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Why are American guitars typically more valuable than guitars made from different nations?

Asked by whitecarnations (1638points) March 17th, 2012
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How would you rate the order of prestige?


1. American made
2. Japanese made etc

And why is this? Is this because of the wood difference? Or is this because of the pay rate to its citizens by these nations? In a guitar plant in Mexico are the regulations less strict than an American Fender plant?


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TexasDude's avatar

Quality. Also, all of the guitar engineering pioneers were Americans. Les Paul, Leo Fender, and the rest of that crew.

thorninmud's avatar

There’s an image problem with Japanese instruments, too. We don’t like to think of musical instruments as an industrial product. Even though the Japanese have proven over and over that they really know how to master quality control, there is still something about the idea of buying a guitar from a company like Yamaha that also makes ” products, semiconductors and other computer related products, sporting goods, home appliances and furniture, specialty metals, machine tools, and industrial robots”.

Japan has produced some of the most accomplished craftsmen in the world. They have developed a worldwide reputation for uncompromising standards. But whereas we don’t mind thinking of our automobiles coming from factories, we’d rather think of our musical instruments as being lovingly birthed by wood wizards. The story and the tradition behind the instrument are an integral part of how we perceive its value.

Rock2's avatar


A lot of the work making guitars is now done by machine. Quality is good even on the cheap guitars. If you want to spend your money on something useful, find a good luthier and get him to set your guitar up properly.

TexasDude's avatar

I should point out that some of the rarer Japanese guitars are worth quite a bit.

wundayatta's avatar

Here’s a list of classical guitars made my guitar-makers from all over the world. You can say that the premise of the question is not the case for this list. I would be very surprised if it were true even with a list of all guitars made in the world.

whitecarnations's avatar

Every jelly knows your anti American or non chalant about where products are made @wundayatta Trust us, in the guitar world, American made guitars are king. True though it’s not to say that there aren’t high priced fancier guitars out there, but the bulk however, the bulk of all the brands combined, including vintage, American reigns. This is guitar culture and just how it is.

wundayatta's avatar

Show me the data, @whitecarnations. Or as the colloquialism goes: pics, or it didn’t happen.

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