Gibsons don't have trems (mostly). Fender doesn't have floating trems. Go figure.
Apart form the cheaper Korean JS
, they are all made in Japan (though nothing wrong with that, frankly they're better than most US instruments in my opinion), they have the same bodies and necks, therefore similar machining costs; the principle difference is that the one I'm refering to does not have a trem; now, on the perfectly reasonable assumption that trems are more expensive than fixed bridges......YOU GO FIGURE!!
Comparing US instrments, (high labour costs) with eastern instruments (lower labour costs) is not not comparing like with like, IS IT? Comparing vertually the same guitar, from the same manufacturer, made in the same location, one with an expensive add-on, IS however!
What kind of an idiot thinks non-trem guitars must be more expensive just because a couple of historically important US manufacturers make expensive guitars that, in the main, don't have trems?? YOU obviously!