RLW wrote:Controversial statement ahead ....
These guitars make me want to puke because they are made in China ... sorry, but I'm very much against buying something as American as a Jerry Garcia guitar made in China ... it's a sin - in my opinion. I was excited about adding a Trey guitar to my collection and not wanting to spend 10K I found the Phred site but changed my mind when I found out they are made in China. Spend a few grand and let a proper luthier build your guitar and preserve one of the last American institutions.
If you feel this strongly, you should send a message to Weir as he has been playing a Made in China D'Angelico....not only that, he endorses them....
We have no idea what Jerry would be playing today. Maybe a Cripe, an Irwin, PRS or something totally different and made outside the USA.
Everyone has a different budget, there is a place for rather inexpensive Jerry guitars regardless of where they are made. There is obviously a market for it or Phred Instruments wouldn't be sustainable. If there is a market for an item it will be filled...that is the way capitalism works. If not filled by Phred then it would be filled by someone else.
It is not always a choice of buy American or buy Made in China. If there weren't options in the lower price point many would just do without....and why should they have to not fulfill their own search for the sound?
Now how do we get Fender custom shop to make an Alligator? That is what I want to know.