GMP = Rock. (Insane porn inside!)

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  1. Crankdaddy

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    A couple Saturdays ago, I woke up early instead of sleeping in. I was even up before the kids -- and you parents know how difficult that is to do. I put on the coffee, went into the office, checked a couple websites, then ebay -- my usual morning routine.

    I did my usual search for GMPs and lo and behold...there were two for sale with good BINs. A silver sparkle Roxie, and this V -- a replica of the Leopard Sparkle V Slash had made for his buddy Ryan Roxie. I hesitated about 3 seconds and hit the BIN -- I figured I'd explain to the wife later. (Who, by the way, was very cool with my purchase.)

    It's actually signed by Ryan Roxie (on the control cover plate, not the finish, thank god), but that's just a tasty sidedish to this delicious entree of GMP goodness.

    The colors are deep copperish and bronze-ish, and the depth of the sparkles are amazing. Pics don't do it justice. The usual abalone diamond inlays are actually a matching sparkle...a very nice detail.

    As usual with a GMP, it sounds and plays even more badass than it looks. This is Number Eight in my GMP collection...and even though it's probably a bit wild for most people's tastes, that's exactly what I love about it.

    To this boy, GMPs rule. It's a shame they went under.

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  2. Motorhed

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    ME LIKEY!!!!!!

    Guitars just don't come more pimped out than that, you need one of them purple fuzzy straps to go with it. :dude
     
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    No disrespect, but as a O.G. GMP owner/user - that is quite possibly the ugliest finish I've ever seen on a guitar. Too bad, cuz I owned a GMP V for a while (YEARS ago) & it was the bomb!
     
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    Crankin'!!!

    Wickid cool, Tom...so happy to see you carrying the torch for GMP!!
     
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    There are actually 2 of those in addition to Ryan's. That finish never did much for me, but congrats on snatching up a clean one from the original owner.
     
  6. Flash

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    "To this boy, GMPs rule. It's a shame they went under."

    Not to single out any one person or the OP, but after reading the above comment at nausea throughout every guitar fourm on the net, let me take the opportunity to suggest that perhaps if those currently buying them up like candy bars had supported the brand before the shutdown, GMP could have stayed afloat without the support of it's parent company. But then of course, nobody would want them.
     
  7. Green Pro Am

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    I used to buy them up like candy bars and think they are great. I was part of the orignal GMP forum. There was a group of about 20 of us who really supported the brand. Of course there were other anonymous customers etc. However, I don't think the handful of GMP fanatics out there could have kept them a float. You need a larger customer base to generate positive cash flow and keep the lights on. Unfortunately, in this business many of the smaller builders do go under. I am surprised GMP lasted as long as they did (10+ years).

    The thing I liked about GMP was that they really were doing their own thing. They were not trying to be the next Les Paul or Strat.
     
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    To me their Pawnshop Deluxe's just smoked LPs ... it is a shame they went under and a bit of a shame I sold both my Pawnshops and Roxy ...when I switched to Teles ..
     
  9. Flash

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    I am well aware of the original forum and GMP's history, Bert. :) I'm also aware of what was needed to keep things going. You'd be surprised what a difference a handful can make, especially when buying at the current rate. It made all the difference back in the day. I should also add that the people I refer to are part of a larger customer base, as most owned none prior to the shutdown. Some of which now own close to 20.
     
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    Cool finish. The headstock doesn't quite fit the guitar IMO. Too blunt.
     
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    everyone was too busy playing their gibsons, prs and fenders.
    they were too scared to put them down and play something different.
    then the co went under.

    the firesale happened and all of the sudden all these guys who made excuses about trying something different found the guitars not just palatable but amazing.
    something the o.g.s always knew.

    now it's like the second coming of jesus.

    day late. dollar short. cowards...

    also let it be said that the infamous ebay firesale didn't help but to encourage lowballers and lowlives.

    it's all a bit like when an artist dies and all of the sudden ppl buy their albums.
    "oh- i ALWAYS loved em".

    yeah right.
    cowards...
     
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    you know what's funny? too many of the jackson/charvel guys said the same thing back in the day.
    now those same guys own more gmps than some of gmp's past endorsers did.
     
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    Flash, I don't love GMPs because the company went under.

    I love GMPs because they're amazing guitars.

    And yes, I bought my first GMPs while the company was still alive.
     
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    You may want to re-read the first sentence in my original post.
     
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    and they love you rokko sixxfreddi. dude- you need to get some gmps back in your stable!
     
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    Yeah, funny how all the JCF peeps are now scrambling for what Phil, Bert, Rocco, & others knew all along.

    ...and BTW, it's not like if they sold 3x as many guitars that they wouldn't have gone under. It wouldn't have made a difference. So that argument doesn't hold water, Flash.

    They made great guitars, went under, & now the rest of the world is figuring it out.

    Sound familiar (like EVERYTHING in life?!?!)?
     
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    I always found it sad how much emphasis some put on a headstock without taking into consideration functionability and positive impact a particular design may offer. Imagine not buying a guitar because of the look of a headstock! Seems that some should spend less time looking and more time playing.
     
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    Wow. Major case of "I thought they were cool before you did" going on here. Holy Bitterness!
     

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