Parting out - cost of components. Necks very expensive now?
This is puzzling me for a while. When I see people or shops part out Fender style instruments lately I see that the neck is very expensive. Quite a few people split 50/50. 50% for neck+tuners and 50% for body+pickups+pickguard+bridge.
Sounds expensive for the neck to me and it certainly wasn't the case in the elder days.
I wonder why that is. Maybe playability (*) is relatively more important than sound to the buyers right now?
(*) yes I am aware that some think the neck makes at least as much of the sound as the body, in fact I do, but let's not get into another useless "does wood matter" discussion here.