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I was casually browsing around on ebay for a Tribute Legacy, and I noticed one that was listed as brand new, but it had a circular serial# and logo on the back of the headstock indicating that it was made in Indonesia. I wonder what this will mean for the build quality and QC on what has traditionally been a great bang for the buck line of MIK instruments (not to mention the initial limited run of MIJ's).
I didn't know they switched to Indonesia for manufacturing their imports. Where were they made before, Korea? I played one in a local place and it was a nice guitar. The Fender (or is it Squier) Indonesia imports are very hit or miss from what I've noticed.....from the small sampling I did it was higher on the miss side of things (out of the box and on the music store's wall anyway.)
If it was the same guitar I saw on eBay, it is from one of my local shops. I was in there Thursday and played the exact guitar they had in the auction. It was a very good quality guitar, setup was excellent and sound was good, a bit better than a MIM Strat. This shop has an excellent rep for setup, so they may well have tweaked it.
The only thing I didn't like about it was the neck finish, it seemed almost like it WASN'T (finished). Very au natural.
HCEG Bluesman...listening and learning every day.
My guitars: A bunch of Strats and one lonely G&L Legacy. Fortunately for her, she has a superiority complex.
My amps: Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue, Fender Blues Junior, Roland Cube 30, Roland Cube 20X, Roland Micro Cube, Fender Vibro Champ XD, Fender Champion 600, Vox Pathfinder 15R.
Dude,I just brought one home friom my friends shop -where I work also- and after playing it for about 20 minutes I was convinced ......its not HALF as good as my MIM strat!!
I am a strat fanatic and have played and owned numerous strats -not to mention the second -hand shop where I work allows me to play SO many guitars,its just crazy!- Anyway the G&L indonesian has much noisier pickups,the neck finish is almost nonexistant,the tone leaves much to be desired and it just feels real "cheap" or flakey to me.I put it down after trying everything from hendrix,SRV,some STP,and basically a little bit of everything and I then picked up my MIM strat....NO COMPARISON fellas.I've been playing and working on guitars for 32 years also so its safe to say I know some about playing AND craftsmanship.
Has anyone ever had that "static electrical noise" where it snaps and crackles when your picking hand/fingers brush over the scratch-plate?....well THAT alone is so pronounced on this G&L that I found it unbarable to play and i ALSO noticed that my MIM strat DOES NOT do that!!!
Final analogy:....leave these "made in Indonesia" pieces of wood alone.