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Unread 06-12-2009, 10:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

Some of the latest Gibson are deadly cheap which has never been the policy of Gibson, so I was wondering if some of their recent models were made in China?
I heard some rumours and just wondering if anybody has some solid info.
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

Yeah, very cheap and very fake, they're called Gibsun Res Prowl
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

if it says gibson on the headstock it is USA. if it isn't it is fake.
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

the Maestro, or Baldwin, or whateverthehell they are called are made in China I think. The ones the box stores sell for kids.
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

How cheap?
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

No real Gibsons are what I would call cheap. The cheapest Gibson right now is the Melody Maker and it's still $489 at GC/MF. And it's only got one pickup... single coil.
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

I'm not talking about fake Gibsons but the low budget ones, they got a factory in China for Epis, maybe the melody makers are made there? It would make sense no?
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

Gibson's official description of the Melody Maker:

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American-made quality at an entry-level price.

Resurrecting one of the most popular electric guitars in Gibson's history, the Melody Maker is an accurate, affordable re-creation of the original Melody Makers of the late 1950s.

Originally introduced as a student model, much like the Les Paul Junior, the Melody Maker became a player's favorite for its light weight, comfortable neck, and great tone.

Today's Melody Maker Les Paul guitar is no exception. With a slim, light, mahogany body and set mahogany neck; period-correct pickguard housing a special design single-coil pickup; vintage-style wraparound tailpiece; rounded neck profile, and rosewood fingerboard; the Melody Maker is an unbelievable value for players of all ages, styles, and skill levels.

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* Body Species: Mahogany
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* Species: Mahogany
* Profile: Rounded
* Neck Joint Location: 16th Fret

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* Species: Rosewood
* Scale Length: 24-3/4"
* Total Length: 18.062"
* Number of Frets: 22
* Nut width: 1.695"
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

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I'm not talking about fake Gibsons but the low budget ones, they got a factory in China for Epis, maybe the melody makers are made there? It would make sense no?
Why is there always this big conspiracy theory? I have a friend used to be a Gibson dealer (before their huge buy-ins and unit quotas drove him to give up the license) that toured the Nashville factory. Plenty of Les Pauls, SGs, and you guessed it, Melody Makers waiting around to be painted.
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

I recently had a chat with a Gibson employee.

If it is an authentic Gibson product. And has Gibson on the headstock.

It is USA made.

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It would make sense no?
no, it wouldn't.
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

Here's another one.
I met a guitar tech earlier ago, he said his friend met a Gibson Rep. in US, and told him ALL Gibson USA (not Custom Shop) which being sold in Canada are factory second.
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

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Here's another one.
I met a guitar tech earlier ago, he said his friend met a Gibson Rep. in US, and told him ALL Gibson USA (not Custom Shop) which being sold in Canada are factory second.
Really? I find that hard to believe. What about the rest of the world? Does Europe get a factory 3rd? So what you are telling me is that there is a pile for Canada and a pile for the US? Factory seconds are usually marked as such. Well at least they used to be. I think maybe the Gibson Rep. was using his salesman pitch for an increase in sales.
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No real Gibsons are what I would call cheap. The cheapest Gibson right now is the Melody Maker and it's still $489 at GC/MF. And it's only got one pickup... single coil.
There's a two pickup Melodymaker as well. Costs slightly more.
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Here's another one.
I met a guitar tech earlier ago, he said his friend met a Gibson Rep. in US, and told him ALL Gibson USA (not Custom Shop) which being sold in Canada are factory second.


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Here's another one.
I met a guitar tech earlier ago, he said his friend met a Gibson Rep. in US, and told him ALL Gibson USA (not Custom Shop) which being sold in Canada are factory second.
Canada gets factory seconds! - That's hilarious. And you believe this why? Where's the logic?
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

well if all the Gibsons are "made in the usa" that's fine with me, just had a doubt after I discovered that Edwards ESP was MIC and not MIJ like I thought and many still believe.
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I met a guitar tech earlier ago, he said his friend met a Gibson Rep. in US, and told him ALL Gibson USA (not Custom Shop) which being sold in Canada are factory second.
that's the funniest thing I've heard in a long time.

you met a guy, that knew a guy, that met a guy, that said...

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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

Some acoustics are made in the factory in Canada.
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

and cases. But of course, we keep the good cases up here, and only ship factory seconds to the US.

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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

is this thread still here?
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is this thread still here?
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

All Gibson guitars are made in China. You get a much better price if you order directly from there.
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Re: Are some cheap Gibson guitars made in China?

i really thought this thread could be handled like this:

are cheap authentic gibsons made in china?

No.

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....are cheap authentic gibsons made in china?
No.
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its a shame aint it dennis.
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