Bye, bye Gibson

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If Fender actually bought Gibson, it would probably have no impact, because they're very similar. Both offer true high quality (PRS-level) only in their overpriced Custom Shop and special models; both are endlessly fiddling with their core models, usually negatively, and both have established offshore subsidiaries copying their own core instruments with cheaper, somewhat inferior parts and materials but (luckily for consumers) with build quality that sometimes appears better than what their US factories can manage these days. As with Gibson, Fender's so-called Custom Shop models consist mostly of more finely constructed versions of their basic guitars (I know; I own one) where you can now buy the previous quality standard, essentially factory assembled, at a much higher price. As Fender demonstrates by buying older "companies" (usually just the name), these are merely corporate brands and factory products. Places like PRS, Collings (RIP, Bill), Santa Cruz, Ernie Ball/Music Man, and some others at least have a human, guitar loving person at the helm.
 

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I have it on good authority that Fender is acquiring Gibson, and the headstock shapes on Les Pauls will be changed, except by special order.

I overheard this at Guitar Center today. These 2 kids, about 14 years old, were blasting out Smells Like Teen Spirit. They took a break and that’s when I overheard this news! Amazing right?

I was going to try to get more info, but they went right into an awesome version of Sweet Child O Mine and I never had the opportunity to ask.
It must be true, I also heard several GC employees say they saw Sasquatch in one of the stores looking for a deal on a Strat and Fender Twin Reverb combo-deal. So this certainly means Sasquatch is real. There was also an over-powering aroma of Pot in that GC ..... actually most GC stores.

GC Pot Head Salesman at Guitar Center.jpg
 

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Honestly though, you gotta be happy that 14 year olds are playing guitar. Dying breed, since current young people music doesn't use the actual instrument.

I'm a little disappointed you didn't take time to teach them Stairway though. Proper guitar store music!!!
Or the every music store's them 'Smoke on the Water' :)
 

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It'll only a matter of time before the overseas people decide that they are so easy to counterfeit, because they are already a casserole of nonsense.

"Hey guys, I'm looking at this guitar, but the Fender logo isn't right on the headstock, the controls are too far apart, the nibs don't look right, The angle of the bridge pickup isn't quite correct looking. The price is great...but dammit, is this a dang CHIBENDERSON?!"

 

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Did I miss something? I originally had a joke about the "round selector switch cover" on a Les Paul being the wrong color. It's slang term is a bargaining piece in a popular card game.

Yeah...why is that term banned in a post?! :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:
 

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(British accent) Ah, sir you almost had me, if not for your inclusion of 14 year old's playing such a beloved classic as 'Stairway to Heaven', and actually using a guitar is just simply preposterous, sir! While it's a well known fact that 14 year old juveniles are not even found in a music store these days. It's just rubbish to imply such a thing. These little scampers couldn't produce anything considered tastefully musical without those iPad, computers, smart phones glued to their faces, holding their 'wittle' hands through the process of creating music. All while joyfully exclaiming their are 'producers' for heaven's sake! On that sir, I have to bid you good day and ask do try to keep your facts straight. Ta, Ta.
 

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I have it on good authority that Fender is acquiring Gibson, and the headstock shapes on Les Pauls will be changed, except by special order.

I overheard this at Guitar Center today. These 2 kids, about 14 years old, were blasting out Smells Like Teen Spirit. They took a break and that’s when I overheard this news! Amazing right?

I was going to try to get more info, but they went right into an awesome version of Sweet Child O Mine and I never had the opportunity to ask.
the headstock shapes on Les Pauls will be changed, except by special order.
Seriously?? That's blasphemy!
 

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This is the only place anywhere on the web that is giving even the tiniest clue that Fender is buying Gibson!
 

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I guess the "Les Paul" will become the "Leo Paul," the Gibson style of humbuckers will be replaced with a Gretsch "Filtertron," and Slash will be fired as "Global Brand Ambassador" and Fender will appoint Clapton to take the roll. From now on, if anyone wants a true 'Historic' style of Les Paul they will have to get a Tokai HLS model. At least you would be able to buy three of them for the price of one R9. So I guess it won't be all bad...
 

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I'm surprised you didn't hear this rumor from a GC employee! They are soooo knowledgeable...
try asking them what speakers are in any given cab... its kind of fun.
 

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"Round ones,..Duh!" :rolleyes:
I can't blame them, really, but its pretty funny. I was super impressed that one guy said "celestions" of course he had no clue which ones, but at least he knew a brand...
 

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he should just say, "12's Yo!"

And throw up the horns and start headbanging. :dude:

....that's really the answer to so many questions. :laugh2:
 




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