#1
okay this is kind of stupid, but i was reading north korea's official website (and yes it is very outdated for a country's website) and they claim they have the lowest labor costs in asia, now thats not what im asking, but would most guitars be made in north or south korea, because now im beggining to belive that they're made in north
Eh.
#2
I can't think of a reason for them to be made in N.Korea. So far google is showing me company sites for various manufacturers (LTD, Schecter, etc) having production in South Korea.


EDIT: And I'm sure trade issues, sanctions, N.Korea having forced labor (death) camps and all that don't sit well with legitimate business all around the world.
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#3
ummm.
hahahahaahahahahaha.
history is hard right.

lemme answer your question with a question. Which companies do you think would be producing guitars in north korea?
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#4
I accually thought agiles cuz there such a good deal and there has to be some SOME reason y they're that cheap, and if north korea says they have labor that makes dirt seem lavish, well damn that'd make sense
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#5
With the US, North Korean goods have a ridiculous tariff. Not many countries actually trade with them, and not any companies invest in them. Any savings on production costs would be offset and more with trade costs.
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#6
In general, if anyone refers to Korea, they mean South Korea. Very few places actually trade with North Korea, on account of western governments not wanting anything to do with a despotic regime.

South Korea make good guitars though, on a par with Japanese guitars of the same cost.
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IVery few places actually trade with North Korea, on account of western governments not wanting anything to do with a despotic regime.


that can't be it.

not wanting to have anything to do with a particularly bad authoritarian regime maybe. or maybe the communism thing.
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#8
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South Korea make good guitars though, on a par with Japanese guitars of the same cost.


I'd disagree on the "on par" part. Yes MIK guitars are great but personally from what I've dealt with MIJ guitars quality are better. I know it depends on the brand and all that but yeah its still a huge factor. You also have to take the models into consideration (low end, mid, high, etc...).
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I'd disagree on the "on par" part. Yes MIK guitars are great but personally from what I've dealt with MIJ guitars quality are better. I know it depends on the brand and all that but yeah its still a huge factor. You also have to take the models into consideration (low end, mid, high, etc...).


I agree,the normal Ibanez's I've played doesnt even come near to my RGT prestige or even my RG1570,

but then again,they are in two different classes.
#10
yeah, kurapica (as far as i'm aware) has been to korea several times and is talking about the non-export, higher-end korean-made stuff.
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#11
If it is make in Korea 99.999% it was make in the ROK Republic of Korea. The only thing to come from the north is loony toon leaders.
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#12
When I first saw Made in Korea on a guitar, I had to check and see if North and South Korea became a single country again.

Schecter likes to clarify they have no relation with the communism of North Korea by clearly printing Made in South Korea on most of their guitars that are made there.

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ummm.
hahahahaahahahahaha.
history is hard right.

lemme answer your question with a question. Which companies do you think would be producing guitars in north korea?


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yeah, kurapica (as far as i'm aware) has been to korea several times and is talking about the non-export, higher-end korean-made stuff.


Yeah, indeed I am (and have lived in Korea for an extended period of time). But, what I'm saying still holds true. When you compare the same price stuff from MiK to the same price in MiJ, they are about equal. The thing is, a lot of companies make their mid end stuff in Korea and their high end stuff in Japan, so everyone just sees that. But if you're spending, say, 700 dollars, they will be of similar quality from both countries.

See what I mean?
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#16
I would be amazed if you could actually buy a guitar made in North Korea even if you sought one out. I have a Schecter supposedly made in South Korea, and I have no complaints at all with the craftsmanship or materials.
#17
Rest assured, no guitars are made in North Korea. The only things that the North Koreans make under license are weapons - Russian and Chinese designs. Even if the state factories could be convinced to make guitars, they would be specifically North Korean brands and almost no one would import them due to trade sanctions. And given the fact that the country has no history of making musical instruments, I suspect that they would thoroughly suck.

The South Korean factories make some excellent guitars and basses - particularly the Fender MIK instruments.
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Yeah, indeed I am (and have lived in Korea for an extended period of time). But, what I'm saying still holds true. When you compare the same price stuff from MiK to the same price in MiJ, they are about equal. The thing is, a lot of companies make their mid end stuff in Korea and their high end stuff in Japan, so everyone just sees that. But if you're spending, say, 700 dollars, they will be of similar quality from both countries.

See what I mean?


yep
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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