Did You Know That Walmart Sells Gibsons?

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  1. vintageguitarz

    vintageguitarz Member

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    411 - Maestro is a Gibson brand that dates back to the 1950's. They were also made at the Kalamazoo MI factory and sold thru a separate "Music Store" outlets (not Sears, Montgomery Wards, etc., as with the cheap brands like Silvertone, Danelectro, Airline, Harmony, etc.) Maestro amps were actually pretty expensive and the bigger models, quite the competition for Fender Amps.

    Here's my 1958 Maestro Concert model I still use in the studio, it was comparable to a Fender "Pro" model. It has a massive Jensen 15" Alnico magnet speaker like the early 60's Fender Pro's had. In the 60's and 70's Gibson resurrected the Maestro name but for medium priced guitars, above the cheapo "Kalamazoo" models and below Gibson branded guitars. Now I guess they're probably made in Indonesia and of the same quality as Fender's Indonesian/Indian made junk.

    Gibson Maestro Concert Amp 1958.jpg
     
  2. jgriffin

    jgriffin Junior Member

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    I once worked for a shop that was a Gibson Warranty center. We got a letter about the Maestro guitars, probably around 2005 and maybe as early as 2000. It basically said not to take them in for warranty work. I think it advised us to send the customer back to the store for an exchange. The quality of the ones I personally saw was very poor. Humps and kick ups at the body joint and rough, barely filed fret ends. Over time the Chinese and Indonesian guitars have generally gotten way better so these newer Maestros may be decent guitars. I doubt they’ll ever be collectible though.
     
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  3. penguinchit

    penguinchit Senior Member

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    Nothing sold at Walmart will ever be collectible.
     
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  4. scottatgc

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    I thought they were toys geared towards kids. you could, however, buy real Gibsons on walmart.com a year ago.
     
  5. PeteK

    PeteK Senior Member

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    It's a shame Gibson never released a Henry's special denim jacket. We could all be so cool!
     
  6. penguinchit

    penguinchit Senior Member

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    Word?
     
  7. jeff_farkas

    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    I went to one that had guitars, etc and it kind of sucked. Worse than GC.
     
  8. rockstar232007

    rockstar232007 Senior Member

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    To a horder, maybe?
     
  9. penguinchit

    penguinchit Senior Member

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    Good point. Makings of another episode!
     
  10. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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  11. PeteK

    PeteK Senior Member

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  12. Malikon

    Malikon Skreeeeee-ONK! V.I.P. Member

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    Lolz don't fail me now!

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  13. penguinchit

    penguinchit Senior Member

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    ^HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! That's a great gif!
     
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  14. Bud Stoner

    Bud Stoner Senior Member

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    You know, HJ could've at least tried to make it cool and have Jesse James Dupree from Jackyl chop it up with a chainsaw.

    Can that pic be any less manly?
     
  15. michaelinokc

    michaelinokc Senior Member

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    Could you imagine if Steve Jobs was that charismatic? There would be no Apple.
     
  16. JohnnyN

    JohnnyN Old School Premium Member

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    Maestro made one good thing - the Maestro Fuzz Tone. Most people my age first heard it when Keith Richards used it on Satisfaction.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maestro_FZ-1_Fuzz-Tone
    Here is the official demo of the Maestro Fuzz - no mention of heavy metal though :laugh2:
     
  17. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    IIRC it was a Chibson
     
  18. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    No, it was a Maestro (by Gibson)
     
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    Colnago1 Senior Member

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    I'm wondering why Maestro uses the "open book" headstock and Epiphone doesn't.
     
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  20. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    The built-in tone of the guitar made an escape!
    Couldn't "live" being badly played by Henry!
    Then Henry chose to destroy the toneless guitar.
    He should have asked someone to break it for him...
     

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