Local music store told me that the classic vibe factory in China burnt down...

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  1. pfapin

    pfapin Squier-Meister

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    I have no idea if she was just bullshitting me or not, but is there any truth to this? I cant find any info about it, but that would make sense of why the classic vibes are not going to be produced in the Chinese factory anymore. Glad I got my vintage blonde 50s telecaster in mint condition for $220 not all that long ago... need to do a new guitar day on it.
     
  2. wildelectric

    wildelectric Squier-Meister

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    That's a strong claim. Ask for evidence.
     
  3. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    This world-wide highly recommend, long time forum hasn't heard of this, but a person at a smaller local music store in the middle of America has. Let me think about that for a while.

    While it is possible, I would think that enough of us here have enough friends and contacts in the business to have heard this.

    Also, google.
     
  4. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    It's possible, but the old "fire at the factory" story has been in folklore for many years. I remember once when I was trying to get a new cell phone I was told that Motorola had a fire at the factory, so there would be a delay. It turned out that the dealer was behind in his bills and couldn't get any new phones until he paid. Luckily he was a nice guy and brought out a box of used phones and let me pick one free.

    Now if it's cheap underwear you're looking for, you're out of luck.

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  5. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

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    Fire or was it destroyed in a typhoon?
     
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  6. techowiz

    techowiz Squier-Nut

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    Heard the Gibson USA factory also burned down!
     
  7. Davey

    Davey Squier-holic

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    I also heard that the bodies and necks were made in the USA by Fender and sent to the Mexican plant and then to China to be assembled............

    Kidding of course.

    But hey, building burn down all the time too, and I am sure China is at the top of the list on safety standards for their factories..
     
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  8. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    That did happen. That's how the Firebrand and the RD series came about.

    Let's not forget Gretsch burning down in the early mid-70s. Supposedly people do occasionally wander on to what was once the property and find a bridge or truss rod or other part or two that survived into the ashes.
     
  9. archetype

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    Per individual inquiries, press releases, and info at NAMM, new Classic Vibe models (and reworked Vintage Modified models that are now Classic Vibe) will continue to be produced in Indonesia. Fender has made no mention of discontinuing Chinese production.
     
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  10. pfapin

    pfapin Squier-Meister

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    That is great news!!! I hope they continue to make those classic vibes at the same Chinese plant... if it hasnt burned down.
     
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  11. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
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    Squier values instantly quadruple!

    Does anyone recall the story about a fire where Martin aged its wood? I remember it from the early-mid 80s. Supposedly this enabled Takemine to get a bigger market share. Totally bogus.
     
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  12. archetype

    archetype Squier-Nut

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    If I were me (and thank goodness I'm not! :D) I wouldn't waste any time on speculation.
     
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  13. Eddie

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    This is like when the Korean RAM building plant burned down ... and 1 MB of RAM wound up costing over $100.
     
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  14. Ace38

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    *fighting hard to lock away snarky comments.....must resist....*
     
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  15. -r3-

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    Wait a minute. Wasn't that because of the flooding from the typhoon? Or due to the cryptocurrency speculators buying it all up? Or the motor eating snakes from Sheik Yerbouti evolving?
     
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  16. optofonik

    optofonik Squier-holic

    Like the one that led to all the bad caps awhile back.
     
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  17. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

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    The Ensenada factory burned down...
    in 1994.
     
  18. Hotrodleroy

    Hotrodleroy Squier-holic

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    I think we need to ask a member from China on this speculation, before we speculate. ;)
     
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  19. TurtleFang

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    Liar liar, Factory on fire! ;)
     
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  20. archetype

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    I’d paid for $250K of Dell computers to be built and that order was stalled because of that “incident.” They were delivered perilously close to a deadline for deploying them in a hospital.

    I had another case where my big bucks order of HP servers was stalled just before a deadline because a hard drive maker had a manufacturing failure. It might not seem obvious, but you can’t just stuff a different hard drive into a computer and say “Oh sure, it *ought* to work fine with everything.”
     
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