4Hayden, on 19 March 2017 - 10:49 AM, said:
CB how many times have you seen a top touring band play Jap guitars at a concert ? none
Well, thank you for your decision, to answer your own question! But, at least 3 I can think
of, right off the top of my "pointed little head!" U-2 (Sheraton) Fleet Foxes (Japanese Fender
Thinline Jaguar), Vampire Weekend (Sheraton), Daughter (at least, for awhile...I think they
still use, her "Dano" (bass) and other's, even though they've recently gone to Fender & Gibson's)
and, I suspect a LOT more than many folks realize, or even care! As mentioned earlier, some "Metal"
bands, use Japanese Ibanez, LTD's, or even Epi's. ("It ain't the guitar, it's the player!")
I've seen well known "blues players of both sexes, using Epiphone (Keb Mo, for one) and Ibanez,
etc., as well. Heck, there are some bands, that use old Harmonies, Dano's, Silvertone, etc.,
from back in the day...even if they were mostly MIUSA versions, they were/are hardly "Gibson's,
Fender's, Gretsch or Rickenbacker's. Yet, they do what their player's like, tonally. Their
guitar techs, do mention they need a LOT of "maintenance," but...that's not that unusual, even
for Gibson's and other higher dollar gear. But, they all use Great Sounding Amps!! Which, IMHO,
is far more important, than the cost or brand name, on a guitar head stock.
While my "Rant," if you like, may have seemed to be "trashing" Gibson's pricing, alone...that
was only ONE illustration, of a trend that has taken over most all "American" made products.
We (too often) pay more for even simpler, non-music related products, that are Made in USA,
than for their import versions, even with their import tariffs! And, I LOVE "Made in USA!"
But, some of us, retired, and/or on fixed incomes, cannot, or are finding it more difficult
by the day, to afford such "luxuries" as "Made In USA" seems to have become, anymore. If you
are working, at a great paying job, or are independently wealthy, or you get regular "cost of
living" increases, and just have "money to burn," it may be less of an issue, for you. So...
GO FOR IT!! Most (not all) workers pay, here, barely keep up with inflation, or the ever rising
"cost of living!" Many, do not! Which is why, in family households, BOTH parents, and often
some children of working age, ALL have jobs, at least "part time." That's especially true of
rural kids, but always has been.
So, constantly higher prices, across the board, DO negatively effect ALL of us, not just us
"Luxury Item" buyers. As many other's have done, and stated, I've gone to buying "used but
not abused" Gibby's and other MIUSA gear, as often as I can. I still drive my 2000 (17 year
old) Honda Accord Coupe, too! And, I (Still) LOVE it! So, yes, there are always ways around
the higher prices. But, it just reasons, that there will be a time, when prices will rise to
a level of diminishing returns. Maybe THEN, the companies will scale back prices, OR production,
and keep the "Elitist" mentality, of what they do produce, for those that can easily afford them.
Who knows?! No "Crystal Ball" in this house.