Custom Shop Apprentice builds, who knew?

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  1. StratAlchemist

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    Apparently there is a thing called apprentice builds.

     
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    When do they start talking about something interesting? I got as far as 3 minutes, & I gave up after they started talking about social work for dolphins...

    WTF?
     
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    They certainly seem to be enjoying their own jokes...

    Edit: I skipped ahead and they show guitars at $8000+!

    "Apprentice builds" at $8000? Fender are such a joke these days.
     
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    They look (& sound) wicked stoned LOL!
     
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    He's not gonna have to worry about marrying anyone till he figures out some basic grooming principles. Like how to use a comb.
     
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    Man that was a real hard video to get through. So I don’t think these are or a new thing is what I got from the long drawn out video. They’ve been building them throughout the custom shop when they start out as a apprentice. Some make it and some don’t, I kinda watched that twice but I’m still not sure. Still pretty insane prices though.

    Wonder if the broadcaster I have built by Chris Fleming in 2001 when he was a apprentice would be considered “apprentice” built. Here’s a link to Chris’s history at fender according to his LinkedIn profile
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    BuddhaFingas Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    It's taken me longer to learn to play the F chord than this guy spent going from "Builder" to "Director: Guitar R&D"...
     
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    Just because something isn't worth to you what's its worth to someone else doesn't make the entire company a joke. To think so is a joke, imo. And a cop out.

    Those apprentices have likely been building Fenders for years at this point. It's not like an electricians apprentice, for example, who may come in knowing barely anything and with little to no experience.
     
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    So you turn an opinion into a personal insult?

    It's Fender marketing a screw-together guitar by someone unknown for $8000. To me that's a joke, but feel free to spend your money wherever you like.

    I'm not sure why some people get so defensive about a commercial company. :rolleyes:
     
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    Sorry about that. Wasn't my intention.
     
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    I agree that your opinion is not a personal insult, but it is rather broad-stroked and ignorant. Obviously you have never been to the Fender factory. It used to be open to public tours until freeway construction made it hard to get to about 5 years ago. A lot of hand work and finishing goes into even base models and is not just "Screw together".( And no, I don't work for Fender).
     
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    Really?

    No, it pretty much is. Their marketing is merely icing.
     
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    Thanks - accepted and much appreciated. :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for posting that. Pretty interesting to see that they may have even been doing them back in 00/01/02
     
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    Don't you worry me friend...don't get all wound up by that nutball!:confused::D
     
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    LOL. Yea, there's a reason behind the name I chose. I tend to get wound up easily lol. Especially these days. I've been actively working on trying not to be so abrasive and rude when I post.
     
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    I guess you sure do have to watch what you post...just like with me which is a reason why I'm no more on TGP forum. What comes a wound goes a wound.:oops::(

     
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    It's all good. Sometimes things don't come across the way they are meant.
     
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    Thanks guys for sparing me the agony of watching the video!

    Have no problem with that, thats how someone learns their craft, gotta learn somehow!

    I’m sure they’re being watched over and supervised, and have some degree of practice beforehand, and the finished product is QC’ed rigorously like anything else, sounds like nothing new, don’t see the big deal.
     
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    I’ve had a few custom shop nocasters and tele’s over the years and the attention to detail in my possible apprentice built broadcaster is insane.

    1 piece swamp ash, just really nice grain, you guys ever see router pin holes in a production fender since the early days?

    $8000 maybe not but a lot of these were probably one offs as mentioned in the video so for those crazy fender collectors maybe that price is ok.