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I see this term all the time with people selling Les Pauls...and I've seen it used on virtually every model year going back into the late 90's. Is this something...or just another marketing deal?
This made me LOL.It is something that a person with a 15 year old Gibson talks about as he posts his listing on the emporium.
Why that time period? Did something change in 2006?This made me LOL.
Regardless of the truth of the statement, it typically refers in my experience to Gibsons built between 1998-2005. I own 9 from this era and they are excellent representations of the models. I have also played many from this era that are also dogs.
I think the Henry bought Gibson in the late 80s and 2006 was around the year they started the chambering thing and all the other funny things they did during the years.1989-2005. There is truth to it, despite all the negativity and despite whatever claims Gibson is behind it. During that period, PRS was pretty much eating Gibson's lunch, so Gibson really stepped up their QC, material quality, build quality and color palette in an effort to actually compete with PRS and put out a product as good as or better than PRS. The result was a lot of high quality instruments in the market from Gibson during those years, and those examples are now fetching more money because buyers notice a positive difference in those guitars over the examples that were made since 2006, which is when Gibson seemed to abandon the idea of competing with PRS, and focused on cutting corners instead.