ESP and their ego
Okay, last week I decided to take a former student of mine (who is a big Ax7 fan and loves Synyster Gates) around to different guitar shops (as he had never been to most of the places I know). I took him to Big Boss, which is an official ESP dealer (in Ochanomizu in tokyo, Big Boss runs the ESP custom shop).
A few months ago, to attempt to figure out why Timo Tolkki used the MII CTM as his base for his Stratovarius era guitars, I picked one up to try it out. Honestly, I liked my RG2550 better but it wasn't a bad guitar. It was cost at roughly $2400. J Custom price. Yeah I figured ESP was overpriced as it was but it wasn't that bad.
Fast forward back to last Sunday with my former student. I saw an ESP MII CTM going for $3600. Double you-tee-eff? In the span of just a few months, they raised the price over a grand? This is idiotic. I've seen alot of people complain here about Ibanez being a ripoff compared to the old days, but how can ANY company justify such a massive price increase? On top of that, how can any guitar player just accept this?