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    I still trust the free market to determine the answer. No one offshore is producing acoustics like Martin, Taylor, Collings, Huss & Dalton, etc. If they were, people would be paying the big bucks for them too.

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    This article is about electrics which muddies the waters on a thread about acoustics, but I note that it is written by a UK author. It lists several non-US made instruments as being among the best electric guitars in the world.

    Very few guitars are made from locally sourced wood, or any other locally sourced ingredient. So the kinds of things that will vary based on country of origin are


    • environmental factors such as heat, humidity or pollution
    • regulatory factors that encourage or prohibit certain manufacturing processes
    • local costs such as wages, taxes, bribes, etc.
    • skill of the local labor
    • oversight ("quality control" - I'm talking about YOU, Inspector 11)


    So while these things do vary by country it doesn't seem to me that the country is the most important factor.

    While I am rambling and waiting for the coffee to kick in I'll note that beer is very much a product that does vary by country. That is because it is brewed with local ingredients, if nothing else but the local water. Stone Brewing opened up a brewery in Richmond VA. Since they wanted their product to be consistent regardless of where it was brewed, they invested a lot of time and energy to determine the chemical characteristics of San Diego water and then developed water treatments so that the Richmond water was chemically the same before it was used for brewing.
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    What he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post
    Stone Brewing opened up a brewery in Richmond VA. Since they wanted their product to be consistent regardless of where it was brewed, they invested a lot of time and energy to determine the chemical characteristics of San Diego water and then developed water treatments so that the Richmond water was chemically the same before it was used for brewing.
    San Diego water's periodically tested for the presence of effluents of guitar manufacturing.
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