Originally Posted by OLIE_ROCKS_THE_80'S
Yes and No mate... are you not going to tell me Fenders are overpriced, or Gibsons, PRS, Parker, ESP, Jackson, Charvel, Wayne Charvel etc...of course they are, they all are, even the RG550. The point I am trying to make is that if you were to make a custom guitar with your own specs, not only will it be more affordable but also a fantastic player that would surely beat anything you can pick up from the shelf at a music shop.
I paid 400 quid for my RG550 back in 87. I could pick up a used 550 in great condition for that price now (if I could find one), or alternatively I can spend a couple hundred more and buy the new RG 20th (which I have done). I cannot get a custom guitar as good as an RG550 built for the same kind of money. I'd be paying 150 quid for the trem alone.
Some Fender guitars are overpriced, some are not. The really overpriced ones are the signature models. Wayne Charvel hand makes his stuff, and I agree, they're ridiculously overpriced. Older Charvel's were pretty well priced back in the day. I had a Charvel Model 2 for a while. It wasn't very expensive to buy, and even better I got mine for nothing! SOme friend of mine left it at my house and completely forgot about it!
Gibson, PRS, Parker, ESP, Jackson, etc... sure, they may be overpriced, but again, it's generally the signature models that are totally overpriced. Exactly like the JEM is. And that's my point. You are paying MORE for it because it's what Steve Vai plays. I dunno how you could doubt this, Olie.
BTW, the HM Strat RULES! I agree there.