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Unread 02-28-2011, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steve Clark Gibson

I am presuming they haven't since I can't find anything about it, but have Gibson ever done (or thought about doing) a Steve Clark Gibson?

I would sell the wife and kids for one. Well, maybe
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Re: Steve Clark Gibson

Not that I know of. And he was a big endorser of gibson before came along. As far as I know his gf that he had when he died sold all of his stuff so trying to do a replica would be impossible. But then again they are selling beano's so
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What! His missus sold all his gear!
Now that's a real dog act in my book. Surely she didn't need the cash that desperately.
Pisses me off that.
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Re: Steve Clark Gibson

Which one the XR-1, white Custom, black Custom or maybe the Firebird?
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Re: Steve Clark Gibson

I really don't see Gibson doing a SC sig anytime soon?

Yes, he was a devout Gibson player, but cosidering what lead to his death ( especially at such a young age), we won't see that happen! Maybe as a tribute, but even that's a stretch.

Not to mention the fact that he really didn't play Gibsons exclusively.

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Which one the XR-1, white Custom, black Custom or maybe the Firebird?
What about his Double-necks (EDS-1275s)?
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Yes, he was a devout Gibson player...

Not to mention the fact that he really didn't play Gibsons exclusively.
Which one is it?

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Re: Steve Clark Gibson

I have seen Steve's twin neck white SG for sale in England not too long ago.
Can't remember the price.
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i believe it was the hysteria album that listed Steve Clark ( talk about going down hill, Def turned atrocious when he left, proving to me he had all the good ideas/riffs) only plays Gibson Guitars, i never saw him with anything else really.
it wouldnt make sense to say the way he died would keep them from making a signature guitar, slash, clapton et. al. aren't exactly known for clean living now, are they?
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Re: Steve Clark Gibson

He played Hamer up until and included High n Dry (I think) and Gibson (pretty much exclusively after that, apart from a Strat on Love Bites, given to him by Jimmy Page) after that.

Yep, the band were certainly not the same afterwards.
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The black Custom could be a cool and truly well deserved tribute to Steve.

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Agree 100%. He was a great player and showman.
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I think it would be kind of cool if they did the XR-1.
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his gf that he had when he died sold all of his stuff

well that was so great of her....
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Dead guys cant play guitars, and I am guessing his GF does not either!
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I have seen Steve's twin neck white SG for sale in England not too long ago.
Can't remember the price.
It was somewhere in the £3000 price range; it had some documents for provenance as I recall. My wife actually suggested I bid for it (!) but she's never been good with money...
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Both!

Just because he prefered/mostly Gibson guitars, didn't mean he played them ALL the time! He also (as many guitarists do) played Fender guitars (specifically Strats), as well as Hamer and Dean guitars. Same thing goes for Slash, but I'm not going to get into THAT one!

What I would actually like to see is for Gibson to finish what they started just before he died - There were 4 Custom EDS-1275s on order at the time of Steve's death. I'm actually kind of interested in what exactly made them "custom" (maybe they were equipped with Trems)?
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i believe it was the hysteria album that listed Steve Clark ( talk about going down hill, Def turned atrocious when he left, proving to me he had all the good ideas/riffs) only plays Gibson Guitars, i never saw him with anything else really.
it wouldnt make sense to say the way he died would keep them from making a signature guitar, slash, clapton et. al. aren't exactly known for clean living now, are they?
I agree with you 100% it actually does say something like that he plays, and the only thing he ever will play is Gibson. It's not just Steve Clark plays Gibson, it's he plays, only has, and only will.

I agree about the death thing too.
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Agree 100%. He was a great player and showman.
The black Custom is one of my favorites of his, he was a great player.
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I like the white one better imo.
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i believe it was the hysteria album that listed Steve Clark ( talk about going down hill, Def turned atrocious when he left, proving to me he had all the good ideas/riffs) only plays Gibson Guitars, i never saw him with anything else really.
it wouldnt make sense to say the way he died would keep them from making a signature guitar, slash, clapton et. al. aren't exactly known for clean living now, are they?
It makes perfect sense! This IS Gibson we're talking about?

I didn't mean to imply that he didn't deserve a sig because of his lifestyle or that it was his downfall (COD), but that (IMHO) Gibson usually only goes out of their way to promote/profit from the those who've survived their demons or those who died by no fault of their own. Not that SC's death was any less tragic, but we're talking about a marketing machine (Gibson) here!
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I contacted Gibson about doing a Steve Clark signature model.

They replied with "No, We aren't and most likely won't ever plan on doing a Steve Clark Signature/Tribute guitar."
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I really don't see Gibson doing a SC sig anytime soon?

Yes, he was a devout Gibson player, but cosidering what lead to his death ( especially at such a young age), we won't see that happen! Maybe as a tribute, but even that's a stretch.

Not to mention the fact that he really didn't play Gibsons exclusively.

