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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2003, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Price question again...

Does anybody know why a VSBL cost 100-150 $ more than a VWH when they are basically the same guitar with different colour? (except obony vs rosewood fretboard, but ebony is more expensive). I think the VWH is better finished too, so i donīt know the reason...
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2003, 11:59 AM
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I agree...I thought the gold hardware and ebony board would offset the sparkle paint cost....Rich will have good insight on this.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2003, 02:25 PM
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Yeah! What the hell?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2003, 02:47 PM
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I'd like to hear this too, as I'm about to buy my first Jem, a used VSBL tomorrow
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2003, 03:30 PM
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likely the ONLY reason (because sparkle paint is not much more money at all than regular)

Is that it's new. In theory, the VWH should actually be more expensive to produce in material cost, but only by a few dollars.

Like any new model, wait a few years, and it will be cheaper. The VWH when it first arrived was more money (in relation to the economy) than it is now, same with the DBK's, and any new model.

It's not Ibanez changing it so much either, it's the stores, saying, this is new, we can charge more for it probably (though this is purely speculation on my part)

Just like new cars, if I'd bought a 1999 firebird, instead of 1998 (which was the first year of that body style) I would have saved $3200 for the same options.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2003, 05:11 PM
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This was beaten to death at length when the SBL debuted, plenty of threads here on the subject.

Bottom line, there are many other factors besides material/production costs that a company uses to decide price points.
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ebony board , rosewood fretboard

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