Originally Posted by FPGT72
I..but it was used and that puts an entire new factor in....you never know how the guy before you took care of it....calling something you bought used crap I think is quite unfair....it is used, who knows what happened to it....now fresh stuff out of the box...something different.
I would agree, but just to be clear, all the defects on the LP I mentioned are NOT something the owner could do (tape marks, crooked output jack, poor inlays). These were things done at the factory.
I also think this decline in craftsmanship is a more of a recent thing.....in the last ten years or so. I just got in a '91 USA Strat that is 100% factory fresh (I've known the owner for years and he doesn't mess with things) and it's construction and finish is pretty much flawless. I've also seen LP's from decades ago that fit this description.
To me the USA Gibson and Fender product has sort of become like Harley: "It's got our logo on it, so it must be worth several times more than similar competitors products."
I'm a bluegrasser and Gibson's cheapest A mandolin is a perfect example. It retails for $2,500 and doesn't have any figured maple or (I don't believe) a solid top. http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Acou...A-9/Specs.aspx
For half that money you can get a Loar F model that is made to Lloyd Loar's original specs, has AAA solid spruce top, AAA flamed maple sides and back, nitrocellulose lacquer, etc.