Why Can't Gibson Enviers Just Give in, and Buy a Gibson?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by musekatcher, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. PaisleyWookie

    PaisleyWookie Member

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    This thread is like a cold sore.
     
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  2. Yamaha 350

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    I think some do not want to pay the high prices. And some get them used like I do on guitars. Find used versions of the guitar I want.
     
  3. KevWind

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    Always manages to pop up just when you are ready to go out in public ?
     
  4. GreatSatan

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    beats me, the only criticisms i've ever read of gibson had absolutely nothing to do with envying them...
     
  5. Nivs

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    Harley Davidson calls itself a "Lifestyle Brand". They are an american motorcycle manufacturer that sell unreliable, overpriced and underperforming products. Japan is manufacturing better bikes in every way- and selling them for much less money.

    Sound familiar?

    Oh yeah, HD stock is tanking. That company is in dire financial straights.

    HD fanboy to me: When are you going to buy a real bike?
    Me: When HD can sell a bike that can lift the front wheel, handle and brake great for under 10k that doesn't break down on the road.

    HD Fanboy: There not that bad anymore.
     
  6. Nivs

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    I don't dislike Gibson, but I'm not going to buy a guitar so that I can buy into the lifestyle.
     
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  7. christophervolume

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    Gullible baby boomers (not all boomers are gullible) are the worst offenders for lame “life style” brand tropes.

    Harleys, Gibsons, and other subjects not allowable to be be discussed here are perfect examples.

    Full disclosure, I am a
    non-boomer that owns more Gibsons than any other brand guitar, and love the ones I have dearly. ...
     
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  8. jrjones

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    Gibson enviers? I’ve had a few of them along with everything else out there. No envy here. I have a les Paul and it probably gets played least of all my guitars. It’s not a bad guitar, but my others are better. Methinks Gibson is the jealous one.
     
  9. 70' s Tone

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    If I were to splurge on a Gibson, I'd go all out. It would be between these two...
    Gibson Custom Rick Nielsen Aged and Signed 1959 Les Paul Standard #9-0655 Electric Guitar Nielsen Burst - $10,889.00
    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/gui...1959-les-paul-standard-9-0655-electric-guitar
    Gibson Custom Super 400 Thinline Hollowbody Electric Guitar Antique Natural - $14,219.00
    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-custom-super-400-thinline-hollowbody-electric-guitar

    Although, this one would also be tempting...
    Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar Natural - $14,099.00
    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-custom-le-grande-electric-guitar

    But, given the reality of my finances, it would most likely be this one...
    Gibson Les Paul Junior Tribute DC Electric Guitar - $899.00
    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-les-paul-junior-tribute-dc-electric-guitar

    A Gibson for every price point! :)
     
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  10. Carbohydrates

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    So here's all the Gibson guitars I have owned:

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    There's 4 vintage guitars in there, 4 historic reissues, 2 limited edition collectible models, and a bunch of standard grade and student model guitars. Prices paid ranged from $250 to $5k. I've experienced a lot of what Gibson has to offer, and I've enjoyed most of these on some level. Some of them I've downright loved. I say all of this to qualify my next statement:

    I would not recommend somebody go out and buy a Gibson guitar. There are better guitars out there, and there are cheaper guitars out there, and there are better & cheaper guitars out there. Play what you love and love what you play. Rock a Gibson if you want - hell, I still do - but there ain't nothing to be envious of.
     
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  11. mattjayworker

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    While I appreciate your ultra-spirited commitment to the "play authentic" lifestyle, I'm going to sit tight and continue to enjoy the stable of Kalamazoo built Heritage Guitars I've acquired over the years at a fraction what I would have paid for the Gibson equivalents. Thanks for the laugh!

    Headstock warriors prepare to commence fecal dispersion in 3....2....1
     
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  12. RayBarbeeMusic

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    I boggle every time I see this type of thing in one of these threads. I bought 5 LPs and 3 SGs new for $700 or under (Gibson, not Epi) in the last few years. You don't have to buy an R9. Really. You can pay a lot more for bling or "historic correctness", but there are Gibsons that are just fine in any way that matters for less than a Strat.
     
  13. Yamaha 350

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    Most on the interwebs not here say they are too high and the quality is awful. I see it almost every day.
     
  14. greatmutah

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    Personally, I have a few Gibsons. They’re fine guitars. My 94 Studio was the first guitar I ever bought. I wouldn’t part with it for anything. I’ve had it since 1997 when I turned 14. I also have an SG, a V and an R7. I’ve had a Standard and Traditional too. Great guitars all of them. But for Les Paul style guitars my two Heritages do more for me than my Gibsons do. My 157 is everything a Les Paul Custom should be and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. My 150 is a monster player and after putting in a set of Motor City Angel Dusts, it’s on its own level.

    But currently right now, I’m playing more of my Floyd Rose equipped guitars. Namely my Peavey HP Special and my Charvels.
     
  15. RayBarbeeMusic

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    I think that speaks for itself.
     
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    I wanted a Les Paul so I went to Tokyo and brought back a higher end Tokai Love Rock. Awesome guitar.
     
  17. hunter

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    Back when I was archtop shopping, the deadest guitar I played was a Le Grande. Shockingly dead. A typical ES-175 buried it. It would look pretty hanging on the wall though. Definitely a try before buy. Or in my case, don't bother to try again.

    hunter
     

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