How many guitar per year per master builder ?

pablo-from-paris

Strat-Talk Member
Aug 10, 2022
23
Paris, France
I'm trying to answer myself. Here are two John Cruz (I tested last week :) )

https://www.bassnguitar.fr/?s=john+cruz

the first one :
04/05/07
serial JC685
https://www.bassnguitar.fr/guitares-electriques/fender-stratocaster-1961-relic-john-cruz/

the second one :
11/11/08 :
serial JC1174

hence : 21 month in between and 489 (guitars?) in between, so 23 guitars per month.
200/250 per year.

I imagine. (for sure there is a whole team around the master builder)
 

=KARMA=

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 24, 2015
1,916
Londinium
I'm trying to answer myself. Here are two John Cruz (I tested last week :) )

https://www.bassnguitar.fr/?s=john+cruz

the first one :
04/05/07
serial JC685
https://www.bassnguitar.fr/guitares-electriques/fender-stratocaster-1961-relic-john-cruz/

the second one :
11/11/08 :
serial JC1174

hence : 21 month in between and 489 (guitars?) in between, so 23 guitars per month.
200/250 per year.

I imagine. (for sure there is a whole team around the master builder)
And as they probably don’t work on weekends, that’s about one a day.
 

CB91710

No GAS shortage here
Double Platinum Supporting Member
Feb 24, 2019
11,158
SoCal
Would need more data points, including the serial numbers of other builders.
It may be that the initials are unique, but all MB's share a common sequence, meaning that the 200-250/year would be the total output of Masterbuilts.
That seems more realistic, there is no way that a single luthier can kick out 23 per month.
 

Mac62

Strat-Talker
Aug 16, 2019
346
Canada
Probably the normal CS team are making the Masterbuilts, just that the 'Masterbuilder' grades the work and specifies any needed corrections. It's a production company and numbers need to be hit.
 

AlexJCRandall

Senior Stratmaster
Sep 11, 2012
1,382
Melbourne
The average skilled small luthier in a big day could get a body blank to a finished strat ready for final sanding. Fender will have many quicker tools, but perhaps I'd surmise that you'd be taking more care of a master built instrument than going flat out.
 


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