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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / Fender CS pricing

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Aug 27th, 2015 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's been years since I've been in the market for a new CS guitar.. In the interim I've discovered that the MSRP / MAP on other major brands of guitars is very negotiable. Case in point would be Martin guitars. 40% off of MSRP is the standard. Would that be applicable to stock Fender CS guitars ?

Tyrone Shuz


I'm all in!
Sep 8th, 2015 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

At one time "40-off" was possible at some stores, but like you, it's been years since I've shopped. But yes, stores like Chuck Levin's in MD, and E.M. Shorts in Wichita have great prices. I think the in-store prices are better at Chuck's than the quotes you can get online, but you can always ask once you start the conversation.

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Apr 3rd, 2016 01:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

So what does a standard CS Strat go for these days?
Me and a guy I work with were just discussing Fender prices.
I bought a CS Strat around the year 2002 - custom paint color for $1,300. I'm not sure you can buy a regular new Am. Strat for that these days.

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too many guitars and not enough hands
May 16th, 2016 03:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just got a quote for a custom shop guitar

lucky I was sitting down

$7000 Australian

about $5100 US.

only thing was I asked for a matching headstock and custom wound pups.

They wouldn't give me a base price and then the added cost of headstock and pups

for that money I can buy a vintage strat

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
May 17th, 2016 02:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think Fender has lost their mind with current pricing. They are now in direct competition with their dealers. Strange turn of events for this company.

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

The real Rev of the FDP
May 18th, 2016 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I agree, Chris. Local dealers are starting to get weary of Fender's new policies, too... they're feeling the pinch from the big box stores and now from Fender itself.

I've thought of ordering one of the American Design Experience guitars from Fender - mostly because as a lefty I could get some desirable options (color, bridge, neck radius) not available to lefties without going to the above mentioned (ahem!) Custom Shop...at much higher prices (my build would be around $1,600).

Too bad Fender won't let dealers in on the ADE guitars/basses - but I suspect then they'd cost another $500. But I'd like to see the dealer get some business...after all, if one of these guitars needs set-up, where will you take it? Local dealer, right? Can they charge that back to Fender?

old time fender player

United States

Sep 7th, 2016 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

no more ADE now its called the mod shop. Same thing with less choices online only

Contributing Member

San Francisco, CA

Nov 1st, 2016 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I think Fender has lost their mind with current pricing. They are now in direct competition with their dealers. Strange turn of events for this company..."


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