Hey guys! Haven't been around the site in a little under a year, I've missed it! So much has happened in that time, we've all grown a little...:D
Anyways, it's been that time in my young life where I've been distracted by SOOOO many other things that I forgot the greatest hobby of all: Guitars. I haven't lusted, drooled or begged for a guitar in ages; never even crossed my mind until recently. And I want to fulfill my personal dream of owning a finely-made Fender Jazzmaster. And I think I've found my White Whale...err...PURPLE Whale. Yes. The J. Mascis signature.
After scouring Musicians Friend and piecing together that they've been discontinued, I began to look on eBay. And then I looked at the prices: generally around $600-$1000, depending on owners. Why would a well-made guitar with a standard $1600 guitar be selling at such LOW rates? My explanation: no one wants to pay that much for a guitar like that!
It seems history is repeating itself. When the Jazz's and Jag's were first released, Fender couldn't move enough product because there wasn't a high enough demand for them, one factor, I'm assuming, was price. Then when the great Alternative movement happened and they regained popularity, all those musicians got a top-dollar, well-made guitar and close to nothing. The same thing is happening now.
The Elvis Costello Jazzmaster wasn't around very long was it? No, because while it was a well made instrument, it was too expensive. There's a high demographic in todays young guitarists for offset waist Fenders, but most don't have the bank to buy the MIJ or even the Classic Player series. It feels like Fender may be exploiting the Jazz/Jag's popularity by making high-priced instruments knowing that customers will buy them. To me, as a customer and long-time Fender fan, that just doesn't seem right. :confused:
With some of these facts/statements above, does it at all make you guys mad about the Sonic Youth signatures? Don't get me wrong, SY is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE BAND.....EVER!!!!! And I think it's nice that Fender is recognizing these instruments and players more. But REALLY???? $1500 for a custom color and ONE volume knob??? That seems, oh I don't know....a little, perhapes, CRAZY??? Seems worth more like $1000 to me. :eek:
And I recognize that Fender perhaps had the foresight to see this error and released the Blacktop series. But, IMO, it's not a Jazzmaster if it has a humbucker in it. :(
And Fender, PLEASE reduce the price on the Mustang! For goodness sakes, it's a STUDENT MODEL! :rolleyes:
In conclusion: I think I speak for a lot of guitarists when I say that Fender has made some of the best guitars ever. Some of the most legendary designs no doubt. But I think sales would increase by SIMPLY reducing the prices of the more sought-after "higher-end" models. Make them the original way, no fancy changes or missing pieces "suited for today's players". That's not what I want. I want famous Fender quality from a famous Fender guitar at the trademark Fender price. If not, it seems history will repeat itself and those instruments will end up in the bargain bin at the local pawn shops because no one would buy them when they were issued.
Does anybody agree? Sorry for the long post, I missed you guys! :D
'62 AVRI Jazzmaster
Silicon Mini Fuzz Face-->Germanium 4 Big Muff--> Mooer Pure Boost-->EHX Deluxe Memory Boy-->Boss FRV-1
1968 Fender Bassman; 2x12 Fender cab, Jensen C12n's