Newest Gas: Harmony Reissues (made In The Same Factory As Heritage In Kalamazoo, Mi).

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  1. golem

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    Trying to convince a dealer to sign up and get me one of the Silhouettes since I know these won't be available used for quite some time. My suspicion is that the price they're offering them for isn't sustainable and they'll have to go up in price long term. We'll see.
     
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    Not for everybody. Definitely for people like me who want modern appointments with a retro aesthetic. $1300 for a made in the USA guitar.
     
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    I dunno... You think $1,300 is too cheap for those? I'd balk at $300.
     

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    For something MIA at the same factory as Heritage guitars... yes.
     
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    Interesting. I wish them luck. Prices seem a bit steep. Can't see there being much of a customer base for these.
     
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    I like them. Do I recall correctly that Heritage had a bunch of labor problems not too long ago?
     
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    they are kind of cool, not $1300 cool... not to me anyway. The knobs look hideous.
     
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    the problem here is that Harmony was always a budget brand....for those who couldn't afford Fenders, Gretches, Gibsons, etc. They were not just cheaper....they weren't as well-made. That's why I don't remember ever seeing a professional musician playing one.

    And now they want to re-launch and charge same prices as Fender and the other big boys? I just don't see it.
     
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    Isn’t this true with Supro as well. Prices might be lower but they don’t have locking tuners, nitro finishes, and they aren’t made in the USA.


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    "The Harmony Company was, in its heyday, the largest musical instrument manufacturer in the United States."

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    I'm not as familiar with Supro. But their guitars do look a bit more reasonably-priced. To me, still overpriced when you compare to brands like Agile, Squier, Epiphone, Ibanez, etc.
     
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    And I wouldn't get so hung up on the MIA thing. I've played CRAP guitars built in the USA and incredible guitars built in Asia.
     
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    Being made in America means they have to pay higher labor costs. It doesn't automatically make the product worth an exhorbitant price. These are replicas of cheaply-made budget guitars after all.
     
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    I stand here alone in my GAS then. Will see if I can find a good deal.


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    Exactly. It's a mistake to think that you're automatically getting a better quality guitar because it's built in the states.

    And generally, because of labor costs, at the same price point, an Asian-made guitar is going to be better quality. It's just the economics of production.

    If you want to buy American-made to support the workers, that's cool. And I applaud that. But don't think you're necessarily getting a better guitar.
     
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    I'd wait for the copies on AliExpress. Should be there soon.
     
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