Made in Mexico for American Street Fighting Men

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 4:34 pm by George Smith

The Beggars Banquet collector’s item Telecaster, from Fender, for Christmas. Sold only through the Empire of Bezos, for $649.00.

Mexico manufactured, to keep the price down for the Culture of Lickspittle, Fender USA’s master builders being such an exclusive and pricey lot. Generally, Made-in-Mexico telecasters go for about 500.

Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name! Woo-woo…

But we are no longer puzzled by the nature of the game.

Haven’t yet determined if I need a Not Rock and Roll category.


  1. Tom Paterson said,

    November 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I think I’ve just bought you 6 * 24 oz. Colt 45.

    Good luck & thanks.

  2. George Smith said,

    November 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    That was you? I assure you they will be put to good use & I will put a thank you in the DD/WhiteManistan Blues Band’s next tune.

  3. Tom Paterson said,

    November 22, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Yes, that was me. I also seem to have bought a copy of The Virus Creation Labs: A Journey into the Underground. Good old codeine!

  4. Tom Paterson said,

    November 22, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I’m surprised they haven’t included a few of Keef’s trademark cigarette burns on the headstock (they haven’t, have they?).

    When a kid would bring me a guitar in this condition to fix up, the first step would be to disassemble, sand back to bare wood, maybe stain and then spray with polyurethane.

    Then fix the action and dress the frets. If they were a good kid I’d just charge for the material … I enjoyed the work.

  5. George Smith said,

    November 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I don’t think so since it’s a Mexico model. Cigarrette-burned distressed models come out of the aristocracy shop and cost way way more. I recall they marketed an Eric Clapton signature distressed model with burns on it years ago. They even oxidized the hardware. It sold for somewhere between 7 and 10 thousand, I think.

  6. Tom Paterson said,

    November 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

    No bloody wonder that the thing wept!

  7. Tom Paterson said,

    November 22, 2013 at 10:17 am


    This is priceless:


    And note the audiophile bollocks at the end.

  8. Tom Paterson said,

    November 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    This is priceless:

    *Fender Chief Legal Officer Mark Van Vleet says in a statement that the company “protects and defends its intellectual property rights.” It hasn’t sued Mr. Nash.*

    Site doesn’t like French-style speech marks.

  9. George Smith said,

    November 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Selling duplicates to potentially any hobbyist with a five-figure budget, then, spawned “a peculiar feeling,” Mr. Summers acknowledges. But he says, he doesn’t want to be “insane” in his possessiveness. “People love it and I want to share it.” The “reasonably substantial” fee Fender is paying him has helped him get over any lingering hesitation. “It’s like found money,” he says.

    12 percent of their yearly profit came from this stuff.

    Yeah, I remember it. Note very wealthy rock star, a man who already has everything, getting over his “lingering hesitation.”

    It started me on the Culture of Lickspittle thing. I figured I could use what has happened in the guitar industry as illustrative of the entire American problem.


    It started around 2007 when I described it like this, back then before the crash, part of the national media thing was to rejoice in the lavish quality of the consumer experience:

    Part of the Los Angeles Times’ new contemporary coverage of America is its glorification of conspicuous consumption. Weekly, features writers find the most annoying examples of Grotesquus Americanus. Then [they proceed] to portray whatever herd of manipulators [they have] found as swell. The point of it is to make you feel stupid or envious while marveling at the business acumen and immense good fortune of others …


    This was about quarter million dollar Les Pauls and I included a link to one at Gruhn. You’ll note if you follow the link, it’s now sold.


  10. Tom Paterson said,

    November 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Staggeringly articulate. Thanks for helping us see through the lies.