The price increases are here

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  1. capgun

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    And it’s just gotten ridiculous I think. What justifies a Player Tele suddenly costing $50 more? And there is a Squier Jazz bass over $500. I know some of you spend way more than that on guitars, but I don’t and I won’t.

    Time to start looking to other brands for new guitars and time to throw together a couple partscasters. Good thing I’m currently satisfied with the one guitar I do have. End rant.

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  2. northernguitar

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    Makes sense. Fender is having their best year. Sweetwater is selling 1000 guitars a day. Demand increases, so does the price. Capitalism 101.

    However, I do believe that when the masks come off, and we return to something resembling normal, there will be a plethora of cheap, like-new gear on the used market.
     
  3. Steve Holt

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    You can't place the blame entirely on fender and the guitar market though just because they're having a great year. I've seen steel prices double since October. And a coworker of mine knows a guy in construction who told him a truckload of lumber that used to cost him 11,000 is now closer to 30,000.
     
  4. stormsedge

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    I agree. It appears it is time to be patient unless you need it for gigs.
     
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  5. Blues Twanger

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    It's not just Fender, but then again not everyone either. With the economy over the last year everything has gone up in price, from Telecasters to chicken wings to socks to whatever you care to name.
     
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    You used to be able to get a shave and a haircut for 5 cents.
     
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    Uh...lumber prices haven't nearly tripled. Come on man. Check out some real numbers, not from a friend who knows a guy: https://www.nahb.org/news-and-economics/housing-economics/National-Statistics/Framing-Lumber-Prices

    Yeah it's gone up. From the lowest point in October, it's up about 50% ($600 per 1000 board feet up to $900). So, not close to doubled, much less nearly tripled.
     
  8. imwjl

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    Lots of costs and prices have gone up. It is understandable and in some niches I applaud it. World wide lots of people have had their employers spend more on the work environment they are in and lots of first line and manufacturing workers have had raises. Lots of products have component and labor shortages in addition to transportation and logistics challenges many are aware of.
     
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    Been eyeing up a 2020 Epi Standard Gold Top and they have gone up in price too.
    It is two things

    1) A very successful year
    2) COVID inflationary impact

    These prices will not go down.
     
  10. stonetone7

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    Did I miss it, or did most of the Classic Vibes go up $30 as well?
     
  11. capgun

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    Yep.


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  12. Joshtheguitarguy

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    Inflation and monetary gain.
     
  13. Brad Pittiful

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    may not just be fender raising prices just to raise prices...their vendors may have raise prices on components...it all adds up
     
  14. viking

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    Dont buy them , its that simple
     
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    I own a partscaster and I play it three times as much as my Fenders. Probably because its built just the way I wanted it
     
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    Like we don't have a plethra from decades of mass production, domestic and import? In otherwords, new buyers are not used buyers. They are two different "demands" and two different "supply's". And Fender is very glad for that.
     
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    I fought inflation at Guitar Center on Saturday and won. I traded in a Stratocaster that cost me $200. They gave me $450 for the guitar and 10% off on a new purchase. I got a new Gretsch G5422T for $450 with a gig bag. It was marked $849.
     
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    My 1965 Danelectro, adjusted for inflation, would cost about $535 now. A Telecaster of the same year about $1650.
     
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    I'm just thinking that there will be a massive sell-off in the used market in 2-3 years. When things go back to normal, people don't find time to play and realize they weren't into guitar that much, we will picking great guitars on the used market for not much.

    What goes around, comes around.
     
  20. Steerforth

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    It shall always be thus. Same as it ever was.

    Good tools are pricey, but you can use them over and over again. They let you be your own Custom Shop. That’s my favorite solution.

    But I’ll probably keep buying them, too. Our fate was cast before our boots hit the ground. May as well roll with the punches in life.
     
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