I recently found myself in a similar situation. However, this time I believe that Fender Musical Instruments Corp. is stealing ideas directly from my brain. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but because of something that has happened to me recently, I have to wonder.
Here's what happened. I planned on putting together a short run of 30 guitars to sell on Reverb.com. I wanted to build/put out a Stratocaster style guitar that Fender doesn't have in its line-up. I drew up all the specs I wanted. I crunched the numbers. I had all the distributors planned out. And then, I received an e-mail from Fender proclaiming their new, exciting Fender Deluxe Stratocaster. This is what they had come out with:
In regards to the guitars I wanted to build, I wanted to call it the Azul (Blue) series. All 30 guitars would have cobalt blue colored bodies. When I looked at the link, this was the first thing I saw:
......... That's a two point tremolo isn't it? Well, I wanted to put something other than generic pickups in my series. Fender ... Wait a minute. They put their Noiseless series in it?
Here's the only things they didn't put on it:
1. I wanted a to put a white pearloid pickguard on my series. They used a mint green on theirs.
2. Straplocks. Any awesome guitar needs straplocks.
3. Q-part knobs. I wanted to put the chrome with jewel blue knobs on my series.
4. I wanted my series to come with one of the cool psychedelic cases from Guitar Fetish. Fender's guitar comes with a soft case.
When it comes down to cost, I was planning on selling my series for $699. Fender's cost is $799. Immediately, my first thought was, I knew couldn't compete. My second thought was, "How did they come up with something like this at the same time I thought of it?" Next came anger. Then came acceptance.
I just don't know what to do. I mean, do I investigate this? Do I hire a P.I.? Or, do I just buy the damn thing?