There are Gibson managers who've been recommending this for the last decade. I've had beers with a few of them. My thought is to begin a Gibson (China) brand that's theoretically limited to the Chinese market. Build them with none-nitro finishes and offer some modern features (Floyds, shaved neck heels, jumbo frets, 16" radius fretboard, etc.). Maintain Nashville as the home of the "lifestyle" guitars at the top end, with fully traditional materials and construction. "Made In the USA" and all that.With a declining market share I've been saying for a long time build Gibsons at the China factory they own and leave a custom shop in Nashville.
At first, yes.I think it'll be the opposite. I think the old headstock style will become less desirable so there may be clearance prices at stores to clear out the old stock to make room for the new.
This is exactly the way I see it playing out. If the new headstock comes out, demand for the old one is going to plummet. Any existing inventory in the stores is going to start gathering dust, they’re probably going to have to blow them out at bargain prices. I don’t hate the current headstock, but I don’t love it. The proposed new one is much better, and I would rather have that if there was a choice. It will be interesting to see how it goes, whenever this actually happens.I think it'll be the opposite. I think the old headstock style will become less desirable so there may be clearance prices at stores to clear out the old stock to make room for the new.
I was thinking the same thing. I've been giving some thought to a Epi LP Custom for a while, interested to see what they show at Namm in January.If they put that new “60s Kalamazoo” headstock on the Les Paul Customs (AND keep the ebony fretboards) I will buy one for sure.