RE: Overseas Guitar Factories - What am I buying?
I know the country of origin will usually indicate "Quality"; but I know some folks (Me being one) like one brand made in China or Indonesia over another brand made in the same country.
Funny thing is, I've read that guitars branded from different companies are made in the very same factory.
Point in case being the Ibanez JS100; based on the serial number, it could be made in the Cort factory; but It would be very unlikely for me to buy a Cort guitar.
Indonesian Epiphone Les Paul Guitars I've heard are made in a Samick factory; and again, it would be very unlikely for me to buy a Samick guitar.
So I guess my question is how much quality is lost and how much marketing and customer perception comes into play?
I mean, I've worked in manufacturing before, and made similiar parts, but based on customer specs and tolerances, we put out different quality products. Again, same person making two different quality parts; so my feeling is the factory is just putting out what the customer is asking for; not that the factory inherently puts out sub-standard product.
Does anyone have any feedback in general and maybe what factories brand what guitar?
Steve C - RI