominal price. This "Baskin-Robbins" idea of "29 flavors" is a rip off. By diluting the "Tele" into cheap/not so cheap/moderate/pro-leve/classic/top of the line compartments they have cheapened the guitar itself. It used to be that a Tele or a Strat or a Paul was a guitar of distinction. Nowadays you would have to go to the top of the line in order to get the quality that was so easily had back in the day. All you had to do was ask for a Tele and play one or two of them and off you went on the road to your dreams. So much for progress. I mean it costs the same to wind a cheap pickup as it does to wind a pro-quality pickup. Back in the day Fender and Gibson did not offer sub-standard products at any price point. Don't even get me started on the ploy of "artist models"!! Wow, don't.