Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Moorhead, MN USA 56560
Re: Here it is!!!! Korean Prestige!!!
I've been really impressed with the quality level of alot of various MIK axes I've run across. The Prestiege name is supposed to mean something, as is J Craft. Shure a guy in the US can build just as good a guitar as someone in Japan, Korean, Mexico, China, Europe, anywhere... But They are only making guitars as well as they are being paid to. They can also only build instruments as well as the materials that they are given to work with. I have yet to see a Korean guitar made of pro quality wood. There are some MIK guitars that are starting to show real top notch hardware like the upper end LTD and Schecter stuff, but that's all set up and installed in the US. It seems to me that the Koreans are learning to build decent guitars, but they do not rival USA or Jap craftsmanship by any means. What's worse is that the Koreans have probably spend 50 years figuring out how to make a decent instrument. I would say that within the next 5 years we'll start to see some real show-stoppers out of Korea, but the R&D for shure isn't happening on my dime. Now that the Koreans are asking more $ for their improving services makers are moving production to indochina where they are making things far worse than any Korean guitar I have ever encountered. How long will it take to see playable things out of China? I don't think I'm gonna wait around long enough to find out.