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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mantis Tobaggan, Jan 10, 2019.
They kinda do. That’s what the custom shop is for.
Research & Development Departments criteria usually always consider trending and statistics...theres a big difference between trending/statistics and stereotyping/generalizations......Personally, I think you are right: MIA guitars are still mostly marketed to Boomer and Gen X players and collectors, but unless we work for R&D at Fender, we wont really know for sure
Because they are hoping that the demographic that buys the American Fenders will pony up a little extra $$ out of their disposable income for mod shop or custom shop color choices. Fender figures they are the kind of customer who will/can pay.
They offer just this from their "mod" shop, the step right below custom.
I’m still trying to figure out why you’re much more likely to find a matching headstock on a $200 Squier than a $2000 Fender .
Have to entice people somehow to buy the MIM.
Ah, interesting. I havn't looked at the Mod Shop in quite some time. When it first opened up the choices were much more limited.
Yet another 'right handed person complains about variety' thread.
I think there is a little bit of everything. People spending big money (like on a MIA) may not want to take the chance to buy an "original" color and taking the risk of get bored of it after some time, therefore they may go to "the classic" since those colors are more "trustworthy". And they must be more open to take than than on a middle price instrument like a MIM.
Second hand market may have an influence as well, people may think that, if required, selling a Sunburst might be easier than a pink shell
Because (and since I’m 50% Mexican) Mexicans are cool.
Why do Mexican Fenders get all the cool colors?
my guess is higher margins on the instruments due to lower costs in production and Fender tempting people to buy these as a result?
Well GC stepped up to the plate with a proprietary Limited Edition to test that market a little. Not only Shell Pink, but a solid Rosewood neck as well;
I'm a Oly White and Sunburst kinda guy, and I took the bait...
I like the MIA colours. I'm probably the only person who actually likes the Soviet Army Surplus green they had in the Pro line.
It seemed like a lot of people bought that color. It was a nice unique option for the new Am. Pro. P bass and it seemed to do well. I'm basing this mostly on the NBD's on I saw on here with that particular color of Am. Pro.
I actually played one of those the other day; a jazz bass with a maple neck. I saw it on the rack and knew I just had to play it. Very nice, played and sounded really good. So good in fact, that another customer brought over a different bass (Fender PJ) and asked me to A/B them and help him decide which one to buy. (I was there to test amps, not buy a bass.) The jazz bass won, not only because it was a better player, but also because.... surf green!
Japanese Fenders put them all to shame.
I’ll always love Fender basses but this is true, I have a Lakland p bass in the coolest green and I have a lakin j bass in ocean Turquoise, seems like they offer better color options, I know D Lakin did with his basses any color you wanted pretty much..
I think more people who buy lower priced Fender are more likely to buy multiple instruments ($675 v. $1500). Therefore, entice them with more colors. Also, they sell fewer MIAs, so they don't want to have a warehouse full of instruments that aren't sold.
I was initially going to buy a MIM white active j bass which has always been a “want” for me because I’ve always had a hard time picking guitar colors which I why I usually go for Black, White, Charcoal and Tobacco. I started dreaming what if I could just have any bass I wanted no matter the color so I went to the local GC and played a bunch of different instruments which led me to browsing Sweetwater’s website and I saw this American Elite PJ color and instantly fell in love. I soon realized I’ve always liked metallic turquoise as I had painted multiple R/C and model cars similar colors but never really thought about it. I guess we are drawn to some colors and they register something with us without us knowing why and I’m glad Fender has kept Ocean Turquoise as one of theirs.