#1
This isn't a versus thread.

Why do Fender and Gibson have such differences in price but yet the Strat and Les Paul are two of the most iconic guitars ever and are just as good as each other?
#2
Material.
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#3
Materials, labour costs, costs of everything else in their companies, how far they choose to push their brand.
#4
What? I expected a game of "The Price Is Right"...

There are too many Strat variations...
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#5
Because MIM Strats =/= Standard Les Paul.
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#6
That's how much people are willing to pay for them. Don't you know anything about economics?
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#8
^Pretty much all the above.

Different woods cost more, the factories are different, some may charge for brand name [*cough*Gibson*cough ], and the different models you buy [a low end Fender doesn't cost as much as a high end Gibson, and a low end Gibson can't compete with a high end Fender].
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Because MIM Strats =/= Standard Les Paul.

Epiphone LP100 =/= Eric Johnson Strat

They both have fairly broad target demographics.
#10
Because Strats are clearly superior to Les Pauls, I'm sorry but its just the truth.
#11
Fender designed their guitars around the tools they had available. They were meant to be easy to manufacture without compromising functionality. That was their "thing".

Gibson, on the other hand, were always more conservative, and their goal was to create the finest possible high quality guitar. Some say that Gibson is the Rolls Royce compared to Fender's Volkswagen or Toyota.

Fenders use cheaper materials and are much more simple to build. Gibsons use more expensive materials and take advantage of their heritage to push up the prices, knowing people will buy their guitars no matter what.

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Because Strats are clearly superior to Les Pauls, I'm sorry but its just the truth.

It is true, I double checked.
#14
Fender: Assembly Line
Gibson: Hand made.

The same reason Ferraris and Ford's both have very iconic cars, but ferraris cost way more than fords.
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Quote by Lt. Shinysides
Fender: Assembly Line
Gibson: Hand made.

The same reason Ferraris and Ford's both have very iconic cars, but ferraris cost way more than fords.



What about the master builder Fenders? Some brilliant luthiers making instruments for them.
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What about the master builder Fenders? Some brilliant luthiers making instruments for them.


you know what I mean. i'm generalizing based on the majority. gibson also uses assembly lines, but only for some just like fender handbuilds, but only some
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you know what I mean. i'm generalizing based on the majority. gibson also uses assembly lines, but only for some just like fender handbuilds, but only some



Fair enough.

Im a fender man myself tbh, i prefer the feel of them and the tone, but lespauls are definatley worth it on the used market TS.

Also when compared to Tokai/Burny/Edwards, it batters pretty much everyone on price yet has amazing quality, So teh name does obviously have a point in the pricing
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#18
In my often wrong opinion, fender do the best they can possibly do with a little budget and gibson do the littlest they can do with a high budget.


It evens itself out.

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Fender: Assembly Line
Gibson: Hand made.

The same reason Ferraris and Ford's both have very iconic cars, but ferraris cost way more than fords.

That depends on what you call "Hand Made". A lot of Gibson guitars, probably most of them outside of the custom shop, are carved using CNC machines (as with any large guitar manufacturer)