I used to believe guitar players were the only people buying guitars with a few exceptions. (PRS Dragon Series is a good example. Ibanez Paul Stanley model is another.) My qualification for a "guitar player" was the ability to play the open position chords. Here is why:
- I have never known or met anyone that could not play the open position chords who was really enthusiastic about buying guitars.
- Initially, that was the purpose of the guitar, to play chords for singers.
The following guitars have forced me to ask, "who are these for?"
This was the first time I had heard the term "heirloom-quality" and thought Sweetwater made it up. (They didn't.) The description of the guitar reads like you are buying a French château
or an Imperial Fabergé egg. Lastly, "the PRS Private Stock #7872 Custom 24 is a guitar you and your family will treasure for generations." Who is buying this guitar?
I really need help with this one. I mean....look at it! Who is buying this guitar?
I am not blaming PRS of making a nice guitar (actually, Sweetwater has several heirloom-quality PRS guitars for sale which kind of diminishes their status of being rare/unique.) or Fender for designing an innovative looking toilet, but I would like to understand the reasoning behind the marketing and how it affects the guitar industry. What comes after "heirloom-quality ?" "Heritage-quality?" "Bloodline-quality?" "Divine Right-quality?" Probably not, but then again, look at what Fender made...
Overall, I feel like the guitar industry is much more stable than it was 1 year ago.
There are just a few loose ends.