Gibson leaving Memphis

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  1. stonevibe

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    In the end it makes sense and should save money by having everyone under one roof.

    Stinks for Memphis though. I had a good time touring that factory many years ago.
     
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    Well, I have a fantastic Memphis-built RI '63 335.
    Maybe these really finely built guitars will get the added value of having been built in Memphis, much as the Nashville-built 335's before them got for being built in the Nashville custom shop. At least the years everyone raved about them...2014-2018.

    Of course, I may not be alive to see this, but I still hope it happens. :)
     
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    Doesn't seem to make sense for them to continue building things in 3 different places.
     
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    Just glad I got em while I did!
     
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    You said it! :)
     
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    Feel for the workers, as they must be worried about life being upheaved, or looking for new jobs.
     
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    I like my 2008 ES 339 Memphis CS. Nicest looking guitar I own, but as you can see in my avatar my heart really belongs to Fender.
     
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    Talk was cheap, I guess, when they said they were going to stay. When you're going through bankruptcy financial restructuring, it's probably best to make no promises. You're handcuffed to your debt and that dictates what the numbers will bear out, and ultimately what your next steps are. You don't decide. The money decides.
     
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    I was in Memphis this past January on holiday, and unfortunately it was the week when it snowed heavily, so my factory tour was cancelled. :(

    Thankfully, my 2015 '64RI ES-345 is a nice "souvenir" :)

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    They were going through restructuring, a management change and looking for new investors to buy the company. Showing instability while doing that wouldn't have been a good idea.
    Plus the new CEO wants to show profitability right away. That's what he was hired to do. He want's to prove he has "the right stuff". So the typical way of doing it is to downsize the company by getting rid of people and closing factories and selling properties.
    Hopefully they won't do the next "typical" thing which is cheapen the products.
     
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    This makes sense. Never understood why they split manufacturing into multiple spots when so many elements are common across the line.

    They are duplicating everything from the distribution of hardware and materials to employees doing the same thing and probably not optimally sharing knowledge across teams.
     
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    Whenever anyone questions Gibson's past poor decisions here is the answer you seek.
     
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    So you're saying he's lightyears better than Leo Fender?
     
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    According to the article it involves 65 people, and some will be offered the move to Nashville. If that's true, it doesn't seem like the end of the world as we know it.
     
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    Here's hopin' Bozeman and Nashville aren't next, then all-aboard for China, the next time they assure everyone they're staying in the U.S.
     
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    Fender has a piece of all of our hearts.
     
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    I think the acoustics are made in Montana because the climate there is more conducive to the construction of acoustic guitars.

    That plus the fantastic dental floss farming opportunities.
     
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    Gibson tried building acoustic guitars in Nashville, but the results were less than satisfactory. Nashville was too humid in the summer, too dry in the winter.

    Around 1989, Gibson purchased the Flatiron Mandolin Company in Bozeman, Montana to get back into building serious mandolins again. They subsequently decided that the climate and skilled workforce in Bozeman was perfectly suited to building their acoustic guitars as well.
     
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    All my Gibson Hollowbodies were made in Kalamazoo in the '50s and '60s :)
     

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