Originally Posted by buckeyebragi
That being said, why in the world are some basswood basses nice and cheap like Classic Vibe and some are super expensive like the Bongo?
One is an overseas outsourced entry level product, and the other is an American made professional level model that is subjected to a whole different set of expenses. Plus you won't find a Squier that ships with the fret work and set up that the Bongo will have.
Price some wood, There isn't much cost difference until you get in to exotic woods and multiple body pieces, Thats were materials and labor comes in.
My main Bass is an SB14, An Indonesean made Basswood Sterling copy.
The differences to me, there is a small spot in slot for the pick up switch that the finish seemed to have missed and the plastic plate for the electronics is rough on the edges.
Its got a nice piece of maple for the neck, But its not quarter or rift sawn.
Doesn't have the compensating nut that The American Made Sterling has, meaning my intonation is good, but it could be perfect.
And the battery compartment is slightly different.
I Don't feel like I need to spend another $1000 to get a 25% increase in instrument.
They are priced according to what people are willing to pay for them.