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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Kayle McGuire, Jan 9, 2018.
Man, it depends.
My main electric: Japan
My main acoustic: USA
My main classical: Germany
My Les Pauls and avatar critter are US made, as are my James Goodall RCJC, Strings & Things PJ bass, and Ovation
Magnum 1 bass.
My Yamaha NTX700 is made in China.
My PRS Kestrel bass in made in Korea.
1 Squier Classic Vibe Vintage Blonde Indonesia
2 Squier Classic Vibe Custom Indonesia
3 G&L Ascari GT90 Indonesia
4 Epi ES339 Indonesia
5 Squier Bullet Strat Indonesia
6 Rosser body,USACG neck, Cavalier pickup TeleBird. USA
I notice a general trend
I alternate playing between USA, Korea, and Japan.
60's Baja Tele = Mexico
Kramer Pacer = USA (allegedly)
Squire Affinity Tele = China
Gretsch 2622T = China
Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded Brown = USA
Martin = USA
3 hand built acoustics = USA
Gretsch Cowboy acoustic = Indonesia (I think)
My #1 is Mexican, a MIM Standard with USA pickups (Duncan) and substantial USA (by me) setup work.
#2 is half Mexican, half Korean: MIK Schecter body with a MIM neck. Assembly and pickups USA.
#3 is all Korean, a Hamer Sunburst “Slammer Series”. Great guitar. Pickups are USA by Josh Gravelin.
USA Strat and Tele
Japan- Squire Tele
The new partscaster I'm building is a MiM Nashville body and a Musikraft neck with Hipshot gears, so Mexico and USA.
All my other guitars and partscasters come from China.
But this could just as well be anywhere. If it is good for me, it is good.
Of my three contenders for "number one", two were made in the US (one by hand and the other production) and the third was made in China. The Chinese guitar cost about 1/6th of what either US guitar cost, and that's counting the cost of the US made replacement pickup I installed. Good guitars are made everywhere.
What? Nobody wrote "Texas" yet?
#1 USA, #2 Japan, #3 USA, #4 USA, #5 Japan, #6 Japan
USA - Highway One Tele and a Ric 4001
China - Blueridge BR361
And I actually do have a German made Ortega nylon string.
Two USA. One each Japan, Mexico, Canada. There is no measurable quality difference among them and none of them suck, including the Gibson. In fact, they're all nearly perfectly set up and I consider them all to be really fine professional instruments. There's not much to it, really. Choose carefully. Take care of your gear. Don't modify a guitar unless you're sure of what you'll be getting and that it's what you really want.
I have six guitars all made in the USA. Parts come from other places.
American made Stratocaster, I think it is a Texas Special
Ron Jeffrey's Custom Stratocaster (the pickups are European)
Ron Jeffrey's Custom Telecaster (the pickups are European)
2015 Martin HD-28, Nazareth, PA
2011 Martin 000-28EC, Nazareth, PA
My two favorites are the Custom Stratocaster and the 000-28EC.
My two main electrics are USA made and it does matter to me.
My three acoustics are made in Canada but since I got my new job, those will be replaced by USA made as well. At least the main one.
Yes, I'm a nationalisic redneck who wants his fellow Americans to have good jobs too. I know how wrongheaded that attitude is today but I'm a dinosaur.
Mine is (was) made on my front porch.
At my house