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"PW" parts on new Gibsons, Fenders, etc.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by bunny, May 16, 2011.

  1. bunny

    bunny Member

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    I see this stamp "PW" on many new guitars: tune-o-matics, tremolos, tuners and so. For example on a 2009 Gibson LP Custom as well as on a Fender Highway Strat, Framus guitars and many others. They are also sold as replacement parts quite cheap.
    The quiality, I'd say very kindly can't be compared to those old Schaller or Japanese Gotoh parts.
    Any info where these parts are made? China? Tawain? Sad to see them on expensive instruments...
     
  2. esoteric pete

    esoteric pete Supporting Member

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    can you post a pic? im not sure ive seen this mark..
     
  3. bunny

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    Found an info "PW" stands for Ping guitar parts made in Taiwan, is it so?
     
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    Oh! Jeff Krause from Fender answered someone's letter about new tuners, yes, they are made by Ping and "They are the exact same design and materials. They are the exact same quality."
    Sorry, I can't agree with "the same quality", sir:-(
     
  5. rockinlespaul

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    Seriously? If that's true, that sucks imho....
     
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    That's what people said about Gotoh. ;)
     
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    Gotoh has gotten better over the years.

    Interesting how that works. Companies and countries get into an industry at the bottom and as the skills and marketing develop move into increasingly higher end products. Then they start sub'ing to the next tier of sources for the low end stuff.
     

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