What about his Double-necks (EDS-1275s)?
Yes the double necks too. I think he is most notable with the XR-1.
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Re: Steve Clark Gibson

i wouldnt have thought that he fitted into gibsons usual criteria for a sig model to be honest.

usually the sig artists seem to be one or more of alive/outrageously talented/innovative/influential or just plain marketable.

i'm not saying he wasnt good, but he was the guitarist in an english hair metal band - just about the most unfashionable genre of music at the moment. he wasnt "virtuoso" talented like rhoads, didnt innovate/use gadgets like buckethead and is not really as marketable (or anywhere near as alive) as slash/billy joe/bonamassa etc

i know that some people would buy it - but there are loads of good players around that would be just as worthy and undoubtedly more appealing to the bean counters.
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Pete Willis and Steve Clark were young punk-ass kids who wanted to ROCK.
Mutt Lange captured it beautifully with the dueling guitars on High n Dry.

I was still in high school when it came out.
AC/DC's Back in Black, Scorpion's Blackout, Dio, Ozzy, Judas Priest...
Def Leppard were square in the middle of hard rock's heyday.

Willis (and his booze) was shown the door during the making of Pyromania, and the pop slide began....
Phil Collen is a great player, but the attitude was replaced with bubble gum and lip gloss.

Hysteria was an abomination.
I can't say I blame Clark for drinking himself stupid.

None of the other bands I mentioned felt the need to shift their audience appeal to 13 year-old girls...
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They replied with "No, We aren't and most likely won't ever plan on doing a Steve Clark Signature/Tribute guitar."
That's a pretty glib response on their part, but I understand it's good business to say that - I would expect them to keep their cards close to the vest. Well, I wouldn't buy that for a second. Rather, I would interpret Gibson's answer as being "yes we are planning a Steve Clark model, and we're not talking about it". Gibson has had great success connecting themselves to name players and every one of their limited edition sig models sells out. The bigger the name, the more it costs, and the faster it goes. IMHO, I think Gibson recognizes the idea of a SC model as a profitable venture and is well aware that there is interest in such a guitar. I think they have every intention of releasing a Steve Clark tribute/signature model and would present it in such a way that it would honor his memory while carefully sidestepping his personal demons. As usual, the most likely reason it does not yet exist is the legal negotiation that no doubt has to be done between Gibson, the Estate of Steve Clark, and any other 3rd parties that have their hand out. The attorneys have to agree on who gets what percentage cut from the sale of each guitar and who knows how long that'll take.
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That's a pretty glib response on their part, but I understand it's good business to say that - I would expect them to keep their cards close to the vest. Well, I wouldn't buy that for a second. Rather, I would interpret Gibson's answer as being "yes we are planning a Steve Clark model, and we're not talking about it". Gibson has had great success connecting themselves to name players and every one of their limited edition sig models sells out. The bigger the name, the more it costs, and the faster it goes. IMHO, I think Gibson recognizes the idea of a SC model as a profitable venture and is well aware that there is interest in such a guitar. I think they have every intention of releasing a Steve Clark tribute/signature model and would present it in such a way that it would honor his memory while carefully sidestepping his personal demons. As usual, the most likely reason it does not yet exist is the legal negotiation that no doubt has to be done between Gibson, the Estate of Steve Clark, and any other 3rd parties that have their hand out. The attorneys have to agree on who gets what percentage cut from the sale of each guitar and who knows how long that'll take.
you deduced all of that from them saying no? or do you have other info?
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That's a pretty glib response on their part, but I understand it's good business to say that - I would expect them to keep their cards close to the vest. Well, I wouldn't buy that for a second. Rather, I would interpret Gibson's answer as being "yes we are planning a Steve Clark model, and we're not talking about it". Gibson has had great success connecting themselves to name players and every one of their limited edition sig models sells out. The bigger the name, the more it costs, and the faster it goes. IMHO, I think Gibson recognizes the idea of a SC model as a profitable venture and is well aware that there is interest in such a guitar. I think they have every intention of releasing a Steve Clark tribute/signature model and would present it in such a way that it would honor his memory while carefully sidestepping his personal demons. As usual, the most likely reason it does not yet exist is the legal negotiation that no doubt has to be done between Gibson, the Estate of Steve Clark, and any other 3rd parties that have their hand out. The attorneys have to agree on who gets what percentage cut from the sale of each guitar and who knows how long that'll take.
I'm not sure, Perhaps, But I think Steve might be too "80's Hair Metal" for Gibson, After all Gibson basically is just focusing mostly on the huge name guitar heros that are still alive, "Page, Perry, Slash, Young and etc" and also, I think Gibson is trying to go down this modern new style "Firebird X, Dusk Tiger, Robot" road.

I personally don't think the Steve Clark model would sell a whole lot. Maybe a few people here and there, But the general population of Gibson buyers and collectors don't usually like Kahlers (or any trems on Les Pauls)

Some people do, But in general, People don't buy Les Pauls to get a tremolo guitar.

Now a limited run of 100-200 red Firebirds with gold hardware as a tribute to Steve would be really cool in my opinion. But like I said before, Gibson isn't known for having tremolos on their guitars like PRS, Fender and BC Rich are..
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It makes perfect sense! This IS Gibson we're talking about?

I didn't mean to imply that he didn't deserve a sig because of his lifestyle or that it was his downfall (COD), but that (IMHO) Gibson usually only goes out of their way to promote/profit from the those who've survived their demons or those who died by no fault of their own. Not that SC's death was any less tragic, but we're talking about a marketing machine (Gibson) here!
Then how do you explain the abomination that was the "Jimi Hendrix" project 'Strat' they had a few years ago?? And also the Jimi Flying V?
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