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    These were just announced today... the new Fender American Performer series...



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    https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/...es-from-fender


    USA-built Mustang basses are now back in the Fender lineup...


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    Cool. I have a highway one p bass in my garage. It seems pretty decent. I should dust it off sometime
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    • #3
      some people may not think a $1200 price tag is affordable...I'm jus' sayin'...
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      • #4
        Originally posted by daddymack View Post
        some people may not think a $1200 price tag is affordable...I'm jus' sayin'...
        Thanks. That was my first thought since I don't. Twice the price of a Mexican made alternative but twice the quality is doubtful.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by DeepEnd View Post
          Thanks. That was my first thought since I don't. Twice the price of a Mexican made alternative but twice the quality is doubtful.
          I hear ya, but 50% of the cost of an instrument can be that last 10%- 20% of detail in the manufacturing.

          Is it worth it? Depends on the player.



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          • #6
            I think these are American Special basses with a different name. Looks like all the Precision's have the added bridge pickup. I could do without it and make the bass $100 less.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by DeepEnd View Post
              Thanks. That was my first thought since I don't. Twice the price of a Mexican made alternative but twice the quality is doubtful.
              see Law of Diminishing Returns
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              • #8
                Originally posted by daddymack View Post
                some people may not think a $1200 price tag is affordable...I'm jus' sayin'...
                For an American-built instrument? That's actually a pretty reasonable price IMO... YMMV.

                As someone pointed out in the American Performer guitar thread in the Electric Guitar forum, they paid ~$800 back in 2010 for a MIJ Mustang, and now, eight years later, the new (and improved?) American built guitar models are only ~$200 more.
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                • #9
                  That may well be true, Phil, but a reasonable price and an affrodable one are not necessarily the same thing.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lug View Post
                    see Law of Diminishing Returns
                    I'm aware of it, which is why I mentioned double the price not yielding double the quality.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

                      For an American-built instrument? That's actually a pretty reasonable price IMO... YMMV.

                      As someone pointed out in the American Performer guitar thread in the Electric Guitar forum, they paid ~$800 back in 2010 for a MIJ Mustang, and now, eight years later, the new (and improved?) American built guitar models are only ~$200 more.
                      well...the rate of inflation being what it has been since the great recession, that is still a 25% increase in price...for a USA 'budget/affordable' instrument, rather than a first quality MIJ?
                      Doesn't sound equitable to me, jefe....but then again, I don't give a rat's patootie where an instrument was made as long as it plays well and sounds good.

                      Next up...will the tariffs ruin MIC guitar and amp prices?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by daddymack View Post

                        Next up...will the tariffs ruin MIC guitar and amp prices?
                        I know at least two pro audio manufacturers who have complained to me about the increased cost for steel... I suspect MIC gear prices will be increasing if the trade war continues.

                        Indonesia is not a part of that though, and a lot of budget builds are being done there now too.
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                        - George Carlin

                        "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                        - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                        "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                        - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                        • daddymack
                          daddymack commented
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                          and Viet Nam, like the Epiphone Century guitars...I too hear things from folks I know in the industry, buyers mainly, complaining that price are edging up almost weekly on certain commodities, like electronic components and hardware.

                      • #13
                        I just looked up the specs on the Fender site. You have to put the name in the search bar since they don't appear in photos on their site yet. That said, they have medium jumbo frets which are much longer lasting than the tall narrow jobs on the other new basses. I think the price is fair considering you get a jazz bridge pickup as well, but like I said earlier I'd rather have the bridge pickup omitted and pay $100 less.
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