TL;DR- Why isn’t anyone line producing an American made Semi-Hollow bass? Ok, I’m just trying to understand something as I search around for new bass tones. Now obviously there are outlier exceptions, custom order basses, and few-off boutique builds that counterpoint the notion in putting forward, but hear me out and let me know if I’m missing something- Is anyone currently producing a line of American made hollow/semi-hollow basses? And if not, why? And why are the Asian-Market built models so damn expensive? Does their quality live up to their price? A quick search on any big box website will give you one result meeting the US built criteria (the outlier I mentioned above), a blue burst G&L ASAT bass (ugh, why blue?) for about $2,000. Every other semi/hollow offering is an Asian market built instrument- which let me say, I generally have no issue with. There are models from Epiphone, Ibanez, Guild, Gretsch, Hofner, and many more! They range in price anywhere from $500 to $2000 for the most part (and even $3500 For the coveted White Falcon bass- Japanese built I believe). Most offerings fall right under or above $1000. Also, most vintage Starcasters/Coronado’s/Hofners/Starfire basses are selling right around $2k in good condition. Old school vintage off-brand basses from a variety of countries going for under $1000. I’ve played a lot of them that blow the newer stuff out of the water. I just don’t get it. I remember when Fender was offering two models under the Modern Player banner a few years ago- the Coronado II and Starcaster reissues. Both made in China, and both had their issues. Weren’t produced long, and now are popping up used with asking prices around a grand. Sheesh. Hofner was recently offering a Verythin bass reminiscent of the old President basses under their Contemporary line. A step up from the HI series, but still Chinese made. They msrp’d just over a grand. Selling used around $700 now. But let’s talk current production- there’s always the TB favorite, the Jack Casady. I’ve played two over the years, and honestly, they weren’t anything to write home about. Wasn’t a huge fan. Especially not at the $800+ price point. There are a couple of Ibanez options. I’ve played a few, but never got the build or feel quality I was I looking for, as beautiful as they looked aesthetically. The Gretsch electromatic stuff actually plays and sounds pretty great. Same with the awesome Guild Starfire bass. But I have a hard time paying more than $1000 for a bass made in China. So a few questions here. Feel free to chime in on as many or as few as you’d like: -Am I wrong to think this way? I was brought up thinking things made in China were cheap, and missed a lot of quality control. My hands on experiences over the years have mostly reinforced this. But have things significantly changed in the past decade? I mean, are people really paying the $800 people are asking for used basses made in China and satisfied? -Am I missing any American made basses that I should know about? -Why aren’t more companies with US Production (NEW THOUGHT: how many of those are actually there anymore?) making semi hollow or hollow basses? -Are there any Asian-market built basses that absolutely blew you out of the water and were well worth the money? The Jack just wasn’t my thing, and I think the Gretsch’s are great but overpriced. -Should someone looking for a good semi/hollow bass just saves bit more and go vintage vs modern build? Thanks for reading my rant and hopefully starting some fun and informative discussion!