$9414.93 Custom Shop Closet Classic Strat. Why is this special?

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  1. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    But, in Rotherham, they wouldn't know the difference. ;) :p
     
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    houserco Strat-Talk Member

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    That's AT LEAST a $2 million dollar home (in Corona, at least)!!!
     
  3. Chont

    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    its the cracks in the finish. Each one fetches $50
     
  4. Stratafied

    Stratafied Dr. Stratster

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  5. Murphcaster

    Murphcaster Senior Stratmaster

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    If that was built by a "Master Builder" then the price would be 3X as much.
     
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  6. tery

    tery Dr. Stratster

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    They could at least put new strings on it .
     
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    StratMike10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    I would kill for a ultra dark RW fretboard like that on a q-sawn neck... however my assassins' fee is a lot less than $9414.93
     
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  8. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    $10k would get you first and last month's rent in LA.
     
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    Sarnodude Most Honored Senior Member

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    If it's not even built to vintage specs, the least they could have done is make it with 22 frets.
     
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    Sarnodude Most Honored Senior Member

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    Built by Homer Simpson.
     
  11. bsman

    bsman Senior Stratmaster

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    Only first month in Santa Clara... :D

    I played a masterbuilt tele once at a store in Santa Rosa, and it was an amazingly fine, resonant, beautifully-playing, light, and perfectly reliced piece for about half the price of that one. While I could perhaps see spending $4-5K on a guitar like that, anything more than that puts you into territory where you're talking about it competing with custom acoustics that require much more care and craftsmanship than what is essentially a plank bolted to a neck...
     
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    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    Why would anyone(besides a collector of some sorts) spend thousands of dollars on a bolt on neck guitar with puny nickel silver frets,pickups that hum and average designed bridge always leaves me bamboozled....
     
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    Hydr0 Senior Stratmaster

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    Ron Thorn seems to get a premium, but this one seems way too high for what it is, my opinion at least, but market can prove me wrong. They just need that one buyer to make it happen.

    Speaking of markets, it should be pointed out that this is only the asking price, which could be whatever the seller wants to post (means almost nothing on it's own), we'll see what the price actually is once it trades.

    Some sales data on sold listings for Ron Thorne guitars for comparison purposes:

    https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=ron thorn masterbuilt&show_only_sold=true
     
  14. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Senior Stratmaster

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    Cuz Fender said it’s special, and you need it because this one is totally different than all those other $1000 Strats that you already own, even though they’re all made in the same factory out of the same raw materials and identical parts.
     
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  15. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo

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    The price is special, that's all.
     
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    Dare1 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Lmao. I respect the builders and their craftsmanship, but that's a hard pass from me.
     
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    simoncroft Still playing. Still learning! Silver Member

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    It looks incredibly similar to the 1986 MIJ Strat I sold a while back, except mine didn't have fake finish checking and sold for about $9,000 less. o_O

    Leo's ethos was to build affordable instruments for working musicians. He wanted all Strats to be equally good, and disliked the idea of 'special' ones.

    I know that we live in more sophisticated when it comes to marketing, price points, perceived value, added value blah blah. But let's ask ourselves this: are the Strats played by Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton suitable for professional musicians? If the answer is "yes", we're being charged more than $7,000 for someone sticking the body in a freezer overnight. If the answer is "no", Strats are probably not for you, anyway. :D
     
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    Agtronic Senior Stratmaster

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    I like the Custom Shop relics in general, but I can't understand the constantly increasing price point. What value does the "best master builder" really add to the instrument? I mean it's still a Stratocaster, how much better can you assemble / set it up? It's the same as the signature models that fetch $20k etc, what for? It's still a Stratocaster. Because they say who it's inspired by it is suddenly worth tons more? I guess it all comes down to the market. People are buying these, otherwise they wouldn't be making them.
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Actually, no, the Custom Shop sources their own wood and does their own shaping.
    It may or may not now be in the same building, but CS is completely separate from production and always has been.
     
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  20. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Senior Stratmaster

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    Uh huh.