Henry possibly discontinuing Custom Shop Reissues??

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  1. fleahead

    fleahead Senior Member

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    That Larson cartoon reminds me an an old salesman from Gibson - Ben Rhodes. Famous amongst us back in the '90s. He was a short, bespeckled old guy... had a gruff voice.... he had been an appliance salesman back in the '40s but with Gibson was consistently the highest selling rep we had. We joked that he really COULD sell ice to the eskimos. He had a real relationship with all of his dealer (Southeast region)....and a real affinity for KFC. His by-invitation-only "Chicken Luaus" at NAMM and quarterly sales meetings in Nashburg were legendary. He would say "I'm going to buy a chicken farm... and eat it", lol. He was finally honored by Henry by having the Ben Rhodes excellence award that was given to high performing sales reps - that is, until he fired almost all of them. Ben was just the nicest guy.
     
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    They made about 70 per day in 2012.
     
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    Cool story, thanks. :thumb: :applause:

    I’m always trying to get a Larson Cartoon that sort of "fits" with what we are discussing in this lighthearted Thread.

    There certainly is a "sales pitch" going on at Gibson as Henry & his cohorts try to think of ways to increase sales & profitability.

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    This thread is...
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    If Henry J sold horses..........
     
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    When downsizing is a good thing (for growth???)…
    Gibson Brands CEO Henry Juszkiewicz said, “We are extremely excited about this next phase of growth that we believe will benefit both our …"
    Worse, yet, is that Gibson is claiming that they need a whole new factory to improve 335 quality.

    http://www.musicradar.com/news/gibson-responds-to-memphis-factory-sale-news

    Also:
    http://www.psaudio.com/article/changes-everywhere-in-audio/
    http://www.psaudio.com/article/more-bad-news-for-sears-and-gibson/

    http://archive.gibson.com/Press/brands.html
     
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    ..............will check it out later but sounds like a combination of smoke & mirrors with a little "boot strapping" thrown in for good measure.

    Keep changing things so the lenders don't get a handle on what is really going on.

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    It is true that a failry major portion of Gibsons current Memphis facility is much more than manufacturing. It has mega show rooms, live concert areas, etc..

    A smaller/cheaper facility only for production IMO would be a improvement in many, if not all, areas of building quality guitars only.

    Leave the showcases to the dealers or NAMM and related events.
     
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    Congrats on this post starting a 108 page thread
     
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