- Sep 29, 2011
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That's because tightening 4 screws still doesn't warrant a big payday.The reason I think the Standard (or, even mre so, the Trad) is the appropriste comparison is because that model is the equivalent of the Les Paul sold in 1958-60 for the *same price* give or take a few bucks as a Stratocaster. That isn't a knock on Studios, just reflecting the fact that they're budget models *compared to the original.*
People get out their inflation calulators and observe that in constant dollars a LP doesn't cost any more than it did then.... But by the same token a Strat only costs half what it did. Have the efficiencues of automation somehow benefited Fender twice as much? I sincerely doubt it. And since that time Gibson has moved to TN and no longer pays Michigan union wages, whereas Fender has California labor coststs.
PS: anyone who thinks making a good bolt-on neck joint is kiddie stuff has never made one