DarkAxel wrote:Have you ever owned a small production, "boutique" instrument, that you didn't pick apart looking for details why to be unhappy with it?
Have you ever let me post anything without being a contrarian for absolutely no reason? Like what did you gain by posting that? You arent contributing to the thread in any way. Last I checked, you've only ever been interested in cheap or second hand guitars, so why even bother?
last I checked I spent 1500€ on a Rickenbacker
but that's beside the point, which I would like to explain because I went too sarcastic, sorry about that. My point is that I have seen you criticizing "boutique" or handmade guitars and I can't help thinking that you might be a bit too hard on the builders. I mean - sure, I can imagine that after paying above a certain amount, you'd like the instrument to be perfect. But I'm sorry but I think that expectation is illogical - especially when you're dealing with smaller companies. Those are still people, handmaking the instruments for a considerable amount of the process.
It would be much more logical expecting really good results from a bigger company that runs a custom shop, that has the hi-tech machinery combined with the human element and the resources to re-do any fuckups ad nauseam and asks for a lot of money and then delivers a subpar product. It's like being unhappy with occasional differences in handmade pedals' sound - that to me is what comes from the imperfection of the human, small production element because they can't/won't/don't have the resources to perfectly match and pick all the components. That's what you're actually paying for I'd even say
Maybe you've been really unlucky. But I remember seeing your photos of the EGC and thinking "that's not too bad tho?" or "I don't see what he means" etc. Here, I see what you mean, the bridge doesn't line up with the pickguard - maybe it's a badly cut pickguard, which I think is more probable and which is not such an issue as it can be easily replaced. The gigbag is bad, yes. But the neck/fingerboard issues I'd not see as drastically problematic
What I'm saying is... Maybe you're too hard on these builders. Maybe I'm wrong, sure... All I know is that I have bought an expensive instrument from a company that is known for certain problems with QC and I'm happy with it. Is it perfect? It's not. And I paid 1500€ which, for me, is
for example half a year of rent for my room with utilities. My dad will give me some of that next year as a present but now I worked two part time jobs for a couple months to be able to afford that, paid that from my money, and although the instrument is not perfect, I am happy I got it. I was aware of the possibility I might get a dud, I didn't and that's fine. I know what I like about it and why it was worth all the effort and I do not pick it apart. I could and could make myself way unhappy with it, but I don't want to live like that as I accept imperfections
As has been mentioned - I have seen expensive instruments from big companies that were worse than yours. QC is one thing, but again - the human element I mentioned is also a factor, even moreso in this case.
If I seem overly contrarian to your posts, I apologize. You've changed and I've come to not like your attitude. But I try not to be a dick about it. In this case, I just felt like saying something because... shit it just felt like you've been making yourself unhappier than you need to be by picking something apart way too much
PS: a friend of mine just got his Dunable RD and I haven't seen any issues I'd notice with it. Feel free to write that off as "DA doesn't see anything through his rose-tinted glasses" as I might be too benevolent, but that's my 0.02