I'd like to ask for your input on an idea. Let's say that, hypothetically, a new brand of guitar popped up on the radar. This brand would be completely USA built and assembled, so not really a low-end brand at all.
With that in mind, what do you think the most logical price points would be for the line? I was thinking:
Tier 1 - $799-$999 for the most basic model.
Tier 2 - $1499-$1999 for most of the bells and whistles.
Tier 3 - $2499+ for something getting into the pure custom realm.
Does that sound like reasonable price points? Are there any glaring price point gaps, out there currently, with the majors, that should be addressed?
Second part of the question:
This is obviously a tough economy. Would it make sense, to offer a bolt-on alternative to the line, where you could buy either the body or the neck initially, and later buy the the other half? (Example, let's say you bought the body for now, and maybe later, after you free up some finances, you buy the matching neck.) In this scenario, the neck pocket/neck heel dimensions would come in two flavors so that you could use existing parts you may have laying around. Let's say that both Ibanez Prestige and Fender American neck pocket dimensions were available.
Would this make any sense, or is this completely not necessary?
The price points seem fine.
As for the second part of the equation so these necks and bodies can be fitted to guitars you already have right? So if you want an all maple neck for your RG1527 you could do that and score an ash body later if you wanted to?