Who is in charge of Gibson quality control?

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  1. hoosierxxx

    hoosierxxx Senior Member

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    I mean seriously. Ya I know every company has duds here and there, but compared to other american made guitars, Gibson have way more misses than hits. Its especially sadder when you consider how much they charge for them.


    Their quality control today is nowhere near what it was like 20 years ago. Who exactly is in charge? Surely they read all the complaints from fans on other forums who have tried their models. This guy needs to do some crackdown on the QC, it is getting embarrassing. Or just fire him and get a new guy in, and start a fresh new direction for Gibson and leave the bad QC and FBI raids in the past.
     
  2. Olds442

    Olds442 Senior Member

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    Gibson is.

    What percentage of the total production of the Gibson family of brands do you test regularly?
     
  3. mainiacs

    mainiacs Junior Member

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    Yup, pretty sure it's Gibson.
     
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    ext1jdh Senior Member

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    This guy

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    Nah, i keeed. My BFG arrived in very nice condition.
     
  5. hoosierxxx

    hoosierxxx Senior Member

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    Name? I want to get some people to help contact them and ask why it is slipping. Anyone who says their guitars being made today are held to the same quality as 20-40 years ago must not have played earlier Gibsons.
     
  6. mainiacs

    mainiacs Junior Member

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    Don't forget, he would have had to test a similar percentage of total production for the other USA guitar companies as well...both today and 20 years ago.
     
  7. SvdH

    SvdH Senior Member

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    Materials change, people change, times change... Now get over it and rock out.


    :io:
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member

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    This guy is, and he's doing his job exactly as intended:

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  9. Olds442

    Olds442 Senior Member

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    my name is Olds442. It's to the left of this post with a picture of a wicked Peters Custom Dual Channel under it. ;)

    and i believe Gibson has a Customer Service department if you would like to speak to them.

    and a legal department if you'd like to file a suit for false advertising.

    good luck with that. :cheers:

    have you driven a Ford lately? Big difference between a Model T and a Taurus.
    great point.

    yea that.
     
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    RichBrew Senior Member

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    Please quote your source for this information, so as I can corroborate that statement and my experiences with Gibson guitars over the past 33 years.

    RichBrew
     
  11. River

    River Senior Member

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    OP's just here to shill for Jackson. He's not very good at it, either.
     
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    HOT-BRIT V.I.P. Member

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    there are some small mistakes that slip through now and again, it is easy to jump on the band wagon and over estimate the extent of any quality control issues, because a dissatisfied customer will make a lot of noise and tell every one they know, were satisfied customers tend to be more silent, but I believe over all Gibson's quality is rather good and they still build some nice guitars.
     
  13. Olds442

    Olds442 Senior Member

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    good catch river.

    i missed that.

    my alder and maple neck through guitars with string through body make for a great comparison to a mahogany set neck lester as well...

    because they have the same pick ups. :cool:

    :cheers:
     
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    Let's think about Olds442's comment for a minute,
    "Big difference between a Model T and a Taurus".
    This is certainly true. But, if Gibson was building Ford's, wouldn't all of us traditionalist here still pay big bucks for one of those model "T"s.
    And, you could get any finish that you wanted, as long as it's black.
    (Man, there's more similarities here than I realized.)
    Back to the thread..............
     
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    nutsauce Senior Member

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    I'm pretty new to the Gibson family and I have of course heard these complaints before. All I can say is that the ones I have purchased, LP Jr., LP Custom, '60 VOS Special, '57 VOS Jr. and R6 Goldtop, have all been great in terms of quality control...fit, finish, fret work, etc. Granted 4 of them are CS models but the Jr. is an $839 guitar and it had the same level of QC. Maybe I've just been lucky or something.
     
  16. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    Tell us of your experience with the Gibson guitars you've owned that suffered from lack of quality control, compared to the ones you've owned 20 years ago.
     
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    I got five Les Paul Studios over the course of the past 24 months, two of them used. As a budding luthier, I checked them out thoroughly - I could find only one minor issue on one guitar. For guitars in the $800 - $1500 range, I'd say that is excellent quality.

    By comparison, I've bought (and since sold) guitars from Ibanez, Hagstrom, and BC Rich in the $400 - $700 range. The number of defects there was around 2-3 per guitar, with one pretty serious one (BC Rich).
     
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    Division of Fish and Wild Life
     
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    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    This thread represent what I think is the best and worst that the internet has to offer.
    A guy can have trouble with one guitar and then get on line and trash the whole company.
    And then 40 people get on-line to protect the integrity of that company.
    I really don't think that Gibson is producing trash. My new Traditional is an absolute treasue. So forget the statistics, the personal reality the of great guitars that we all have dealt with and owned, and just let the guy spew his guts.
    I need to go play a little.
     
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