Re: Why so many relics
- From: JNugent <not.telling@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 10:59:49 +0100
On 25 Oct, 23:16, use...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Woody) wrote:
I have this strange and unexplainable desire to buy a fender telecaster
standard (I guitar I find rather ugly). So I have been idly looking on
eBay to look for them, and occasionally bidding too little on them.
However, I have noticed an increasing (in that I had only seen it
briefly before) increase in 'relic' guitars, where someone has got
something like a tele or a strat (seems quite common with those - maybe
why i never saw it), that is perfectly fine and functional, and
'damaging' it, to make it look old.
Do people really go for that sort of thing? I mean I always had trouble
keeping them undented, it seems odd to get one that someone has
deliberately damaged (to increase its valid).
Just this morning i was flicking through the free Sound control mag
and spotted a Fender Telecaster priced at 699 and the Fender Strat
also priced at 699 . and i wondered why are these two guitars nearly
always priced the same ?. Taking each guitar in turn the Telecaster
does look old fashioned , personally i don't think it has aged too
good and i share your opinion of it been a bit ugly .
The Fender Stratocaster has a more hands on feel , with gorgeous body
chamfering , and extra pick-up and tonal options , a tremolo mechanism
with all the workings . To me the Strat is giving the buyer more bang
for his bucks . I'm not knocking the sound you get from the Tele , but
the Strat has to be miles ahead in the VFM stakes .
Neither of them is priced on a "cost plus" basis, so the question of the cost of components is irrelevant.
Guitars at those price levels (and at many others) are priced on a straightforward "what the market will bear" basis. That also explains how PMT and Peter Cook can sell range-ends off so "cheaply" (they're only really "cheap" in relation to the previous selling price - the intrinsic cost is much lower than the original RRP, the previous typical street price or the end-of-range discount price.
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