Gibson USA 2019 Line up

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All slim chicken neck taper, apart the Trads.

Sad to see C and B grade rosewood being declared for the Memphis guitars. What a decline...

Another year to bypass for me.....:iough:
 

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Love that Flying V! Just like Jim James from My Morning Jacket minus the mirrored pickguard, haha

Seems like fewer finish options across the board which is prob a good thing.
 

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Don’t know if anyone else noticed
But all of the USA lineup is posting LOW - cryogenic fretwire! Seriously Gibson - low fretwire??? Please tell me that’s a typo.
 

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No Honeyburst Traditional...and no Cherry Sunburst Standard! :eek2:
 

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I hate to be a negative Nellie, but what an utterly dreadful year for Les Pauls. Absolutely terrible looking. The only thing saving it from being a total wash is Sweetwater’s exclusive colors (another year of the Smokehouse Studio and the Cherry Sunburst Classic, which is iffy since it has that weird pinkish binding).

I’ve said it before here and I’ll say it again- I’m kind of glad because it sure clears up any buyer’s remorse I may have gotten with the 2018 Tobacco Traditional I got a few weeks ago. I can honestly say I’m glad I got “last year’s model”. The new 2019 Tobacco Traditional looks poor with that natural colored back. The only thing they got right with it in 2019 was Amber top hats instead of the gold ones (which I’ll be switching to before long).
 

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Yeah, glad I bought a 2018 when I did, way too much black in that tobacco burst. I much prefer the perimeter, and “low” fret wire is a deal breaker for me. Of course both of these are just my opinion and are entirely subjective.
 

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I love this lineup! A lot less to choose from, prices seem OK-ish (no big price hike at least), street prices will be much better anyway, and it's always fun to see what stupid pointless thing people will complain about each new production year.
Hoping to get an ES-235. Wonder what case it will fit.

Also... look a proper 335 studio! Finally! The previous versions looked very poor, this one looks fine, just no neck binding.
 

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Did you apply for a job as new CEO? You tick all the boxes.
Thinking positive sometimes works wonders.
I have my opinion, you have yours. No more comments on my part. I have no time for negativity.

There's reason to complain if the quality is going to be bad, and nobody's played these yet.
I like these guitars very much, there are many models in this lineup I am interested in and the pricing seems much more reasonable on most models than in previous years. Many things are a matter of preference, they won't make a model just for you, if you want that there's made to measure. If you know exactly what you want in your instrument, you're most likely experienced/good enough to afford a custom instrument. There seems to be a general move towards making models that are a bit more affordable for non-professional musicians. Many budget-minded guitars here. ES-235, ES-335 studio, many Tributes etc. Good choice. Even the Thinline 275 at $4000 (guessing 3000 street?) doesn't seem excessive compared to what the full thickness one cost. 1500$ SG Standard? That's lower than it was in the past few years.
The choice of colors is odd, though. Maybe they were thinking that if someone wants a modern Les Paul, they'll go for a different finish, and if someone wants a traditional HCS... well they'll go for the traditional. Risky, but I can see why they did it.

And +1 on the ES-235 hype. Wonder what case they'll fit?
 

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Thinking positive sometimes works wonders.
I have my opinion, you have yours. No more comments on my

There's reason to complain if the quality is going to be bad, and nobody's played these yet.
Calling other people opinions as stupid and pointless like you did has nothing to do with thinking "positive" and "negative". It's guitars we are talking, not philosophy.

It's "thinking positive" gonna make me liking and using slim tapers? Nope. This has nothing to do with all your fluff about being a professional musician and bubbles. It't just another missed opportunity for Gibson USA to embrace more customers (I honestly don't give a damn as I keep buying used or Custom Shop, but you got the point, hopefully). Gibson keeps doing 99% of the USA line with slim tapers, forcing you to go Custom Shop for proper profiles. Ok let met try; you do 2 different models of an Explorer? Ok, make one with 50 profile and one with 60. You make 2 SG models? Ok, make one with 50 and one with 60. What's the pointless/stupid complain here?

Also, you seem ok to pay a 2K guitar with a C grade rosewood fretboard. Good for ya, but that is really sad, since one of the goods of the Memphis guitars, were the fretboards being pretty consistent along the entire lineup, despite the prices. Nowadays, I can buy a sub 1K guitar with Grade A dark rosewood (which is cheapo, so I can't see why going for grade C, unless you are really cutting cost corners). For some reason, Gibson USA seems struggling like anyone else, sourcing that wood. It's not a complain, it's just an observation of the reality.

Same with people complaining for the finish, they have their point. Usually people does connect more with a specific model, and just collect more finish along the years. Instead of doing a millions of different models with just 2 finish per model, maybe would be better to reduce the models, and offer more finish (and neck profiles) per model ?.

I don't even want to start talking about selling a 1.8K guitar with a gigbag. That would be a stupid pointless complain LOL!
 




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