And the all-time Gibson artist model head-scratcher is...

Buduranus2

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...the Trini Lopez model. Models, actually. The "Custom" was a slightly reworked Barney Kessel while the "Standard" was a 335 with a Firebird peghead. I like Trini Lopez as well as the next guy but I've never heard anyone aspire to play like him. If that weren't enough, now they've reissued a VOS Standard for $6,399!




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...the Trini Lopez model. Models, actually. The "Custom" was a slightly reworked Barney Kessel while the "Standard" was a 335 with a Firebird peghead. I like Trini Lopez as well as the next guy but I've never heard anyone aspire to play like him. If that weren't enough, now they've reissued a VOS Standard for $6,399!




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Good Tune. Fab voice and his right hand is tight with the drums. Dig it.
 

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Signature models are not lifetime achievement awards for the most sick licks ever shredded.

They go to popular musicians and others with an audience (either a wide audience or a narrow deep audience).

Lopez was popular in his time. The guitar was not produced for many years, but Grohl gave it enough visibility to renew demand.
 

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Instrument manufacturers bring out these signature models to make money by capitalizing on the artist's popularity, not as a sign of recognition of his/her excellence as a musician. As soon as that artist's popularity fades, the potential demand for said instruments is likely to fade, as well, and the instrument will become a collector's item until there is some reason to believe more can be sold.
 

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About the only rock musician used in guitar company ads in the 60s was Hendrix and Fender didn't change the name of the model. Gibson being somewhat of a traditional instrument company named models after more middle of the road or jazz players.
 

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Doesn't seem so unusual to me. And the new releases are totally driven by the popularity of the Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl, so that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
 

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Actually, it was Pete Stroud who started the price increase on vintage Trini Lopez Standards. Many years before Dave Grohl got a sig Gibson Trini Lopez, Pete went on record in an interview stating (I'm paraphrasing here) 'If you want a Gibson ES-335 without the Gibson ES-335 price tag, buy a Trini Lopez. They're cheap and plentiful. It's a 335 with the wrong headstock, but it makes no difference to the sound. I see them everywhere and I've snagged several really good ones for next to nothing.' That's when the prices started to climb on those.
 

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...the Trini Lopez model. Models, actually. The "Custom" was a slightly reworked Barney Kessel while the "Standard" was a 335 with a Firebird peghead. I like Trini Lopez as well as the next guy but I've never heard anyone aspire to play like him. If that weren't enough, now they've reissued a VOS Standard for $6,399!




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Actually the firebird has a Trini Lopez headstock. And the Kiefer Sutherland is up there with the Beato for best head scratchers.
 
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I don't even know who that is/was. I'd like to think Gibson's marketing department does research to establish that there's a market demand before starting a brand new line of guitars. My assumption is that they did, and I must be an idiot for not "getting it"...
 




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