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Posted by A on October 07, 2001 at 05:38:37:
I trust that most basses are what they say they are, but can you be that sure ?Even though you can trust most manufacturers, there's bound to be one or two scams in there somewhere, right ?
Did you know that to have a "Made in the U.S.A." sticker slapped on a bass, it only has to have been 10 per cent assembeled in the U.S.A. ?
I just found out yesterday. Someone could buy a bass that was supposedly made in America, but was mostly made in China. I don't think that it really matters too much, but it makes you wonder what goes on when your bass is being put together in a factory somewhere.
The same guy told me that there is a brand of guitars and basses (it might have been Paul Reed Smith or something like, I should have paid more attention to him) that are advertised as being handmade and yet are thrown together by machines. He has seen a video taken inside the factory showing how the only process done by hand is putting the blocks of wood in one end of the machines and taking them out the other end. This company makes something like 2000 guitars a year (about 5 or 6 a day), is it really a surprise that they are made by machines ?
By the way, I know this guy and I know he was telling the truth, he knows what he's talking about.
You probably knew all of this already, but if like me you didn't then it makes you think. Just how much of what the companies tell you is true ?
Maybee i'm naive, but I never expected to be lied to.
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