There's been a lot of discussion in various threads about the prices of Asian made guitars, so I thought it might be worthwhile to have a thread dedicated to that discussion as opposed to muddying up the various manufacturer threads. I'll start by saying I'm a fan of Asian made guitars, but typically for the value they offer. I have two Indonesian made Ibanez 7 strings that are very well built and cost ~$400 that I think were good values. I also have an Epiphone Slash Firebird that cost $900, but came from the factory with Seymour Duncan Slash pickups, Orange Drop caps, Kluson banjo tuners and a AAA top. It's a very well built guitar and plays great, but being from China $900 is about the limit of what I'd pay for it even with the name brand parts. In the Strandberg thread there's people saying that $2,000-$2,500 is reasonable for an Indonesian made guitar because it has the Endurneck neck profile and Strandberg bridge. IMO that's total BS. The Endurneck is nothing more than a CNC file that needs to be executed, and the hardware is mass produced in Korea. Never mind the fact that the minimum wage in Indonesia is $0.63 an hour... That being said, the prices of Asian made guitars seem to be rising. I was surprised to see the Shecter Keith Merrow MkIII was $1,600. So what are your thoughts on the pricing of these guitars? Are manufacturers using flashy spec sheets to gouge us or are we getting a fair deal?