Honestly, I would make 3 models in the Fender line. The MIM Strat, the Modern Strat, and the Vintage Strat. I think that would basically cover everything people want in the standard line. And then on top of that, we can have the various signature guitars.Just call it a Stratocaster. You get sunburst standard. You want a color pick it from a chart as an up charge. You want a humbucker, route it yourself. Keep it simple one model, the Stratocaster, American made Stratocaster or Mexican made Stratocaster.
Oh and don’t force shops to buy X number per year to keep a dealer agreement.
G&L might have an issue with that.
Probably the AV Modified.Sorry if this has already been discussed or if it’s yesterday’s news, but I just heard from my rep at Sweetwater that the AO series is discontinued. He alluded to the notion that there would be something to replace them. Does anyone know?
Define "significantly"Not having his signature on it would , hopefully, reduce the price significantly.
...and in 1978, gas was 65 cents a gallon. In 1992 my first Strat Plus was $600.They still are behind inflation.
American Pro is around $1600
In 1978, my Strat was $600
Allowing for inflation, that's currently Les Paul prices. American Pro is a bargain.
Yeah it's looking rough for G&L's prices are now. The fact they were priced slightly lower than Fender was always a good thing but now that isn't the case anymore. Best thing to do is just buy a g&l on reverb because even dealers will gladly give you a discount on new ones since they don't move as many compared to fenders.In all seriousness I imagine Fender will make an announcement at the long-delayed NAMM show in a couple of weeks; it open on June 3.
Definitely; that seems to be G&L's entire marketing campaign.
Speaking of G&L did you seen their price increase they had earlier this month? Fullerton Deluxes (where you can only pick the color/fingerboard wood/pickguard color) are now more expensive than an American Pro II - and they come with a gig bag, and they are using a rosewood substitute they call "Caribbean Rosewood". The alder body models that were $1,399 are now $1,740.