Yeah, but Cid, you're not paying for the plastic, you're paying for the labour, tools, machinery, set up time, experience, rent, employee medical benefits etc etc etc - an Alder body blank should cost about $40, so why does a JEM body, even from a one man operation like Chris Woods, cost about $250? A Dimarzio pickup consists of about 3 bucks of formvar wire and maybe five to six bucks of bits, but it'll cost you from $60 to $120 - knowing how much work actually goes into winding a pickup, I'm more than happy to pay Larry for his company's time and experience.$200 for a piece of plastic is insane, and ERs mess ups arent the customer's problem.
I never said Ed wasn't nuts.........I understand there are other costs involved, but he's still nuts. Im a low voltage electrician, if I pull the wrong cable for a job, I cant charge all the customers for it, myself or my employer have to eat the cost.
There is no way anyone could justify $200 or even $125 to me, maybe Im just too stubborn
Wait, he jacked the prices up on his own guitars because he got flamed on here a bit?Final point with regards to the Jem pricing - call it delusions of grandeur - but I honestly believe the Jem pricing at ER Guitars was directly affected by the horrible press, and harassing telephone calls and emails from Jemsiters for almost 10 years.
In a conversation I had with him and through my knowledge of what has gone on with regards to criticism of Ed, it wouldn't surprise me. I think that by jacking up the prices, he has avoided dealing with bargain hunters such as myself. He claims to sell to "royalty" and people who are willing to spend $50k on the entire Jem collection from A to Z (or LNG to 20th.) He doesn't have time for mortals.Wait, he jacked the prices up on his own guitars because he got flamed on here a bit?