Gibson Good Years

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  1. dave294

    dave294 Senior Member

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    So I thought I'd share this with you guys.

    I was selling a Gibson bass to some dude and we ended up talking about guitars for a bit. He mentioned he took a tour of the Gibson factory not too long ago. At one point during the tour he stepped outside and chatted up a worker who was on a smoke break. The worker had been with Gibson for many years, since before the 80s. Apparently the worker said that the best years for Gibson was from the early 80s to about mid 90s; Supposedly they used "better" wood, and its just not the same since that era.

    I had read on this forum before(and other places) that there were "Good Wood" years for Gibson; The general consensus for these years from what i can tell is ~mid 80s to ~mid 90s, which would be consistent of what the worker said. I've also gathered that in the 80s Gibson was trying to focus on quality, and clean up its brand from the bad rep of some Norlin-era clunkers. I guess these things all kinda tie in together.

    Now, i know this topic has been kinda beat to death already. I know theres great guitars and horrible guitars from every year. I looked up the topic and people come up with all sorts of different answers. Some think pre 70s were the best because of "old growth" wood, craftsmanship, etc.
    Some agree with the 80s-90s theory. Some say the 00s were great. Some like the latest era, since the Traditional line came out ~2009.

    ......But, its interesting to hear the thoughts of someone who actually worked in the Gibson factory making these guitars. I wish we could do an AMA with a longtime Gibson factory worker! It would be interesting to hear how the philosophy of the company has changed/evolved over the years when it comes to making their guitars.
     

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  2. boola1

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    I've yet to hear a Gibson from 90->94 that isn't very good. I'm sure there are some out there but in my (limited) experience they range from very good to superb.
     
  3. LPMarshall Hack

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    My Gibby is from 89... the best year ever. I win.
     
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    Yawn :io:
     
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    PierM Premium Member

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    The good years are those you are actually playing your guitars.
     
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    :applause::applause:Well said! Thread Closed....
     
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    mudface Senior Member

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    I find it hard to believe that Gibson has an employee who has been there over 40 years......
     
  8. Nippon

    Nippon Senior Member

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    Could we add 'Gibson good years' to the banned list?
     
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    I find that highly unlikely. I've been on the tour, and the guides keep the tourists pretty much together. They aren't supposed to let people just wander around.
     
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    1989
     
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  11. ht-57

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    o hell i'd better sell my 2016 r9 cause it has been made outta stank wood apparently- no wonder its 8.5 lbs
    :doh:
     
  12. Who

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    What's an AMA?
     
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    I think it'd be more interesting if we started a

    "Gibson Bad Year" thread.

    Huh? :D
     
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    If you take away all the good years from popular opinion.......there is none.:D
     
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    Wait a minute; that worker has been smoking for at least 40 years, and not only was he at work that day, but you could actually understand him? I cry bull!
     
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    I blame that worker. Go back inside and build a good guitar.

    You'd never hear that crap on a smoke-break at the Ford plant.
     
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    I would suspect if you been there 40 years you can smoke wherever you damn well please.
    A Norlin era employee that Henry J hasn't fired yet?:hmm:
    He's been on a lot of smoke breaks:laugh2:
     
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    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    Just type "2015 Les Paul" into the search engine.

    No purple.
     
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    If you are saying that your R9 is made from good wood, you are implying that since 2011, most Les Pauls are made from bad wood because they need to be hollowed out to achieve that kind of weight....
     
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